“This takes a very specific skill. So we’re going to be looking for people who aren’t famous for anything else other than they artistically figured out how to storytell in six seconds.”—Gary Vaynerchuk, a brand consultant and author, is starting a talent agency for Vine stars
We’re counting down the seconds until the NYC BigApps 2013 Award Ceremony on the evening of Thursday, June 20th, where we’ll announce the winners of Mayor Bloomberg’s annual challenge to developers and designers to create apps that solve key city challenges.
“I love my devices and services, and I love being connected to the global hive mind. I am neither a Luddite nor a hermit, but I am more aware of the price we pay: lack of depth, reduced accuracy, lower quality, impatience, selfishness, and mental exhaustion, to name but a few. In choosing to digitally enhance, hyperconnect, and constantly share our lives, we risk not living them…”—
“There were movies, there were food trucks, there were friends, there was mulled wine. There was brief consideration of a mulled-wine food truck. Above all, there was an expansion of sensations and ideas.”—What Baratunde Thurston discovered when he unplugged for 25 days.
“Perhaps because I wasn’t always getting updates on events happening in faraway places, I focused on the world around me, especially nearby Vanderbilt Avenue, which turns out to be quite a place, especially for food. Late one night, I entered a restaurant called Cornelius, lured by large-print signs in the window advertising meat. Whiskey. Oysters. I could not resist.”—Baratunde Thurston on the happenings of the first week of his digital detox
“I bought a bicycle. Turns out it’s easier to ride the thing when you’re not trying to simultaneously check your Twitter.”—Baratunde Thurston took 25 days away from the Internet. This is what he learned.