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  • Writer's pictureAdriana Lakatosova

Platform Digest 2021.24: The Future is Bright

👋 On time for your weekend: a round-up of this week's most remarkable stories at the intersection of #ecosystem#innovation and #platform#organisation.


How Social Networks Profit Off of Pain, Fear and Harm

These platforms both need to stop being such willing hosts of this information and understand how they are used to spread fear and harm. If it’s not entirely removing them, it’s limiting their ability to spread the information themselves - not giving them such an easy platform to enrage and upset. That means not offering their posts up as the first results in searches, not giving them a platform to disseminate on, and treating them not as reporters, but as propagandists.

🕵️‍♀️ Let‘s change this depressing state! — by Ed Zintron‘s Where‘s Your Ed At


Firehose #193: 🦸‍♂️ Mega Marketplaces 🦸‍♂️

Flywheels give marketplaces inherent momentum. Like a powerful locomotive, they are painful to get started, but difficult to slow down. The fact that Craigslist — a product that has made very few changes since the late 1990’s — still dominates certain markets in the US is evidence that liquidity, which governs the flywheel, is the most important component of a marketplace. Everything else is secondary.

🚂 Flywheel, The Engine of Rapid Change — by Drinking from the Firehouse


Not Your Imagination - Society Is Going Insane and I Can Prove It

The further down the rabbit holes of curated media echo chambers our cell phones drag us, the more we all become insane, by everyone else’s perspective. Universally held mass insanities become sanities, like the Aztecs. But a system of thousands of divergent bifurcated micro-insanities becomes nothing but a bunch of people who literally can’t communicate with each other meaningfully.

🍽 It’s time for a newsfeed diet — Handwaving Freakoutery


If you like this digest, you might appreciate the sister newsletter at the intersection of #technology, #business, #design, and #culture as well. This week's edition is all about Like a Civilization.


👷🏻‍♀️👷🏻‍♂️Our Work


A platform design workshop that purposefully refrains from any platform or competition lingo. People, free format collaboration, and a spot of fun—LinkedIn


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