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The White Man’s Boredom – The New Inquiry
"Jeffrey Auerbach shows in a rich new book, Imperial Boredom: Monotony and the British Empire, despite the parades and the hunts, even colonial governors in the late 19th century British Empire found their work endless, fruitless, and boring."
book  review  colonialism  history  bureaucracy  boredom  19c  country(GreatBritain)  empire 
march 2019 by tsuomela
Wikipedia Gamergate scandal: How a bad source made Wikipedia wrong about itself.
"The online encyclopedia chews up and spits out bad facts, and its own policies are letting it happen."
wikipedia  online  editing  culture  crowdsourcing  crowds  bureaucracy  rules  feminism  gamergate 
february 2015 by tsuomela
Locus Online Perspectives » David Brin: Our Favorite Cliché — A World Filled With Idiots…, or,Why Films and Novels Routinely Depict Society and its Citizens as Fools
"It can be hard to notice things you take for granted — assumptions that are never questioned, because everyone shares them. One of these nearly ubiquitous themes is a tendency for most authors and/or film-makers to disdain the intelligence and wisdom of society as a whole, portraying a majority of their fellow citizens as sheep or fools."
fiction  perception  groups  societies  authority  trust  literature  cliche  intelligence  groupthink  bureaucracy  infrastructure 
january 2013 by tsuomela
Law, economics, and politics § Unqualified Offerings
"This is a musing on large bureaucratic organizations. I have noticed that some people get frustrated because they do not understand that law, economics, and politics are distinct things and they are not equally persuasive as arguments."
bureaucracy  decision  politics  law  economics 
august 2011 by tsuomela
Tim Harford's Adapt: How to fund research so that it generates insanely great ideas, not pretty good ones. - By Tim Harford - Slate Magazine
"It isn't hard to see why a bureaucracy, entrusted with spending billions of taxpayer dollars, is more concerned with minimising losses than maximizing gains. And the NIH approach does have its place. The Santa Fe complexity theorists Stuart Kaufman and John Holland have shown that the ideal way to discover paths through a shifting landscape of possibilities is to combine baby steps and speculative leaps. The NIH is funding the baby steps. Who is funding the speculative leaps? The Howard Hughes Medical Institute invests huge sums each year, but only about one-twentieth of 1 percent of the world's global R
research  innovation  creativity  bureaucracy  government  black-swan  science  nsf 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Falling Walls, Burning Buildings, Gutting Budgets « Easily Distracted
"Everywhere the words of bureaucrats, ministers and presidents are sick, cynical, passionless and self-interested jokes designed largely to secure the authority of political classes through the tired rehearsal of well-worn gestures, and everywhere populations know those performances as perverse and unamusing pantomimes. Everywhere the nation-state tends towards bloat, corruption, inflexibility, paralysis. "
politics  nation-state  institutions  failure  bureaucracy 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Brains on Drugs - Steven Teles
Daniel Carpenter’s remarkable, exhaustive, and frankly (at more than 850 pages) exhausting historical study, Reputation and Power: Organizational Image and Pharmaceutical Regulation at the FDA. It is, without question, the best study of a federal agency since Martha Derthick’s Policymaking for Social Security, and, like Derthick, Carpenter reminds us that bureaucrats are not mere functionaries and timeservers. They have the capacity, under certain conditions, to be powerful agents of political, economic, and social change.
book  review  bureaucracy  federal  government  regulation  consumer-protection  governance  politics  safety  sociology  drugs  fda  medicine  history 
june 2010 by tsuomela

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