I haven’t made an Open Tabs post in a while, so some of these links are recent reads and some of them are from the last couple of weeks. Check them out!
Google is the target of several high-profile lawsuits from former employees, all alleging discrimination. There are two class-actions, one alleging Google routinely paid its female employees less than its male ones and the other claiming Google discriminated against its white, male, conservative employees. There’s a sexual harassment suit from a female engineer who said she discovered a male co-worker hiding under her desk, and a retaliation and wrongful termination case brought by an engineer who advocated for diversity on Google’s internal mailing lists and message boards. A former recruiter is also suing, claiming Google fired him because he blew the whistle about YouTube’s alleged refusal to hire white and Asian men.
It’s Time to Reckon With Celebrity Power—Andy Crouch
Celebrities embody who we aspire to become and invite us—so it seems—into the inner circle of their lives. We are their kitchen cabinet, we are so close to being in their Inner Ring. They are so disarmingly transparent with us. They tell us so much of the truth. They live in our own imaginations, their faces more familiar to us than our neighbors’ or even some of those we call, loosely, in the American way, our friends. They inspire us, ordinary in their extraordinariness, assuring us that they are people like us and thus that we can be people like them. Above all, they beckon us to come closer.
The Lottery Hackers—Jason Fagone
The brochure listed the odds of various correct guesses. Jerry saw that you had a 1-in-54 chance to pick three out of the six numbers in a drawing, winning $5, and a 1-in-1,500 chance to pick four numbers, winning $100. What he now realized, doing some mental arithmetic, was that a player who waited until the roll-down stood to win more than he lost, on average, as long as no player that week picked all six numbers. With the jackpot spilling over, each winning three-number combination would put $50 in the player’s pocket instead of $5, and the four-number winners would pay out $1,000 in prize money instead of $100, and all of a sudden, the odds were in your favor. If no one won the jackpot, Jerry realized, a $1 lottery ticket was worth more than $1 on a roll-down week—statistically speaking.
A Guide to the Music of Andrew Peterson—Trevin Wax
Andrew’s work resonates with me for several reasons.
First, Andrew expresses a childlike wonder toward this world and our place in it, waking us up and seizing our imaginations until we see—truly see—the wonders of existence. I gravitate toward music and books that lead me in the way of wonder.
Second, Andrew’s albums are steeped in biblical allusions and Scriptural imagery—all of which grow more powerful the more you study Scripture and the more you put his songs on “repeat.” There’s a richness to his lyrics that rewards the contemplative listener.
Third, Andrew’s songs bear the mark of authenticity, giving voice to a faith that is firm in its grasp of the truth and yet honest in its experience of doubt or suffering. The result is a compelling portrait of Christianity in all of its messy glory.
Casey Neistat Says YouTube Is Vulnerable to Twitch—Andrew Marino
Neistat: I think Twitch is a really interesting platform. But there were a lot of people that came back to me who were not creators on either platform, and they’re like “YouTube is bigger than Twitch by a multiple of X. YouTube has nothing to worry about, YouTube is not for streaming, YouTube is not for gaming, Twitch is only …”
Totally reasonable responses. Practically, unemotionally they’re all correct. Except when you put the X factor of emotion, you put the X factor of culture, you put the X factor of cool in there, all of sudden becomes a very real existential threat, not to YouTube as a viable search engine for video that is the global standard for searching for video, but the community, the community of creators and their audience, which is a huge extremely exciting, extremely valuable piece of property in the media space. I would argue the most valuable piece of property in the media space.