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Web Gems 23 / In Praise of Mediocrity

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Web Gems 23 / In Praise of Mediocrity
By Wells Baum • Issue #23 • View online
Whether it’s trying surfing or playing the guitar when’s the last time you did something out of pure joy?
In this Instagram-edited era where everyone gets their own stage, people only like to do things they’re good at. The thought goes: ‘if I can’t share it and show my best self, why do it?’
The aim for perfection limits the urge to enjoy hobbies for hobbies sake. As the author Tim Wu notes in this week’s read of the week:
“But there’s a deeper reason, I’ve come to think, that so many people don’t have hobbies: We’re afraid of being bad at them. Or rather, we are intimidated by the expectation — itself a hallmark of our intensely public, performative age — that we must actually be skilled at what we do in our free time.”

Life & Arts 🎭
In Praise of Mediocrity | The New York Times
Girl, 8, pulls a 1,500-year-old sword from a lake in Sweden | BBC News
Quote 🗣️
Everybody wants to be somebody: Nobody wants to grow. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Video 📺
New Scientist - Growing nervous system in a zebrafish embryo | Facebook
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