10 Charts That Capture How the World Is Changing [Content Made Simple]
Issue #301: Podcasters on YouTube, fandom types, and more.
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10 Charts That Capture How the World Is Changing
The deterioration in mental health charted above is also connected to a rise in loneliness, again precipitated by technology.
In the last 30 years, the percentage of people with <=1 close friend has nearly tripled to 20% of the population. The percentage of people who report 10+ close friends has dropped from 40% to 15%.
A lot of fascinating charts in this, especially related to social media and the internet.
THE TRIVIA QUESTION
Which Major League Baseball pitcher has more strikeouts in his career than anyone else?
Answer at the bottom.
HITTING THE LINKS
Link #1: Podcasters hope to find new listeners on the YouTube Music app
Podcasters view YouTube’s latest announcement to soon add podcasts to its YouTube Music app as an opportunity to find more listeners, according to conversations with four podcast executives — at a time when listenership has slowed.
While YouTube said it is in the process of integrating RSS feeds into the platform to let podcasters automatically upload new episodes – the company has not announced when the feature will launch — the main focus will be on improving the listening experience for existing video podcasts. The idea is someone can watch a video podcast on the main YouTube platform and then switch to listening to it on their phone on the YouTube Music app while on the go.
Link #2: Transformational vs. affirmational fandom
This article is…somewhat arcane. But I pay attention to fandoms a lot, and I found it interesting.
It may not be hitting movie- and TV-creators yet, but the democratizing forces of the internet are starting to freak out authors (and editors, and publishers) of books and comic books. We are rocketing toward a point where you might need a regular publisher to put a book in print, but it'll be ridiculously easy for anyone to be published for eBook readers like Kindle.
Link #3: Elon Musk Outlines His Vision for Twitter at Morgan Stanley Tech Conference
😅 Okie dokie.
“So the goal is to have Twitter be the best source of truth, the most timely and accurate source of truth, even if the truth is something we don’t want to hear or unpleasant or whatever, but have it be timely and accurate and where you can really understand what’s going on.”
Musk further explained that the media is currently able to control key narratives by choosing what to cover, and what gets top priority. But Twitter enables all people to decide what’s relevant faster, by facilitating more inputs. Which is why, in Musk’s view, it’s critical that Twitter allows free and open speech, as much as possible.
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Trivia Answer: Nolan Ryan (5,714 strikeouts). Randy Johnson is in second place about 900 behind him. The closest active player is Justin Verlander who is about 2,600 away. He won’t come close.)