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Opinion | How Plato Foresaw Facebook’s Folly
Nov. 16, 2018 The New York Times | By Bret Stephens, Opinion Columnist

Technology promises to make easy things that, by their intrinsic nature, have to be hard......The story of the wildly exaggerated promises and damaging unintended consequences of technology isn’t exactly a new one. The real marvel is that it constantly seems to surprise us. Why?......Part of the reason is that we tend to forget that technology is only as good as the people who use it. .....It’s also true that Facebook and other Silicon Valley giants have sold themselves not so much as profit-seeking companies but as ideal-pursuing movements.....But the deeper reason that technology so often disappoints and betrays us is that it promises to make easy things that, by their intrinsic nature, have to be hard......Tweeting and trolling are easy. Mastering the arts of conversation and measured debate is hard. Texting is easy. Writing a proper letter is hard. Looking stuff up on Google is easy. Knowing what to search for in the first place is hard. Having a thousand friends on Facebook is easy. Maintaining six or seven close adult friendships over the space of many years is hard. Swiping right on Tinder is easy. Finding love — and staying in it — is hard.

That’s what Socrates (or Thamus) means when he deprecates the written word: It gives us an out. It creates the illusion that we can remain informed, and connected, even as we are spared the burdens of attentiveness, presence of mind and memory. That may seem quaint today. But how many of our personal, professional or national problems might be solved if we desisted from depending on shortcuts?... struck by how desperately Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg sought to massage and finesse — with consultants, lobbyists and technological patches — what amounted to a daunting if simple crisis of trust. As with love and grammar, acquiring and maintaining trust is hard. There are no workarounds.
arduous  Bret_Stephens  Facebook  Greek  op-ed  pretense_of_knowledge  Socrates  technology  unintended_consequences  shortcuts  fallacies_follies  philosophy 
november 2018 by jerryking
Are you cheating at the gym? | The GoodLife Fitness Blog
most common short cuts.
SWINGING
Lifting weights is built of two parts, the concentric and eccentric, or the contract and stretch. If you’re swinging into the move to build momentum then you’re not able to control the eccentric phase and you sacrifice results. You also risk injury when you’re not in control. Use a one second count on the concentric movement, and four on the eccentric.
strength_training  shortcuts  exercise  fitness  gyms  cheating 
july 2018 by jerryking
A hacker mindset for success, the accelerated way - FT.com
September 10, 2014 | FT | By Emma Jacobs.

Cedarbrae: Book Nonfiction In Library 650.1 SNO

Shane Snow’s book Smartcuts....too many of us are mired in dated ways of doing things, argues Snow. Traditional thinking goes something like this: if we pay our dues and take our time, we might earn great success. What Snow suggests instead is that we learn from people such as Groupon's Mr Mason, who “buck the norm and do incredible things in implausibly short amounts of time”.

Snow, a tech journalist in New York and co-founder of Contently, which provides content for brands, believes we all need a hacker mindset to become successful. He is not advocating criminality or even the skills of a coder but suggests applying lateral thinking to careers and business problems. Rather than shortcuts, he advocates ethical “smartcuts”, hence the book’s title. Classic success advice, he writes, is “work 100 hours a week, believe you can do it, visualise, and push yourself harder than everyone else. Claw that nail out with your bare hands ‘til they bleed if necessary”. He dismisses this as “the hard way”.
He argues, for example, that mentors do not work because they are stiff and formulaic.
hackers  books  career_paths  disruption  attitudes  lateral_thinking  thinking  hacks  mindsets  shortcuts  speed 
september 2014 by jerryking
Parenting to Win
January 20, 2011 | The Root | By: Michel Martin. Black people
should still buy this book and study it for its underlying message,
which is this: There are no shortcuts to achievement -- and no racial
secrets -- only strategies. No excuses, no shortcuts -- figure out
winning strategies and follow through. Earlier generations of black
people knew these strategies well and talked about them often, but
today's popular culture no longer seems to celebrate these simple
truths.
no_excuses  parenting  African-Americans  Amy_Chua  movingonup  shortcuts  anti-intellectualism  discipline  Tiger_Moms 
january 2011 by jerryking
Straying From Tradition to Generate Solid Leads - WSJ.com
NOVEMBER 10, 2010 | WSJ | Mike Michalowicz. One shortcut to
getting solid referrals from clients is a process I call "fast-flow
prospecting." It starts with simply asking, "Would you mind referring me
to your other top vendors so that we can explore ways to serve you
better?" You might get a raised eyebrow, but your clients will almost
always say yes. It's a no-brainer for your client because you're not
asking them to hook you up with new leads; you're simply asking them to
help you, help them....Because you are working with other vendors to
create a better service protocol for mutual clients and prospects, this
lead-generation strategy will result in the best of referrals. Not only
will you land more clients, but you'll also build strong client
relationships that lead to other vendor referrals, and so on.
lead_generation  prospecting  referrals  running_a_business  shortcuts  protocols  business_development 
november 2010 by jerryking
FT.com / Comment / Analysis - A new Asian invasion
June 24 2005 | Financial Times | By Dan Roberts, Richard
McGregor and Stephanie Kirchgaessner. "China’s strategic desire for
control of natural resources, global brands and a short cut to
international markets, combined with unprecedented access to cheap money
from the country’s state-owned banks, therefore means its companies can
afford to are ready to outbid more traditional trade purchasers and
private equity groups."
FDI  China  U.S.  industrial_policies  mercantilism  SOEs  natural_resources  brands  mergers_&_acquisitions  Asian  shortcuts  commodities  commodities_supercycle 
april 2010 by jerryking

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