“I think we designed the wrong Internet. We’re creating rapidly for the Internet and we’re creating things that are life-changing for people. I think that smart people with good ethics need to make hard decisions about what we’re making. For example, I think about the feed, which invites us to come, be obsessed, and compare ourselves to everyone, all the time. Who came up with the idea of endless content constantly streaming toward us? There’s this unlimitedness that concerns me because it is so unlike the rest of the human experience and I think it confuses the human mind and puts us into a space where we aren’t at our best. I want to make sure that no matter the project or company I’m involved with, I’m always asking if it’s serving the human best and helping us be at our best”
It’s a desperate thing to need everybody to be really happy with everything you say. To me the way to manage is not to have 50 versions of yourself — I do this thing, and the next time you’re going to hear me is the next time I do another one. As soon as you crack your knuckles and open up a comments page, you just canceled your subscription to being a good person.
I saw him a few weeks ago at Kleinhan’s in Buffalo — he ended the show on a related note, talking about the two worst versions of ourselves: driving a car and on the internet. How these two settings give us the protection (whether inside a car or a browser window) to say and do things that we’d never do in person.
I think a lot of life today comes down to effectively managing the multiple versions of yourself and consolidating those versions into an authentic, reasonable, and manageable number. Otherwise you are going to spend a lot of your time, attention, and money trying to make other people happy.
Be sure to read the rest of the interview, as he touches on all the indie things he’s done recently on his own terms — from tour tickets to comedy specials. Very inspiring.
They make the rules. A lot of people have fooled themselves into thinking that’s stability but are now realizing that it’s the exact opposite. The real stability is controlling your own career and being in a position to hire yourself, generating ideas that are enough to make you a sustainable income, and also controlling those ideas and your own destiny. That’s the new stability and that’s something people are realizing. I’m very optimistic that it’ll be something that is here to stay.