The hottest Culture Substack posts right now

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The Ruffian • 258 implied HN points • 28 Feb 24
  1. Understanding the cultural and political worldview of staff compared to users is critical for companies, especially in today's politicized environment.
  2. AI companies need to consider and be transparent about their cultural politics to address the challenge of aligning AI values with those of society.
  3. The alignment problem for AI companies extends beyond just aligning values with humanity, and it involves understanding different clusters of values and varying cultural perspectives.
Make Work Better • 87 implied HN points • 28 Feb 24
  1. The belief that 70% of culture change programs fail is not supported by valid evidence, so there is hope to succeed with your own initiative.
  2. Deutsche Bank implemented a unique policy to ban Fridays at home followed by Mondays due to concerns about office efficiency.
  3. Culture within a workplace starts with the people and their behaviors, and sometimes addressing cultural issues may involve removing individuals who do not align with the desired culture.
Experimental History • 7415 implied HN points • 13 Feb 24
  1. Some people have unique sensory abilities that others may not understand or share, like detecting the lingering smell of eggs on plates even after washing.
  2. Being open-minded and receptive to new ideas is important to avoid rigidity in thinking and to continuously learn and grow.
  3. Academic professions, like journal publishing and university rankings, can sometimes involve questionable practices that prioritize profit over knowledge or ethics.
The Honest Broker • 7646 implied HN points • 09 Feb 24
  1. Spotify is facing challenges with fake artists, playlists, and financial losses, raising concerns about the music streaming service's business model.
  2. The shift from macroculture to microculture is evident in the media industry, with traditional legacy outlets experiencing layoffs while alternative platforms like Substack thrive.
  3. There is a trend towards investment firms buying song catalogs, the decline of live music reviews in mainstream media, and interest in the transformative power of sound highlighted through the work of Hans Jenny in 'Cymatics'.
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backstory • 339 implied HN points • 24 Feb 24
  1. Jerusalem is a complex city with deep historical, cultural, and political tensions.
  2. The experiences of individuals in Jerusalem reflect the ongoing conflicts and challenges in the region.
  3. The city's diversity is evident in encounters with different groups and their varied perspectives and experiences.
Unmapped Storylands with Elif Shafak • 1709 implied HN points • 11 Feb 24
  1. Constantine Cavafy's poetry explores themes of 'belonging,' 'roots,' and 'home', challenging the idea of leaving for 'elsewhere'.
  2. Tracy Chapman's song 'Fast Car' embodies optimism and compassion, reflecting her personal journey and struggles.
  3. Both artists, despite coming from different backgrounds, share a common thread of being 'outsiders' in their own ways and using art to convey universal emotions.
next big thing • 30 implied HN points • 27 Feb 24
  1. Tracksuit is a brand tracking software company helping businesses monitor brand health more affordably and frequently than traditional services like Nielsen or Kantar.
  2. The company has shown rapid growth by focusing on brand marketing and offering a SaaS platform for brand marketers to measure and act on insights.
  3. Tracksuit's success is attributed not only to its product-market fit, but also to its high-performing team that has built a strong culture across different regions.
Richard Hanania's Newsletter • 1024 implied HN points • 13 Feb 24
  1. Otto von Bismarck's 'blood and iron' speech was a pivotal moment that shaped Prussia's history and led to Germany's unification.
  2. Jonathan Steinberg's biography offers insight into the politics and culture of 19th-century Germany through direct quotes from major figures like Bismarck.
  3. Despite impressive accomplishments during and after Bismarck's reign, Germany faced challenges including maintaining a powerful monarchy and conservative elite, which played a role in the tumultuous first half of the 20th century.
Wrong Side of History • 607 implied HN points • 14 Feb 24
  1. Medieval ideas of love were heavily tied to social status and arranged marriages; noble marriages were often for financial or dynastic reasons, not love.
  2. The Catholic Church's emphasis on consent in marriage was revolutionary, allowing individuals to marry by choice rather than parental arrangement.
  3. The Church's rules on cousin marriage and restrictions on marrying relatives promoted individualism by breaking down extended family structures, paving the way for modern ideas of romantic freedom.
Archedelia • 1631 implied HN points • 30 Jan 24
  1. The nobility in an aristocratic society upholds standards that tie them to the common good, unlike meritocrats.
  2. Meritocrats are individuals who rely on intelligence and hard work for their position, without a sense of duty to sustain culture.
  3. The bourgeoisie, as described by François Furet, is defined by wealth and lacks a specific tradition or place in the community.
Justin E. H. Smith's Hinternet • 898 implied HN points • 04 Feb 24
  1. The author believes writing is not a lifestyle to be celebrated, but rather a bad habit.
  2. They express frustration with the cultural recursion and excessive focus on writing within platforms like Substack.
  3. The author emphasizes the importance of conveying a unique sensibility through writing rather than focusing on writing rituals and advice.
Elizabeth’s Newsletter from Italy • 1002 implied HN points • 01 Feb 24
  1. The article discusses the issue of over-tourism in major Italian cities like Florence, highlighting the need for sustainable tourism practices.
  2. The writer shares tips and experiences about enjoying a spa getaway in Saturnia, Italy, focusing on relaxation and self-care.
  3. Radicchio is highlighted as a favorite winter vegetable in the writer's recipes, with tips on how to reduce its bitterness and delicious recipe ideas.
Why is this interesting? • 904 implied HN points • 02 Feb 24
  1. An Indian disco record, Disco Jazz, found a new, enthusiastic audience years after its release due to algorithms and word-of-mouth.
  2. Disco Jazz stands out for its blend of genres and unconventional elements compared to traditional Indian disco music.
  3. The rediscovery of 'Aaj Shanibar' led to increased interest from international DJs, new releases, and proceeds going to the singer for her future music projects.
Longer Tables with José Andrés • 628 implied HN points • 05 Feb 24
  1. Cxffeeblack founders aim to honor the roots of coffee and shift the industry's narrative to support communities of color.
  2. Renata and Bartholomew highlight the importance of recognizing the African heritage of coffee to preserve the future of the crop and support indigenous farmers.
  3. Consumers are encouraged to find gratitude in their coffee consumption, embrace peace, and consider the deeper stories behind the products they consume.
Numlock News • 589 implied HN points • 06 Feb 24
  1. Former New York Jets icon Brett Favre has been ordered to repay $1.1 million received as speaking fees from a nonprofit.
  2. An LED sphere in Las Vegas has faced financial losses, with the Sphere Entertainment losing $193.9 million on revenue of $167.8 million.
  3. The original contract Led Zeppelin signed in 1968 revealed they received $104,100 upfront from Atlantic Records and had specific terms designating Jimmy Page as the band's leader.
memoirs & rambles • 84 HN points • 21 Feb 24
  1. Dealing with money in Argentina is complex due to high inflation, multiple exchange rates, and currency devaluation.
  2. Despite economic challenges, Argentina impressed travelers with good infrastructure, cleanliness, and safety in various regions.
  3. Argentinians work hard to make a living, with many struggling financially but still managing to maintain a decent standard of living.
Brent and Michael are Going Places • 569 implied HN points • 05 Feb 24
  1. Many cultures have delicious dishes that involve meat and veggies cooked inside dough.
  2. Meat pies have been popular for thousands of years and are enjoyed in various countries like the UK and Canada.
  3. Meat pies are a loved food in Australia, where they were introduced by convicts in the 18th century.
ideassleepfuriously • 746 implied HN points • 30 Jan 24
  1. Ideas can spread like viruses from person to person, affecting fitness and function.
  2. The impact of mind viruses can be seen in historical case studies like the Xhosa Cattle-Killing Movement and Brazilian Soap Operas.
  3. Secularism in France and the Bradlaugh-Besant Trial in the UK are examples of how ideologies can shape demographic transitions.