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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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work