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Kuperbeg, Ethan - Deactivated - The New Yorker
A dialogue between the social network and its user upon the request for deactivation.
argument  technology  social_media  satire  creative_writing 
8 days ago by mkauffmann
Strong Opinions Loosely Held Might be the Worst Idea in Tech - The Glowforge Blog
The idea of strong opinions, loosely held is that you can make bombastic statements, and everyone should implicitly assume that you’ll happily change your mind in a heartbeat if new data suggests you are wrong. It is supposed to lead to a collegial, competitive environment in which ideas get a vigorous defense, the best of them survive, and no-one gets their feelings hurt in the process.

On a certain kind of team, where everyone shares that ethos, and there is very little power differential, this can work well. I’ve had the pleasure of working on teams like that, and it is all kinds of fun. When you have a handful of solid engineers that understand each other, and all of them feel free to say “you are wrong about X, that is absolutely insane, and I question your entire family structure if you believe that, clearly Y is the way to go”, and then you all happily grab lunch together (at Linguini’s), that’s a great feeling of camaraderie.

Unfortunately, that ideal is seldom achieved.
power  culture  management  argument  work  technology 
11 days ago by kmt
Immigration, World Poverty and Gumballs - NumbersUSA.com - YouTube
Immigration - Global humanitarian reasons for current U.S. immigration are tested in this updated version of immigration author and journalist Roy Beck's colorful presentation of data from the World Bank and U.S. Census Bureau. The 1996 version of this immigration gumballs presentation has been one of the most viewed immigration policy presentations on the internet.
immigration  argument 
12 days ago by shrike
Why Is It So Hard to Predict the Future? - The Atlantic
Credentialed authorities are comically bad at predicting the future. But reliable forecasting is possible.
future  argument  climate 
13 days ago by gdw
It Comes with the Territory: Why States Negotiate with Ethno-Political Organizations: Studies in Conflict & Terrorism: Vol 42, No 4
Given that minority ethno-political organizations are generally weaker than states yet seek to change their policies or remove the ruling regime from power, why would negotiation occur? States prefer to ignore or repress such organizations, which typically have little to offer in return amidst negotiations that can legitimize them while delegitimizing the state. When a challenging organization establishes governing structures and controls movement in part of a state's territory, however, it can easily inflict significant economic and political costs on the state while also possessing a valuable asset to exchange for concessions. An organization with territorial control cannot be ignored, while the state will have a strong incentive to negotiate before the state loses more face, the group gains more legitimacy, neighboring states are more likely to invade, and the international community is more likely to formally recognize any facts on the ground as a new status quo. Our analysis of 118 organizations in the Middle East and North Africa from 1980–2004 reveals that territorial control is the most important determinant of intrastate negotiation. In regards to existing scholarship, this suggests that a certain type of successful violence works—not all violence and not only nonviolence—while certain types of strong organizations—those that control territory—are more likely to reach negotiations with the state than weak ones.
politics  argument  research  negotiation  strategy 
16 days ago by kmt

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