Ten Stories From This Week

12th December

From MIT. ‘This graphic, released by Pfizer and its partner BioNTech, shows the difference in covid-19 infection rates between the people in their trial who got a novel gene vaccine and the others who got a placebo. The volunteers who were given a shot of placebo appear as the blue line. The ones who got a vaccine are in red.

2021 Social Media Trends from Hubspot. ‘A Detailed Report To Drive Your Social Media Strategy Forward

From the the RSA. Seven ingredients of an idea. (3’35”)

From NYT. Hidden in Plain Sight: The Ghosts of Segregation. ‘Vestiges of racism and oppression, from bricked-over segregated entrances to the forgotten sites of racial violence, still permeate much of America’s built environment.’

The problematic fakery of Lil Miquela explained. An exploration of virtual influencers and realness. ‘Just as robots replaced the factory workers, and the drive-through workers were outsourced to India; those employed to yacht the world, drink fat burning smoothies and just be attractive, are getting furloughed too.. Stars – they are just like us.

How Are You Doing? Jason Kottke ran this infographic on a site of pandemic resources for Colorado healthcare workers that shows some typical responses to different levels of stress. ‘Using a chart like this can help you figure out where you are on the stress continuum (as long as you remember that everyone is different) and then seek out the proper kind of assistance.’

Dentsu’s Creative Trends Report 2021. Five themes that will coexist, combine and recombine to shape the future of creativity and technology. Including – the virtual experience economy, the real we, human contact-less, me myself and AI, and the urgency of ‘allyship’. This is the Brand New Normal.

Interesting and engaging infographic from Spotify. How sound shaped a year of resilience.

The Rest Of The World’s14 tech trends to watch in 2021.

A virtuoso jazz pianist and film composer tracks his family’s lineage through his 91-year-old grandfather from Jim Crow Florida to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. A Concerto is a Conversation. (if you find time to watch, make sure you stay for the end credits) 13’32”.