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The optimization trap: what you give up when you hustle - The Verge
In 2017, Ben Friedman, a Harvard economist, published a paper that explained why. “Keynes was right (so far) about output per capita, but wrong about the workweek,” he wrote. “The key reason is that he failed to allow for changing distribution. With widening inequality, median income (and therefore the income of most families) has risen, and is now rising, much more slowly than he anticipated.”

That means: we’re working harder for less now because the people who have more have so much more. The economy is optimized to push gains to the top. The whole point of personal optimization, on the other hand, is to increase your productivity in this system, to work harder in a way that mostly does not benefit you — at least not in the end.
economy  workculture  techculture  productivity  worklifebalance  humor  nyt  slackfodder 
4 weeks ago by dirtystylus
derrick has started yet another project on Twitter: "Almost every Times reader we talked to in our user research going back since I started (3 years) told us they didn’t find video the right medium for learning about the news. That’s a small sample si
Almost every Times reader we talked to in our user research going back since I started (3 years) told us they didn’t find video the right medium for learning about the news. That’s a small sample size and prob more indicative of the Times audience, but it was noticeable.
nyt  journalism  video  pivottovideo  analytics  facebook 
october 2018 by dirtystylus
Reimagining The New York Times Digital Story Experience
May 8, 2018, marks the culmination of a years-long project to create an article ecosystem that promotes internal efficiency and delivers an enhanced reading experience for our users. We now have a single responsive article for both mobile and desktop on the web, and we use a subset of the same code to render stories in our native apps, Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) and our content management system. Here are the biggest benefits of the work we’ve done:
webdesign  nyt  editorialdesign  editorialstrategy  cms 
june 2018 by dirtystylus
Nintendo’s Switch Brings Some Magic Back - The New York Times
This younger generation has been carefully chosen; Mr. Miyamoto says he wants people who are more likely to create new kinds of play, rather than merely aim to perfect current ones.

“I always look for designers who aren’t super-passionate game fans,” Mr. Miyamoto said. “I make it a point to ensure they’re not just a gamer, but that they have a lot of different interests and skill sets.” Some of the company’s current stars had no experience playing video games when they were hired.
nintendo  nyt  shigerumiyamoto  game  nintendoswitch  gamedesign 
january 2018 by dirtystylus
Inside One of America’s Last Pencil Factories - The New York Times
A worker named Maria matches the color of her shirt and nail polish to the shade of the pastel cores being manufactured each week.
economy  nyt  manufacturing  unitedstates  photos  photoessay 
january 2018 by dirtystylus
I Don’t Want to Watch Slavery Fan Fiction
This show’s premise highlights the limits of the imagination in a world where oppression thrives. These creators can imagine a world where the Confederacy won the Civil War and black people are still enslaved, but they can’t or aren’t interested in imagining a world where, say, things went in a completely different direction after the Civil War and, say, white people are enslaved. Or a world where slavery never happened at all. What would happen in a show where American Indians won the conflicts in which they were embroiled as the British and French and other European nations colonized this country? What would happen if Mexicans won the Mexican-American War and Texas and California were still part of Mexico?

It is curious that time and again, when people create alternate histories, they are largely replicating a history we already know, and intimately. They are replicating histories where whiteness thrives and people of color remain oppressed.
nyt  by:roxanegay  hbo  history  slavery  tv  tv:confederate  race  blackness  blackliberation  alternatehistory 
august 2017 by dirtystylus
Of Lions and Men: Mourning Samuel DuBose and Cecil the Lion - The New York Times
A late-night television host did not cry on camera this week for human lives that have been lost. He certainly doesn’t have to. He did, however, cry for a lion and that’s worth thinking about. Human beings are majestic creatures, too. May we learn to see this majesty in all of us.
blacklivesmatter  blackness  roxanegay  nyt  opinion  cecilthelion  samueldubose  murder  police 
july 2015 by dirtystylus

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