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How Trigger Warnings Are Hurting Mental Health on Campus | Andrew B. Myers @ The Atlantic
Students who call for trigger warnings may be correct that some of their peers are harboring memories of trauma that could be reactivated by course readings. But they are wrong to try to prevent such reactivations.
culture  society  psychology  ?  ! 
august 2015 by ap
Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem. | The Washington Post
We understand the values of mainstream journalists, including the effort to report both sides of a story. But a balanced treatment of an unbalanced phenomenon distorts reality. If the political dynamics of Washington are unlikely to change anytime soon, at least we should change the way that reality is portrayed to the public. Our advice to the press: Don’t seek professional safety through the even-handed, unfiltered presentation of opposing views.
usa  politics  culture  history 
april 2012 by ap
Re: Current Issues with perlipc.pod – should they be fixed? | karl williamson @ perl5-porters
demerphq wrote:
> I bet there is a cuneiform tablet out there in some desert somewhere
> basically saying “These upstart kids have no respect and no clue”…. :-)

I hope that I will not otherwise be drawn to commenting on this thread other than to confirm that indeed, in the earliest known writing, Sumerian, (at least as of when I heard about this 50 years ago) that a common theme was that the world was in precipitous decline. (Another that I remember was kids at boarding school writing home about missing mom’s cooking in comparison with the awful stuff they were getting fed there.)
history  society  culture  anthropology  :fullquote  ! 
january 2011 by ap
Privacy and Control | Bruce Schneier
Here’s the problem: The very companies whose CEOs eulogize privacy make their money by controlling vast amounts of their users’ information. Whether through targeted advertising, cross-selling or simply convincing their users to spend more time on their site and sign up their friends, more information shared in more ways, more publicly means more profits. This means these companies are motivated to continually ratchet down the privacy of their services, while at the same time pronouncing privacy erosions as inevitable and giving users the illusion of control.
privacy  business  culture  life-in-the-cloud  ! 
may 2010 by ap
Raj, Bohemian | Hari Kunzru @ The New Yorker
“Placements. Why are you making that face? You’re looking at me like I’m some kind of freak.”
recommended  fictional  culture  marketing  sociality  ! 
may 2010 by ap
The Cute Cat Theory Talk at ETech | Ethan Zuckerman
Nina wasn’t a professional activist. She was a successful career woman, a young mother, living the Chinese dream in Shanghai. She became an activist because she was forced to and she reached out for the tools she had access to – which hapened to be MSN spaces. MSN is heavily censored in China – it’s certainly not what we would have chosen for her. But you don’t get to choose the tools – activists use what’s at hand. It’s fine to build tools for activists, but even better to build tools for folks who don’t know they’re activists yet.
sociality  web  media  culture  politics  activism  censorship  technology  ! 
april 2010 by ap
Raiding Eternity
Us but not us. Our bodies and brains, but not our thoughts. Not our art, but our brush. We’ve made a lot of brushes.
culture  technology  history  future  poetic  inspirational  ! 
march 2010 by ap
The Rhetoric of the Hyperlink
In the Web of hyperlinks, writing has found its wall.
culture  history  writing  philosophy  cognition  media  art  language  web  recommended  ! 
march 2010 by ap
After feminism: what are girls supposed to do? | Amelia Hill @ The Guardian
Who wouldn't feel confused and unhappy being raised in this brave new world that demands super-skinny, super-sexy and super-brainy all at the same time?
feminism  sociology  society  sexuality  culture  media  recommended  ! 
march 2010 by ap
Final edition: Twilight of the American newspaper | Richard Rodriguez @ Harper's Magazine
We no longer imagine the newspaper as a city or the city as a newspaper. […] The truth is we no longer want to live in Seattle or Denver or Ann Arbor. Our inclination has led us to invent a digital cosmopolitanism that begins and ends with “I.” Careening down Geary Boulevard on the 38 bus, I can talk to my my dear Auntie in Delhi or I can view snapshots of my cousin’s wedding in Recife or I can listen to girl punk from Glasgow. The cost of my cyber-urban experience is disconnection from body, from presence, from city. […] So what is lost? Only bricks and mortar. (The contemptuous reply.)
journalism  history  society  culture  media  future  recommended  ! 
march 2010 by ap
Improve the online visibility of your fiction through the careful use of keywords | Joel Stickley @ How To Write Badly Well
Fighting for breath, Britney Bin Laden sprinted away from the collapsing building with all the speed of a get rich quick scheme or celebrity nipple slip. A massive explosion tore seductively through the virgin wall behind her, a wall which was eighteen years old and ready for fun.

“Yikes”, thought Britney, “this is certainly exclusive breaking news which might well affect current stock prices.” Just then, a truck carrying cheap pharmaceutical goods veered off the road, narrowly missing her. “That could have killed me”, thought Britney, her life flashing before her eyes like a free bootleg movie download. “There are so many things I regret. I wish I had won top prizes at an online Euro-Casino, or talked to more singles in my area.”

“Britney!” someone shouted. She squinted through the smoke. It was her friend and lover, Jesus Michael Jackson-Obama-Sextape. “Are you okay?” he said, offering her coupon codes for genuine software downloads.
spam  culture  writing  funny  :fullquote  ! 
march 2010 by ap
A proposal for error handling | Laurence Tratt
A while ago I wrote about my experience of writing extsmail, and how surprised I was that highly reliable and fault tolerant programs could be written in C. In large part I attributed this to the lack of exceptions in C. In this article, I expand upon this point, consider some of the practical issues with exceptions based language, and present a candidate language design proposal that might partly mitigate the problem. I don't promise that this is a *good* design; but it does present some of the issues in a different way than I've previously seen and if it encourages a debate on this issue, that might be use enough.
programming  culture  ! 
december 2009 by ap
The Social History of the MP3 | Pitchfork
In the same way that technology is a social force created by humans, with the power to expand or restrict what we’re able to do, so goes the law. If copyright law has been able to convince us that music, one of the most inherently collaborative forms of expression, should be regulated by a statute based on a romantic ideal of the solitary author; and that one of these lone individuals can in fact be Universal Music Group, what else can it make us believe? […] These sorts of nostalgic recollections, to a large degree, are facilitated because the old industry, built on selling magic, purposefully obscured all the backstage collaborators that helped superstars to emerge. But now, we find ourselves within a historical moment that allows us access to all the previously hidden aspects of music-making. Instead of approaching this situation as if the “magic” were gone, wouldn’t it be much more productive to seize the opportunity to create an entirely new crop of idols?
music  participatory  culture  content-mafia  drm  disintermediation  ! 
november 2009 by ap
Atlas Obscura
A compendium of this age’s wonders, curiosities, and esoterica. The Atlas Obscura is a collaborative project with the goal of cataloguing all of the singular, eccentric, bizarre, fantastical, and strange out-of-the-way places that get left out of traditional travel guidebooks and are ignored by the average tourist. If you’re looking for miniature cities, glass flowers, books bound in human skin, gigantic flaming holes in the ground, phallological museums, bone churches, balancing pagodas, or homes built entirely out of paper, the Atlas Obscura is where you’ll find them. ¶ The Atlas Obscura depends on our community of far-flung explorers to find and report back about the world’s wonders and curiosities. If you have been to, know of, or have heard about a place that belongs in the Atlas Obscura, we want you to tell us about it. Anyone and everyone is welcome and encouraged to nominate places for inclusion, and to edit content already in the Atlas.
travel  culture  history  advice  reference 
november 2009 by ap
Community: From Little Things, Big Things Grow | George Oates @ A List Apart
At Flickr, we’ve worked very hard to remain neutral while our members jostle and collide and talk and whisper to each other. Sharing photos is practically a side-effect. […] Any community – online or off – must start slowly, and be nurtured. You cannot “just add community.” It simply must happen gradually. It must be cared for, and hosted; it takes time and people with great communication skills to set the tone and tend the conversation.
web  sociality  culture  ! 
november 2009 by ap
Geocities Saved! | Jason Scott
A lot of other people saw Geocities in a new light. No longer strictly thought of as a useless financial property a dying company might be jettisoning to save some coin, it’s now recognized, in some quarters, as one of the largest-scale folk-art installations to exist in the history of the world.
internet  history  culture  :quotation  ! 
november 2009 by ap
Twitter: A Sad Replacement for Your Aging Social Life | Ryan Tate @ Gawker
We’re old people – a.k.a. adults – who don’t actually see each other as often as we’d like. We’ve got significant others, kids, and – if the economy has been kind to us – time-consuming, energy-sapping jobs. And old mature farts don’t have a huge cache of beer-chugging party photos to upload to Facebook, or hours to spend indulging in-depth symmetrical relationships on that social network. ¶ Hence, Twitter. It’s not a supplement to a social life; it is a replacement social life. It’s no accident that the site was started by thirtysomething programmers and technical book authors, and that some of it’s earlies adopters were freelance writers, some of the loneliest people on the planet. Which isn’t to say this core constituency makes Twitter any less interesting, or worthwhile. If anything, it’s the reverse; what was the last pop culture trend created by shut-in adults?
twitter  sociology  culture  society  :quotation  ! 
september 2009 by ap
Coming to America | bingocards @ Fool.com
I'm going back to the US [from Japan] for Christmas tomorrow! Yay! My travel agent has, thoughtfully, seen fit to provide me with a pamphlet of helpful tips to make my overseas travel less of an anxiety-filled social minefield riddled with white people and guns. I got such a kick out of these that I wanted to share. (I picked most of the fun ones. There are a lot of boring tips too.)
usa  culture  funny 
august 2009 by ap
2008 Dec 27: “Competing Churches” (Conway Carter) | Slow Wave
I am the very last heathen, being chased by a priest through a city of churches. All the churches are trying to get me, and my conversion will be quite prestigious for the winner.
religion  wikipedia  culture  :comic 
august 2009 by ap
The Pursuit of Happiness | John Perry Barlow
No more need be said. But such is human nature that the more succinctly we state the truth, the better we become at ignoring it. So, despite the completeness of the above homily, I’ll proceed, hoping that my volume may insinuate into your worldview what Chuang-Tzu’s brevity might not.
culture  society  philosophy  advice  recommended 
july 2009 by ap
WindFire Cursor™ and the WindFire OS Series™
Very little is known about this kite. It seems to be bringing the desktop of your computer outdoors (pfff, finally). Quad-line control, asymmetrical framing, nearly invisible hand-formed stainless fittings, and opposed-bow tensioning for the sail make this incredible kite look digitally pasted right into the sky. But it isn’t. […] The WindFire Cursor is a work of art, both as a concept and a performance. A flying sculpture and social commentary. Like a magic act, the visual simplicity comes at the cost of considerable behind-the-scenes complexity.
technology  culture  society  amusing  ! 
july 2009 by ap
Transforming Art into Science | Strata R. Chalup
Many people, even very well-meaning ones, will resist changes that reduce the intensity level of their daily jobs. They fear becoming bored, unappreciated, less vital to the organization. The addiction to the adrenaline cycle and the kind of “cult hero” status that goes with it is very, very difficult for an organization to break
engineering  productivity  psychology  culture  ! 
july 2009 by ap
Reply to alester’s response to Tim’s response to Ruby’s resp | Scott Walters @ use.perl.org
If office culture is opposed to sexism and you’re opposed to office culture then you just might decide that you’re pro sexism. The main reason offices are so vocally anti-sexism is they’ve traditionally been complete boys clubs and they’re trying to change their image. If these kids knew their history, they’d see that the office anti-sexism is a bit of a sham and their attempts to be contrary to office culture would lean them to be honestly, legitimately egalitarian. […] Also, getting a bit far afield here, males have been having a bit of an identify crisis since the feminist movement. […] I think the males of the younger generation have a legitimate question of how to style themselves. […] An alpha geek would love to be an alpha male, but they’re not even sure what those look like, so they guess.
diversity  culture  rant  recommended  ! 
june 2009 by ap
Area Man Constantly Mentioning He Doesn’t Own A Television | The Onion
“I’m not an elitist,” Green said. “It’s just that I’d much rather sculpt or write in my journal or read Proust than sit there passively staring at some phosphorescent screen.” [I, for one, am thinking that Area Man is making perfect sense here. :-) —Ed.]
tv  media  culture  funny  ! 
june 2009 by ap
The Porny Presentation Bingo Card | Kirrily Robert
If you’ve been following news in the tech world over the last few months, you would have heard about Matt Aimonetti’s CouchDB presentation at Golden Gate Ruby Conference back in April and last week’s Flashbelt keynote by Hoss Gifford. […] I guess history just keeps on repeating. So, in preparation for next time round, here’s a handy bingo card.
culture  diversity  rant  :picture  ! 
june 2009 by ap
Social capital and online games | Nelson Minar
As nice as my former [WoW] guildies are, none are “real” friends [… even though] I’ve got lots of real friendships from other online communities. […] Our primary shared experiences weren’t talking to each other or eating in a cafe, they’re exploring virtual temples and slaying synthetic monsters.
web  games  sociology  culture  ! 
june 2009 by ap
Wikipedia:Lamest edit wars - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Occasionally, even experienced Wikipedians lose their heads and devote every waking moment to edit warring over the most trivial thing. This page documents our *lamest* examples. It isn’t comprehensive or authoritative, but it serves as a showcase of situations where people lose sight of the big picture and obsessively expend huge amounts of energy to fighting over something that, in the end, isn’t really so important.
wikipedia  culture  funny  recommended  ! 
june 2009 by ap
disincentivizing free software | Ricardo Signes
I have a perfectly good XBox 360 collecting dust because I write code to *give away* in my free time. […] I think today I will play some Civilization or BioShock.
collaboration  culture  rant  ! 
june 2009 by ap
Pitch Perfect | Jace Clayton @ Frieze Magazine
[Auto-Tune] works hard to make wrong notes right, so correctly-pitched notes sound relatively natural. But a virtuoso will confound the software when sliding around notes. The interplay becomes complex. Vocal runs that would sound bizarre without Auto-Tune have become necessary to create some now-common effects. The plug-in facilitates something analogous to a human-machine duet. […] Recording direct with Auto-Tune means full commitment. There is no longer an original “naked” version. This is a cyborg embrace.
music  culture  technology  ! 
may 2009 by ap
Smut On Rails | Martin Fowler
It’s my view that the people in a community have the power to set the tone of that community, to decide what is and is not acceptable behaviour within it. If something questionable happens and people remain silent, that is an implicit acceptance of that event. That is why I feel compelled to write this page, because I think that this talk, and more importantly the rails leadership response to this talk, is objectionable.
rubyonrails  culture  diversity  ! 
may 2009 by ap
Less Like Oration | Tim Bray
There’s nothing much on the Net that’s without precedent in spoken language. What’s new is that written discourse is becoming less like oration and more like conversation. It’s not clear that this is bad.
web  culture  history  communication  :quotation  ! 
april 2009 by ap
Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable | Clay Shirky
That the relationship between advertisers, publishers, and journalists has been ratified by a century of cultural practice doesn’t make it any less accidental.
media  journalism  business  culture  drm  web  history  future  ! 
march 2009 by ap
16-Mar-2009 (mon) | Jamie Zawinski @ DNA Lounge
San Francisco: You got served.

By *Texas*.
culture  ? 
march 2009 by ap
Not Enough Work | xkcd
Signs your coders don't have enough work to do: [[Panel 2 is my favourite. —Ed.]]
programming  culture  funny  :comic  ! 
march 2009 by ap
How Videogames Blind Us With Science | Clive Thompson
[Constance Steinkuehler] and her co-author, Sean Duncan, downloaded the content of 1,984 posts in 85 threads in a discussion board for players of World of Warcraft. What did they find? Only a minority of the postings were "banter" or idle chat. In contrast, a majority -- 86 percent -- were aimed specifically at analyzing the hidden ruleset of games. [...] These are all hallmarks of scientific thought. Indeed, the conversations often had the precise flow of a scientific salon, or even a journal series
games  culture  science  education  future  recommended  ! 
december 2008 by ap
If Gamers Ran The World | Tom Armitage
I got to thinking about what a national leader might look like in ten years time, 2018. Let’s suggest, based on Obama and Cameron, that they’re 45. They’re 45 in 2018 when they stand for office – that means they were born in 1973. They would have been four when Taito released Space Invaders came out; seven when Pac Man came out. […] They would have been a gamer all their lives. […] And if that was the case, what might they have learned? [Scarcity; Complexity; Effectiveness & Efficiency; An End to Colocation; Living in a Data Rich World; Failure] And even if we don’t get that, maybe a fraction of that will trickle through, that’s still a start.
games  culture  society  ! 
december 2008 by ap
Why I Blog | Andrew Sullivan @ The Atlantic Online
To use an obvious analogy, jazz entered our civilization much later than composed, formal music. But it hasn’t replaced it; and no jazz musician would ever claim that it could. Jazz merely demands a different way of playing and listening, just as blogging requires a different mode of writing and reading. Jazz and blogging are intimate, improvisational, and individual—but also inherently collective. And the audience talks over both.
web  journalism  weblogging  culture  recommended  ! 
december 2008 by ap
My new definition of globalization | Chris Blattman
10 o’clock on a Saturday night. A UN canteen in the northern reaches of Liberia. Spanish soccer on the TV. Belgian beers on hand. Tuna fish sandwiches on the menu. A Korean, a Kenyan, an American, a clutch of Pakistani peacekeepers, and… a karaoke machine. At first I thought nothing could beat the Pakistani officer belting out Madonna’s _La Isla Bonita_, but a trio of Africans singing _We Are the World_ brought down the house.
culture  globalisation  :quotation 
december 2008 by ap
Why I Copyfight | Cory Doctorow
Every time you press a key, the keypress is copied several times on your computer, then copied into your modem, then copied onto a series of routers, thence (often) to a server, which may make hundreds of copies both ephemeral and long-term, and then to the other party(ies) to the conversation, where dozens more copies might be made. Copyright law valorizes copying as a rare and noteworthy event.
intellectual-property  freedom  culture  ! 
november 2008 by ap
All Are Skill Unaware | Robin Hanson
Many psychologists have noted Kruger and Dunning’s main data is better explained by positing simply that we all have noisy estimates of our ability and of task difficulty. […] So why does Google blog search finds zero mentions of this refutation? My guess: because under this theory you should listen to those you disagree with instead of writing them off as idiots.
psychology  intelligence  cognition  culture  ! 
november 2008 by ap
The Internet’s Chorus of Calumny | Rogers Cadenhead
For all of the talk about how bad it is to be the focus of an angry mob, an angry Internet mob gums its prey rather than biting. Once you get used to the slobber it’s not so bad.
web  culture  sociology  :quotation  recommended  ! 
july 2008 by ap
How to Promote Startups | Aaron Swartz
While there’s much less of a culture of entrepreneurship and only 15% of Europeans [compared to 28% of Americans] think about starting their own company, nearly all (14.7%) of them actually go ahead and do it [compared to 7% of Americans].
economics  politics  culture  ! 
june 2008 by ap
Useless Account
Sick of web app *bloat*!? LESS IS MORE: Get an account where the only feature is *editing your account*! SIGN UP NOW
web  culture  funny  ! 
may 2008 by ap
No child left inside? | The Joy of Tech
What’s that? A new car or something?
funny  scary  technology  culture  :comic  ! 
april 2008 by ap
super is your friend | Evan Phoenix
I thought I’d share a technique that I’ve known about for some time, but seems to not have gotten into the normal ruby vernacular. [[I, uhm… wow. I mean… wow. Just, wow. —Ed.]]
funny  ruby  culture  ! 
april 2008 by ap
Metafilter comments vs. Youtube comments
[[Automatically generated on the fly. —Ed.]]
web  culture  ! 
march 2008 by ap
Are .NET Developers the American Tourists of the Software Industry? | Russell Ball
I believe the prevailing stereotype about .NET developers is that we wouldn’t know a [… Comp Sci] principle if it recursively bit us in the arse. [Why?] Some harsh reddit feedback on one of my recent posts prompted me to seriously ponder this question
microsoft  programming  culture  ! 
march 2008 by ap
dmitri | mahalie
The 12 year old in the front is teaching the 30 yr olds in the room how to use the programming tool created by the guy in the flannel.
software-development  culture  :picture  ! 
march 2008 by ap
Surveillance light 2008
Recent discussion about surveillance in society inspired the creation of a piece of furniture with an Orwellian ‘1984’ feel to it. “Blending the typical appearance of a surveillance camera with a standing lamp is an ambiguous refection of our though
surveillance  furniture  society  culture  ! 
march 2008 by ap
Bassline Baseline, 2005 | Nate Harrison
A video essay that investigates the invention, failure and subsequent resurrection of the mythic Roland TB-303 Bass Line music machine in the last two decades of the 20th century. The narrative seeks to invite thoughts on technological mediation within product innovation and creative expression. The dead-panned “documentary” video attempts to explore how and why creative tools fail and how increasingly more options, parameters or intermediaries devised during a tool’s research and development phase don’t necessarily lead to increased expressivity or virtuosity during the tool’s lifetime of actual use, unless the super-structure of its cultural context is dramatically reconsidered.
music  technology  culture  history  recommended  ! 
february 2008 by ap
Can I Get An Amen?, 2004 | Nate Harrison
A critical perspective of perhaps the most sampled drum beat in the history of recorded music, the Amen Break. It begins with the pop track Amen Brother by 60’s soul band The Winstons, and traces the transformation of their drum solo from its original context as part of a “B” side vinyl single into its use as a key aural ingredient in contemporary cultural expression. The work attempts to bring into scrutiny the techno-utopian notion that “information wants to be free” – it questions its effectiveness as a democratizing agent. This as well as other issues are foregrounded through a history of the Amen Break and its peculiar relationship to current copyright law.
music  intellectual-property  culture  history  recommended  ! 
february 2008 by ap
Online Communities | xkcd
I’m waiting for the day when, if you tell someone “I’m from the internet”, instead of laughing they just ask “oh, what part?”
web  culture  :comic 
december 2007 by ap
Science Tattoos – a photoset on Flickr | Carl Zimmer
On my blog, The Loom, I asked whether scientists wear many tattoos of their science. The answer was yes.
science  culture  amusing  ! 
december 2007 by ap
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year 2007
1. w00t (interjection): expressing joy (it could be after a triumph, or for no reason at all); similar in use to the word “yay”
culture  language  funny  ! 
december 2007 by ap
Information Access in a Networked World | danah boyd
The English Wikipedia entry has to resolve these two perspectives. Right now, teachers say that what’s in the textbook is right and what’s in Wikipedia is wrong. Imagine, instead, if teachers helped students understand why these two differed.
communication  culture  education  media  wikipedia  ! 
december 2007 by ap
OMG! Awesome Party Guy Vid! | sweetbriar
[[Web-themed halloween costume… —Ed.]]
funny  web  culture  :picture 
november 2007 by ap
Tact Filters
All people have a “tact filter”, which applies tact in one direction to everything that passes through it. […] Both [nerds and non-nerds] need to be extra patient when dealing with someone whose tact filter is backwards relative to their own.
sociology  psychology  culture  communication  advice  ! 
october 2007 by ap
Hot Tubbing an Online Community | Caleb John Clark
Here’s a proven way I’ve come up with to get a list back on its feet and back to its core mission and people. […] There’s a changing room, a hot tub, a redwood deck, a hammock, and a few small redwoods and plants on a lot behind his house that he never developed. Talking is discouraged. No drugs of any kind are allowed. Clothing is optional. […] I took this over to email mailing lists and thus we have “hot tubbing”. When a list gets too big, has too many flames, and won’t respond to cries for sanity from it’s core members, hot tub it by doing this:
web  culture  sociology  advice  ! 
september 2007 by ap
Command prompt as an IM session with my computer? | Bob duCharme
The girls roll their eyes and patronizingly say "great, Dad!"
technology  culture  funny  ! 
september 2007 by ap
Imperfect Sound Forever | Stylus Magazine
Play “Hey Ladies” from _Paul’s Boutique_ again, a song that’s almost 20 years old, and feel just how head-snappingly phantasmagorical it is when the soundstage suddenly flips into widescreen during the intro.
music  sound  culture  engineering  technology  rant  ! 
september 2007 by ap
Internet Commenter Business Meeting | CollegeHumor
This is what happens when corporations change pwn3rship.
funny  web  culture  :video  ! 
august 2007 by ap

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