Liz Gannes

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Fish: A Meditation on Savoring the Internet

Robin Sloan, a guy who thinks hard about the Internet while the rest of us go on blithely using it, made what he calls an iPhone “tap essay” that came out Wednesday.

Sloan’s free “Fish” app invites readers to tap through his thoughts about how we tend to race through online content, rather than savoring our favorite stuff with repeat reading or viewing. We might click to say we “like” things all the time, but Sloan thinks that’s become a hollow gesture.

Sloan, who used to work at Twitter, helpfully (and a little presumptuously!) set up links at places within the app where he thinks his readers may want to tweet out his bon mots from their own accounts.

It’s a good read. But if the “tap essay” genre multiplies, Louis C.K.-style, I’m not sure how many such apps I would download and save on my phone. That’s sort of Sloan’s medium and message, all in one.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik