Mondays might not be your favorite day of the week, but the good news is that we’re all in this together ladies and gentlemen. As purveyors of prime Grade A web content, the SolidSmack crew has done some of the heavy-lifting to make sure you get your Mondays started on the right track.

Welcome to The Monday List.

Every Monday, we link you up with some of the most insightful, informative, and socially-relevant stories to keep tabbed, bookmarked, reading listed, pocketed, or what have you to get your week started on the right foot. Be sure to check in each week for a new crop of freshly sprouted words curated straight from the source of your favorite homegrown ‘Smack.

What We’re Reading This Week:

What Do We Mean When We Call Art ‘Necessary’?

A turn toward socially conscious criticism, ushered in by the internet’s amplification of previously ignored perspectives, has meant that culture now tends to be evaluated as much for its politics as for its aesthetic successes (or failures).

What Do We Mean When We Call Art ‘Necessary’?

The Man Who Cracked the Lottery

The file landed on Rob Sand’s desk with something less than a thud. Despite holding the contents of an investigation still open after more than two years, the file was barely half an inch thick. “Happy birthday,” his boss said.

The Man Who Cracked the Lottery

Amazon Has a Rare Chance to Get More Diverse Fast

HQ2 means 50,000 new jobs and a way to right the ship, in a company where men make up 73 percent of professional employees and 78 percent of senior executives and managers.

Amazon Has a Rare Chance to Get More Diverse Fast

Inside the Brotherhood of the Ad Blockers

For the advertising industry, ad blocking is an existential crisis. For the Pi-hole community, it’s a sport.

Inside the Brotherhood of the Ad Blockers

Tech Addiction and the Business of Mindfulness

So begins Sustenance Sunday, a workshop designed to teach us about authentic communication, mindful use of technology, and, because we live in the modern world, “awakened social posting.”

Tech Addiction and the Business of Mindfulness

What I Wish I’d Done Differently as a Data Science Leader: On Centralizing Siloed Data

In 2014, I joined Pebble (the once-glorious smartwatch maker later acquired by Fitbit) to lead their data science & analytics team. Part of the reason I joined was that I was interested in the challenges of managing a data organization at a hardware company.

What I Wish I’d Done Differently as a Data Science Leader: On Centralizing Siloed Data

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