At first, I thought remote work was a chaotic forced experiment that would snap back to normal after vaccines.

I've changed my mind. In fact, I think most ppl are underrating how likely things have changed for good & how broad the implications could be.…
You don’t need 90% remote (or even 20%) for things to get weird.

In 2015, just ~10% of U.S. retail was e-commerce, by some measures. But that was enough for online shopping to have a massive effect on retail overall. Could be the same for remote work.
What was holding back remote work for most of this century wasn’t technology. It was culture. Telecommuting had a telephone problem.

i.e.: "How do I adopt this communications tech if I’m not confident that most people around me know how to use it?"
This is the key.

The pandemic forced the entire white-collar economy to join hands and jump over remote work’s coordination problem.

“The most important outcome of the pandemic wasn’t that it taught YOU how to use Zoom, but rather that it forced EVERYBODY ELSE to use it.”
Remote work is here to stay.…

There will be winners (large metros w/ housing, distributed firms) and losers (pricey coastal YIMBYs). There will be joys (fewer commutes) and sorrows (I miss people!). But negotiating these tensions *is* the future of work.
Today's essay is a deep-dive into the geographical implications of remote work—how it will change where some people live and work (and how those changes could affect innovation.)

For more 2nd-order effects on politics etc, see this essay…

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28 Jan
This week, the CDC finally called for children to return to classrooms as soon as possible, saying it didn't have enough data in September to make the same judgment.

But September was 100 days ago. A cascade of research has been published in the last few months. Let's review:
By September, researchers like Michael Osterholm were reversing earlier hypotheses that schools would likely fuel outbreaks.

A national dashboard of school cases compiled by @ProfEmilyOster showed that "schools do not, in fact, appear to be major spreaders of COVID-19"
More recently, a Norway study traced ~200 children ages 5 to 13 with COVID, finding no cases of secondary spread.…

A Duke study of 35 NC school districts with in-person teaching found no cases of child-to-adult spread in schools.…
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12 Jan
The very emotional discussion right now about whether Twitter has the right to de-platform Trump should widen the lens and see that the list of corporations that essentially came to the same conclusion include such famous wokesters such as (checks notes) the PGA and Deutsche Bank
A debate about big tech's power and the rights of posters is overdue in DC, and tech firms identifying ideologies for cancellation is a dangerous path. But let's be clear about what's happening here: a widespread private sector blackout of an insurrectionist conspiracy-monger.
I'm sorry, as much as I care about freedom of speech and commerce, I just cannot bring myself to shed tears that Trump might struggle to build an MLM empire off of "you can still help me stop the steal by buying these frozen meats"
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11 Jan
Completely fascinating essay by @AlvaroDeMenard on expertise in the 21st century.
1. There is something ... interesting ... about the fact that evidence of expert infallibility is falling (recall: "masks don't work") at the same time that demand for infallible expertise is rising ("social media platforms should just delete everything that isn't true").
2. The Internet creates a kind of magic-eye theory of reality—you can find The Real Truth if you just look hard enough!—at the same time that real expertise is getting harder and harder to come by, because of rising knowledge burdens in science.
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10 Jan
Something Arlie Hochschild told me that I can't shake this week is the ways modern politics has become hyper-fluent in the language of suffering.…

Once you see it—all politics (and esp. Trumpism) as the Suffering Olympics—it’s impossible to unsee.
Here’s Hawley, days after fist-pumping an insurrection attempt that killed several people. Basically: Biden criticized me in a speech that also mentioned Goebbels in a different context, so don’t forget who’s really suffering this week (hint: it’s me)…
Here’s Rep. Madison Cawthorn, days after speaking at a rally that killed a bunch of people and broke a zillion laws, reminding us who’s really had a rough week: the president’s metaphorical tongue

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6 Jan
“So far, [Georgia] counties that have fully reported are on average three points more Democratic than the presidential election results in those counties.“ - @gelliottmorris newsletter
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16 Dec 20
I wrote about how “niche partitioning” in the news media industry has shattered the possibility of a shared political reality in America…
The rise of Newsmax and OANN at Fox News’ expense is a reminder that Trump devotees are going to buy tickets to whatever media universe tells best story, the Trumpiest tale.

The news landscape across TV and social is honeycombed to the point that every fantasy gets a home base.
From scarcer broadcasts and communal abundant broadcasts and privatized reality

It’s notable that this 21st century shift in the news industry describes the evolution of the broader entertainment industry, as well.
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