Some Recent Writing
Here are some recent articles from me:
New York Observer (where I am now a contributing editor)
Apple’s Free Ride: Why Journalists Treat Product Launches Like News
Broken on Purpose: Why Getting It Wrong Pays More Than Getting It Right
Forget Lehrer and Zakaria—Most Online Journalism Is Rotten to the Core
Why Books Are The Ultimate New Business Card
And some info on my next book, which will be on the intersection of stoicism, opportunity and strategy.
Thanks for the updates and I am looking forward to your next project. I have seen some of your speaking engagements/interviews online and was wondering how you approach public speaking (ie: getting over being uncomfortable/being effective)?
I have been trying to keep in mind the idea of empathy and focusing on the audience, but oftentimes that makes me more nervous. I know that public speaking is not something that comes naturally to me, but want to improve upon it.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Know what you are talking about. Care about it. Be comfortable with yourself. It’s a work in progress for me but that’s what I’ve learned so far
I think it’s interesting that you wrote in Fast Company that books are no longer what they used to be, that they are now branding devices and credibility signals. I’m not quite sure whether this is a good thing or a bad thing. I’m tempted to say it’s a bad thing for writers who are mostly concerned about producing a quality and enduring pieces of work.
However, it reminded me of something I read in the introduction to Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead.” When asked by many people how she felt about the fact that her book had been in print for 25 years, she echoed the sentiment of other authors claiming that writing for a particular movement or period of time would be fatal to the spirit of a writer.
She writes, “Novels, in the proper sense of the word, are not written to vanish in a month or a year. That most of them do, today, that they are written and published as if they were magazines, to fade as rapidly, is one of the sorriest aspects of today’s literature.”
Of course, you wrote strictly about non-fiction in your article. Nonetheless, I thought Rand’s idea is an interesting and relevant correlation, especially given what you wrote in “Trust Me, I’m Lying” about the way that blog posts are so short and ephemeral.
Your writings keep bringing me back to a line from The Peloponnesian War: “So little pains do the vulgar take in the investigation of truth, accepting readily the first story that comes to hand.” It seems that page-view journalists take it even further: many of them consciously and deliberately avoid the investigation of truth because it doesn’t pay.
I don’t know how this sort of journalism will affect historical narratives decades down the line. But it’s probably scary. “Historical truth” may become more elusive, not less. We’re sacrificing intellectual rigor for mental comfort, and the market supplies.
Liked this line so much I used it. http://betabeat.com/2013/07/exposing-the-racket-a-simple-stunt-reveals-how-blogs-will-print-anything-for-pageviews/