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BBC - Blogs - Adam Curtis - BUGGER
"The recent revelations by the whistleblower Edward Snowden were fascinating. But they - and all the reactions to them - had one enormous assumption at their heart.

That the spies know what they are doing.

It is a belief that has been central to much of the journalism about spying and spies over the past fifty years. That the anonymous figures in the intelligence world have a dark omniscience. That they know what's going on in ways that we don't.

It doesn't matter whether you hate the spies and believe they are corroding democracy, or if you think they are the noble guardians of the state. In both cases the assumption is that the secret agents know more than we do.

But the strange fact is that often when you look into the history of spies what you discover is something very different.

It is not the story of men and women who have a better and deeper understanding of the world than we do. In fact in many cases it is the story of weirdos who have created a completely mad version of the world that they then impose on the rest of us.

I want to tell some stories about MI5 - and the very strange people who worked there. They are often funny, sometimes rather sad - but always very odd.

The stories also show how elites in Britain have used the aura of secret knowledge as a way of maintaining their power. But as their power waned the "secrets" became weirder and weirder.

They were helped in this by another group who also felt their power was waning - journalists. And together the journalists and spies concocted a strange, dark world of treachery and deceit which bore very little relationship to what was really going on. And still doesn't."
mi5  uk  government  spying  adamcurtis  history  intelligence  espionage  incompetence  waste  security  bureaucracy  2013  coldwar  edwardsnowden 
august 2013 by robertogreco
The ereader incompetence checklist (for discerning consumers, editors, publishers and designers) — Satellite — Craig Mod
"Many of these metrics are accessibility related. It's scary that most of the highly-praised ereaders (such as Wired / New Yorker / Time magazine's apps) eliminate the inherent accessibility of digital text. Of course, this is a transition period, but why not start off on the right foot? Digital text isn't the same artifact that printed text is. Let's not treat it like it is.

Until things improve, I'll be reading those excellent long-form New Yorker pieces in Instapaper,[7] thanks.

What do you look for in an ereader?"
ebooks  ereaders  incompetence  ipad  publishing  reading  text  experience  craigmod  digitaltext 
october 2010 by robertogreco
Peter Principle | read more wikipedia. [Reminder of a sad truth]
"The Peter Principle is the principle that “in a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to their level of incompetence”.<br />
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It holds that in a hierarchy, members are promoted so long as they work competently. Sooner or later they are promoted to a position at which they are no longer competent (their “level of incompetence”), and there they remain, being unable to earn further promotions.<br />
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Peter’s Corollary states that “in time, every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out their duties” and adds that “work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence”.”"
peterprinciple  hierarchy  incompetence  productivity  via:lukeneff  management  administration  promotion  work  workplace 
september 2010 by robertogreco
The Anosognosic’s Dilemma: Something’s Wrong but You’ll Never Know What It Is (Part 1) - Opinionator Blog -
"Dunning & Kruger argued...“When people are incompetent in strategies they adopt to achieve success & satisfaction, they suffer a dual burden: Not only do they reach erroneous conclusions & make unfortunate choices, but their incompetence robs them of ability to realize it. Instead...they are left w/ erroneous impression they are doing just fine.”
decisionmaking  culture  education  intelligence  incompetence  ignorance  psychology  errolmorris  epistemology  neuroscience  behavior  brain  confidence  mind  competency  tcsnmy  awareness  self-awareness  dunning-krugereffect  possibility 
june 2010 by robertogreco
What Was I Thinking?: Books: The New Yorker
"From perspective of neoclassical economics...[people act rationally] Yet actual economic life is full of miscalculations...real mystery...isn’t why we make so many poor economic choices but why we persist in accepting economic theory."
economics  humans  incompetence  psychology  decisionmaking  risk  research  science  behavior 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Still, Pissed At The National Gallery -- Daddy Types
"I just stood there, stunned, and part of me wanted to interrupt this idiot and singlehandedly save these kids from certain cultural oblivion by pointing out that Still was probably the first American artist to actually make an abstract painting"
art  education  learning  museums  incompetence  abstract  children 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Artichoke: Bonking the principal and other "nondiscussables"
"instead of trying to imagine “our dream school” and making suggestions on “creating a sustainable learning community” I am going to propose we talk frankly about favouritism, incompetence, inequitable pay, rivalry, competition, backstabbing and bonking for management units - the “nondiscussables” – the things that make us unhappy about school, the things that mean we will never be a community."
change  education  organizations  community  schools  teaching  administration  management  work  relationships  artichokeblog  pamhook  favoritism  incompetence  officepolitics  inequity  pay 
february 2007 by robertogreco

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