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How Technology is Hijacking Your Mind — from a Former Insider
Magicians start by looking for blind spots, edges, vulnerabilities and limits of people’s perception, so they can influence what people do without them even realizing it. Once you know how to push people’s buttons, you can play them like a piano.
And this is exactly what product designers do to your mind. They play your psychological vulnerabilities (consciously and unconsciously) against you in the race to grab your attention.
I want to show you how they do it.
psychology  ethics  attention  business 
yesterday by toastednut
Is group chat making you sweat? – Signal v. Noise
Since then, quite a few business chat and messaging tools like Hipchat, Flowdock, Slack and others have sprung up. And we’ve since rolled group chat and instant messaging (we call them “pings”) into…
productivity  chat  communication  collaboration  attention 
2 days ago by geetarista
This Is How Your Fear and Outrage Are Being Sold for Profit
The story of how one metric has changed the way you see the world
media  attention  manipulation  internet 
4 days ago by soobrosa
Why I Hate Slack and You Should Too - bitquabit
A fun rant with some good points. Slack is hard on focus. His example about rats and rewards is pretty spot on.
slack  communication  attention  productivity  humor 
9 days ago by jefframnani
mental gluttony – Snakes and Ladders
Again, while it is a great blessing that a man no longer has to be rich in order to enjoy the masterpieces of the past, for paperbacks, first-rate color reproductions, and stereo-phonograph records have made them available to all but the very poor, this ease of access, if misused — and we do misuse it — can become a curse. We are all of us tempted to read more books, look at more pictures, listen to more music than we can possibly absorb, and the result of such gluttony is not a cultured mind but a consuming one; what it reads, looks at, listens to is immediately forgotten, leaving no more traces behind than yesterday’s newspaper.

https://twitter.com/eli_schiff/status/860648590854762498
Clearing up browser bookmarks of saved reading. Realizing that having way too much to read for a lifetime isn't something to be proud of.

https://twitter.com/GtaGrothendieck/status/886639545583886336
letters  pinboard  info-dynamics  info-foraging  attention  the-monster  temperance  prudence  culture  big-peeps  aristos  old-anglo  aphorism  quotes  rhetoric  advice  regularizer  prioritizing  workflow  twitter  social  discussion  techtariat  internet  notetaking  exocortex  multi  unaffiliated  gnon  right-wing 
9 days ago by nhaliday
Facebook is putting ads everywhere in hopes of finding the next News Feed - Recode
[ Tipping Point, topped out! Das ist kein Tech-Journalismus, sondern ein Haufen Müll. News Feed verliert dramatisch Aufmerksamkeit. Diese Zahlen sollten genannt werden. ] But there is a problem looming: Facebook has been saying for the past year that it is running out of places to put ads in News Feed. The company has determined that it can’t put more ads into users’ feeds without harming their experience. The industry term for this is ratio of ads to other content is called “ad load,” and Facebook says News Feed’s ad load is all maxed out.

Facebook says its revenue growth will slow down “meaningfully” this year as a result.
Facebook  Newsfeed  attention 
9 days ago by asterisk2a
Ethnographies of Conferences and Trade Fairs - Shaping | Hege Høyer Leivestad | Springer
"This anthology is an attempt to make sense of conferences and trade fairs as phenomena in contemporary society. The authors describe how these large-scale professional gatherings have become key sites for making and negotiating both industries and individual professions. In fact, during the past few decades, conferences and trade fairs have become a significant global industry in their own right. The editors assert that large-scale professional gatherings are remarkable events that require deeper analysis and scholarly attention."

[via: https://twitter.com/AlJavieera/status/883044558099030016 ]
ethnography  conferences  tradefairs  economics  via:javierarbona  books  attention  academia  scholarship  professionalization  highered  highereducation 
13 days ago by robertogreco

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