A Sociology of the Smartphone
When the algorithm is taught to be racist, sexist and ableist (among other things), it leads to the silencing and censorship of entire populations. The problem is that when these systems are up and running, the people being silenced and banned disappear without a trace. Discrimination by algorithm happens in a vacuum.
And with that understanding, we can finally talk about the role that the Comfortable Middle plays in modern American politics. As noted above, the central political aim of the Comfortable Middle is to not have to make politics their main priority. That means that the system has to keep working well enough to maintain economic stability; the Comfortable Middle isn’t going to be voting for any kind of revolution, Left or Right.
All of these steps point to the fears – some would say the paranoia – that the tools of political sabotage have advanced enough to threaten Western democracies. “Democracy is all about public opinion,” Hegelich recalls telling Merkel when they met. “And if there are new ways to manipulate public opinion, then we will see a new type of democracy.”
The typical knowledge worker will move to the iPad or some other device with ARM, mobile OS and those attributes sooner rather than later.
Well, I’ve never used email because I don’t find it would help me with anything I’m doing. I just couldn’t be bothered about it.
Nintendo might sneak up from behind and steal this console generation by completely changing the conversation about what a console should be and how you should play it. They stapled controllers to an iPad and created something no one else would have the guts to try, and they’re being duly rewarded for the effort.
That’s why we tell our journalists: It’s fine if you spend half your time on interaction with readers. Readers are your most valuable resource. It makes sense for journalists to take the time to build up and maintain their network of readers/sources. If a journalist interviewing with us says that talking with readers sounds like a lot of “extra work,” that’s a red flag for us. It’s not extra work; it is your work.
De krant van de toekomst.
An Audience Engagement Team. This is a group of creative-minded editors, producers, and reporters who are particularly skilled at getting the right journalism in front of the right audience at, again, the right time.
The same logic applies to the civic commons at large. Accepting that the ‘right answer’ for how an asset serves its community is going to be in constant evolution asks those who design, build, and maintain the commons to shift their stance from being providers to being enablers. This has strong implications for both the physical assets and the organizations that build and maintain them. As Charlie Leadbeater has summarized elsewhere more eloquently, services are best when developed with the public, not for it.
We have come to this realization that a bunch of people sitting in a room in California is not going to be the best way to reflect all the local values that people have around the world. So we need to evolve the systems for collective decision making. It’s an interesting problem.
“Their No. 1 mission is to undermine the credibility of our entire democracy enterprise of this nation,” Comey said at last week’s hearing. And they barely bother disguising their hand—their goal, in fact, is for us to know what they’re doing to us. As Comey explained, “Their loudness, in a way, would be counting on us to amplify it by telling the American people what we saw and freaking people out about how the Russians might be undermining our elections successfully.”
The real engine fueling rising income inequality is “firm inequality”: In an increasingly winner-take-all or at least winner-take-most economy, the best-educated and most-skilled employees cluster inside the most successful companies, their incomes rising dramatically compared with those of outsiders. This corporate segregation is accelerated by the relentless outsourcing and automation of noncore activities and by growing investment in technology. It’s no accident that a company like Google became a flashpoint for controversy; its employees fare much better than workers almost anywhere else.
People waste years of their lives not being willing to waste hours of their lives. If you mistake busyness for importance--which we do a lot--you're not able to see what really is important.
Wij geven dit land het kostbaarste wat we hebben, onze kinderen, en we willen dat België goed voor hen zorgt, hen een plek geeft in onze samenleving en met liefde en respect behandelt. Onze kinderen zijn het product van dit land. Ze spreken, ook en vooral , de talen van dit land en dragen de cultuur van dit land.
Sociologists say that a belief in truth is what makes trust in authority possible. Without trust, without respect for journalists or doctors or politicians, a society can’t hang together. Nobody trusts anyone, which leaves society open to resentment and propaganda, and of course to demagogues.
If a community or country can't hold together horizontally by way of an idea of factuality, then someone comes along vertically with a huge myth, and that person wins.
Snapchat is aware that most of our conversations are stupid.
Populists “tend to define the people as those that are with them,” Mudde said. The mark of a populist isn’t which specific groups of people he or she includes in “the people” or “the establishment.” It’s the fact that he or she is separating the world into those warring camps in the first place.
The magic phrase is "big nudging", which is the combination of big data with nudging. To many, this appears to be a sort of digital scepter that allows one to govern the masses efficiently, without having to involve citizens in democratic processes. Could this overcome vested interests and optimize the course of the world? If so, then citizens could be governed by a data-empowered “wise king”, who would be able to produce desired economic and social outcomes almost as if with a digital magic wand.
One thing is clear: the way in which we organize the economy and society will change fundamentally. We are experiencing the largest transformation since the end of the Second World War; after the automation of production and the creation of self-driving cars the automation of society is next. With this, society is at a crossroads, which promises great opportunities, but also considerable risks. If we take the wrong decisions it could threaten our greatest historical achievements.
I have come to believe that it is impossible for anyone who is regularly on social media to have a balanced and accurate understanding of what is happening in the world. To follow a minute-by-minute cycle of news is to be constantly threatened by illusion.
The real signal to watch is the oil companies’ “capex” or capital expenditure budgets for drilling and production, where they reveal what they really think about future prospects. Chevron’s 2017 capex estimate is $19.8 billion, down 15 percent from 2016 and a whopping 42 percent from 2015. Other major oil companies have also cut back sharply. It’s not just activist college campuses that are divesting from the fossil-fuel economy. It’s the fossil-fuel producers themselves.
Het probleem van dit soort verontwaardiging is dat ze nooit optelt, alleen op en neer gaat. En precies dat repetitieve karakter ervan is het recept voor vermoeidheid, gewenning en uiteindelijk apathie. Zo kweekt nieuws de perfecte emotionele staat waarin fascistische, autocratische en kleptocratische bewegingen gedijen. Nieuws is de wieg waarin democratisch verzet in slaap wordt gesust.
Ik zou willen dat ik overdreef. Ik zou willen dat dit slechts een storm in een glas water was. Want natuurlijk, de geschiedenis herhaalt zich nooit op dezelfde manier, maar er bestaan wel mechanismen, systemen die perfect beschreven en gedocumenteerd zijn en die je kan herkennen als je naar de rollercoaster van gebeurtenissen van de voorbije dagen hebt gekeken.
When the dust settles, we have 100% of the Executive Order we originally wanted, we’ve tested the loyalty of a department we’ll need later on, we’ve proven we can ignore an entire branch of government, and we’ve slipped in some subtle moves that will make the next test even easier.
Unless Trump and his allies come up with a new deal for the next generation, the 2020 election will give rise to the angry millennial.
Uiteindelijk is ‘trivia’ het woord waarop Neil Postman af gaat en dat hem tot zijn meest uitgesproken oordeel doet komen: ‘Wanneer een volk wordt afgeleid door trivia, wanneer het culturele leven wordt geherdefinieerd tot een voortdurend rondje vermaak, wanneer een serieus publiek gesprek een vorm van babytalk wordt, wanneer, kortom, een volk een publiek wordt, en zijn bestuur een circusact, dan verkeert een natie in hoog risico: een cultuurdood is een reële mogelijkheid.’
Europe is then faced with the choice, or rather a question about its capability. Can it assert itself as a democratic bastion: as a socially democratic, welcoming place, with open borders, at peace with its neighbours? Or will it fall into pieces, plagued by nationalism and resurgent right-wing populism that threatens to destroy the achievements of the post-war peace?
Trump represents what happens when the open spirit of the former is defeated by the demagoguery of the latter. That this should happen democratically does not legitimise or ‘normalise’ the situation, and we have already lost half the battle if we consider what has happened in America as business as usual.
“An organisation that can accelerate but not change direction is like a car that can speed up but not steer,” DeMarco writes. “In the short run, it makes lots of progress in whatever direction it happened to be going. In the long run, it’s just another road wreck.”
Slow things drive us crazy because the fast pace of society has warped our sense of timing. Things that our great-great-grandparents would have found miraculously efficient now drive us around the bend. Patience is a virtue that’s been vanquished in the Twitter age.
How to get hygge? Go home and stay there, preferably in your hyggekrog — a.k.a. “cozy nook” — wrapped in a blanket, drinking a cup of coffee and watching a Danish police procedural about a serial killer with your friends.
The emergence of social media initiated the convergence of content and communication. Content wasn’t just being consumed for informational value; it became a way for people to connect with other people in their lives.
“Personally, I’ve never found being on the sideline a successful place to be,” writes Cook. “The way that you influence these issues is to be in the arena. So whether it’s in this country, or the European Union, or in China or South America, we engage. And we engage when we agree and we engage when we disagree. I think it’s very important to do that because you don’t change things by just yelling. You change things by showing everyone why your way is the best. In many ways, it’s a debate of ideas.”
“Could another person learn to do your job by studying a detailed record of everything you’ve done in the past?” Martin Ford, a software developer, asks early on in “Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future” (Basic Books). “Or could someone become proficient by repeating the tasks you’ve already completed, in the way that a student might take practice tests to prepare for an exam? If so, then there’s a good chance that an algorithm may someday be able to learn to do much, or all, of your job.”
I guess this is what happens when you have people in suits who have never played the game at this level dictating the schedule. I’d like to put Roger Goodell in pads for a late game on a Sunday, in December, in Green Bay, on the frozen tundra — then see what time he gets to the office on Monday morning, knowing that he would have to suit up again on Thursday.
Then maybe he’d understand….
I am very concerned that there will be a populist backlash against technology — namely, Silicon Valley technology companies — when the movements that voted for Brexit and Trump realize that immigrants are not costing them their jobs; technology is.
The media is the starkest example: Google and Facebook didn’t create better newspapers, but rather reduced newspapers — and all other forms of media — to just another piece of content no better or worse than cat GIFs or baby pictures jostling for attention in their carefully manicured gardens.
Politiek is niet iets technisch. Het is een zaak van beleving, van gevoel, van passie.
“The internet is among the few things that humans have built that they don’t understand.”
Most people conform to whatever environment they are in, even if that environment directly contradicts their value-system. Few people have the guts to speak-up or to simply leave. Case and point: when people start gossiping, do you join in?
Few people have the courage to own their value-system these days.
I never would have begun my own conversations without first experiencing clear and passionate outrage to what I believed from those I interacted with. Now is the time for me to pass on that outrage by clearly and unremittingly denouncing the people who used a wave of white anger to take the White House.