newyorker
His status as public jester, good-timing party-crasher, and Waldo-like impresario surely tells us things about Web culture, contemporary celebrity, and the ways in which people prefer their famous people to be both generous and too cool to care. Will we ever grow tired of these Murray moments? Is there such a thing as Peak Bill Murray, and then the backlash?

Ian Crouch on Bill Murray, Internet jester: http://nyr.kr/1om3ziZ (via newyorker)

Peak Bill Murray … ?

seanbonner

When the government regulates a hotel, the standard to which that hotel must live up to is pretty damn low, not to mention there is almost zero enforcement of these standards to begin with. The reason you pay so much money to stay at the Four Seasons is because you know without a doubt that you are going to get a great experience, no matter where you are in the world. You are using the brand name as a proxy for trust.

These social platforms trade brand name for algorithms that look at all of the reviews published by your peers, which at the same time provides trust that your experience will be quality, and gets rid of the premium charge you pay to the Four Seasons for the piece of mind.

This made me think of 3D printing, that when we can all make things, peer review will jump in for brand there as well — Apple comes to mind — and will explode the market for these objects.

nevver
nevver:

Important peculiarities of the human memory system:
A remarkable capacity for storing information is coupled with a highly fallible retrieval process.
What is accessible in memory is highly dependent on the current environmental, interpersonal, emotional and body-state cues.
Retrieving information from memory is a dynamic process that alters the subsequent state of the system.
Access to competing memory representations regresses towards the earlier representation over time

nevver:

Important peculiarities of the human memory system:

  • A remarkable capacity for storing information is coupled with a highly fallible retrieval process.
  • What is accessible in memory is highly dependent on the current environmental, interpersonal, emotional and body-state cues.
  • Retrieving information from memory is a dynamic process that alters the subsequent state of the system.
  • Access to competing memory representations regresses towards the earlier representation over time