Note to Self

From online dating to traveling to Mars, Note to Self explores how to be human as life becomes increasingly intertwined with technology. New episodes air on Wednesdays.


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    It’s cold. Bed is so tempting. As is your sofa. But the siren song of your phone is calling you. According to Instagram and Facebook, every single person you know is looking gorgeous at the world’s best party, eating photogenic snacks.

    Fear Of Missing Out. It’s so real. And social media amplifies it 1000x.

    But maybe there’s another path. Another acronym to embrace. The Joy Of Missing Out. JOMO.

    Caterina Fake popularized the term FOMO, with a blog post waaaay back in 2011. And her friend Anil Dash coined the term JOMO (after missing a Prince concert to attend his child’s birth). On this week’s (repeat) episode of Note to Self, the two talk about the role of acronyms, the importance of thoughtful software design, and the recent history of the Internet as we know it.

    And if you want even more Anil Dash, he’ll be talking to Manoush on January 31st at the Greene Space in New York City. We’re teaming up with our friends at ProPublica for an event called Breaking the Black Box: How Algorithms Make Decisions About You. Anil, plus ProPublica’s Julia Angwin, and Microsoft Research’s Solon Barocas. Come!

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