Over the weekend, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson was in Dan Bailey’s fly fishing shop in Livingston, Montana, undoubtedly looking for the perfect spruce moth or trico with which to land a story-worthy rainbow trout in one of the state’s glistening rivers. According to NBC News, an individual walked into the store and berated the prime-time cable ratings leader, calling him the “worst human being known to man.”

WHAT I’M READING

I thought it was just my kids, but as I asked around, it was clear everyone felt the same: 2020 (and some of 2021?) was a lost year for education at all levels. One stat: 70% of teens reported communicating less frequently with teachers since the start of the pandemic. Returning to normalcy is going to be a process of transition — starting with early preparation and consistency. Pandemic has teens feeling worried, unmotivated and disconnected from school — Qrius — July 24, 2021

YOU WON’T READ THIS ANYWHERE ELSE

A controversial but important perspective from science writer John Tierny on what he calls the “crisis crisis” amplified during the pandemic. “It’s a longstanding problem — humanity was supposedly doomed in the last century by the “population crisis” and the “energy crisis” — that has dramatically worsened with the cable and digital competition for ratings, clicks, and retweets.” The Panic Pandemic — City Journal — Summer, 2021

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT TURBINE LABS

Executives are recognizing the importance of re-establishing connections and re-nurturing their networks, impacted as a result of our inability to meet, travel, or connect in-person during the pandemic. A rapidly growing use case for Turbine Labs customers is the “Thought Leadership Digest,” a weekly or monthly letter from an executive, which is then processed through our AI-powered platform to find compelling news and commentary validating the though-leadership piece. Sign up for a demo from one of our Blades to see how it works in action.

TRIVIA ANSWERS

  • Sean Hannity is reportedly the highest paid cable TV personality, earning an annual salary of $40 million. (TheStreet)
  • Florida had the lowest age-adjusted mortality rate from Covid-19, with 136 deaths per 100,000 residents. New York had the highest, with 267 per 100,000. (CDC)

Founder/CEO of Turbine Labs. I write about information access, overload, and bias, as well as our AI-powered software. (turbinelabs.com / @turbinelabs)