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The hottest Substack posts of Read Max

And their main takeaways
1442 implied HN points β€’ 28 Feb 24
  1. Google created an A.I. that unintentionally generated racially diverse images, leading to controversy and criticism.
  2. The purpose of A.I. chatbots like Google's Gemini remains unclear, raising questions about their ideal use and user expectations.
  3. The cultural shift away from tightly-knit, geographically-rooted subcultures may impact youth's sense of validation and self-worth.
2028 implied HN points β€’ 16 Feb 24
  1. Some high-profile individuals like Bill Ackman and Elon Musk have transitioned from generic liberalism to becoming prominent anti-woke figures.
  2. Both Ackman and Musk utilize their media presence and attention for their political campaigns, believing it symbolizes genuine power.
  3. Ackman and Musk approach their anti-woke campaigns with a logic similar to their investment strategies, showing a strong attachment to Twitter as a platform for discourse.
1059 implied HN points β€’ 09 Feb 24
  1. A Chevy dealership's A.I. chatbot predicted both the Chiefs and Niners to win the Super Bowl.
  2. The chatbot's analysis included inaccuracies like thinking Brock Purdy still plays for Iowa State and Jimmy Garoppolo is still with the Niners.
  3. Despite limitations, Quirk Chevrolet's chatbot predicted the Chiefs to win 31-27 in one conversation.
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315 implied HN points β€’ 18 Feb 24
  1. An eerie, witchy '90s fantasy masterpiece was recommended for fans of the genre.
  2. A transcendentally stupid YouTube comedy was highlighted along with a play in New York City for entertainment seekers.
  3. Gorgeous Irish art pop album was suggested for fans of avant-garde music artists like BjΓΆrk and Laurie Anderson.
3336 implied HN points β€’ 19 Jan 24
  1. Controversy around Nazis on Substack led to some writers considering leaving, but network effects and practical reasons keep others on the platform.
  2. Substack's decision not to moderate content like Nazi blogs sparked debates over content guidelines and platform responsibilities.
  3. Subscription newsletters on platforms like Substack offer a sense of independence for writers, but also come with challenges and complexities.
338 implied HN points β€’ 11 Feb 24
  1. The author offers a roundup of articles and podcasts discussing recent layoffs and shutdowns in the news media business.
  2. A 1990s thriller from a lesser-known director is recommended as fantastic.
  3. There's praise for a compilation of reworked classic folk songs featured in the weekly roundup.
4508 implied HN points β€’ 15 Dec 23
  1. The author doesn't care much about Harvard and is uninterested in news or events related to the institution.
  2. The author acknowledges their privilege in being able to live a fulfilling life without the need to think or form opinions about Harvard.
  3. The author is unapologetic about their lack of interest in Harvard or Yale, and emphasizes their focus on other topics.
991 implied HN points β€’ 26 Jan 24
  1. The categories of '9/11 movies' include literal 9/11 movies, alien invasion movies, superhero movies, and '90s movies that relate to 9/11.
  2. Movies like 'War of the Worlds' and 'Cloverfield' are strong candidates for representing the 9/11 experience through alien invasion stand-ins.
  3. Superhero movies, like those from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, have deeply incorporated themes related to 9/11 and its aftermath.
1532 implied HN points β€’ 12 Jan 24
  1. The idea of a 'Godzilla' of 9/11 movies is explored through a taxonomy of movie categories
  2. Movies specifically about 9/11 or its aftermath may not necessarily capture the essence of a 'Godzilla' 9/11 movie
  3. Movies about the Global War on Terror may offer better candidates for 'Godzilla' 9/11 movies
1870 implied HN points β€’ 21 Dec 23
  1. Many feel the internet is less fun now because of changing demographics and shifting cultural preferences.
  2. The internet may not be objectively worse, but it is used differently by various audiences.
  3. The embrace of AI in tech culture is influenced by historical themes of hierarchical society and authoritarian politics.
2366 implied HN points β€’ 06 Oct 23
  1. Elon Musk may be making decisions for Twitter based on private-equity strategies to grow revenue and margins quickly.
  2. Product changes on Twitter, like removing headlines, may be aimed at increasing metrics to attract advertisers rather than harming journalism intentionally.
  3. Many negative changes on Twitter may be due to structural power dynamics and financial pressures rather than Elon Musk's personal ideology.
743 implied HN points β€’ 08 Dec 23
  1. Media coverage decisions are driven by various factors like newsworthiness, commercial concerns, and career advancement.
  2. Authentic relationships between humans and bots in the future are uncertain but can be influenced by societal perceptions and control.
  3. Exploring lesser-known direct-to-video action movies and foreign films can provide new excitement for fans of the genre.
2750 implied HN points β€’ 31 Aug 23
  1. Vivek Ramaswamy is a millennial political candidate with a unique and somewhat controversial platform.
  2. Millennial ambition psychos are ambitious, high-achieving individuals with polarizing qualities, often found in influential positions.
  3. Not all millennial politicians fit the mold of millennial ambition psychos, with some like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez having different career paths and viewpoints.
2073 implied HN points β€’ 22 Sep 23
  1. David Brooks often uses restaurants to delve into social and economic divides
  2. Brooks' restaurant theories reveal his unique view on class distinctions in America
  3. Brooks' observations about restaurants can sometimes miss the mark, but offer insights into his perspective on society
1870 implied HN points β€’ 18 Aug 23
  1. The state of Twitter following Elon Musk's acquisition is still uncertain, with questions about website functionality, business sustainability, and user engagement remaining unanswered.
  2. Although Musk announced plans to eliminate the block function on Twitter, it seems like a questionable idea that may not actually materialize.
  3. Changes in Twitter's culture have been observed, with a shift towards tech industry influencers, impacting the dynamics of stories and discussions on the platform.
2524 implied HN points β€’ 09 Jul 23
  1. Many content creators online are pressured to create content aimed at 12-year-olds due to the large number in the audience.
  2. Internet platforms lack adult mediation between young viewers and content creators, leading to a focus on adolescent content.
  3. Successful creators may reintroduce wholesome content into the online sphere, standing out in a sea of material targeting younger audiences.
901 implied HN points β€’ 16 Oct 23
  1. The post discusses articles and essays about Gaza and Israel
  2. The focus is on providing recommendations for cultural consumption related to the topic
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2998 implied HN points β€’ 05 Jun 23
  1. There's a prediction that a pro-smoking discourse backed by socio-political identities is gaining momentum.
  2. Historically, contrarian arguments in favor of smoking have existed but are now potentially resurfacing in various circles.
  3. The potential pro-smoking coalition includes The Intellectual Dark Web, cool downtown art and scene kids, and 'trad' health and lifestyle influencers.
405 implied HN points β€’ 19 Nov 23
  1. The post features a cyberpunk docu-fiction masterpiece and a novel about art, finance, and a gnome.
  2. There is a special holiday music request from a radio host for rare gem holiday songs.
  3. Read Max offers recommendations like good movies and books for subscribers.