“Her extremely posh eight year-old asks her a question about the economy (!), and before she answers it, she asks her extremely posh five year-old “Do you know what the economy is, darling?”
“Yes mummy, it’s the part of the plane that’s terrible”.
This is how revolutions start.”
― Adam Kay, This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
- Better snacks
- Better toilet paper
- I can yell at my rubber duck
- Diet is dead
- I’m almost out of toilet paper
- The duck started yelling back..
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• Better snacks
• Better toilet paper
• I can yell at my rubber duck
— 𝙹𝚊𝚢𝚍𝚎𝚟 𝚂𝚑𝚒𝚛𝚘𝚢𝚊 (@j4yd3v) March 20, 2020
The headline is decently grabby, and the story seems likely to be authoritative, engaging, and brief. All of which is to say that it is worth a click. So you click it.
You manage to close these various boxes, and now you can scroll. For a few seconds, anyway, until another ad creeps down from the banner ad above the headline. This one is pushing an online subscription to a different newspaper’s crossword puzzle. It briefly stops downward progress, then disappears. From there, it’s easy cruising for three ordinary paragraphs and one declamatory, single-sentence Sportswriter Special, before it’s time for another ad—a home treadmill—and then another paragraph, and then a large photo.
All of this was, at some point, a choice. And then, at some later date, it wasn’t anymore.