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What Is a Radical Analysis of Science?
We shouldn't relinquish science to those who would depoliticize it or use it to prop up the ruling class. We should it for emancipatory, transformative ends.
science  politics  criticalGaming  strategy  humanities  research  ideology  capitalism  epistemology  philosophy 
3 days ago by basemaly
Millennial Burnout Is Being Televised - The Atlantic - Pocket
"Which brings us back to the perfectionism study. Millennials, born during the Reagan, Bush Sr., and Clinton presidencies, are the first real babies spawned by neoliberalism and its overarching message of competitive individualism. Curran and Hill wanted to establish whether growing up amid these ideologies made Millennials more likely to be perfectionists, and therefore more likely to be depressed, anxious, unhappy, and dissatisfied with themselves. They concluded not only that perfectionism rates have risen, but also that Millennials’ identities have been fractured by shifting cultural values.... 'Neoliberalism,” Curran and Hill conclude, “has succeeded in shifting cultural values … to now emphasize competitiveness, individualism, and irrational ideals of the perfectible self.' "
capitalism  incentive  performance  criticalGaming  ideology  productivity  stress  psychology  socialnetwork  work 
6 days ago by basemaly
How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation
I couldn’t figure out why small, straightforward tasks on my to-do list felt so impossible. The answer is both more complex and far simpler than I expected.
productivity  Health  stress  anxiety  capitalism  work  psychology  gamification  culture 
6 days ago by basemaly
Why Being Bored Is Good | The Walrus
Boredom, especially the species of it that I am going to label “neoliberal,” depends for its force on the workings of an attention economy in which we are mostly willing participants. In the form of pervasive distraction and proffered connection or communication, social media and other online mechanisms act to harvest our attention. Sites are rated for number of hits, or stickiness, while those from whom the attention is reaped congratulate themselves on likes, retweets, and high numbers of friends or followers. In all these acts, we do the attention economy’s work. But it is not the specific platform or medium that lies at the root of this eerie economy in which we are made to feed upon ourselves, turning desire and attention themselves into commodities we give away for free. Rather, it is the Interface: the complex and often invisible set of relations that conjoins individuality, longing, technology, and structural interests. Not all Interfaces are linked to screens but all are linked to selves and their desires. Our self-commodification within the attention economy makes us unwitting labourers for capital. It also makes us serial sufferers of boredom, too often addicted to means that falsely promise alleviation and bring only repetition. Here we sit, shadow selves, hollowed out from within by alienation from our own attention.
psychology  economics  capitalism  thinking  criticalGaming 
6 days ago by basemaly
This Report Makes It Perfectly Clearly Who Automation Is Working For
If you want to get a sense of who, exactly, automation is working for right now, well, there’s a study for that. Spoiler—it’s the c-suite executives doing the automating.
automation  business  AI  work  Future  economics  capitalism 
7 days ago by basemaly
Unlivable wages in expensive cities are plaguing the video game industry | Digital Trends
The game industry has seen increased reports of crunch and massive layoffs over the last year. One issue that isn’t talked about nearly as much, however, is the rampant problem with low and unfair pay. Digital Trends spoke to developers that have struggled with this issue and the problems they’ve faced because of it.
work  videogames  publishing  liberties  economics  capitalism  money 
10 days ago by basemaly
The mindfulness conspiracy | Life and style | The Guardian
The long read: It is sold as a force that can help us cope with the ravages of capitalism, but with its inward focus, mindful meditation may be the enemy of activism
capitalism  liberties  meditation  thinking 
4 weeks ago by basemaly
Uber’s Path of Destruction - American Affairs Journal
"In reality, Uber’s platform does not include any technological breakthroughs, and Uber has done nothing to “disrupt” the economics of providing urban car services. What Uber has disrupted is the idea that competitive consumer and capital markets will maximize overall economic welfare by rewarding companies with superior efficiency. Its multibillion dollar subsidies completely distorted marketplace price and service signals, leading to a massive misallocation of resources. Uber’s most important innovation has been to produce staggering levels of private wealth without creating any sustainable benefits for consumers, workers, the cities they serve, or anyone else."
capitalism  technology  failure  economics  business  gametheory 
5 weeks ago by basemaly
Why Silicon Valley Loved Uber More Than Everyone Else - The Atlantic
But some of it should go to Silicon Valley’s cultural divergence from the business reality. Investors loved the company not as an operating unit, but as an idea about how the world should be. Uber’s CEO was brash and would do whatever it took. His company’s attitude toward the government was dismissive and defiant. And its model of how society should work, especially how labor supply should meet consumer demand, valorized the individual, as if Milton Friedman’s dreams coalesced into a company. “It’s almost the perfect tech company, insofar as it allocates resources in the physical world and corrects some real inefficiencies,” the Uber investor Naval Ravikant told San Francisco magazine in 2014.
investment  capitalism  economics  business  criticism 
7 weeks ago by basemaly
4 Years of College, $0 in Debt: How Some Countries Make Higher Education Affordable - The New York Times
When we asked people around the world what sort of financial burden they bore for their higher education, we heard how much it varies from country to country.
university  economics  capitalism  money  education 
7 weeks ago by basemaly
DRM and terms-of-service have ended true ownership, turning us into "tenants of our own devices" / Boing Boing
Writing in Wired, Zeynep Tufekci (previously) echoes something I've been saying for years: that the use of Digital Rights Management technologies, along with other systems of control like Terms of Service, are effectively ending the right of individuals to own private property (in the sense of exercising "sole and despotic dominion" over something), and instead…
law  copyright  business  capitalism 
8 weeks ago by basemaly
Greed in the New Gilded Age - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Yeah, see, free market economics is trash. The rules don’t work because they assume their rules matter more than the unquenchable greed of employers. The only reason employers have ever paid workers more is because those workers organized into unions and forced them to do so. Sure, theoretically, employers might pay higher wages when it’s harder to find employees, but that’s a position of last resort.
economics  criticalGaming  incentive  business  capitalism  liberties  failure 
10 weeks ago by basemaly
What It Takes to Put Your Phone Away | The New Yorker
Rather than establishing a set of rigorous habits, we may need to rethink our approach to life in general, Jia Tolentino writes.
attention  mobile  criticalGaming  socialnetwork  anxiety  privacy  Health  ethics  capitalism 
11 weeks ago by basemaly
The Human Cost of Higher Education's Adjunct Shift - The Atlantic
Thea Hunter was a promising, brilliant scholar. And then she got trapped in academia’s permanent underclass.
university  work  education  liberties  capitalism 
april 2019 by basemaly
It's time for workers to worry about AI | VentureBeat
Despite a surfeit of ethical concerns, leading AI advocates such as Andrew Ng are encouraging companies to jump into AI use. Many are doing just that. KPMG claims more than half of business executives plan to implement some form of AI within the next 12 months. One of the more common AI discussions is the potential impact on jobs. This impact is probably incalculable, though many try to estimate it. Gartner, for example, believes AI will create more jobs than it destroys between now and 2025. Previous technology revolutions have destroyed jobs but ultimately created new jobs and industries. That pattern has happened repeatedly, and this dynamic has now become conventional wisdom. But not everyone is so sanguine when it comes to the impact of AI. In a 60 Minutes interview, Kai-Fu Lee, one of the world’s foremost experts on artificial intelligence, claimed that — in as soon as 15 years — AI technology could displace about 40% of the jobs in the world. The disruption is already beginning, with fully 75% of the organizations KPMG surveyed expecting intelligent automation to significantly impact 10 to 50% of their employees in the next two years. A Citigroup executive told Bloomberg that better AI could reduce headcount at the bank by 30%.
AI  automation  business  capitalism  work 
april 2019 by basemaly
Abigail Disney Has More Money Than She’ll Ever Spend
Abigail Disney, heiress to the Disney fortune, has more money than she’ll ever spend. Here, she talks about being raised in a wealthy family.
capitalism  economics  money  culture  liberties  interview 
april 2019 by basemaly
It's impossible to lead a totally ethical life—but it's fun to try — Quartz
There isn’t a simple answer to complex questions, but the ethical approach is to engage with the difficulties rather than avoiding them.
capitalism  ethics  economics  politics 
march 2019 by basemaly
Coders’ Primal Urge to Kill Inefficiency—Everywhere | WIRED
For software engineers, lack of friction is an aesthetic joy, an emotional high, the ideal existential state. It’s what drives them—and shapes our world. "The thrust of Silicon Valley is always to take human activity and shift it into metabolic overdrive. And maybe you've wondered, why the heck is that? Why do techies insist that things should be sped up, torqued, optimized? There's one obvious reason, of course: They do it because of the dictates of the market. Capitalism handsomely rewards anyone who can improve a process and squeeze some margin out. But with software, there's something else going on too. For coders, efficiency is more than just a tool for business. It's an existential state, an emotional driver."
capitalism  automation  programming  aesthetics  optimization  specialization  work 
march 2019 by basemaly
The Complicated Economy of Open Source Software
A look at the complicated business of funding open source software development.
work  capitalism  business  opensource  freeware  liberties  economics 
march 2019 by basemaly
What Happened to the Uber-for-X Companies - The Atlantic
Ten years after Uber inaugurated a new era for Silicon Valley, we checked back in on 105 on-demand businesses. "An unkind summary, then, of the past half decade of the consumer internet: Venture capitalists have subsidized the creation of platforms for low-paying work that deliver on-demand servant services to rich people, while subjecting all parties to increased surveillance."
surveillance  data  capitalism  economics  business  liberties 
march 2019 by basemaly
Can a product be truly progressive? How can I free my skin? Let's discuss!
video  history  advertising  capitalism  business  deception 
march 2019 by basemaly
Robert Reich: America Is a Socialist Country for the Rich
In the conservative mind, socialism means getting something for doing nothing. That pretty much describes the $21 billion saved by the nation’s largest banks last year thanks to Trump’s tax cuts, some of which went into massive bonuses for bank executives. On the other hand, more than 4,000 lower-level bank employees got a big dose of harsh capitalism. They lost their jobs.
capitalism  economics  politics  liberties 
february 2019 by basemaly
Nearly Half of Game Developers Want To Unionize - Slashdot
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: Unionization isn't a new idea for the game development industry, but it is a particularly hot and contentious topic right now. A handful of events in 2018 thrust the unionization conversation to the forefront, including Rockstar boss Dan Houser's co...
work  videogames  business  capitalism 
january 2019 by basemaly
Google asks Supreme Court to rule on when code can be copyrighted - The Verge
After years of back-and-forth legal rulings, Google is asking the Supreme Court to make the final call in its infamous dispute with Oracle. Today, the company announced it has filed a petition with the Court, asking the justices to determine the boundaries of copyright law in code.
copyright  google  code  law  programming  capitalism 
january 2019 by basemaly
"Capitalism has outlived its usefulness" -Martin Luther King, Jr / Boing Boing
"I imagine you already know that I am much more socialistic in my economic theory than capitalistic. And yet I am not so opposed to capitalism that I have failed to see its relative merits. It started out with a noble and high motive, viz, to block the trade monopolies of nobles, but like most…
capitalism  criticism  history 
january 2019 by basemaly
Merger: a science-fiction short about corporations as literal (as well as figurative) AIs / Boing Boing Keiichi Matsuda created 2016's Hyper-Reality, an amazing, dystopian video about the future of augmented reality; now Matsuda is back with Merger, that plays darkly into the idea that corporations are a form of Slow AI that view humans as inconvenient gut-flora, a truth shot through our collective fears. Merger is a new film about…
business  capitalism  AI  videogames  scienceFiction  dystopia 
january 2019 by basemaly
More than half of Americans say they didn’t get a pay raise this year - MarketWatch
The economy is thriving, but many Americans say they aren’t seeing a difference in their paychecks.
work  capitalism  business  economics 
december 2018 by basemaly
Rich People Are Getting Away With Not Paying Their Taxes - The Atlantic
An eight-year campaign to slash the IRS’s budget has left the agency understaffed, hamstrung, and operating with archaic equipment. The result: a hundred-billion-dollar heist.
Taxes  law  corruption  capitalism  economics 
december 2018 by basemaly
The costs of corruption: values, economic development under assault, trillions lost, says Guterres | UN News
Every year, trillions of dollars - equivalent to more than five percent of global GDP - are paid in bribes or stolen through corruption, the United Nations reported on the International Day which serves to highlight the pervasive crime, marked this Sunday.
corruption  crime  business  capitalism  economics 
december 2018 by basemaly
Are Millennials Giving Up on Entrepreneurship? - The Atlantic
A lack of personal savings, competition from abroad, and the threat of another economic downturn make it harder for Millennials to thrive as entrepreneurs.
business  work  capitalism  economics 
december 2018 by basemaly
CABINET / The Game of War: Debord as Strategist
Play is one of the key categories of Situationist thought and practice, but would it really be possible to bring this new landscape for play into being entirely by means of play itself? Debord is best known as the author of The Society of the Spectacle (1967), but in many ways it is not quite a representative text. Lately there has also been a revival of Debord the filmmaker, but beside being a writer, a filmmaker, an editor, and a first rate professional of no profession, he was also a game designer. According to Debord’s second wife, Alice Becker-Ho, he patented his Game of War in 1965 ten years after conceiving it. In 1977, he partnered with his then publisher Gérard Lebovici to form a company to make board games... The strategist is not the proprietor of a field of knowledge, but rather assesses the value of the forces aligned on any available territory. The strategist occupies, evacuates, or contests any territory at hand in pursuit of advantage.
play  philosophy  games  satire  strategy  art  capitalism  specialization  chess  poker  wargame 
november 2018 by basemaly
Why Big Tech pays poor Kenyans to teach self-driving cars - BBC News
The data that powers the most cutting edge technology in Silicon Valley begins in Nairobi's slum.
work  business  capitalism  AI  technology 
november 2018 by basemaly
Trump Administration Spares Corporate Wrongdoers Billions in Penalties - The New York Times
Punishment of banks and big companies accused of malfeasance has declined precipitously since the Obama era.
business  corruption  capitalism  law  politics 
november 2018 by basemaly
Tech's push to teach coding isn't about kids' success – it's about cutting wages | Technology | The Guardian
Today’s hi-tech wages threaten Silicon Valley’s bottom line. What better way to drive down coders’ pay than by investing in a new generation of cheap labor?
work  programming  capitalism  business 
november 2018 by basemaly
Bernie Sanders Is Partnering With A Greek Progressive To Build A New Leftist Movement
Yanis Varoufakis, famous for his motorcycle-riding style and clashes with the EU while serving as Greece’s finance minister, is teaming up with the Vermont senator to reboot progressivism.
politics  liberties  economics  capitalism 
october 2018 by basemaly
Apple’s Tim Cook makes blistering attack on the “data industrial complex” | TechCrunch
"These scraps of data, each one harmless enough on its own, are carefully assembled, synthesized, traded and sold. Taken to the extreme this process creates an enduring digital profile and lets companies know you better than you may know yourself. Your profile is a bunch of algorithms that serve up increasingly extreme content, pounding our harmless preferences into harm. We shouldn't sugarcoat the consequences. This is surveillance,"
data  surveillance  business  privacy  capitalism 
october 2018 by basemaly
Billionaires Are the Leading Cause of Climate Change | GQ
"Even today, after literally decades of radical libertarian billionaires fostering disbelief in climate change and skepticism about the government, three out of five Americans believe climate change affects their local community. That number climbs to two-thirds on the coasts. Even the Trump administration now admits that climate change is real, but their response to it is dead-eyed acceptance. If popular support actually influenced public policy, there would have been more decisive action from the U.S. government years ago. But the fossil-fuel industry's interests are too well-insulated by the mountains of cash that have been converted into lobbyists, industry-shilling Republicans and Democrats, and misinformation. To them, the rest of the world is just kindling. "
climate  deception  truth  capitalism  business  environment 
october 2018 by basemaly
The Nobel Committee Honors the Economics of Market Failure | The New Yorker
John Cassidy writes about the work of Bill Nordhaus and Paul Romer, the scholars who won this year’s Nobel Prize in Economics, which studies how market economies sometimes fail to work as advertised.
economics  capitalism  climate 
october 2018 by basemaly
Scientists Warn the UN of Capitalism's Imminent Demise - Motherboard
Climate change and species extinctions are accelerating even as societies are experiencing rising inequality, unemployment, slow economic growth, rising debt levels, and impotent governments. Contrary to the way policymakers usually think about these problems, the new report says that these are not really separate crises at all. Rather, these crises are part of the same fundamental transition to a new era characterized by inefficient fossil fuel production and the escalating costs of climate change. Conventional capitalist economic thinking can no longer explain, predict, or solve the workings of the global economy in this new age, the paper says.
capitalism  climate  environment  economics  politics  Future 
august 2018 by basemaly
Opinion | It’s Not Technology That’s Disrupting Our Jobs - The New York Times
But this narrative is wrong. The history of labor shows that technology does not usually drive social change. On the contrary, social change is typically driven by decisions we make about how to organize our world. Only later does technology swoop in, accelerating and consolidating those changes. This insight is crucial for anyone concerned about the insecurity and other shortcomings of the gig economy. For it reminds us that far from being an unavoidable consequence of technological progress, the nature of work always remains a matter of social choice. It is not a result of an algorithm; it is a collection of decisions by corporations and policymakers.
work  automation  business  capitalism 
august 2018 by basemaly
Americans Own Less Stuff, and That’s Reason to Be Nervous - Bloomberg
The main culprits for the change are software and the internet. For instance, Amazon's Kindle and other methods of online reading have revolutionized how Americans consume text. Fifteen years ago, people typically owned the books and magazines they were reading. Much less so now. If you look at the fine print, it turns out that you do not own the books on your Kindle. Inc. does. I do not consider this much of a practical problem. Although Amazon could obliterate the books on my Kindle, this has happened only in a very small number of cases, typically involving account abuse. Still, this licensing of e-books, instead of stacking books on a shelf, has altered our psychological sense of how we connect to what we read -- it is no longer truly "ours."
business  capitalism  culture  marketing 
august 2018 by basemaly
(1) Astroturfing: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) - YouTube
Organizations can hire fake advocates who create the illusion of real support for their message. It’s a shady practice called astroturfing that can warp the public perception of anything...even astroturfing.
deception  politics  media  business  capitalism  truth 
august 2018 by basemaly
Fewer than half of young Americans are positive about capitalism
Meanwhile, 51 percent of young Americans are positive about socialism, according to a poll from Gallup.
politics  capitalism  media  reality 
august 2018 by basemaly
See No Evil
Software helps companies coordinate the supply chains that sustain global capitalism. How does the code work—and what does it conceal?
economics  business  capitalism  organization 
august 2018 by basemaly
John Lanchester · After the Fall: Ten Years after the Crash · LRB 5 July 2018
The common factor explaining all these phenomena is, I would argue, the credit crunch and, especially, the Great Recession that followed... Perhaps the best place to begin is with the question, what happened? Answering it requires a certain amount of imaginative work, because although ten years ago seems close, some fundamentals in the way we perceive the world have shifted. The most important component of the intellectual landscape of 2008 was a widespread feeling among elites that things were working fine. Not for everyone and not everywhere, but in aggregate: more people were doing better than were doing worse. Both the rich world and the poor world were measurably, statistically, getting richer.
economics  politics  capitalism  business  Taxes  corruption 
july 2018 by basemaly
It’s easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism | Pechorin's Journal
Capitalist Realism: Is there no alternative?, by Mark Fisher I was at Morgan Stanley back in 2007 when the markets crashed. The first warning for me was when an email came round warning of problems in the money markets. The email didn't make much sense to me, it wasn't an area I worked in, but…
books  capitalism  reviews  politics  philosophy 
july 2018 by basemaly
Fredric Jameson: Future City. New Left Review 21, May-June 2003.
After the dilapidation of urban modernism, what kinds of city and what forms of architecture await us? The author of The Seeds of Time considers their flowers in the dizzying work of Rem Koolhaas, the mega-developments of the Pearl River Delta and the conceptualization of ‘Junkspace’. Breaking back into history with a battering-ram of the postmodern?
cities  worldbuilding  capitalism  economics  criticism 
july 2018 by basemaly
The US startup company is disappearing—and that's bad for the economy — Quartz
Historically, startups have been the engine of US economy. By creating new jobs and surfacing new ideas, startups play an outsized role in making the economy grow. It's too bad they are a dying breed. The share of companies that are startups has been falling While companies that were less than two years old made...
business  capitalism  innovation  publishing  gamelab 
june 2018 by basemaly
On Amazon’s Time
In reality, the labor hours Amazon needs to power its brutally efficient supply chain appear to be far fewer. To reduce overhead but continue to sop up performance-based incentives from the local governments it operates in, Amazon has become increasingly reliant on a work scheduling scheme that often coerces workers into leaving their shifts early or turns them away at the door without notice.
work  automation  amazon  business  capitalism 
june 2018 by basemaly
The Bullshit-Job Boom | The New Yorker
Instead of reaping the rewards of our labor in the mid-century style, we now split them among shareholders and growth for growth’s sake. The spoils of prosperity are fed back into the system to fund new and, perhaps, functionally unnecessary jobs... Market competition is supposed to slough off inefficiencies and waste. Is Graeber being naïve about contemporary business? Some argue that bullshit jobs only look bullshitty; in truth, they are disaggregated, the white-collar version of the guy on the factory floor who makes a single metal rivet for an airplane. Graeber doesn’t buy it. The field he knows best, academia, had as much of a staffing explosion as any, and yet the work of teaching and research is no more complex or scaled-up than it was decades ago. The hordes of new employees must be doing something else... Left to their own devices, Graeber points out, people tend to do work like students at exam time, alternately cramming and slacking. Possibly, they work this way because it is the most productive way to work.
work  culture  capitalism  organization  management  criticism 
june 2018 by basemaly
The Psychology of Money
That’s because investing is not the study of finance. It’s the study of how people behave with money. And behavior is hard to teach, even to really smart people. You can’t sum up behavior with formulas to memorize or spreadsheet models to follow. Behavior is inborn, varies by person, is hard to measure, changes over time, and people are prone to deny its existence, especially when describing themselves.
money  psychology  business  innovation  capitalism  economics 
june 2018 by basemaly
American tech giants are making life tough for startups - Into the danger zone
IT IS a classic startup story, but with a twist. Three 20-somethings launched a firm out of a dorm room at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016, with the goal of using algorithms to predict the reply to an e-mail.
business  socialnetwork  capitalism  economics  innovation 
june 2018 by basemaly
Forget fears of automation, your job is probably bullshit anyway | WIRED UK
Governed by the need to maximise profits and minimise costs, companies subject to “pure” capitalism would gain no advantage in hiring unnecessary staff. However, Graeber points out that many industries no longer operate on this dynamic of profit and loss. Instead some industries like accountancy, consultancy and corporate law, are rewarded through huge, open contracts, where the incentive is to maximise the length, cost and duration of the project...But Graeber suggests that managerial feudalism is not the result of careful planning, central directives or an orchestrated conspiracy organised by a cabal of the world’s wealthiest people. It is more the result of inaction. Failing to invest in new technologies, to consider the adoption of policies like universal basic income and to challenge stale moral assumptions concerning work. In sum, it is the failure to change the status quo, which Graeber believes has enabled the ruling class to continue the management of people through labour.
work  automation  economics  capitalism  psychology  Health 
may 2018 by basemaly
How Corporations Lobby Around Problems - Lawyers, Guns & Money
We found that from 1997 to 2000, when UNICEF was actively promoting tobacco control to support children’s rights, the tobacco industry saw children’s rights and UNICEF as potentially powerful threats to business that needed to be closely monitored and neutralized. The industry then positioned itself as a partner with UNICEF on youth smoking prevention initiatives as a way to avoid meaningful tobacco control measures that could save children’s lives.
business  politics  deception  capitalism  international  health 
may 2018 by basemaly
How to get rich quick in Silicon Valley | Corey Pein | News | The Guardian
The long read: Corey Pein took his half-baked startup idea to America’s hottest billionaire factory – and found a wasteland of techie hustlers and con men
business  innovation  capitalism  organization  work  deception 
april 2018 by basemaly
Hackathons are dystopian events that dupe people into working for free
In "Hackathons As Co-optation Ritual: Socializing Workers and Institutionalizing Innovation in the 'New' Economy," sociologists Sharon Zukin and Max Papadantonakis argue that companies use the allure of hackathons to get people to work for free. They says sponsors fuel the "romance of digital innovation by appealing to the hackers' aspiration to be multi-dimensional agents of change" when in fact the hackathons are just a means of labor control.
gamelab  hacking  capitalism 
march 2018 by basemaly
The Wire, 10 years on: ‘We tore the cover off a city and showed the American dream was dead’ | Television & radio | The Guardian

He wanted to show the connecting thread – the wire – that ran between seemingly different organisations and the people who worked in them. Alvarez believes that if Simon hadn’t succeeded in pitching The Wire, the themes driving the five seasons might instead have inspired five books. Whether he was exploring police departments, drug cartels, labour unions, the school system, newspapers or city hall, Simon was interested in how the machine worked, or failed to work. If he could explain Baltimore, then he could explain the US.
tv  bestList  capitalism  politics  crime  writing 
march 2018 by basemaly
The Misguided Drive to Measure ‘Learning Outcomes’
Consider that holy grail of learning outcomes, critical thinking — what the philosopher John Dewey called the ability “to maintain the state of doubt and to carry on systematic and protracted inquiry.” Teaching it is not a cheap or efficient process. It does not come from trying to educate the most students at the lowest possible cost or from emphasizing short, quantifiable, standardized assignments at the expense of meandering, creative and difficult investigation.
learning  education  statistics  university  thinking  capitalism 
february 2018 by basemaly
Peter Thiel’s Unfortunate World: On “The Know-It-Alls” by Noam Cohen
“[C]ut through Thiel’s eccentricities and harsh language and you discover that Thiel is simply articulating the Know-It-All worldview as best he knows how. In Thiel’s ideas one finds Frederick Terman’s insistence that the smartest should lead, as well as his belief in using entrepreneurism and the market to introduce new technologies to the people. There is the hackers’ confidence that technology will improve society, as well as their suspicion of ignorant authorities who would try to rein in or regulate the best and brightest. There is the successful entrepreneur’s belief that the disruption that has made him fabulously wealthy must be good for everyone. The main difference between Thiel and his peers is that he acts forcefully and openly in support of his ideas, while they are inclined to be more cautious and circumspect.”
politics  history  culture  capitalism  business 
february 2018 by basemaly
The Battle Is For The Customer Interface | TechCrunch
In 2015 Uber, the world's largest taxi company owns no vehicles, Facebook the world’s most popular media owner creates no content, Alibaba, the most..
business  capitalism  platform  socialnetwork 
january 2018 by basemaly
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