Facebook is predicting the end of the written word

In five years time Facebook “will be definitely mobile, it will be probably all video,” said Nicola Mendelsohn, who heads up Facebook’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, at a conference in London this morning.

This is in line with my expectations as well.

Still, a good video often needs some good scripting and storyboarding. 

Especially if it involves more than a cat falling from furniture or a lone talking head ranting ad libitum.

I won’t sell my pens just yet.

The vinyl of the web

Wired has a nice story on how e-mail newsletters are once again in vogue. I remember when my dad and I used to print out Slate mag’s newsletter and read together with the pile of magazines that filled the living room on weekends. It felt odd, but in a good way.

Today I diet on an eclectic mix of newsletters, from FT Today and Quartz Daily, via Gear Patrol and the likes, to such as Brain Pickings and On Being weekly. It has never stopped being great.

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Coloring books are a cry for help

The craze for adult coloring books has single-handedly lifted both the print book and the pen and pencil industries. But it reflects, more than anything, the insane levels of stress that people are going through. Thu Huong-Ha explores the economics and psychology of the “mindfulness industrial complex.”

Handwriting and cognition is closely related

January 23 is National Handwriting Day in the USm and on the occasion Quartz has an interesting article about the relationship between the physical act of handwriting and the mental act of thinking.

Several scientific studies have shown that the act of putting pen to paper is related to the quality of our thinking. “When we write, a unique neural circuit is automatically activated,” cognitive psychologist Stanislas Dehaene told the New York Times. Stanislas’s research posits that writing by hand actually makes learning easier. “There is a core recognition of the gesture in the written word, a sort of recognition by mental simulation in your brain,” he explained. A 2014 study with the catchy titled “The Pen is Mightier than the Keyboard,” supports Dehaene’s research proving that taking notes by typing on a computer actually diminishes our ability to process new information.

Read the article about handwriting here

Fun fact

Old computers are remarkably useful. Hurling one at a bear can save your life.