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Facebook 2020

Hindsight is 2020, but that won’t stop us from talking about what kind of company and what kind of social network Facebook will be as we head into 2020 and the height of the U.S. political season. Will regulation force Facebook, Twitter, and other massive networks to interoperate with newer, smaller networks? Will the values of free expression online prevail? Will the specter of Chinese censorship change the debate on what we expect from social networks here in America? All in a day’s conversation here at The Jared White Show.

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Top vloggers who have reached the pinnacles of their career tell us not to obsess over views and relative performance over time and other metrics of “success” in their creative field. But that got me thinking: what SHOULD we obsess over? How do we know we’re crushing it as content creators? What should success look like?

Here are my four measures of success—they’re by no means the only ones possible, but I believe they’ll serve you well no matter what you’re making as a content creator.

  1. Have Fun
  2. Grow in Your Craft
  3. Be the Content Creator You Wish to See in the World
  4. Streamline Your Pipeline

If you’re pushing hard on all four points, good for you! You’re well on your way to becoming a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious creator. =)

Season 3, Episode 5

Essential Life with Jared is a vlog series all about Portland, the Pacific Northwest, and the philosophy of essentialism. It’s about finding your own way and never walking somebody else’s path. It’s about living a life that’s most meaningful to you.


Thanks to Epidemic Sound for the background music.

#seattle #washingtonexplored #vlog

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Well OK, it’s one of the top “pop up” markets (meaning everyone completely sets up and tears down everything in a day) in the United States which is open year-round. I think that’s pretty awesome. Plus lots of great scenes of traversing downtown Portland in the fall!

Season 3, Episode 4

Essential Life with Jared is a vlog series all about Portland, the Pacific Northwest, and the philosophy of essentialism. It’s about finding your own way and never walking somebody else’s path. It’s about living a life that’s most meaningful to you.


Thanks to Epidemic Sound for the background music.

Plus shoutout to the Portland Radio Ponies for their awesome appearance on the Portland Streetcar!

#portland #oregonexplored #vlog

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Apple TV+ Review Roundup

Ryan Christoffel: Apple’s streaming video service, Apple TV+, launches this Friday, November 1st. Ahead of its launch, today the first reviews dropped for the service’s tentpole originals: The Morning Show, See, For All Mankind, and Dickinson. Overall the critical takes are extremely mixed: though I haven’t seen any reviews that are outright negative, and there are a few which are very positive, the majority of reviews seem to lie somewhere in-between those two extremes.

I am having a really difficult time getting excited about Apple TV+. I think at the end of the day I just don’t like the idea of Apple, the computing devices company, becoming a Hollywood-style entertainment studio. It smacks of the 90s when Microsoft was trying to be all things to all people. I’m more understanding of Amazon doing TV shows…Amazon has always been a company that sells media to people (starting with books).

However, there is another new Apple service I’m very, very happy with: Apple Arcade. I’ll have to write up a whole article about it soon…

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We shouldn’t feel guilty about the technology choices that we make. Just be mindful of what those choices are. The real danger isn’t getting addicted to technology. It’s not realizing if we have. So stay aware…but also, celebrate the magic!

(P.S. This is the first video I’ve edited with LumaFusion on my iPad Pro!)

Season 3, Episode 3

Essential Life with Jared is a vlog series all about Portland, the Pacific Northwest, and the philosophy of essentialism. It’s about finding your own way and never walking somebody else’s path. It’s about living a life that’s most meaningful to you.

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Many Americans are unsure about a number of digital topics

A new Pew Research Center survey finds that Americans’ understanding of technology-related issues varies greatly depending on the topic, term or concept. While a majority of U.S. adults can correctly answer questions about phishing scams or website cookies, other items are more challenging.

Well, another equally valid headline would have been Many Americans are unsure about a number of topics. 😜

Sereiously though, of interest to me is the stat that only 29% of those interviewed correctly identified #Facebook as the owner of both Instagram and WhatsApp. This is hugely problematic not only from the perspective of consumers understanding their choices around smartphone app usage, but it’s a major issue for Facebook as well. Facebook’s brand has become tarnished in recent years, yet it continues to move towards tighter integration of WhatsApp and Instagram into the Facebook platform and ecosystem. However, this could end up backfiring as people increasingly question their usage of the more “positive” apps which have escaped some of the ire directed at Facebook.

Every time I talk with a friend or colleague about how I’m not on Facebook but still use Instagram, I immediately add “yeah I know, it’s still part of Facebook.” Most of the time the folks I talk to know this already, but most of the folks I talk to are fairly digitally savvy. Farther afield, I fear a great many people just have no idea that even when they’re using Instagram or WhatsApp, the buck still ends with Zuck.

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I’m back from hiatus and currently in post-production for the next episode of The Jared White Show. Trying out a whole new topic: dealing with mental health struggles (depression, anxiety, etc.) while working as a creative freelancer. I know a lot of you have similar challenges, so I hope this episode will provide some insight and food for thought as you work on your path. Stay tuned…

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MKBHD got a sneak peek at the latest Surface hardware over at Microsoft Labs: the Surface Neo along with its smaller sibling the Surface Duo. These devices won’t get into consumers’ hands until “Holiday 2020” so this is definitely future tech. But, judging from the video showing how they look and function, I’ll go on record saying this is the first “foldable” design that gets me excited.

I don’t think the Samsung Galaxy Fold or any of the other smartphone designs with foldable screens we’ve seen thus far make any sense. But Microsoft’s take here of a small tablet that becomes a big tablet with the dual-screen design and 360 degree hinge is very interesting. Now I kinda want a dual-screen iPad Pro mini. 🤓

▶️ Watch MKBHD’s YouTube Demo of Surface Neo

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Simple Praxis

Essays which echo the broader movement of progressive Christian writers and thought leaders—heralding a return to the empire-challenging social justice movement which was the hallmark of Jesus’ ministry and of his disciples.

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INTERSECT

Published by my web software company Whitefusion, INTERSECT features articles about supporting the open web, security & privacy, UI/UX, and Ruby programming.

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Yarred

My alter ego as a producer of synthwave, chillout, and thematic electronica. Yarred combines cutting-edge DJ-style live groove production with classic keyboard playing on analog and digital synthesizers.

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I promise not to talk politics. Much. Also, a vlog on the Portland Farmers Market and lots of amazing fall colors!

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