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Jennifer Schaffer on Anna Wiener's memoir inside a tech startup, 'Uncanny Valley' "Any honest memoir of the 2010s in San Francisco is, in some sense, a memoir of loss: the get-rich-quick manufacture of millionaires has come at the cost of reckless destruction, the ripple effects of which were felt nationwide during the 2016 election, where Wiener ends her tale. But Uncanny Valley ...Read More
Interview with one of the French translators of Emma Goldman's work on how her writing continues to inspire contemporary social change.
"The indignities of the gig economy are well established at this point, as the laissez-faire labor practices of companies like Uber, Instacart, Door Dash, and Lyft draw more critical scrutiny. Bain, Cotton, and their fellow shoppers are among the millions of precariously employed workers who rely on part-time jobs or But what is less widely acknowledged is how the gig economy interacts with other trends in California and forces unleashed by Silicon Valley... " ...Read More
Wow, this poor guy. He was in part arrested because Google location data suggested he was at the scene of the murder after police requested a dragnet (geofencing) from Google about people who devices were located in the area at the time of the murder. However, this article shows how that data is not reliable. Even when the police were faced with a rock solid alibi for his whereabouts, they kept him in a high security jail for another 3 days! This episode cost him his job, his car and now he can't get work! ...Read More
"Gender norms compound the trauma for men who are victims of rape and sexual abuse. It’s time to give them support, says Guardian columnist Owen Jones" This feels so important as cultures everywhere deal with male mental health and trauma issues and combatting destructive gender norms.
from February, 2019, in the aftermath of Californian wildfires: "Despite all the pictures of devastation circulating online with each new wildfire, we face the insufficiency of the image. Frozen and flattened, images of fire present a misleading visual field of aesthetic contemplation. Framed and objectified, they offer only a privileged sort of distanced voyeurism, a reassuring domination of disaster, ...Read More
“Such deprivation of liberty does not constitute a circumscribed sanction for a specific offense, but an open-ended progressively severe measure of coercion,” Melzer, the U.N. special rapporteur, wrote of Manning’s treatment. It does not take a U.N. expert to recognize the current conditions of Manning’s incarceration as a form of torture. It is the very definition of torture to submit a person to physical and mental suffering in an effort to force an action from them.
"The new bushfire recovery agency must use a similar strategy. This would acknowledge both the historical experiences of Aboriginal people and our inherent strengths as communities that have not only survived, but remain connected to our homelands. In this way, perhaps the bushfire crisis might have some positive longer-term outcomes, ...Read More
About the dangers of our increasing reliance on artificial intelligence. Zittrain considers the vulnerabilities and risks inherent in automated thinking technology — and how these might be exploited for nefarious purposes.
𝘍𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘚𝘦𝘱𝘵𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘭𝘺 𝘑𝘢𝘯𝘶𝘢𝘳𝘺, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘥𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘴 𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 400 𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘊𝘖2, 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘪𝘴 𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘭𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘮𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘜𝘒 𝘦𝘮𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘢𝘯 𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘳𝘦 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳, 𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘬 𝘗𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘵𝘰𝘯, 𝘢 𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘰𝘳 𝘴𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘴𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘌𝘶𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘯 𝘊𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘔𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘶𝘮-𝘙𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘞𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘍𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘴. 𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘵’𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘢 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘥, 𝘩𝘦 𝘉𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘦, 400 𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘴𝘪𝘨𝘯𝘪𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘤𝘩𝘶𝘯𝘬 𝘰𝘧 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘵-𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘨𝘢𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘮𝘪𝘹𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘵𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘱𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦, 𝘧𝘶𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘨𝘭𝘰𝘣𝘢𝘭 𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨. “𝘐𝘵’𝘴 𝘢 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘦𝘹𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘢 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘰𝘧 𝘤𝘭𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦,” 𝘏𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘦𝘴 𝘴𝘢𝘪𝘥. “𝘐𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘰𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳, 𝘶𝘯𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘶𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘺.” ...Read More
"Over the last fifty years, we have come to recognize that the fuel of our civilizational expansion has become the main driver of our extinction, and that of many of the species we share the planet with. We are now coming to realize that is as true of our cognitive ...Read More
"Omar Hassan surveys world politics at the turn of the decade, with a focus on the exhilarating return of mass revolutionary struggle."
"...it’s hard to convey the intensity of living in the middle of a long-running disaster. The world narrows. Your ability to think critically evaporates. New daily rituals emerge – wake up, check the fire warnings, check the air quality reading. Get out of bed, check the air purifier. Next, wash brown smoky water out of clothing or animals that have left the sanctuary of the house for any period of time. ...Read More
quite transparent retrospective that connects to many important cultural shifts over the past years. something in here about accepting that the failure of answering a proposed question is a much satisfactory answer to a lot of questions (what is authentic, progressive, ironic)?