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#193: Tech Is Downgrading Humans

Hope you’re enjoying your Thursday, loyal readers, and thank you for opening up this week’s edition o
The Highlighter
#193: Tech Is Downgrading Humans
By Mark Isero • Issue #193 • View online
Hope you’re enjoying your Thursday, loyal readers, and thank you for opening up this week’s edition of The Highlighter. Today I’ve included articles, interviews, and podcast episodes on digital minimalism, abortion, the science of intelligence, and the role of anger in our lives. Read one — or all four! — and tell me what you think. Or text a friend and say you want to chat.
+ Good news: The Highlighter is making its way into schools! Yesterday, students in loyal reader Maria’s classroom read and discussed “79,” one of my favorite articles from last year, and next week, students in loyal reader Marni’s classroom will read and discuss “Faith, Friendship, and Tragedy,” one of my favorite articles so far this year. Great work, Maria and Marni! If you’re a teacher interested in using The Highlighter in your classroom, let me know.

Technology Is Downgrading Humans
An Interview With a Woman Who Recently Had an Abortion at 32 Weeks
Here’s Ryu, who belongs to loyal reader Brittany, enjoying a walk around Lake Merritt with his good friend, Wade. Want your pet to appear in The Highlighter? hltr.co/pets
Here’s Ryu, who belongs to loyal reader Brittany, enjoying a walk around Lake Merritt with his good friend, Wade. Want your pet to appear in The Highlighter? hltr.co/pets
The Mismeasure of Minds
“Rage Is What Fuels Me. You Can’t Study Our History And Not Be Angry.” An Interview With Nikole Hannah-Jones
+ Reader Annotations: Many readers responded with their thoughts about last week’s article on “masculine chaos.” Here’s what loyal reader Molly shared:
I’d never heard of Jordan Peterson before this. Great article. Loved this line: “This privilege of being taken seriously even when wrong is the meta-privilege of our time.” I love The Highlighter!
In addition, comments keep streaming in about “Faith, Friendship, and Tragedy,” my favorite article so far this year. Loyal reader Melissa had this to say:
What a haunting, tragic story. Two teenagers who live seemingly different lives, find friendship and connection, only to be destroyed by American-made violence. Such a heartbreaking story.
I couldn’t have said it any better, Melissa! Thank you and Molly for writing in your thoughts. To the rest of you, don’t be shy! I’d love to hear from you. All you need to do is hit reply.
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