Success does not matter because, in a prestige economy, success has nothing to do with employability. Achievements are irrelevant in a system that rewards money over merit, brand over skill. You can do everything right and the door will not open unless you hold it open with money. That is the way the prestige economy is designed. That is why we now require years of unpaid internships and exorbitant advanced degrees. But the irony of the prestige economy is that even those who can pay to play cannot find a job that pays them.
This 1975 comic on the factory model of education as rote memorization is both funny and tragic, but the best part is the caption in the upper-left-hand corner: “The brain can store more information than the most complex computer.”
Pair with why memory is not a recording device, how you can optimize yours, and what the internet has done to improve our collective memory, then revisit Sir Ken Robinson on why this paradigm of education needs to change.
4. Solastalgia – psychological or existential stress caused by environmental changes like global warming
Does that mean that anti-depressants are the cure for global warming?
The lovely Blank on Blank – who gave us David Foster Wallace on ambition, Janis Joplin on creativity and rejection, Ray Charles on singing true, and Maurice Sendak on being a kid – are back with this fantastic animation of Kurt Cobain on identity.
Complement with a rare look inside Cobain’s letters and journals.