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LINK: Smartphone addiction: big tech’s balancing act over responsibility and revenue  [FT]

 Dr Greenfield also questions whether the companies are introducing the measures simply to improve their own image, in the face of shareholder and public criticism. “It is hard not to be a little sceptical about their intentions,” he says, adding that the problem has been around for a long time — he wrote his first book on tech addiction in 1999 — but the companies have taken 20 years to respond.






Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming [Guardian]

The simplest way to make sure that we raise literate children is to teach them to read, and to show them that reading is a pleasurable activity. And that means, at its simplest, finding books that they enjoy, giving them access to those books, and letting them read the

The Prada Flame Shirt Is Performance Art  [NewYorker]

It belongs not to any one season but to a years-long period of decadence characterized by the parallel trends of street-stylish elegance and proudly obstinate ugliness.