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Privacy Is Not Dying, We’re Killing It
Privacy may not be dead but it’s morphing, and it is doing so in part because of how we habitually conduct ourselves and how our tools mediate our perception.

So we say we value privacy, but we hardly understand what we mean by it. Privacy flourishes in the attention economy to the same degree that contentment flourishes in the consumer economy, which is to say not at all. Quietly and without acknowledging as much, we’ve turned the old virtue into a vice.

We want to live in public but also control what happens to the slices of life we publicize. Or we recoil at the thought of our foibles being turned into one day’s entertainment on Twitter but, as Swisher notes, we nonchalantly consume such entertainment when someone else is the victim.

It may seem like an absurd question, but let us at least consider it for a moment: how different is a Twitter mob from the ancient audiences of the gladiatorial spectacle? Do we believe that such mobs can’t issue forth in “real world” violence or that they cannot otherwise destroy a life? One difference of consequence, I suppose, is that at least the ancient audience did not bathe itself in self-righteousness.
blog  socialmedia  privacy 
1 hour ago
Viral Clash of Students and American Indians Explained - The Atlantic
But rather than drawing conclusions about who was vicious or righteous—or lamenting the political miasma that makes the question unanswerable—it might be better to stop and look at how film footage constructs rather than reflects the truths of a debate like this one. Despite the widespread creation and dissemination of video online, people still seem to believe that cameras depict the world as it really is; the truth comes from finding the right material from the right camera. That idea is mistaken, and it’s bringing forth just as much animosity as the polarization that is thought to produce the conflicts cameras record.
internet  politics  blog 
yesterday
How to Fix Social Media by Injecting A Chunk of the Blogosphere
And guess what? So have Twitter and Facebook. Just by enduring, those places have become places for lasting connections and friendships and career opportunities, in a way the blogosphere never was, at least for me. (Maybe this is partly a function of timing, but look: I was there.) And this means that, despite their toxicity, despite their shortcomings, despite all the promises that have gone unfulfilled, Twitter and Facebook have continued to matter in a way that blogs don’t.
blog  socialmedia 
4 days ago
Controlling children's behavior with screen time leads to more screen time, study reveals -- ScienceDaily
Researchers investigated the impact of parenting practices on the amount of time young children spend in front of screens. They found a majority of parents use screen time to control behavior, especially on weekends. This results in children spending an average of 20 minutes more a day on weekends in front of a screen. Researchers say this is likely because using it as a reward or punishment heightens a child's attraction to the activity.
parenting  blog 
13 days ago
Join Analog Social Media
The dynamic at play here is that digital activities that are mildly positive in isolation, combine to crowd out other real world activities that are potentially much more satisfying. This is what allows you to love Twitter in the moment when you discover a hilarious tweet, but at the end of the day fear that the app is degrading your soul.

Understanding this dynamic is critical because it tells you that you cannot improve your life by focusing exclusively on digital tools. Triaging your apps, or cutting back phone time, will not by itself make you happier. You must also aggressively fill in the space this pruning creates with the type of massively satisfying, real world activities that these tools have been increasingly pushing out of your life.
blog  socialmedia  anxiety 
24 days ago
A New Mailing List, Goodbye Instagram?, Future Book Hello Again — Roden Explorers Archive
I don’t want to be rewarded for being anodyne, which is what these general algorithms seem to optimize for: things that are easily digestible, firmly on the scale of “fine, just fine.” It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, as the more boring stuff we shove into our eyeballs, the more boring our taste becomes.
socialmedia  instagram  blog 
25 days ago
Building and Managing a Remote Team: Best Practices from Doist’s Head of Marketing
Managing a remote team effectively is not about monitoring the amount of time your team members spend online. It’s about building and supporting a team that doesn’t need to be micromanaged in the first place.
remote 
10 weeks ago
How to Shape Remarkable Products in the Messy Middle of Building Startups
You can’t expect new customers to endure explanation. You can’t even expect customers to patiently watch as you show them how to use your product. Your best chance at engaging them is to do it for them — at least at first.
product  onboarding 
10 weeks ago
Why Doctors Hate Their Computers
Doctors are among the most technology-avid people in society; computerization has simplified tasks in many industries. Yet somehow we’ve reached a point where people in the medical profession actively, viscerally, volubly hate their computers.
healthcare  medicine 
10 weeks ago
Empowered Product Teams | Silicon Valley Product Group
In most companies, technology teams exist “to serve the business.”  That is very often the literal phrase you will hear. But even if they aren’t explicit about it, the different parts of the business end up driving what is actually built by the technology teams.

However, in contrast, in strong product organizations, teams exist for a very different purpose.  They exist “to serve the customers, in ways that meet the needs of the business.”
prodmgmt  blog 
12 weeks ago
Engineering Deadlines: How Engineers Benefit From Delivery Dates
While working without the pressure of explicit deadlines can feel liberating, it also increases the chance of distraction. Deadlines help us stay focused, aligned and driven – and can be used to keep project scope in check.
prodmgmt  roadmap  blog 
12 weeks ago
Escape From the Feature Roadmap to Outcome-driven Development - Mind the Product
You’re exploring new lands. You know where you want to get to — that’s your outcome — but there’s no established route to get there. So you’ll probably set out, and if you’re measuring yourself correctly and you’ve got good feedback loops in place, you’ll be able to course correct and quickly iterate towards your outcome. But you could only draw the complete roadmap with hindsight.

So it’s time to take a new approach: forget the features and focus on the outcomes.
prodmgmt  roadmap  blog 
12 weeks ago
Teens Are Being Bullied 'Constantly' on Instagram - The Atlantic
Because bullying on your main feed is seen by many as aggressive and uncool, many teens create hate pages: separate Instagram accounts, purpose-built and solely dedicated to trashing one person, created by teens alone or in a group. They’ll post bad photos of their target, expose her secrets, post screenshots of texts from people saying mean things about her, and any other terrible stuff they can find.

“I’ve had at least 10 hate pages made about me,” said Annie, a 15-year-old who asked to be referred to by a pseudonym. “I know some were made in a row by the same person, but some were from different people. They say really nasty things about you, the most outrageous as possible.”
socialmedia  instagram  blog 
october 2018
You Can Never Go Back to the Old Twitter – The Atlantic – Medium
None of it really does anything to the service itself. It doesn’t return Twitter to the edenic state I remember, and loved, the one that introduced me to new social worlds, brought my attention to important injustices, the one that Kathryn Schulz called “sentences with friends.”
Twitter has become like New York. You love it, you hate it, you can’t leave it, it makes you crazy, it’s getting you down, you leave it. Because the media is all there, and everyone on Twitter sort of becomes part of the media, when you leave, you write an essay detailing the euphoria, the sense of loss, the superiority you feel over those who have stayed, the shrinking halo of relevance that hurts like a phantom limb.
You go back, probably, shamefully re-install it in your mind, tweet a few times to see how many people make fun of you for quitting. But everyone forgot four minutes after you left, so, like, whatever.
blog  socialmedia  twitter 
october 2018
Horror is a dark and piercing reflection of our anxious times | Aeon Essays
As any historian of the genre will tell you, horror has had previous golden ages. Perhaps ours is just a random quirk of popular taste. But perhaps not. Perhaps we are intoxicated by horror today because the genre is serving a function that others aren’t. Can’t. Horror’s roots run deep, but they twist themselves into forms very modern. The imagination’s conversion of fear into art offers a dark and piercing mirror.
horror  literature 
october 2018
Continuous Design
Essentially, Continuous Design is the way we deliver the design perspective to our team and the products we work on. Start with “good enough” and set up feedback loops to establish a dialog with your users to determine what to improve next. Keep an eye on the landscape in front of you while the other on the horizon. By working continuously with design, we can create quality digital products that deliver on a business’s promise to customers and at the same time keep up with the pace required of a digital product team today.
design  process  blog 
october 2018
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