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Tell Me It’s Going to be OK
"And yet we have apparently chosen, via liberal democracy, to live according to a system of social organization that requires us to be jumpy paranoids, suspicious of everyone and terrified of our own potential mistakes."

"We are denied the ability to seek comfort from colleagues, neighbors, or—heaven forbid—comrades, because neoliberalism has turned them into our competition. Instead, disaffected souls are relentlessly steered back into the thrall of a marketplace where we can access, individually, little hits of succor."

"The star rating average is only meaningful in relative terms: it’s higher or lower than the star ratings other striving workers earn. In other words, user reviews situate our performance not according to some stable benchmark—such as increased production per hour worked—but within an ever-fluctuating hierarchy comprised of our peers."

"Nevertheless, thanks to the atomistic social arrangements that dominate the rest of our lives, people tend to dwell mostly within their own little cliques, reinforcing their previously held notions of good politics, taste, etc."

"However, it turns out that this kind of content tends to make viewers feel alienated—by the ever-competitive logic of capitalist emotional display, even the feel-good content featured on Instagram breeds a perverse sort of invidious malaise, with each new post about an excellent meal leaving a powerful residual sense that the onlookers’ own lives are acutely lacking in the material to generate similarly celebratory posts."
capitalism  Tech  wellness  culture 
1 hour ago by yorickdupon
Jobs
A job description focused entirely on responsibilities, and not on arbitrary external requirements.
job  security  writing  tech  diversity  inclusion 
13 hours ago by indirect
An Oral History of Apple's Infinite Loop | WIRED
Last month, Apple became the first company valued at a trillion dollars. With its new ring-shaped campus, all glass and curvy lines, it looks the part of a company bestriding an industry. But its dominance wasn’t always assured. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket  apple  tech  via:hansdorsch 
15 hours ago by force
Daring Fireball: Thoughts and Observations on Apple’s iPhone XS/XR and Series 4 Apple Watch Introductory Event
★ Thoughts and Observations on Apple’s iPhone XS/XR and Series 4 Apple Watch Introductory Event:
via:deanjlee  tech  apple  apple-watch  iphone 
18 hours ago by amwelles
The Tech Backlash We Really Need - The New Atlantis
The tech backlash can be framed, in part, as a reaction to the technological accident. “When you invent the ship,” the French tech theorist Paul Virilio wrote, “you also invent the shipwreck; when you invent the plane, you invent the plane crash.... Every technology carries its own negativity, which is invented at the same time as technical progress.” This negativity, the ever-looming accident, is the potential for harm that every new technology inevitably brings into existence.
essays  ethics  facebook  tech 
21 hours ago by jtth
An Oral History of Apple's Infinite Loop | WIRED
Last month, Apple became the first company valued at a trillion dollars. With its new ring-shaped campus, all glass and curvy lines, it looks the part of a company bestriding an industry. But its dominance wasn’t always assured. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket  apple  tech 
21 hours ago by hansdorsch

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