* “Tolkien, The Force Awakens, and the Sadness of Expanded Universes,” an astonishingly excellent post; if I had to draw one lesson it would be that every successful rebellion must eventually end in governance, which results in problems similar to the ones that drove the rebellion in the first place. Fighting the existing order is fun and sexy, but groups of humans need some kind of order, and when the fight dies down some kind of order must exist (or it will be found eventually elsewhere).
* “San Francisco’s Self-Defeating Housing Activists: Tech companies and workers are vilified while longtime homeowners who fight high-density growth continue to profit from rising rents and property values.”
* “Iran’s blogfather: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are killing the web.” Maybe. I’d reframe and say that we’re all killing the web, every day, in the choices that we as individuals make. We are the problem.
* The refragmentation, by Paul Graham, and by definition any essay he writes is worth reading.