The Comment is a weekly digest of the stuff that grabbed my attention or occupied some part my mind during the past week. Normally, it’ll be one thing that’s really been on my mind, followed by a handful of things that I found interesting. The Comment will be published each Monday at 10:30AM EST.
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// How many ISPs are in your neighborhood?
Recode posted an interesting interactive map showing the number of broadband providers in different parts of the country.
Unsurprisingly, those living in rural areas have fewer choices for broadband than those in the suburbs and the cities. Additionally, the wealthier zip codes tend to have more choices for broadband than poorer ones do. An issue with the rollback of the Title II classification for ISPs is that it opens up the potential for ISPs to implement pricing schemes or network practices that will inevitably be detrimental to rural and poor citizens. They simple won’t be able to change ISPs. The next generation of work is definitely leaning towards the Internet as a requirement. There’s a significant portion of the population who’ll be cut out of that.
// 60 Books, 10 Lessons
Seyi Fabode shared a list of 10 lessons and themes from the 60 books she read in 2017. There are some good ones here. It’s also a great starting point if you are looking for somethings to read as you head into 2017.
// Fighting Depression and Imposter Syndrome
Wayne Sutton wrote a pretty powerful piece on how he recognized and fought depression and imposter syndrome. A lot of his experiences feel very familiar to me:
Discussing mental health has always been a taboo in America, in tech and especially in the black community. Historically, conversations around mental health are seen as a weakness. As a black man, the stereotype is to be emotionally and physically strong. You never cry, never complain, you survive, you endure. Showing any sign of weakness says that you’re soft. While growing up, I never used words such as empathy, or compassion to discuss my feelings. If I didn’t feel well emotionally, often the solution was religion, medicine or outdoor activities, aka avoidance. Very few times, if any, would I hear, ‘why are you thinking a certain way or feeling a certain way’. The concepts of self-awareness and emotional intelligence were not part of my upbringing.
Growing up, the tools and methods to properly discuss and handle emotions are not available. A lot of the time you are told to push through it, but rarely do we seek to understand why we feel a certain way. This leads to the lack of self-awareness and emotional intelligence Wayne talks about.
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