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🎁 Valentin's Present - mood follows action, status as a service, word phrasing power


🎁 Valentin's Present

March 3 · Issue #27 · View online

The best content I've ever found. Mouthwatering concepts, tempting questions, juicy books, delicious songs, exquisite short films, and other surprises.

Hope you’re having a great March 3rd.

Provoking Picture
Been learning to draw. I see it as a way to add a new dimension to ideas shared. First attempt at making a provoking picture:
What actions create the mood I want to be in?
Sometimes we can’t rely on mood and it’s hard to override thoughts.
I’ve found that when I take the action first, mood builds up.
Great for “worth in the future” perceived things like exercising or practicing a skill.
Also great for surfing the mood of actions like dancing, going out for a walk, talking with friends, listening to a certain type of music. What waves do I want to surf?
Mouthwatering Concepts
Social Networks are SaaS businesses: Status as a Service.
This article published this week is as good as it is long: incredibly.
These are some concepts in it I found very interesting:
Social networks are analogous to cryptocurrencies. How?
  1. Each new social network issues a new form of social capital, a token.
  2. You must show proof of work to earn the token.
  3. Over time it becomes harder and harder to mine new tokens on each social network, creating built-in scarcity.
  4. Many people, especially older folks, scoff at both social networks and cryptocurrencies.
People seek out the most efficient path to maximizing social capital. People are status-seeking monkeys. “Some people find status games distasteful. Despite this, everyone I know is engaged in multiple status games. Some people sneer at people hashtag spamming on Instagram, but then retweet praise on Twitter. Others roll their eyes at photo albums of expensive meals on Facebook but then submit research papers to prestigious journals in the hopes of being published. Parents show off photos of their children performances at recitals, etc.”
Status is a relative ladder. By definition, if everyone can achieve a certain type of status, it’s no status at all, it’s a participation trophy.
It’s difficult to overstate what a momentous sea change it was for hundreds of millions, and eventually billions, of humans who had grown up competing for status in small tribes, to suddenly be dropped into a talent show competing against every person they had ever met. (through internet social networks / feeds).
“The rhetorical style of any Twitter account that continues to gain followers converges on that of a fortune cookie.”
Why do young people tend to be the tip of the spear when it comes to catapulting new Status as a Service businesses?
One reason is that older people tend to have built up more stores of social capital. A job title, a spouse, maybe children, often a house or some piece of real estate, etc. Because of their previously accumulated social capital, adults tend to have more efficient means of accumulating even more status than playing around online. Maintenance of existing social capital stores is often a more efficient use of time than fighting to earn more on a new social network given the ease of just earning interest on your sizeable status reserves. For young people, the fastest and most efficient path to gaining social capital, while they wait to level up enough to win at more grown-up games like office politics, is to ply their trade on social media. Both the young and old pursue optimal strategies.
If we think of these networks as marketplaces trading only in information, and not in status, then we’re only seeing part of the machine.
If this was interesting to you and have over an hour to spare, I’d read the original article. If you don’t have over an hour, here are my notes with the juiciest learnings from the article.
Tempting Question
How much of what you care about is based on wanting others to think you care?
Exquisite Short Film
2min short film illustrating the power of writing the same thing, but in different words:
The Power of Words — A girl changed a blind man's day
Finger-licking Quote
“when creating. be kind to your doubt. hear it out. thank it for its concern. and reassure it that you are an artist. and risk is essential.” — Nayyirah Waheed
Melt-in-your-mouth Podcast
Amazing recent podcast with the author of the classic Good to Great (a fantastic business and leadership book):
Breaker: The Tim Ferriss Show - #361: Jim Collins — A Rare Interview with a Reclusive Polymath
Delicious Music
Timeless delicious:
Nanã by Polo & Pan. In my Apricot playlist, if you’re looking for similar vibes.
Canopée, also by Polo & Pan. In my Saffrón playlist. This is one of my main work/“flow” playlists, but also good for “Tulum” vibe chill parties/gatherings.
Released 2 days ago:
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