Any Given Sunday

By Damian Bradfield

Electronic letters and voices





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Any Given Sunday

February 16 · Issue #24 · View online

A sporadic letter of listening, reading, and watching suggestions.


The year is 2020. How we consume digital content and pay for it is changing as we speak.
We are beginning to see the aggregation and bundling of streaming services. We will hit subscription saturation. Some publishers reliant on banner advertising revenue will go to the wall and the big 4 will have to start paying tax. It’s going to be a transformative year.
But email is still not dead and spoken word has not been silenced. Why? Because both can deliver a level of intimacy that social media simply cannot match.
Below is a selection of my favourites.
🖋 Electronic letters.
Whether physical or digital, the receipt of a well written, intelligent, informative and personal message is always a treat. Especially when it comes from someone you know to be busy. It’s generosity at its best.
Here are 3 electronic letters that I never regret receiving and never delete. These messages I would not classify as email, they are far too good for that they are well crafted electronic letters.
You can enjoy them as well (links attached).
If you care about democracy, if you work in and around social media (and let’s be honest everyone does) then you will benefit from subscribing to Casey’s newsletter. He’s a genuine truth detective.
Ben or Benadict worked previously for the infamous Andreessen Horowitz in vacuous San Francisco but recently relocated back to the UK. He has been writing a weekly Sunday newsletter (much more regularly than myself) for 7 years. His newsletter covers the topics he’s been pondering and discussing that week. (He ponders and talks a lot and at a level, that’s awe-inspiring to us lesser mortals.)
3 - Yancey.
In my last newsletter, I touched upon the notion of the dark forest. I discovered this concept via Yancey Strickler. Throughout the last few weeks I’ve become quite attached to Yancey and his musings, most recently I discovered Project Wren through him - which has become my go-to carbon-confession booth.
There is a theory that podcasts have grown in popularity because they fit into our busy lives. I believe that we love them because they seem truthful, they consist of dialogue and debate and no matter how ‘connected’ we are, we long to be with other people. Audio is simply ‘closer’ than social.
1 - The Escape artist. A fantastic audio series about British artist Arthur Cravan. Intense. Bizarre but different.
2 - The Sun King. David Dimbleby tells the story of Rupert Murdoch. This is on a par with the Mysterious Mr.Epstein!
Listen: 55mins x 6 episodes ( subscription needed)
3 - Tilda Swinton X Boon Joon Ho discussing parasite. Part of the Curzon cinema podcast.
Listen: 47 mins.
That’s it for this week. If you like the newsletter please rate it, tell your friends-subscribe-giveme5stars-send-me-your-money-your-first-new-born child…..
All the best
*SNAFU (Situation normal all fucked up) - the description for life and society as we know it. Better than FUBAR.
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