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Summary:

The D2C generation, student debt, Mike Matheny’s tragic story, the problem with social news and the amazingly talented Dualtone records are some of the stories on the menu this week.

Weekend Plans

After spending a week in bone-numbingly cold Germany, I have come back to work and here are some of the stories I found that are worth your time. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did.

  • The trouble with social news: Aldo Cortesi shares his growing discontent with the social news ecosystem and in it, he nails some of the anxiety I have felt about the internet’s new news ecosystem.
  • Financial trials of St. Louis Cardinals coach Mike Matheny: What a wonderful story of a baseball coach who lost all his money in the real estate bust and yet managed to keep it together for his family and his team. I have a lot of respect for Matheny, not just for his baseball skills but for coming to terms with this twist of fate.
  • Dualtone derby: Okay, I made up the headline, but this story of Grammy Award-winning Nashville label Dualtone is a reminder of why doing things your own way comes with a price that is worth paying. Great story!
  • How do hotel reservations work?: In case you ever wondered about it, now is your chance to find it all out.
  • The soul of student debt: This is a different, unique take on the student debt that everyone talks about in America.
  • The Caucasian king of K-Pop: K-Pop is Korean Pop, as in “Gangnam Style” and stuff, and Brad Moore from Ohio is drumming its beat. Short, sweet piece.
  • The D2C Generation: The internet is creating new opportunities for designers who are going directly to consumers and finding success despite selling fewer items.
  1. re: the soul of student debt
    A stopgap solution might be adding insurance to the loan in some way (the moral hazard issue would be a problem though).
    Perhaps it really is time to understand that education doesn’t just benefit the educated, but the whole of society, so that education should be fully paid for by the public purse.

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