The Unbreakable Laura Hillenbrand - NYTimes.com
Many doctors and patients, including Hillenbrand, believe the words “chronic fatigue” sound trivial. They prefer the term “myalgic encephalomyelitis,” or M.E., which refers to inflammation in the brain and spine. Other doctors resist this name, questioning whether patients with the disease reliably exhibit this inflammation. Dr. Charles Shepherd, a medical adviser to the ME Association in Britain, told me that decades of mystery around the illness have only worsened the suffering of victims. “I was taught at medical school 40 years ago that this was all hysterical nonsense,” he said. “It was an illness which was either ignored, or dismissed, or regarded with extreme skepticism.”
health  writing 
21 hours ago
Andrew O’Hagan · The Lives of Ronald Pinn · LRB 8 January 2015
But our experience of the internet is tangled with our sense of what its abusers are making of it. The technology is now a surveillance machine, a lying tool, a handheld marketing device, a corporate pinboard, a global platform for ideologues and zealots, as well as a handy life-enhancer. If Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the rest bring people together, they also complicate our notion of what a person is, and it’s very different from former notions of reality and privacy. After several months, Ronnie had begun to press himself into some officially sanctioned world of paperwork, and, though the paperwork was false, his online demeanour suggested a reality as big as anyone’s.
fakesters  identity 
Justine Sacco’s aftermath: The cost of Twitter outrage - Salon.com
It is, perhaps, fitting that 2013 has come to an end with the story of Justine Sacco. I confess I do harbor a certain amount of empathy for her and honestly, this empathy makes me uncomfortable. I don’t want to feel sorry for Sacco. I don’t even know if I feel sorry for her, exactly. Instead, I recognize that I’m human and the older I get, the more I realize how fallible I am, how fallible we all are. I recognize that Justine Sacco is human. She should have known better and done better, but most of us can look at poor choices we’ve made, critical moments when we did not do better.
outrage  race 
6 Things About Jennicam I Couldn’t Include in Reply All Episode 5 — Reply All — Gimlet Media
In June of 1997, This American Life did a now quaint episode called “Tales From the Net,” whose description sounds like it could describe Reply All: “Are people having experiences on the Internet they wouldn’t have anywhere else? Several weeks ago, This American Life invited listeners to help answer that question.” But man, it definitely feels of its time. It treats all of these things we now think of as so mundane – meeting people from the internet in real life, people accidentally getting email not meant for them – as utterly unique to this burgeoning medium. And there’s a short interview with Jenni on this episode that sounded so dated even a couple years later, that it was re-aired in 2006, in an episode called “How We Talked Back Then,”
56k  camgirls 
4 days ago
Renzo Martens – the artist who wants to gentrify the jungle | Art and design | The Guardian
He’s already planned a conference at which the celebrated Cameroonian postcolonial theorist Achille Mbembe will speak; he’s brokering links with galleries, such as the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, so there will be temporary exhibits of contemporary western artworks. “It’ll be the same sort of art you’d see at the Unilever series at Tate Modern,” he says. He’s also planning a residency programme for western artists. “If you really want to come to terms with the role of art in society, this is the place to see it – not hopping between New York and Berlin.” Eventually, with western art world grants and – fingers crossed – prize money, there will be a white cube of a gallery, just like the ones in western art capitals. “Except it will be made of bamboo,” he says.
gentrification  congo  art 
4 days ago
The Guerrilla Tactics of The Racket, and How It Almost Upended Journalism | WIRED
“I think the idea is to break some news in the comments section of someone else’s site,” quipped Pareene.

“Or to, like, advance the reporting of a story in its comments,” said Taibbi, finishing the thought.

The prank was meant to drum up some initial attention.
content  media  journalism 
5 days ago
Elon James White on Twitter: "@bdoulaoblongata @search4swag I've been looking too. Leadership seems to be spread out and not quite organized."
Who are the protest leaders in #Berkeley?
The ones on the ground.
What are their twitter handles, I wanna follow them.
ferguson  activism 
5 days ago
Sydette on Twitter: "Let it be known the problem with social media is that we have made it harder for them to kill and abuse black people silently"
Let it be known the problem with social media is that we have made it harder for them to kill and abuse black people silently
5 days ago
Chuck_MODI on Twitter: "I asked brother why Rekia Boyd gets no attention. He said cuz "She's a woman" BlackWomenMatter #DCFerguson #Ferguson http://t.co/G5pJwuIqsi"
I asked brother why Rekia Boyd gets no attention. He said cuz "She's a woman" BlackWomenMatter #DCFerguson #Ferguson

>>(this shirt is heartbreaking)
6 days ago
C.I.A., on Path to Torture, Chose Haste Over Analysis - NYTimes.com
C.I.A. under pressure to obtain information from its prisoners, Mr. Mitchell seemed to have the answer to how to do it.... It eventually became difficult to distinguish between the C.I.A. and Mitchell and Jessen Associates, the Spokane, Wash.-based company they formed, according to the Senate report.
torture  cia  9-11 
6 days ago
A virtual room of one’s own: Why GamerGate hates crowdfunding
The antipathy runs deeper still. In a cosmic display of irony that excels even the movements most ferrous moments, one 8chan thread hundreds of posts long plotted to find some way to “take down” Patreon because it was such an important funding source for many of their targets in the gaming industry. They were, apparently, unaware that 8chan itself is funded through Patreon donations.
6 days ago
Guantánamo prisoners released to Uruguay: 'We are so happy to be here' | World news | The Guardian
The six – four Syrians, a Palestinian and a Tunisian – were never charged, and were cleared for release in 2009, but the US struggled to find countries willing to receive them until the Uruguayan president, José Mujica agreed to accept them...In his youth, 79-year-old Mujica was a member of the Tupamaros guerrilla movement, and was incarcerated under harsh conditions for 13 years – two of them in solitary confinement – by Uruguay’s military dictatorship.
“It’s a very traumatic situation, I can’t transmit how they must feel, some of us have lived through similar things,”
amnesty  uruguay  solidarity 
6 days ago
The Scored Society: Due Process for Automated Predictions by Danielle Keats Citron, Frank A. Pasquale :: SSRN
Big Data is increasingly mined to rank and rate individuals. Predictive algorithms assess whether we are good credit risks, desirable employees, reliable tenants, valuable customers — or deadbeats, shirkers, menaces, and “wastes of time.” Crucial opportunities are on the line, including the ability to obtain loans, work, housing, and insurance. Though automated scoring is pervasive and consequential, it is also opaque and lacking oversight. In one area where regulation does prevail — credit — the law focuses on credit history, not the derivation of scores from data.

Procedural regularity is essential for those stigmatized by “artificially intelligent” scoring systems. The American due process tradition should inform basic safeguards. Regulators should be able to test scoring systems to ensure their fairness and accuracy. Individuals should be granted meaningful opportunities to challenge adverse decisions based on scores miscategorizing them. Without such protections in place, systems could launder biased and arbitrary data into powerfully stigmatizing scores.
6 days ago
Washington Bails On Demilitarization After Ferguson - BuzzFeed News
Balko doesn’t think 1033 is the most worrisome program aimed at sending military gear to local cops — a Department of Homeland Security grant program that helps police forces pay for brand new military gear is more worrisome, he says — but 1033 quickly became the focus of the anti-militarization movement in Congress after the August tensions in Missouri.
police  military 
6 days ago
The Most Successful Colleges for Graduating Low-Income Black Students - The Root
GSU’s success is not through happenstance, and entails two key strategies.  First, they use predictive analytics to identify students who might be at risk of dropping out. The analytics use technology to create profiles of students based on more than 10 years of student data. Second, GSU uses targeted interventions, including micro grants and counseling, to address students’ needs based on the predictive analysis.
education  data 
6 days ago
Local police object to city-sanctioned art
The project drew strong reactions when it was presented to the Historic Preservation Committee earlier this summer. Some members were worried that spray-painted artwork would clash with Lafayette's historic nature. The riot cop piece is the first to be taken down as a result of complaints.
ferguson  art  graffiti 
6 days ago
camille turner » The Colour Line
The Colour Line was created for teletaxi, a locative media exhibition in a taxi cab presented in Montreal and Toronto by Year Zero One.  Taxi passengers experienced artworks on a touch screen while the cab moved through the city. Equipped with a computer and GPS, teletaxi streamed location information that triggered site-specific media artworks.
6 days ago
An Oral History of the First Cyberfeminists | Motherboard
rancesca da Rimini: The cyberfeminist community was crazy, wild, political, passionate. Deeply fun. It was lived politics and generated abiding friendships and networks. There was a whole lotta love. I guess it was very Euro, but then there were some powerful women in Canada and The States. Like Jamaican-Canadian digital artist Camille Turner. And Carmin Karasic from the ​Electronic Disturbance Theatre. 
6 days ago
News Agencies Are Within Their Rights to Report on the Leaked Sony Data - The Intercept
The 2001 Supreme Court case Bartnicki v. Vopper found that: “A broadcaster cannot be held civilly liable for publishing documents or tapes illegally procured by a third-party.” Perhaps Sony’s lawyers should look it up.
leaks  law 
6 days ago
Your telltale video camera shake can identify you - tech - 12 December 2014 - New Scientist
"People who upload videos to the web may not be as anonymous as they think they are," says Peleg. "On the other hand, if police officers have to wear cameras, this may give another level of assurance that the video you are being shown is from that officer and not someone else. It's a double-edged sword."
spoofing  privacy  identity 
6 days ago
Researchers have been thinking about race all wrong - Vox
Worse, he says, these studies that simply point to race as a cause of different life outcomes miss the chance for policy interventions. For example, you can point to a black-white test score gap, but that doesn't tell you anything about what you might fix to close it. However, if you were to look at race in more detail and identified one "stick" that was responsible for black kids having lower test scores — say, access to better nutrition  — that might provide something to work with in terms of solutions..Wasow and Sen propose that the "bundle of sticks" that make up racial categories includes things like societal values, status hierarchies, culture traits, physical attributes, diet, religion, ancestry, institutional power relationships, and education.
diversity  race  complexity 
6 days ago
How Self-Tracking Apps Exclude Women - The Atlantic
Sara Watson, another fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, points out that many of these strange measurements come from what the phone is capable of measuring: movement and sound. “That just has to do with the reductive nature of tracking something with an accelerometer,” she said. But the apps do reflect a certain kind of bias. “I think the designers, who are mostly men are, they’re just taking up norms and assumptions that are embedded in our society about women’s fertility and sexuality, and reproducing them,” Lupton said. So sex is judged by thrusting, success is judged by endurance, and pleasure is measured in moans. “
quantified-self  data 
6 days ago
Iranian Hackers Hit Sheldon Adelson's Sands Casino in Las Vegas - Businessweek
Experts worry that America’s rivals may have found the sweet spot of cyberwar—strikes that are serious enough to wound American companies but below the threshold that would trigger a forceful government response. More remarkable still, Sands has managed to keep the full extent of the hack secret for 10 months.
cyberwar  iran 
6 days ago
Dear Seamless, never send me another year in review email if you like money | The Verge
So I was startled this morning when I got an email from Seamless titled "Timothy, take a bite of your Seamless year in review!" because there are some things that should never be reviewed and this is one of them. You just don't go there, big data.
data  ecommerce 
6 days ago
“This victory belongs to all of us”: How teacher Agustin Morales got his job back - Salon.com
Morales had to fight to return to school at all this year. As Salon reported in October, he was let go last spring, after his evaluations took a sudden turn at about the same time as he joined fellow teachers and parents to protest so-called “data walls” in the classroom; teachers had been instructed to post students’ names and test scores on a public wall as a motivation tactic. Parent Paula Burke called the walls “public humiliation.”
education  data  workingon 
6 days ago
Google Street View Says Japan Is Top Virtual Tourism Spot in Asia
The intimate looks at locations around the globe made possible by Google Street View has changed the way many of us look at the world. But according to a new piece of information revealed by Google, it turns out that our virtual tourism habits aren’t necessarily aligned with some of our real-world pursuits.
7 days ago
Isis: the inside story | Martin Chulov | World news | The Guardian
If there was no American prison in Iraq, there would be no IS now. Bucca was a factory. It made us all. It built our ideology.”
toread  isis  iraq  prisons 
7 days ago
Angela Davis: ‘unbroken line of police violence in US back to slavery’ | Global | The Guardian
One can see the influence of Occupy in the Ferguson demonstrations now, in the sense that they recognise that it’s not only about demanding that this one individual cop be convicted but it’s also about recognising the connection between racist violence and the profit machine. That’s what we’re fighting against.”
7 days ago
Elizabeth Warren was told to stay quiet, but she didn’t – and it’s paying off - The Washington Post
Larry leaned back in his chair and offered me some advice. ... He teed it up this way: I had a choice. I could be an insider or I could be an outsider. Outsiders can say whatever they want. But people on the inside don’t listen to them. Insiders, however, get lots of access and a chance to push their ideas. People — powerful people — listen to what they have to say. But insiders also understand one unbreakable rule. They don’t criticize other insiders.
power  politics 
7 days ago
On Shutting the Fuck Up - The Awl
Artists, and even self-identified critics, do this all the time too: What do you know, have you written a book? “Stfu & build something” is sort of like a younger, richer cousin of “snarking from the sidelines.”...That all startups are criticism, rendered in money and work. Uber was condemnation of the taxi industry and treatise on logistics; Facebook was a criticism of the social networking sites that came before it, as well as their advertising models. Successful startups begin with critical ideas about problems that are best addressable by a particular type of resource, and then grow by addressing them.
startups  culture  tech 
7 days ago
The Gospel According to Nick Denton—What Next For The Gawker Founder? - The Daily Beast
*On how Denton acquired his crisis management insights: “It’s partly to do with being out and being gay, and seeing the transformation that takes place. I came out completely to everybody 16 years ago. When you realize that if you own your own story, if you say it yourself, it has a transformative effect, and you’re no longer a closeted homo waiting for that moment when somebody is going to call you out, and you actually take that initiative rather than being dragged out. It changes the climate, it changes the weather, it changes the entire environment.”
pr  outing 
7 days ago
I Sought Solace In My Bookshelf
It is easy to misread rage as hate. This week, as chants of “Black lives matter” echoed once more through the streets of New York, Ferguson, Los Angeles and out into the world, all I could think of was love. Maybe, before he died, Michael thought of love too. And maybe that thought telegraphed brightly across this country, woke us up, rustled us out into the streets as one, loving, rage-filled outcry. As Oscar said, “on the other side…anything you can dream…you can be.”
7 days ago
Project Goliath: Inside Hollywood's secret war against Google | The Verge
A number of Goliath-related emails also point to examples of copyright-infringing search results found on Google; the persistence of file-sharing links in Google search rankings has been a sore point in Hollywood for years.
google  hollywood  stacks  sony-hack  copyright  piracy 
7 days ago
Tumblr did not wipe the #Ferguson tag, but it is deleting KKK doxing posts
For better or worse, Tumblr is known as the platform of choice for social justice campaigners. But this weekend, the site was roiling with posts accusing Tumblr's staff of being racist, censoring content relating to the Ferguson protests, and even protecting members of the Klu Klux Klan.
censorship  community 
7 days ago
Tech Bubble? No, It's a Startup Wealth Gap
Competition is for losers, he likes to say. The goal of any startup is to become a monopoly in its space. In the tech business, you’re either a 1 or a 0, and in a given market there’s only one 1.
8 days ago
Shocking New Reveals From Sony Hack: J. Law, Pitt, Clooney, Star Wars and Comparing Fincher to Hitler - The Daily Beast
Sony also drafted a detailed list of talking points for Seth Rogen and Randall Park (who plays Kim Jong Un) while doing interviews for The Interview, with possible questions ranging from “The situation in North Korea is deadly serious. Why make a comedy about that?” to “Is this film racist?” The “Sony executives talking point,” meanwhile, is this: “This is a Columbia Pictures release and our parent company has little to no involvement in the creative direction taken.”
9 days ago
Amy Pascal on Whether She's So Damaged She Can No Longer Lead Sony (Exclusive) - TheWrap
"I'd be surprised if my entire legacy was based on the leak of the email exchange."

but her legacy is films about white people
race  sony-hack 
9 days ago
karla holloway on Twitter: "Whoever suggested #EricGarner's daughter should lie down,in public,in the place her father died cared more abt the politics than her psyche."
Whoever suggested #EricGarner's daughter should lie down,in public,in the place her father died cared more abt the politics than her psyche.
optics  self-care 
9 days ago
Critic’s Notebook: From Ferguson to the Sony hack, ‘Selma’ seizes its moment - The Washington Post
Said Oyelowo: “I can’t speak to individuals at Sony, because at the end of the day their privacy was violated. But one thing that you might take away from it is that we’re not crazy. We’re not crazy when we go into these situations and feel like, ‘Why is this such a struggle?’ Why is it that we know that, with Ava having done what she has just done, undeniably, with ‘Selma,’ the same avalanche of opportunities are not going to come her way that would do if she was white and male? It’s just the way it is. And we now have systems in place whereby we’re not going to wait around, but that’s just a truism.”
race  sony-hack 
9 days ago
Facebook No Longer Likes the Word 'Users' - The Atlantic
Two years ago, Jack Dorsey—an early figure at Twitter and the CEO of Square—exhorted the tech world to the term altogether. At the advice of Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, Dorsey said Square would stop talking about users in order to talk about customers....
All of our dashboards, instead of saying ‘daily average users,’ say ‘daily average people.’”
10 days ago
Catherine Crump: The small and surprisingly dangerous detail the police track about you | Talk Video | TED.com
A very unsexy-sounding piece of technology could mean that the police know where you go, with whom, and when: the automatic license plate reader.
10 days ago
Zubaydah diaries shed new light on Twin Towers and links to bin Laden | Al Jazeera America
Abu Zubaydah makes clear throughout his diaries that he is what a literary critic might call an unreliable narrator. He writes to “Hani 2” — an invented older, wiser version of himself — to create an inner sounding board for his despair, doubt and delusion, fears, repressed desires and petty jealousies.

He is hardly consistent in his entries, often leaving months between entries to Hani 2, leaving the reader guessing for the most part as to his role and responsibilities in the world of violent activism to which he has dedicated himself. And as the stakes rise — along with his profile — on the radar of hostile intelligence agencies, he is increasingly aware of the danger that his journals could one day fall into enemy hands. As a result, when it comes to certain official matters, the diaries are anything but a tell-all. 
11 days ago
If You Thought Stop-And-Frisk Was Bad, You Should Know About Jump-Outs | ThinkProgress
ust what is a jump-out? It depends who you ask. It is typically described as multiple officers patrolling in an unmarked car, who at some point see something suspicious, and jump out of the car at once on unsuspecting pedestrians, with the intent of catching them off guard. Overwhelmingly, the jump-outs that have been reported involve at least one black male. DC Ferguson describes it as a “paramilitary tactic in which unmarked police vehicles carry 3 or more officers not wearing the standard police uniform. Their objective is to stop and intimidate ordinary citizens into submitting to interrogation or an unwarranted search.”
11 days ago
Elena Ferrante - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Speculation about Ferrante's identity is rife on Italian internet boards, where it has been suggested that Ferrante may be a pen name for an established writer such as Domenico Starnone.[6] In an article for The New Yorker James Wood pointed out that, in her written correspondence with journalists, Elena Ferrante has referred to herself as a mother, implying that she is indeed female.[7]
hoax  gender  fiction 
11 days ago
Suitable Technologies Opens Store Staffed Only by Robots - IEEE Spectrum
Most of us have gone into a store or restaurant in which the nametags worn by employees identified their hometowns. It’s a friendly touch.
11 days ago
Trevor Timm on Twitter: "Out of all the awful defenses of CIA torture from the last few days, "but at least we don't behead people on camera" has to be worst."
Out of all the awful defenses of CIA torture from the last few days, "but at least we don't behead people on camera" has to be worst.
11 days ago
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