Be useful, collect stuff, tell stories

Paul Saffo is a forecaster who keeps a paper journal, but posts some of his thoughts online. He put up The Internet and the three desires last month, and it made a lot of sense to me:

Reduce human complexity to its essentials, and I think humans are motivated by three desires: being useful, collecting stuff and telling each other stories. The Internet’s astonishing trajectory is due in no small part to the fact that, uniquely among all media, it has become a vehicle for satisfying all three of these desires.

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