What do litter boxes, advice blogs, and conspiracy theories have in common? They’re the topic of my main post this week. Warning: it’s a fairly personal one. As I think about the future of the internet, I’m genuinely concerned about our (read: my) inability to create deeper meaning at scale or to even be able to share information in a reliable way:
✏️ The Information Ecosystem of Litter Boxes
The big kerfuffle on WordPress Twitter this week was all about ACF fields versus Gutenberg! Of course it was. It often is. I’ve written about this in the past for MasterWP (The Imaginary Block-vs-Classic Battle in WordPress) but took a slightly different approach this week:
✏️ A Mild Defense of Meta Boxes
One of the things I’ve been working on in my spare time is creating a WordPress plugin using mostly Github Copilot. I tell Copilot what I want and it writes the code. Or most of it. Ok some of it? It’s an experiment, let’s just say that. I’ll probably dedicate a few posts to it in the coming weeks, but one thing I’m realizing is that Copilot thinks it can write the entire plugin but it does a much better job when I give it smaller, more discrete tasks. Don’t we all?
A few quick links before I go:
- The plugin I’m working on relates to my goal of daily blogging, something I mused about this week.
- I really enjoyed this interview with Nathan Wrigley and Chris Badgett from Lifter LMS all about launching courses and using an LMS. There were half a dozen interesting things that I’ll be thinking on for a while.
- Chris mentioned a concept in that podcast that I riffed on here: “Just in case” vs “just in time” learning– something I typically hear a lot in the alternative education space.
- The Verge has a great overview of the financial incentives around CNET’s unpopular (and misleading) move into AI content.
- This conversation with Baratunde Thurston was all about Twitter, Elon Musk, and the weird rabbit holes that feed on our insecurities. If you aren’t familiar Baratunde, I feel like he’s one of our modern renaissance men, creative in a number of ways.
- You should follow The WP Minute even when they don’t link to me, but luckily for me, this time they did.
- David Bisset and BobWP tackle the current state of social media for WordPressers.
That’s all for now. Have a great week and reach out here or on the fediverse (or Twitter) to talk about all things WordPress.