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The death of privacy | World news | The Observer
I asked Josh Cohen why we needed private lives. His answer was a rallying cry and a warning. "Privacy," he said, "precisely because it ensures we're never fully known to others or to ourselves, provides a shelter for imaginative freedom, curiosity and self-reflection. So to defend the private self is to defend the very possibility of creative and meaningful life."
privacy  socialMedia  Facebook  Google  identity  digitalIdentity  culture  media  celebrities  tabloids  psychology  control  dataBrokers  Panopticon  secrecy 
august 2014 by petej
Improvisation Blog: The Reign of Terror in Universities
"The idea of the University is increasingly driven by a market-orientated desire for academic celebrity which can attract students, create ‘impact’ and keep the institution high in the league tables. I was asked in a recent job interview “What are you the ‘go-to’ person for in educational technology?” – in other words “how are you famous?”. I was tempted to respond “Had you heard of me before the interview?” to which the answer would have been emphatically “No!” One might then reasonably say “Clearly I'm not that famous then - why should I pretend I am?" What’s this demand for self-aggrandisement about? It’s all very silly.

These things are all symptoms of terror. Deep down it is about what people worry about – Vice Chancellors particularly – and what people do to deal with their fears. The most sensible thing one can do with any fear is to talk to other people about it; the most pathological thing one can do is to act according to it. Even small fears like “we don’t have enough famous academics!” can entail systemic consequences which are potentially disastrous – in the case of “famous” academics, it is to encourage charlatanism. (The charlatan is another kind of pathologically fearful individual).

What is really needed is critical inquiry. Dealing with fear lies at the heart of this. I think that critical inquiry entails social diversity in institutions. It’s not a popular view – partly because psychology has presented a dominant ‘mentalist’ model of cognition and rational decision which focuses on the individual. But the current terror is an indicator of something bad. It is very real and is clearly accompanying the destruction of social diversity within institutions."
education  higherEducation  universities  marketisation  celebrities  REF  management  terror  dctagged  dc:creator=JohnsonMark 
july 2013 by petej
The Free Speech Blog: Official blog of Index on Censorship » Hacking, it’s not “just” about celebrities
"if the public perceives this as a problem affecting the rich and famous they will feel less sympathy and outrage than they would otherwise, and that is surely what Rupert Murdoch’s paper must want as it seeks to buy its way out of trouble."
crime  legal  phonehacking  media  journalism  newspapers  hackgate  Metgate  NewsOfTheWorld  NewsInternational  Murdoch  MurdochRupert  celebrities  NotW 
april 2011 by petej
VIP Concierge - Entertainment at Twitter in San Francisco, CA
If you really needed evidence that Twitter has jumped so far over the shark, it's a distant speck in the ocean far below, look no further
socialMedia  Twitter  celebrities  socialSoftware  jobs 
march 2009 by petej

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