Every Monday I share a mix of carefully curated links and personal commentary to help you cut through the noise and break down what’s happening in internet culture, the new tech economy, and the future of work. You can view the archive to see past issues.
About the name
Why is the newsletter called Don’t Mind the Fire? Because of Phil Collins… This lyric from Take Me Home has always resonated with me really strongly:
There’s a fire that’s been burning right outside my door. I can’t see it but I feel it, and it helps to keep me warm. So I, I don’t mind.
I always have in my mind this image of a person in their home, trying to figure out how to deal with the situation they’re in. They know they’re in danger because there’s a fire outside, but it also helps to keep them warm. So they’re willing to put up with that danger and just hope that the whole thing doesn’t consume them.
That’s what I feel the internet is like in our current cultural moment. We know it can be destructive, but it also has the ability to make us feel warm and not alone in so many wonderful ways. So we stay. And we, we don’t mind.
But also, I just really like Phil Collins 🤷♂️
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