Why I’m quitting the news

It’s May 1, 2013 and I’m quitting the news.

I’m tired of the noise. The constant, never-ending, mostly shallow and redundant noise that I doubt adds any real value to my life or soul.

No more Google News. No more News360. No more Prismatic. No more Facebook. No more Twitter. No more RSS.

I’m done.

At least for the month of May. I’ll see where things stand in June.

I will still (or start) reading stuff that matters. Books. Magazines like the Economist. Maybe even an audiobook here or there. You know, longer form articles that actually encourage thought.

Diamonds Are Bullshit

via pricenomics:

“Americans exchange diamond rings as part of the engagement process, because in 1938 De Beers decided that they would like us to. Prior to a stunningly successful marketing campaign 1938, Americans occasionally exchanged engagement rings, but wasn’t a pervasive occurrence. Not only is the demand for diamonds a marketing invention, but diamonds aren’t actually that rare. Only by carefully restricting the supply has De Beers kept the price of a diamond high.”

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How to pitch to Chris Dixon

via PandoDaily:

“Chris Dixon has heard a lot of pitches. He’s cofounded companies that have yielded successful exits, including Hunch, which sold to eBay, and SiteAdvisor, acquired by McAfee. Through his investment company Founder Collective as well as personally, he’s made investments in companies like Pinterest, Kickstarter, Buzzfeed, and — for full disclosure — PandoDaily. Last November, Andreessen Horowitz snagged him from eBay to become a general partner for the firm. Last night at the Founder Showcase in Mountain View, CA, he shared a few gems about pitching.”

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15 Alarming Stats About Banner Ads

via Digiday:

“There’s much debate over just what “native advertising” means. Talk to enough publishers, however, you’ll find agreement on one thing: it isn’t banner ads.

The banner ad is now 18 years old. It has become a symbol of all that’s wrong with online advertising. It is more often than not devoid of creativity; it stands out as an intruder on webpages; and it is mostly ignored by readers.”

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The Obamacare Revolt: Physicians Fight Back Against the Bureaucratization of Health Care

via Reason.com:

“Dr. Ryan Neuhofel, 31, offers a rare glimpse at what it would be like to go to the doctor without massive government interference in health care. Dr. Neuhofel, based in the college town of Lawrence, Kansas, charges for his services according to an online price list that’s as straightforward as a restaurant menu. A drained abscess runs $30, a pap smear, $40, a 30-minute house call, $100. Strep cultures, glucose tolerance tests, and pregnancy tests are on the house. Neuhofel doesn’t accept insurance. He even barters on occasion with cash-strapped locals. One patient pays with fresh eggs and another with homemade cheese and goat’s milk.”

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