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[Revision] Preservation Acts | Harper's Magazine
The truth is that saving everything is no guarantee against forgetting most of it. Memory, like history, is never exhaustive, and we all make choices about what to include. Still, it’s frightening to let go of anything, not knowing what you’ll wish you’d saved.
socialmedia  ethics  twitter  history  socialnetworking  social  memory  presence  reputation 
19 days ago by allaboutgeorge
Nest Founder: “I Wake Up In Cold Sweats Thinking, What Did We Bring To The World?”
“I think we have to be very cognizant of the unintended consequences, but also acknowledge them and then design them out–make sure that we are ethically designing,” he says. “This is the slowest technology will ever progress ever again in your life. It’s only speeding up. So what are we going to do as designers to bring that element in all the time?”
technology  design  ethics  future  apple  google  beauty  mobile  business 
july 2017 by allaboutgeorge
Harry Potter 20th anniversary: Why Hufflepuff is the best house — Quartz
When a battle comes to Hogwarts in the final book of the series, she explains, Hufflepuffs stay and fight not because they want glory or attention, but because they want to do what’s right. “They didn’t want to show off, they weren’t being reckless,” she says. “That’s the essence of the Hufflepuff house.”
books  novels  reading  ethics  behavior  identity 
june 2017 by allaboutgeorge
​The Counselor | Motherboard
"Humans hate silence, but computers don’t mind it. We taught the counselor to pause":
autonomy  AI  health  ethics  from twitter_favs
may 2015 by allaboutgeorge
Be f*****g nice to each other
‘Flink’ is the Danish word for ‘nice’, and as the son of an American father and Danish mother, Pedersen thinks he understands what the concept is all about.

‘Year after year Danes are rated as the happiest people in the world,’ he writes in the book. ‘But try standing in the supermarket queue on a Monday afternoon or driving during rush hour traffic. Danes can be some of the least tolerant people around.’
behavior  denmark  books  ethics  happiness  psychology 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Voices: News organizations must become hubs of trusted data in a market seeking (and valuing) trust » Nieman Journalism Lab » Pushing to the Future of Journalism
The maximum size of money moved by trust is the combined value of all advertising, PR, and the millions of hours people spend searching for a reliable piece of information or good advice on what product they should get. In other words, it’s huge, and no one who is just in for a quick dollar can compete. If media companies find a winning combination of data and good stories to fulfill that need, they will be vaulted out of a dying market defined by technology (printing presses, radio stations, satellites) and into the trust market.

In a multiplatform world, “trust” is the defining attribute that moves goods and services. Most marketing and advertising can’t be trusted: The system behind it does not allow buyers to learn if the newest camera from a company is actually any good. Advertising will always try to create a good impression for a product and service, but eventually people learn that it’s not the looks of a product that makes it valuable, but its day-to-day usability.
attention  media  journalism  technology  power  news  relationships  ethics  behavior 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Do: ‘Objectivity’ in the Age of the Internet | Epicenter | Wired.com
We can all live amazingly transparent lives now, but some of us have an obligation to actually be more transparent than others. The answer may just be to be yourself in every arena — use your real or the same name, and the same picture — and to participate on the issues of the day, and then aggregate your life feed and make it widely available.
journalism  internet  wired  bias  ethics  power  communication  online  media  identity  presence  reputation 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Corner Office - Turn Insecurity Into Strength, Starbucks’ Chief Says - Question - NYTimes.com
People ask me what’s the most important function when you’re starting an organization or setting up the kind of culture and values that are going to endure.

The discipline I believe so strongly in is H.R., and it’s the last discipline that gets funded. Marketing, manufacturing — all these things are important. But more often than not, the head of H.R. does not have a seat at the table. Big mistake.
business  ethics  culture  identity  marketing  starbucks  coffee 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
You Are What You Sell: A Look into the Ad World - Modern Luxury Manhattan - Style
“It is no longer good enough to market on the basis of a product’s superiority point. You’ve got to find a belief that a brand can own in a credible way, so people can feel a sense of shared value.”
marketing  identity  nyc  communication  ethics 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Anthropology of Hackers - Gabriella Coleman - Technology - The Atlantic
Hacking, however, is as much a gateway into familiar cultural and political territory. For instance, hacker commitments to freedom, meritocracy, privacy and free speech are not theirs alone, nor are they hitched solely to the contemporary moment. Indeed, hacker ethical principles hearken back to sensibilities and conundrums that precipitated out of the Enlightenment's political ferment; hackers have refashioned many political concerns -- such as a commitments to free speech -- through technological and legal artifacts, thus providing a particularly compelling angle by which to view the continued salience of liberal principles in the context of the digital present.
technology  academia  education  politics  power  digital  freespeech  ethics  philosophy 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Internet Founder Tim Berners-Lee Details 4 Concerns About Future of Mobile Web (Nokia World 2010)
[...] The last point also involved a project in which Berners-Lee is involved: providing Web access to the 80% of the world that doesn't go online. He works on this issue through the foundation at webfoundation.org, which examines the challenges in this area. Surprisingly, lack of signal with which to log onto the Web is not the main thing holding back the spread of the Web. 80% of the world has access to the Web, but, for some reason, chooses not to use it.

The cost of data is partially to blame in many cases for this, and for those who cannot afford data plans through their carriers, they're limited to SMS for sharing information. But SMS is very constraining, says Berners-Lee. What's needed instead are better, more low-cost data plans for mobile phones. [...]
future  internet  location  mobile  privacy  web  nokia  design  communication  ethics 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
How will the App Store’s “new newsstand” be censored? We’ll know it when we see it — Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard
Now Apple is saying, explicitly, that it intends to draw lines, and those lines won’t be drawn beforehand — but hey, don’t worry, because we’ll just know it when we cross them!

Apple loves to maintain tight control of things. That’s been a hugely successful approach for its hardware business. It’s even a defensible position applied to software. But it’s a lousy model for a newsstand.
apple  mobile  software  technology  journalism  ethics  censorship  media  news 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
AP announces editorial guidelines for credit and attribution
It’s important to note that we shouldn’t use facts from a non-member news organization, even with credit, so frequently that we appear to be systematically and continuously free riding on that organization’s work.

Crediting other organizations when they break a story and we match or further develop it:

If organization X breaks a story and we then match it through our own original reporting, we should say something like this: “The secret meeting in Paris was initially reported by X.”

This policy applies to spot stories as well as enterprise and investigative pieces.
ethics  journalism  media  news  attribution  newspapers  online 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Why I like vicious, anonymous online comments - Internet Culture - Salon.com
When a person comments anonymously, we’re told, they're putting a mask on. But the more time I spend online the more I'm convinced that this analogy gets it backward.

The self that we show in anonymous comments, the fantasy self, the self we see in the mirror when we fantasize about being tough and strong and feared, the face we would present to the world if there were no such thing as consequences: That’s the real us.

The civil self is the mask.
communication  identity  culture  ethics  internet  psychology  blogging  anonymity  moderation  online  media  public 
august 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Rolling Stone Writer: McChrystal Pals 'Were Lying' About Ground Rules - DailyFinance
"Having a journalist around is like having a pet bear. Most of the time it's really cool, but once in a while it'll bite your hand off."
media  magazines  journalism  afghanistan  war  ethics 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Joe Posnanski » Blog Archive » The Return of the Hand
This is something I have thought a lot about — but it never really crystallized for me until the Uruguay-Ghana game here at the World Cup last week. To recap the moment quickly, the score was tied in the final seconds of injury time when Ghana, in one last magnificent burst, put a shot on goal, then another shot on goal and finally a third. The first was saved by the goalkeeper, the second blocked by Uruguay’s Luis Suarez. The third, a header from Ghana’s Dominic Adiyiah, was almost across the line and in the net when Suarez, in desperation, knocked it out with his hand.
sports  soccer  ethics  games  behavior  identity  worldcup  ghana  uruguay 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Inc.com: Why I Sold Zappos by Tony Hsieh
Some board members had always viewed our company culture as a pet project -- "Tony's social experiments," they called it. I disagreed. I believe that getting the culture right is the most important thing a company can do. But the board took the conventional view -- namely, that a business should focus on profitability first and then use the profits to do nice things for its employees. The board's attitude was that my "social experiments" might make for good PR but that they didn't move the overall business forward. The board wanted me, or whoever was CEO, to spend less time on worrying about employee happiness and more time selling shoes.
business  ethics  social  culture 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
'Kapò': portraying the unthinkable in art - latimes.com
There is no exact science to the relationship between ethics and aesthetics. But it is also not that complicated.
aesthetics  ethics 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
MediaRights: News: 10 Courageous Things You Can Do to Build Community
We can speed up the realization of good community building ideas if we live our lives consistent with community priorities. The good news: practically every activity and every moment grants us the opportunity to practice community-minded behavior.
community  activism  behavior  attention  ethics 
january 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Anthropology Matters, Vol 11, No 2 (2009) -- Being cool or being good: researching mobile phones in Mozambique by Julie Soleil Archambault (SOAS)
Drawing on my fieldwork experience in Inhambane, southern Mozambique, where I conducted research on mobile phone use amongst youth, my paper tackles issues of acceptance and rejection. As I sought to gain acceptance amongst youth I found myself participating in various controversial and, at times, dangerous activities that made me the victim of intense gossip and outright rejection by some. The fact that I came to the field accompanied by my husband and daughter only made matters worse. In this paper, I present the challenges of “being cool”, while also “being good”, and the repercussions of my research choices on my social standing. I then discuss how, instead of compromising my research, this predicament had a positive outcome by revealing social dynamics that might otherwise have remained hidden, namely the importance of concealment and the ambiguous role mobile phones play in deceit.
mobile  africa  research  science  social  behavior  ethics  family  story 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Why women have sex | Life and style | The Guardian
I thought that my lover adored me. No – it is because I have a symmetrical face. "I love you so much," he would say, if he could read his evolutionary impulses, "because you have a symmetrical face!" "Oh, how I love the smell of your compatible genes!" I would say back. "Symmetrical face!" "Compatible genes!" "Symmetrical face!" "Compatible genes!" And so we would osculate (kiss). I am really just a monkey trying to survive. I close the book.

I think I knew that.
sex  women  men  gender  power  relationships  love  beauty  communication  behavior  ethics  science  psychology 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
How charities harness social media for a social impact | csmonitor.com
“There was once a clear information arbiter, [and] nonprofits broadcast their message to a whole bunch of people and hoped it got to enough that they could do what they needed, whether that was raising money or getting volunteers,” says Nathaniel Whittemore, founder of the Center for Global Engagement at Northwestern University. “What you have now is a much more symmetrical relationship in which people who are recipients of the message can also become part of the conversation.”
volunteering  ethics  social  media  online  communication 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
A man of many words - The Globe and Mail
“The first thing you realize is that our way of thinking that we take for granted – how you look at the day-to-day stuff – is not the only way there is. … What you are losing by not knowing the earlier stuff is, if nothing else, a constant reminder that you may not be seeing the full picture.”
language  judaism  religion  canada  books  identity  reputation  english  ethics 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
AFTER STAFF - Nader Khouri, Commercial success with an emphasis on food | RESOLVE — the liveBooks photo blog
Many photographers don’t have much text on their websites, and I decided to use text to help put my work into context. Not all clients will look at the text, but I value it when photographers take the time to give some explanation. I believe in the power of images to give a point of view, but I also think that stating a mission helps complement the images. Not only that, but it helps set the stage for the kinds of expectations I have for myself and of the clients I want to work with.
photography  business  marketing  creativity  food  ethics  aesthetics 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Jon Hamm | TV | A.V. Club
[F]or Don, specifically… he’s not a murderer, but he is an opportunist, and a lot of people can see that as being admirable in some ways. He knows the rules of the game, and he plays it very well.

He’s also often very upfront with what he wants and needs in a certain situation. It goes back to the pilot, when he tells Pete that if he keeps behaving the way he is, he may succeed briefly, but he’ll never truly succeed, because no one will like him, and in this industry, being liked is more important than being effective, in many ways. And that comes back, of course, to bite Pete. He doesn’t learn that lesson, or he learns it too late, when he tries to blackmail Don. So it’s an interesting thing. I don’t necessarily play it any differently. I don’t try to be any more likeable even as I’m doing these reprehensible things. You just hope that the audience has been given enough material and backstory to understand or at least rationalize the character’s behavior, and to see what drives it.
television  story  writing  acting  cable  interviews  fiction  ethics  business 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
For the Time Being - Happy Days Blog - NYTimes.com
We want enjoyment, we want to avoid pain and discomfort. But it is impossible that things will always work out, impossible to avoid pain and discomfort. So to be happy, with a happiness that doesn’t blow away with every wind, we need to be able to make use of what happens to us — all of it — whether we find ourselves at the top of a mountain or at the bottom of the sea.
life  spirituality  work  ethics  meditation  attention  identity  religion  happiness  washingtonstate 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Tiger Woods on Twitter, Facebook, and the Marketing of Pro Athletes | A Dash of Salt | Fast Company
"Everyone looks at Michael Jordan, because he broke the mold. He was able to get into Fortune 500 brands and represent them with the excellence he had on and off the court," Woods said. "Now the difference is, there are different ways for an athletes to get out there and create a brand. There are so many more outlets. That's definitely changed, even in the last few years with the advent of Facebook and now Twitter. You have to figure out what you feel comfortable doing without going beyond your core values. That's the most important thing. You have to understand where you come from and who you are. There are so many things to do now and it's only going to get worse."
social  sports  marketing  facebook  twitter  ethics  golf 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
How to attract followers on Twitter and build a useful network | BeatBlogging.Org
Thankfully, it’s not hard to build a community on Twitter that will offer you real value. Always keep in mind that Twitter is not about you. It’s about being social. It’s about the community.

Here is a little guide to getting people to follow you [...]
journalism  twitter  online  media  newspapers  television  radio  social  socialnetworking  ethics 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Twitter Explosion | American Journalism Review
"When it comes to Twittering for the Post, our senior editors should know beforehand if a reporter plans to Twitter or otherwise live-blog something she is covering," he said. "Anything controversial should be checked with an editor before transmission. Tone is also important: we don't use new media to get into verbal fisticuffs with rivals or critics or to advance personal agendas." Outside of work, "We assume that our journalists won't embarrass the Post or impair their journalistic independence through anything they may publish on Twitter, Facebook, blogs or any other new media. We don't and can't practically monitor everything our reporters might do in their own time, so we rely primarily on their good judgment and common sense."
magazine  media  journalism  newspapers  writing  news  twitter  social  ethics  attention  presence  reputation 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
One Tweet Over the Line - Room for Debate Blog - NYTimes.com
Tools like Friendfeed, the Facebook status updates, and Twitter offer never ending opportunities to update both your inner circle and the 2,000-odd friends who made the mistake of thinking you might be interesting every time you find an interesting link, go on a trip, or have a major life change. But most who sign on as followers aren’t looking for the blow by blow on your fight with your boyfriend, your constantly shifting relationship status (it’s complicated) or even the fact you think some other Web denizens are idiots.
twitter  social  media  identity  attention  reputation  public  ethics  behavior  online 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
SocialFishing...: The 2 Paradoxes of Identity in a Digital Age
[...] In other words, as an organization, we also have a social identity. We are building a presence on the social web, opening up our communications, learning how to engender trust, how to enable employees to represent us, how to have a personality, how to be transparent, etc. We're thinking about how to layer all kinds of rich conversation on top of our traditional marketing. We're adding complexity while peeling away layers, if that makes sense; we're learning to relinquish control and give our members more ownership, in several different yet connected spaces. More varied, more complex, less control. [...]
identity  work  jobs  corporations  business  attention  marketing  ethics  behavior  online  social  power 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
America's poor are its most generous givers | McClatchy
When Jody Richards saw a homeless man begging outside a downtown McDonald's recently, he bought the man a cheeseburger. There's nothing unusual about that, except that Richards is homeless, too, and the 99-cent cheeseburger was an outsized chunk of the $9.50 he'd earned that day from panhandling.

The generosity of poor people isn't so much rare as rarely noticed, however. In fact, America's poor donate more, in percentage terms, than higher-income groups do, surveys of charitable giving show. What's more, their generosity declines less in hard times than the generosity of richer givers does.
poverty  money  work  social  religion  behavior  ethics  happiness  spirituality 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Editor and Publisher: New 'WSJ' Conduct Rules Target Twitter, Facebook
The use of social and business networking sites by reporters and editors of the Journal, Newswires and MarketWatch is becoming more commonplace. These ground rules should guide all news employees' actions online, whether on Dow Jones sites or in social-networking, e-mail, personal blogs, or other sites outside Dow Jones.
media  journalism  social  ethics  twitter  facebook  newspapers  blogging  news 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Chicago Reader | What's Black and White and Dead All Over?: Notes on journalism’s past, present, and future prompted by the Chicago Journalism Town Hall | By Whet Moser
Do the math. If you buy the Creative Loafing chain, which owns the Reader, you get Rolodexes, a bunch of dated computers, dated software, and a name. Essentially you’re buying a logo, a URL, some archived content, and a giant fucking IOU.

So, sayeth this smart person: it’s much cheaper to let them die and hire the people, who have the knowledge and the contacts and who actually represent the name. (If you want to be all Web 2.0 about it, call the new thing the Rdr or the Twib, though I guess you won’t have to italicize it. We do not put on airs in the glorious future.)
media  journalism  blogging  ethics  google  blogs  chicago  economy  newspapers 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Rihanna beating photo: Can public handle ugly truth? - Los Angeles Times
Establishment media outlets had a much more negative, or at best ambivalent, reaction to the picture. Part of that stemmed from a legitimate concern about verifying the source of the photo and whether it accurately reflected the singer's injuries.
photography  news  newspapers  media  journalism  music  ethics  crime  celebrity  reputation  violence  public 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Doc Searls: "What if the roles we play are not to pass along substances called 'data or 'information' but rather to feed hungry minds?" - paradox1x
When we criticize 'the media' we are criticizing ourselves. Media is intermingled. It's everywhere and each of us take part from the smallest of web forums to the largest of social networks. That implies a civic responsibility.

People hate that word - responsibility - but there it is. And when it comes to media - the responsibilities that spring from it are now shared by us all.
media  ethics  journalism  information  social 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Jacob Morgan Marketing: How do You Repair a Negative Online Presence?
"Let’s say you’re using google alerts or serph and you find a blog post talking about how much your product sucks, what do you do? Here are a few steps that you can use to help fix your reputation."
reputation  online  blogging  google  marketing  identity  social  ethics  business 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Well - More People Appear to Be Cheating on Their Spouses, Studies Find - NYTimes.com
“I see a changing landscape in which the emphasis is less on the sex than it is on the openness and intimacy and the revelation of secrets. Everybody talks by cellphone and the relationship evolves because you become increasingly distant from whomever you lie to, and you become increasingly close to whomever you tell the truth to.”
marriage  love  sex  relationships  friendship  technology  identity  ethics  communication  research  polyamory  cellphones  mobile 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Op-Ed Contributor - Margare Atwood - A Matter of Life and Debt - NYTimes.com
We are social creatures who must interact for mutual benefit, and — the negative version — who harbor grudges when we feel we’ve been treated unfairly. Without a sense of fairness and also a level of trust, without a system of reciprocal altruism and tit-for-tat — one good turn deserves another, and so does one bad turn — no one would ever lend anything, as there would be no expectation of being paid back. And people would lie, cheat and steal with abandon, as there would be no punishments for such behavior.
money  work  ethics  writing  essay  aesthetics  relationships  psychology  altruism  happiness  crime  behavior  culture  history  economics  literature  sociology  finance  rhetoric 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
20 Questions With... Billy Wimsatt -- In These Times
"We are people who are oriented to think about how to do good. And it is a moral imperative for good people to get power. Because otherwise, we leave all of the power in the hands of the people who are oriented not to think about how to do good."
power  politics  education  psychology  ethics 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Op-Ed Columnist - Thomas Friedman - Why How Matters - NYTimes.com
ou do things matters more than ever, because so many more people can now see how you do things, be affected by how you do things and tell others how you do things on the Internet anytime, for no cost and without restraint.

“In a connected world, countries, governments and companies also have character, and their character — how they do what they do, how they keep promises, how they make decisions, how things really happen inside, how they connect and collaborate, how they engender trust, how they relate to their customers, to the environment and to the communities in which they operate — is now their fate.”
business  corporations  ethics  identity  reputation  social  government  economics  environment  community 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
New York Press - MATT TAIBBI - Shoveling Coal for Satan
"Everyone in the commercial media, and that includes Hitchens, knows what his real job is: feeding the monkey. We are professional space-fillers, frivolously tossing content-pebbles in an ever-widening canyon of demand, cranking out one silly pack-mule after another for toothpaste and sneaker ads to ride on straight into the brains of the stupefied public."
journalism  writing  nonfiction  news  media  ethics  creativity  blogging 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Audacity of Hov : VIBE.com
"That’s the beauty of rap: I’m not Jay-Z and can do whatever—it doesn’t work like that. With rap, it’s always about the next project, no matter who you are! It’s about what’s current, what’s happening right this second."
hiphop  quotes  music  work  business  ethics  creativity 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
How to Succeed? Make Employees Happy - TIME
"Simultaneously we hit upon the philosophy that I think will be the dominant philosophy in business in the 21st century. It's this principle that the purpose of business is not primarily to maximize shareholder value."
business  capitalism  career  economics  finance  work  money  corporations  ethics  jobs 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
David Simon on the end of 'The Wire' | Newsweek.com
"The season is about the chasm between perception and reality in American life and how we are increasingly without the tools that allow us to recognize our true problems, much less begin to solve them." (I've never seen an episode.)
television  baltimore  maryland  crime  newspapers  ethics 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Lobbyist, The Drudge, The Times, The Fixer -- Courant.com
"In New York, there are other kinds of newspapers that handle stories like this. They are called 'tabloids,' from the Greek root "'tab,' meaning 'SLAIN FROZEN PROSTITUTE,' and the Latin suffix '-loid,' meaning 'IN QUEENS LOVE NEST WITH HALF-GOAT POPE BABY
newspapers  news  ethics  law  nytimes  politics  campaigns  mccain 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Horrormeister Sinks His Teeth Into Cruelty Of Film Culture
"People have asked me, 'Are you really that pessimistic?' I said no, but to me it's a question you pose every day; you see things happen and you ask, 'What have we become?' But it's only supposed to be a question."
film  cinema  aesthetics  society  ethics  story  culture  art  creativity 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Race Card - Richard Thompson Ford - Book Review - New York Times
"We should begin by looking at racial injustice as a social problem to be solved collectively rather than as a series of discrete wrongs perpetrated by bad people."
books  politics  race  reviews  nonfiction  criticism  black  white  asian  latino  justice  social  ethics 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
CJR: The Limits of Clear Language
"Intellectual honesty about the gathering and use of facts and data is a riskier and more precious part of a free society than is intellectual honesty in language."
writing  rhetoric  politics  language  criticism  information  data  ethics 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Radical Love Gets a Holiday
"[H]e asked if that meant I grew up 'fondling snakes in trailers.' I replied: 'You know that book club you're in? Well, my church was a lot like that, except that we actually read the book.'"
religion  race  politics  spirituality  love  ethics 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
MediaShift . Digging Deeper::Traditional Media Ready to Elevate the Conversation Online -- with Moderation | PBS
"You have to create a space where the conversation is the kind of conversation that appeals to the people in your world. There are places where the conversation gets really ugly and people don't go to the New York Times to get yelled at."
blogging  communication  story  community  culture  ethics  internet  journalism  news  media  newspapers  online  philosophy  social 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
S.F. Weekly - Blogos-Free
"Blogging is merely software. What matters is the actual content. Nobody has cornered the market on honesty."
newspapers  media  blogging  journalism  ethics 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
San Bernardino County Sun - FROM THE EDITOR: On County Salaries
"On Wednesday, we chose to remove the names of those employees from the list, publishing only the job title and salary." Good call.
public  government  journalism  california  ethics  sanbernardino  newspapers  online  work  jobs 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
baltimoresun.com - You Don't Say: Clueless at the top
"Talk cant about unmediated interaction with the public to disguise what is really going on. Gamble that you won’t drive off too many customers or provoke too many lawsuits. Maybe they do know how to play this game."
journalism  media  newspapers  business  ethics  social  public  corporations 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Evolutionary psychology | Blatant benevolence and conspicuous consumption | Economist.com
"Geoffrey Miller is a man with a theory [...] His idea is that the human brain is the anthropoid equivalent of the peacock's tail. In other words, it is an organ designed to attract the opposite sex."
altruism  brain  culture  ethics  evolution  gender  men  nature  volunteering  psychology  research  science  sex  social  sociology  women  relationships  via:boycaught 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Whole World Is Watching - New York Times
"The tapestry of human behavior is so varied, so rich and so global that it presents a rare opportunity, the opportunity to outbehave the competition."
behavior  psychology  business  marketing  corporations  ethics  reputation  attention  work  jobs 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Chain Reactions - Our Lives as Atoms - Times Select - New York Times Blog
"[T]he fragility of social outcome, its potential sensitivity to the actions of just one person, brings home the profound importance of individual responsibility. Everyone’s actions count."
behavior  psychology  ethics  power  identity  thinking  blogging  religion  relationships  society  yasns 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Golden Rule in the Human Jungle - Our Lives as Atoms - Times Select - New York Times Blog
"We’re not Homo economicus, as Herbert Gintis of the University of Amherst puts it, but Homo reciprocans – an organism biologically prone to cooperative actions, and for good historical reasons."
economics  ethics  altruism  evolution  behavior  social  justice  psychology 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Study of N.B.A. Sees Racial Bias in Calling Fouls - New York Times
“Basically, it suggests that if you spray-painted one of your starters white, you’d win a few more games. [,,,] There’s bias on the basketball court, but less than when you’re trying to hail a cab at midnight.”
basketball  sports  race  black  white  games  ethics  justice 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NBA refs study: Numbers clearly interesting but not clear | IndyStar.com
"[F]rom 1991-2004, [... of] the top eight players from each of the 26 teams who advanced to the NBA Finals [...] only 25 were white. So if racial bias was deciding games, it wasn't getting teams deep into the playoffs."
race  sports  ethics  basketball  justice  games 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Poynter Online - Who Does He Look Like?
"I could imagine 'Asian man' being used as short hand, intentionally or unintentionally. For outsider. Intruder. Alien. Alienated. Scheming. Inscrutable. Serious. Calm. Watch out for them. You can't trust them. That is the danger of racial identifiers."
race  writing  journalism  ethics  ethnicity 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Wire: Taking Modern Culture by Strategy
"[I]f there is any unit of cultural intelligence, it's empathy. [...] It does have to do with how much you understand the impression you make. On other people round you. And how important that is to you."
intelligence  behavior  criticism  culture  ethics  friendship  relationships  counseling  aesthetics 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Scientist Finds the Beginnings of Morality in Primate Behavior - New York Times
“Sympathy is the raw material out of which a more complicated set of ethics may get fashioned. In the actual world, we are confronted with different people who might be targets of our sympathy. And the business of ethics is deciding who to help and why
religion  ethics  philosophy  science  research  fauna  animals 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
January Magazine: Profile | Kim Stanley Robinson
"Everybody is addicted to stories and all of religion is just a version of stories, and so stories become more important than just entertainment, because we model so much behavior. Life imitating art is as common as can be."
fiction  ethics  shortstory  novels  writing  creativity  art  religion 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: Love, actually
"My flag is rather weak in comparison. It says: 'When we read with fine attention, we find ourselves caring about people who are various, muddled, uncertain and not quite like us (and this is good).'"
zadiesmith  novels  ethics  books  fiction  language 
october 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Wayne C. Booth, Critic Who Analyzed Rhetoric, Dies at 84
"[L]iterature was not so much words on paper as it was a complex ethical act. He saw the novel as a kind of compact between author and reader: intimate and rewarding, but rarely easy. At the crux of this compact lay rhetoric, the art of verbal persuasion.
language  english  politics  ethics  novels 
october 2005 by allaboutgeorge

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