Collection: Best of 2017

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«I just want to know how my sons died» – bringing home Bosnia’s dead

Mosaic

«Fikret Bačić, who takes my notebook and writes a list of the names of his extended family who went missing during the last week of July 1992. It takes him a long time; there are 29 of them, including his mother Sehriša, his wife Ninka, son Nermin, who was 12, daughter Nermina, who was six, four brothers including Zijad’s father, three sisters, several aunts, uncles and cousins. Of the 29, 19 are children; the youngest was two.»

Gut-wrenching. And a – I use this word sparingly – must-read.

Published in Weekly Filet #257 In collections: Unputdownable Stories, Best of 2017

Does Even Mark Zuckerberg Know What Facebook Is?

New York Magazine

The best text on Facebook and its role in, well, the world, that I’ve read in a long while. It excels in that it addresses the difficulty of grasping Facebook as a company, as a community, as a phenomenon. It doesn’t try to reduce complexity, but embraces it instead. Key quote: «Facebook has grown so big, and become so totalizing, that we can’t really grasp it all at once. Like a four-dimensional object, we catch slices of it when it passes through the three-dimensional world we recognize.»

Published in Weekly Filet #250 In collection: Best of 2017

The «Other Side» Is Not Dumb

Medium

I’d love to say otherwise, but I plead guilty. I invest too little time (and empathy) in really trying to understand people who hold opinions that differ from mine. And of course, I’m not alone. It’s easier to argue against and even easier to write off somebody else’s views than to try to understand what they are based on. That’s what this piece is about. Key passage: «A dare for the next time you’re in discussion with someone you disagree with: Don’t try to ‹win›. Don’t try to convince anyone of your viewpoint. Don’t score points by mocking them to your peers. Instead try to ‹lose›. Hear them out. Ask them to convince you and mean it.»

Published in Weekly Filet #247
    In collections: Think Different, Best of 2017