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Anti-Intellectualism and the "Dumbing Down" of America
Mark Bauerlein, in his book, The Dumbest Generation, reveals how a whole generation of youth is being dumbed down by their aversion to reading anything of substance and their addiction to digital "crap" via social media.

Journalist Charles Pierce, author of Idiot America, adds another perspective: “The rise of idiot America today represents--for profit mainly, but also and more cynically, for political advantage in the pursuit of power--the breakdown of a consensus that the pursuit of knowledge is a good. It also represents the ascendancy of the notion that the people whom we should trust the least are the people who best know what they are talking about. In the new media age, everybody is an expert.”

“There’s a pervasive suspicion of rights, privileges, knowledge and specialization,” says Catherine Liu, the author of American Idyll: Academic Antielitism as Cultural Critique and a film and media studies professor at University of California. The very mission of universities has changed, argues Liu. “We don’t educate people anymore. We train them to get jobs.”
usa  idiocracy  intelligence  education  decline  culture  society  millennials  psychology  2014 
november 2016 by Frontrunner
Wikipedia is fixing one of the Internet’s biggest flaws
The Internet is dotted with cesspools, also known as comments sections. Consider, for instance, the Facebook chatter surrounding a recent New York Times article about Donald Trump:

“Of course the general election has been rigged in favor of that lying-cow Hillary and against Trump,” one person wrote.

“She is a treacherous, lying, murderous woman that could care less of our rights and our constitution,” another added.

“NYT A TRASH TAG, not one scintilla of truth not any journalistic integrity this trash papet,” someone else said. (That comment got two likes.)

We might once have dreamed that the miracle of cheap, instant communication would knit society together. The reality has been closer to the opposite.
wikipedia  communication  civility  editors  culture  2016 
october 2016 by Frontrunner
Teens Who Say No to Social Media
Some teenagers are opting out of the relentless pursuit of ‘likes’ on Facebook and Instagram—and they don’t feel like they’re missing out.
socialmedia  teenagers  culture  society  rejection  instagram  facebook  snapchat  2016 
september 2016 by Frontrunner
I Lived in Korea for 5 years. Here's What Happened when I Came Home to Nebraska.
I spent five years living in the clamor of Seoul, South Korea, and the smaller provincial capital of Jeonju. When I finally returned home to rural Nebraska, the silence was palpable. The negative space had an almost oppressive quality. I would look out on so much land and see nothing and be reminded that this was the same landscape that once caused homesteaders to lose their minds.

I had come home — literally, this was the Nebraska town I grew up in — to take a job at a small newspaper in Scottsbluff. The first night back, I lay awake in my childhood bedroom of my parents' farmhouse straining to hear anything, inside or out. Only the silence answered back.
world  travel  living  abroad  culture  southkorea  usa  contrast  life  2016 
september 2016 by Frontrunner
How Uber’s Failure in Japan Can Help Startups Everywhere
A lot has been written on Uber’s disastrous failure in Japan. Most authors point to the fact that taxies in Japan are abundant, clean, safe and affordable. While that’s all true, it misses a more important truth.

The success of any market entry depends only partially on things like product-market-fit, sufficient capitalization and local competition. Sometimes the secret to success lies simply in not doing what Uber did.

01. People Trust Government More than Industry
02. It’s Not OK to Break the Law in Japan
03. Uber’s Playbook Is No Longer Secret
uber  airbnb  business  bestpractices  japan  culture  failure  2016 
september 2016 by Frontrunner
A Swede Returns to Silicon Valley from China
I was born in Sweden, moved to Silicon Valley and then New York, but I founded a tech startup in Beijing and chances are I'll stay there. Why? Because in many ways, Beijing has been a better breeding ground for my startup and for my own personal growth than I think Silicon Valley could be today. With the perspective of having lived in three markedly different cultures, I have come to the conclusion that Beijing might be of historical importance for the creative forces often associated with Silicon Valley - a place that seemingly lost its way.
siliconvalley  china  investors  startups  business  culture  comparison  2016 
august 2016 by Frontrunner
Words are Losing Their Power. Not Even Jason Bourne Can Save Them Now
The trailer for the new Jason Bourne film progresses much as you might expect. There is running over roofs. There is jumping through windows. There are tense stares in secret government bunkers.

And there is gruff, urgent dialogue: Matt Damon says things like: “This is Jason Bourne”, and “I know who I am”, and “I remember everything”. In the trailer, he delivers eight economical lines – which, it has emerged, is about a third of his total in the entire film.
movies  society  culture  language  dialogue  conversation  business  simpletons  2016 
august 2016 by Frontrunner
6 in 10 of You Will Share This Link without Reading it, a New, Depressing Study Says
On June 4, the satirical news site the Science Post published a block of "lorem ipsum" text under a frightening headline: "Study: 70% of Facebook users only read the headline of science stories before commenting."

Nearly 46,000 people shared the post, some of them quite earnestly — an inadvertent example, perhaps, of life imitating comedy.
socialmedia  internet  culture  sharing  reading  science  dummytext  idiocracy  2016 
june 2016 by Frontrunner
The Good Country - Overall Rankings
Most of the world’s problems are really just symptoms of a bigger, underlying problem: that we haven’t yet worked out how to organise ourselves as a single species inhabiting a single planet. This can change.

This is the ranking of countries in various categories of areas of progress.
countries  ranking  science  technology  culture  peace  security  worldorder  climate  prosperity  equality  health  wellness  wellbeing 
june 2016 by Frontrunner
I Created Godwin's Law in 1990, But it Wasn't a Prediction - It was a Warning
Although I'm proud of my career-spanning work on internet rights and freedoms, my biggest claim to internet notoriety is my little social experiment, Godwin's Law, which I crafted back in the days before there was large-scale public access to the internet.

Based on my own early experience of online arguments, I had come up with this mock "law," which was meant to have the sound and seeming inevitability of a law of physics or mathematics: "As an online discussion continues, the probability of a comparison to Hitler or to Nazis approaches 1."
godwinslaw  internet  nazi  discussion  arguments  culture  2016 
june 2016 by Frontrunner
The Quiet Crisis unfolding in Software Development
The reason I'm sharing this is because over the last ten to fifteen years I’ve noticed a quiet crisis unfolding in software development leading to low quality applications, unhappy employees and unhappy users. Silver bullet solutions keep creeping into our awareness (Scrum, anyone?) and predictably keep letting us down.

This is almost entirely the fault poor management — or perhaps it should be called fad management. In the past I was to blame as much as anyone until I discovered and refined a basic set of practices that for the most part cause everything else to fall into place — at least in my experience.
software  development  quality  jobsatisfaction  performance  management  culture  career  2016 
june 2016 by Frontrunner
Do Startups Have a Drinking Problem?
I was three months into my first startup gig, as a community manager at a small company in Boulder, and we had just closed a Series A round of funding. To celebrate, we gathered for a customary champagne toast in lieu of our 9:30 a.m. team standup. By this time, my non-drinker status was well-known amongst the team; I declined my colleague’s offers of post-work drinks, beer from the office fridge. Of course, I’d been peppered with a litany of questions, but had never felt unwelcome.

As one of the founders was pouring the bubbly liquid into glasses, I quietly mentioned that I would be passing on the champagne, but could we just pour some water in the toasting glass for me? He was visibly irritated, giving me a disappointed look, and pushing it in front of the small handful of other employees.

"Seriously? You won’t even have this small glass to celebrate with us? This is a huge deal for us."
startups  business  drinking  alcoholism  culture  2016 
may 2016 by Frontrunner
Living in Switzerland Ruined Me for America and Its Lousy Work Culture
I was halfway through a job interview when I realized I was wrinkling my nose. I couldn't help myself. A full-time freelance position with a long commute, no benefits, and a quarter of my old pay was the best they could do? I couldn't hide how I felt about that, and the 25-year-old conducting the interview noticed.
worklife  culture  switzerland  usa 
march 2016 by Frontrunner
The Shut-In Economy
In the new world of on-demand everything, you’re either pampered, isolated royalty — or you’re a 21st century servant.
culture  internet  social 
march 2015 by Frontrunner
Fear of Failure and Lack of Speed In a Large Corporation
We were missing four ideas:

* Accepting failure and running at speed are part of an innovation culture.
* We need to separate out innovation risks from execution risks.
* There are now proven Lean innovation methodologies (Lean LaunchPad/I-Corps) that we can use off the shelf in building an innovation culture without inventing our own.
* We need to make sure that management no longer uses execution metrics to manage and judge our innovation teams.
culture  innovation  bigorganization  2015 
march 2015 by Frontrunner
In search of lost time: Why is everyone so busy? | The Economist
THE predictions sounded like promises: in the future, working hours would be short and vacations long. “Our grandchildren”, reckoned John Maynard Keynes in 1930, would work around “three hours a day”—and probably only by choice. Economic progress and technological advances had already shrunk working hours considerably by his day, and there was no reason to believe this trend would not continue. Whizzy cars and ever more time-saving tools and appliances guaranteed more speed and less drudgery in all parts of life. Social psychologists began to fret: whatever would people do with all their free time?
culture  psychology  work  life 
january 2015 by Frontrunner
A Teenager’s View on Social Media — Backchannel — Medium
I read technology articles quite often and see plenty of authors attempt to dissect or describe the teenage audience, especially in regards to social media. However, I have yet to see a teenager contribute their voice to this discussion. This is where I would like to provide my own humble opinion.
social  teen  culture  generation  facebook  twitter  millennials 
january 2015 by Frontrunner
Building the Workplace We Want
The people at Slack defines the workplace they want to work in.
office  workplace  culture  productivity 
january 2015 by Frontrunner

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