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Pop Loser No. 104


Pop Loser

April 13 · Issue #104 · View online

A newsletter of innumerable confusions and a profound feeling of despair collected and written by @poploser.

I change tools a lot. I bounce between notebooks and apps, I’ve used three different email clients in 2018, I can’t decide if I prefer my Kindle or my books. But there are two things I’ve always loved and probably always will: email and RSS. 
I’ve joked that RSS is the best technology with the worst PR ever, but it’s true. How it never took off I will never fully understand. It’s the best way to internet. Google Reader shutting down was borderline traumatic, but Feedly has been a fine replacement. 
So I’m happy Wired has declared that it’s time for RSS to make its triumphant comeback, because if you’re getting your links on Twitter and Facebook, I fear you might be doomed. 
No matter what your current disposition, though, in this age of algorithmic overreach there’s something deeply satisfying about finding stories beyond what your loudest Twitter follows shared, or that Facebook’s News Feed optimized into your life.
Also: Internet Friend Rex wrote a book and it’s so fucking wonderful. Like really great. There’s a section on Kayfabe! Go buy it
And while we’re talking about book buying, mine is now available for pre-order on Amazon and Chapters Indigo. Go buy that, too. 

Billy Mitchell, the ‘King of Kong’, Has Scores Thrown out by Twin Galaxies
Being a Teen on Social Media Is like Having a Full-Time Job
Why Mark Zuckerberg’s 14-Year Apology Tour Hasn’t Fixed Facebook
Silicon Valley’s Sixty-Year Love Affair with the Word “Tool”
The End of Reality
How Platforms Alter History
🏈 ESPN+ launches with all the 30 For 30 docs (and not much else of note). 
📫 Gmail redesign is (finally) coming. 
⭐️ The 100 best one-star reviews of Gatsby. (Did I already link to this?) 
👩‍🎤 Ursula K. Le Guin made an album. 
🎧 A Tom Waits playlist of Tom Waits songs. 
🗄 The Magazine Rack and Handheld History
👾 Jelly Mario
😂 Fifty-six questions for Young MC upon hearing “Bust a Move” for the first time in twenty-two years. 
📚 Vonnegut tattoos. 
How and Why Has "Mr Brightside" Never Left the Uk Charts?
Molly Ringwald Revisits “The Breakfast Club” in the Age of #MeToo
You’ve Reached the Winter of Our Discontent
A Reckoning with Reality [TV]
‘WrestleMania 34’ Belonged to the Women
Mike D, In Conversation
What Will Become of Sports Illustrated?
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