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The Existential Threat Of Big Tech
"As these companies have expanded, marketing themselves as champions of individuality and pluralism, their algorithms have pressed us into conformity."
share  social  media  big  data  algorithm 
october 2017 by jamesshelley
This is inspiring some significant lifestyle changes at our house
This a very bold and compelling thesis: "every major disease in the developed world - Alzheimer's, cancer, obesity, diabetes - has very strong causal links to deficient sleep."
share  sleep  cancer  obesity  diabetes 
october 2017 by jamesshelley
You Are Being Tracked, Evaluated and Sold: an analysis of digital inequalities
"If our personal data is traded in milliseconds up to 70k times per day, what does this mean? ... If we want to know how inequalities are being shaped in the present and future we need to understand the opaque mechanisms that operate through stealth and experiment with our personal disclosures."
crhesi  radar  share  curiouspublic  social  media  privacy 
october 2017 by jamesshelley
Aamjiwnaang Water Gathering & Toxic Tour 2017 (Sep 29-Oct 1)
"[A] welcoming community dinner on Sept 29th starting at 5pm and panel of Our Sacred Connection to Water. September 30th is a full day of many classes on water teachings running from 10am-8pm. Then October 1st for Toxic Tours and classes running from 8am-6pm. This event is a FREE event, and everyone is welcome to attend."
crhesi  radar  share  water  indigenous  event  solidarity 
september 2017 by jamesshelley
"Bill C-59 introduces serious new problems that compound historical threats to civil liberties."
"Bill C-59 seeks to legitimize troubling conduct—from mass surveillance to state-sponsored hacking, impersonating journalists, and extensive data-mining—developed by these agencies in secret and without the public approval or extensive debate required by a democratic system."
crhesi  radar  share  human  rights  privacy  law 
september 2017 by jamesshelley
"Who is seen as violent and why? What gets called violence?"
"Who is seen as violent and why? What gets called violence? What is seen as restoring order, and which order is that? There are no single answers to such questions. But by asking them, the events of the past offer an invitation to re-think critical issues that remain too-often unasked of the present."
share  history  crhesi  radar  white  supremacy  racism  canada 
september 2017 by jamesshelley
Tracking the 'gap' between the intended and actual effects of algorithms (in law and journalism)
"there are surprising similarities in how web journalists and legal professionals use algorithms in their work [and] a gap between the intended and actual effects of algorithms... further ethnographic work [is needed] on algorithms in practice as an important empirical check against the dominant rhetoric of algorithmic power."
algorithms  share  social  media 
september 2017 by jamesshelley
Map of the Complexity Sciences (by Brian Castellani)
Timeline and relationship overview/infograph of the key ideas, thinkers, discoveries, and innovations in the development of the complexity sciences.
systems  share  complexity  organization  infograph 
august 2017 by jamesshelley
"Resentment is like swallowing poison and expecting the other person to die."
Origin research on one of the best quotes of all time: "Resentment is like swallowing poison and expecting the other person to die."
quote  share  resentment  poison 
august 2017 by jamesshelley
Dreamland: How to live your live
This is a compelling and worthwhile panel discussion: "Fulfill your dreams and make the most of your life! So advocate headmasters, moralists and revolutionaries. Yet poet John Betjeman's principal regret was that he did not have more sex. Is life not about goals and ambition but about the moment of being? Or is making our dreams real the only way to fulfillment?"
life  opportunity  share  dreams  goals  yolo 
august 2017 by jamesshelley
The Shame Game
"The shaming exposes and social media scandals of today can seem as backwards as the stocks or the pillory. Yet the fear of shame can bring the powerful to heel. What is our curious shame about shame? Might shaming be our best tool for change? Or should we always be fearful of the tyranny of the mob?"
crhesi  radar  share  shame  guilt  debate  whd 
august 2017 by jamesshelley
The World Would Be So Much Better Without Their Kind
"Why do these pathetic lowlifes insist on inflicting vandalism and violence on decent society?"
story  poverty  share 
august 2017 by jamesshelley
"To oppose the cosmic frost infiltrating the human sphere through the open windows of the Enlightenment..."
"To oppose the cosmic frost infiltrating the human sphere through the open windows of the Enlightenment, modern humanity makes use of a deliberate greenhouse effect: it attempts to balance out its shellessness in space, following the shattering of the celestial domes, through an artificial civilizatory world. This is the final horizon of Euro-American technological titanism.”
quote  enlightenment  religion  meaning  civilization  share 
july 2017 by jamesshelley
"Television Delivers People" (Richard Serra and Carlota Fay, 1973)
"In commercial broadcasting the viewer pays for the privilege of having himself sold. It is the consumer who is consumed. You are delivered to the advertiser who is the customer. He consumes you. You are the end product."
share  advertising  quote  media  television 
july 2017 by jamesshelley
Not all politics is identity politics
"It was a universalism that fuelled the great radical movements that have shaped the modern world... [But as] the new anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim movements and the rise of the identitarian right reveal, the reactionary forms of identity politics has returned with a vengeance. If other groups can protect their particular history and heritage and cultural identity as essential to their social being, runs the argument, why can’t whites? ... One of the consequences of the mainstreaming of identity politics is that racism has become rebranded as white identity politics...So, no, all politics is not identity politics. And only by challenging identity politics can we truly challenge inequality and injustice."
universalism  racism  share  identity  politics 
july 2017 by jamesshelley
The seductive dangers of speed
Accelerationism and capitalism and the means of production.
july 2017 by jamesshelley
"So 'diversity' becomes a way to reassure whites of their place" - Sisonke Msimang
"So we get seduced by the fragility of whiteness, distracted, preoccupied by the nervousness and the anxieties of white people... And whether we're soothing them or excoriating them -- still we are talking about them, often unthinkingly. So 'diversity' becomes a way to reassure whites of their place in an otherwise black country."
share  whiteness  racism  africa  crhesi  radar 
july 2017 by jamesshelley
Michael Kleinman: "The obsession with measuring impact is paralysing aid workers."
"Causality is simply too complex, no matter what domestic or international issue we are trying to address. No logframe or theory of change is capable of capturing the full interplay of factors that determine why things are as they are, much less how and why they change."
crhesi  radar  development  systems  share 
june 2017 by jamesshelley
OECD Secretary-General: Let's shake up globalization
"We’re beyond quick fixes to address the discontent of citizens. There is no returning to the past. Too many things are not working for too many people. The only way forward is not to patch up globalisation, but to shake it up."
crhesi  radar  globalization  share 
june 2017 by jamesshelley
Remembering and documentating America's insane asylums
"Insane asylums used to dot the American landscape. A photographer documents what remains of the buildings."
crhesi  radar  history  insanity  mental  health  photography  share 
may 2017 by jamesshelley
From pedagogy, to andragogy, to heutagogy
"A heutagogical approach recognises the need to be flexible in the learning where the teacher provides resources but the learner designs the actual course he or she might take by negotiating the learning."
education  autodidactism  learning  share 
may 2017 by jamesshelley
What Is Heutagogy?
“Heutagogy is the study of self-determined learning … It is also an attempt to challenge some ideas about teaching and learning that still prevail in teacher centred learning and the need for, as Bill Ford (1997) eloquently puts it ‘knowledge sharing’ rather than ‘knowledge hoarding’. In this respect heutagogy looks to the future in which knowing how to learn will be a fundamental skill given the pace of innovation and the changing structure of communities and workplaces.”
education  autodidactism  learning  heutagogy  share 
may 2017 by jamesshelley
‘Anumeric’ people: What happens when a language has no words for numbers?
"While only a small portion of the world’s languages are anumeric or nearly
anumeric, they demonstrate that number words are not a human universal...
In the absence of the cultural traditions that infuse our lives with
numbers from infancy, we would all struggle with even basic quantitative
language  culture  numbers  math  quantification  share 
may 2017 by jamesshelley
Remember life (and friendships) before the invention of the newsfeed?
It is fascinating to think about the extent to which the invention of the social media 'newsfeed' has changed the way that different people and systems in the world relate to one another.
share  newsfeed  social  media  technology  internet  relationships  friendship 
may 2017 by jamesshelley
Considerations for Successful Counterspeech
"We have been pleasantly surprised, however, that our study of Twitter turned up numerous cases of effective counterspeech, which we define as a direct response to hateful or dangerous speech. Based on this first, qualitative study of counterspeech as it is practiced spontaneously on Twitter, we offer some preliminary suggestions on which strategies may help to make counterspeech successful."
crhesi  radar  hate  speech  whd  share 
april 2017 by jamesshelley
Edgar Schein on Humble Inquiry
"Humble Inquiry is the fine art of drawing someone out, of asking questions to which you do not already know the answer, of building a relationship based on curiosity and interest in the other person."
share  humble  inquiry  interview  humility 
april 2017 by jamesshelley
Provocateur vs racist: The bigotry double standard
"If a media personality who makes a living from racist insults and unsubstantiated conspiracies can be called a 'provocateur', then why can't the same culture afford to extend even a second of skepticism or possible context toward those who make controversial remarks but aren't white, male, and mouthpieces for the alt-right?"
whd  racism  media  journalism  controversy  share 
april 2017 by jamesshelley
Water is a family affair
"Ashley Gilbertson photographed in seven countries for UNICEF, making portraits of families and their daily water use."
water  pictures  share 
march 2017 by jamesshelley
How to Resist the Self-Improvement Craze - Svend Brinkmann
"The problem with the self-help ethos is that it privatises or individualises social problems. If there are no jobs it’s not due to your lack of positive thinking that you can’t get a job!" ... "We should judge people by what they do, not by whether or not they are doing it 'authentically.'"
share  selfhelp  authenticity  psychology  from iphone
march 2017 by jamesshelley
Yellow Journalism: The “Fake News” of the 19th Century
'Although...the peddling of public lies for political gain (or simply financial profit) can be found in most periods of history dating back to antiquity, it is in the late 19th-century phenomenon of “Yellow Journalism” that it first seems to reach the widespread outcry and fever pitch of scandal familiar today.'
share  news  history  journalism  truth 
february 2017 by jamesshelley
"[S]ince wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed..."
"That since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed; That ignorance of each other’s ways and lives has been a common cause, throughout the history of mankind, of that suspicion and mistrust between the peoples of the world through which their differences have all too often broken into war; That a peace based exclusively upon the political and economic arrangements of governments would not be a peace which could secure the unanimous, lasting and sincere support of the peoples of the world, and that the peace must therefore be founded, if it is not to fail, upon the intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind..."
human  rights  education  history  war  share 
february 2017 by jamesshelley
"I can't square the wisdom we know with the world we've created." - Madeleine Thien
"I can't pretend to know the wilderness, but can I pretend to have any understanding of what it means to be human? When I think of everything we've accrued, all the books and poems and equations and knowledge, I can't square the wisdom we know with the world we've created. Did we believe that knowledge would lead us from the wilderness? When I was young I thought knowledge would show the way to goodness, and help me answer the question of how to live. But now I am not so sure. Maybe knowledge, from technology to science to art, will always be used, finally, in the service of conquest and power."
share  peace  technology  conflict  knowledge  history  from iphone
january 2017 by jamesshelley
Video: Are you racist? 'No' isn't a good enough answer
"Most of us, says Marlon James, are non-racist. While that leaves us with a clear conscience, he argues, it does nothing to help fight injustice in the world. In fact, we can pull off being non-racist by being asleep in bed while black men are killed by police. We need to stop being non-racist, and start being anti-racist."
crhesi  radar  racism  whd  share 
january 2017 by jamesshelley
Secularists overemphasize religious followers' adherence to scripture
"Kwame Anthony Appiah argues that when considering religion we overestimate the importance of scripture and underestimate the importance of practice."
share  culture  multiculturalism  religion  faith  scripture 
january 2017 by jamesshelley
"Giving up both victory and defeat, those who have attained peace sleep happily."
"Victory gives birth to hate; The Defeated sleep in anguish. Giving up both victory and defeat, those who have attained peace sleep happily."
quote  buddhism  stoicism  peace  share 
january 2017 by jamesshelley
Why time management is ruining our lives
"[T]he modern zeal for personal productivity...If only we could find the right techniques and apply enough self-discipline, it suggests, we could know that we were fitting everything important in, and could feel happy at last. It is up to us – indeed, it is our obligation – to maximise our productivity. This is a convenient ideology from the point of view of those who stand to profit from our working harder, and our increased capacity for consumer spending. But it also functions as a form of psychological avoidance. The more you can convince yourself that you need never make difficult choices – because there will be enough time for everything – the less you will feel obliged to ask yourself whether the life you are choosing is the right one."
productivity  gtd  share 
january 2017 by jamesshelley
Amia Srinivasan on What is a Woman?
'What is a woman?' may seem like a straightforward question, but as Amia Srinivasan explains, it is not quite as easy to answer as you might think. Here she discusses key feminist ideas about what a woman is, beginning with Simone de Beauvoir's ideas on the topic."
whd  feminism  gender  share  from iphone
january 2017 by jamesshelley
Boring day jobs afford one the opportunity to think
"Einstein worked as a patent clerk. Isaac Newton worked at a mint. T.S. Eliot was a banker. Bram Stoker was a bureaucrat. Lots of artists and great thinkers had boring day jobs..."
work  employment  job  share 
december 2016 by jamesshelley
There is no freedom with abandoning my license to moral superiority over others
"I don't want to deny or be blind to the fact that maybe harm's been caused. But seeing people through the lens of the moralistic just seems to interest me less and less. Because it becomes a wall, a breaking line, a fault line between self and other through which awareness can't flow... Moralistic judgements are rampant in our society. I don't know if they help. People cling to many things. And now that I'm not interested in clinging, I'm not interested in clinging to being moralistic, being judgemental, being right, being special... in opposing, in arguing, in being alarmed, and in drawing lines between us versus them." - Gil Fronsdal
morality  understanding  buddhism  dharma  share 
december 2016 by jamesshelley
Accomplices Not Allies: Abolishing the Ally Industrial Complex
"The ally industrial complex has been established by activists whose careers depend on the 'issues' they work to address. These nonprofit capitalists advance their careers off the struggles they ostensibly support...They build organizational or individual capacity and power, establishing themselves comfortably among the top ranks in their hierarchy of oppression as they strive to become the ally 'champions' of the most oppressed."
crhesi  radar  oppression  allyship  share 
december 2016 by jamesshelley
"Or is 'the political centre' today just another way to describe rule by globalized elites?"
"Because in the end you cannot have a system that is both democratic and gets you the results that liberal democratic thinkers will prize."
whd  political  centre  liberalism  democracy  share 
december 2016 by jamesshelley
"Yet being in the world does manifest as a certain localization of apparent personality..."
I resonate with this internal debate: "Setting up a domain name that is my 'actual' name in the social sense might seem to be a bit steeped in the ego aspect of selfhood. Yet being in the world does manifest as a certain localization of apparent personality, and so, here I am."
selfhood  blogging  ego  share 
december 2016 by jamesshelley
Intellectual Leprosy
"Nearly everywhere — often even when dealing with purely technical problems — instead of thinking, one merely takes sides: for or against. Such a choice replaces the activity of the mind. This is an intellectual leprosy; it originated in the political world and then spread through the land, contaminating all forms of thinking."
politics  critical  thinking  whd  share 
december 2016 by jamesshelley
"Journalism is meant to be an 'outsider' activity – outside the halls of power"
Big media has "become part of the political/celebrity bubble and tends to forget that journalism is meant to be an 'outsider' activity – outside the halls of power, but not outside the communities it serves. The lure of celebrity status has taken too many journalists into the arms of those they should be challenging. True independence – political, corporate, cultural – is rare and hard to achieve. It is to be prized for that reason."
journalism  news  power  politics  popularity  celebrity  whd  share 
december 2016 by jamesshelley
An objective perspective on wisdom
Wisdom defined as "a cognitive ability to derive conscious insight through previously weak associations between current and past experiences."
whd  wisdom  aging  perspective  crhesi  radar  share 
december 2016 by jamesshelley
"We are our own potters; for our habits make us, and we make our habits." - Frederick Langbridge, 1888
"Every time you go to bed your clay is so many hours nearer to its final mould. A few years of such days—a long time to look forward, but a short time to look back upon—and there you will be: a beautiful goodly vase, or a cracked, misshapen vessel, fit only for base and vulgar uses. We are our own potters; for our habits make us, and we make our habits." - Frederick Langbridge, 1888
quote  habits  productivity  focus  share 
december 2016 by jamesshelley
Questioning the truth in the notion of “post-truth”
"Implicit in the emergence of the terms 'post-truth' and 'post-truth politics' is the view that the global information landscape has undergone a dramatic and sudden shift over the past year...[it] is to propose that only just a year ago, public opinion was based on objective facts [and] and that political debate was based on evidence-based policy..."
whd  post-truth  politics  share  from iphone
december 2016 by jamesshelley
News has always been faked and manipulated. But now anyone can do it.
"What has changed is not that news is faked, but that the old gatekeepers of news have lost their power... The panic about fake news has given fuel to the idea that we live in a 'post-truth' era... But just as with fake news, the truth, if I may still use that word, about post-truth is more complex than many allow."
whd  truth  politics  news  share 
december 2016 by jamesshelley
Progress: Human Destiny or Fool's Errand?
"It is often taken as fact that humanity is in a constant state of progress and that it stands to reason that everything will culminate in a golden age. This reasoning informs public policy, provides context for art and religion and is a central tenet of Star Trek. But is it real? This discussion is to question the validity of the notion of progress. For example if we make strides in one field of endeavour, is there a counterbalancing negative impact somewhere else? Is progress still progress if it only applies to a fraction of the population?"
crhesi  whd  progress  share 
december 2016 by jamesshelley
"With him, self-contradiction is not even a weakness, but the sign a mind is alive."
"Cioran often contradicts himself, but that’s the least of his worries. With him, self-contradiction is not even a weakness, but the sign a mind is alive. For writing, he believed, is not about being consistent, nor about persuasion or keeping a readership entertained; writing is not even about literature. For Cioran, just like Montaigne several centuries earlier, writing has a distinctive performative function: you write not to produce some body of text, but to act upon yourself; to bring yourself together after a personal disaster or to pull yourself out of a bad depression; to come to terms with a deadly disease or to mourn the loss of a close friend."
quote  contradiction  philosophy  thinking  share 
december 2016 by jamesshelley
There is no such thing as a value-neutral economist
"Economists tell us what we, as societies, can and can't afford. But how do they decide? What values are at play?"
economy  economists  value  money  welfare  share 
december 2016 by jamesshelley
Rear View Mirror: Has the future ever looked like the past?
"Why does history matter? The conventional reason we're given is that in order to comprehend the future, we need to know the past, that there are lessons in history -- that the mistakes of the past can teach us what to avoid in the future, that unbridled political power leads to dictatorship, that war is a bad way to settle things. But does the past really have anything to teach us -- has the future ever looked like the past?"
crhesi  whd  ultimate  curator  share 
december 2016 by jamesshelley
“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”
"The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off." ... "The earliest partial match known to QI was published in a Syracuse, New York newspaper in a 1978 article about a treatment program for alcoholics. A poster displayed in a residential facility presented a variant of the saying with the phrase 'make you miserable' instead of 'piss you off'..."
quote  truth  share 
december 2016 by jamesshelley
Report of the Special Committee on Electoral Reform #ERRE
"The committee recommends that: The Government hold a referendum, in which the current system is on the ballot; That the referendum propose a proportional electoral system that achieves a Gallagher Index score of 5 or less; and That the Government complete the design of the alternate electoral system that is proposed on the referendum ballot prior to the start of the referendum campaign period." (pg. 167)
whd  elections  report  democracy  crhesi  radar  share 
december 2016 by jamesshelley
AP on 'alt-right' terminology: "In the past we have called such beliefs racist, neo-Nazi or white supremacist."
"Avoid using the term generically and without definition, however, because it is not well known and the term may exist primarily as a public-relations device to make its supporters’ actual beliefs less clear and more acceptable to a broader audience. In the past we have called such beliefs racist, neo-Nazi or white supremacist."
language  journalism  standards  share  from iphone
november 2016 by jamesshelley
American Journalism Review
"People, by nature, are either 'inputters' or 'outputters,' he says. TV journalists, for instance, tend to leave their dial on output. Inputters are straight...allowing sources to crack wise and showcase personality. 'I can go into any newsroom and usually tell you who gets the best stories in the paper. It's usually the reporters with the blander personality. They're not the life of the party. They're amazingly consistent if you eavesdrop on them during interviews: You'll hear plain, neutral, bland questions. Colorless questions usually provide colorful answers.' ...Journalists get into trouble when they try to do both--showcase their personalities (output) and receive information (input)--simultaneously. 'We feel this need to output; that's our instinct,' Sawatsky says. 'But the granddaddy of all rules is this: We must balance input and output.' When the source 'is outputting, we need to be inputting. The fact is, you can't suck and blow at the same time.'"
interview  journalism  personality  sawatsky  share 
november 2016 by jamesshelley
"by laying down such a law...[you] lay down trouble and remorse for yourself."
"But suppose—for I will make your own plea—suppose that the motive of his deed was to benefit his brother. Should you have killed him because of that? Under what sort of law? See that by laying down such a law for men, you do not lay down trouble and remorse for yourself. For, if we are to take blood for blood, you surely would be the first to die, if you were to meet with justice." (Sophocles, Electra 575-584, trans. Jebb)
conflict  war  justice  revenge  quote  share 
november 2016 by jamesshelley
"The people who read the books go to the people who can't read the books..."
"Please don't try to tell me about revolution! I know all about the revolutions and how they start: the people that read the books, they go to the people that don't read the books -- the poor people -- and they say, 'Oh! The time has come to have a change!' ... The people who read the books go to the people who can't read the books -- the poor people -- and say, 'We have to have a change!' so the poor people make the change. And then the people who read the books all sit around big polished tables and they talk and talk and talk and eat and eat and eat. But what has happened to the poor people? They're dead! That's your revolution! So please, don't tell me about revolutions. And what happens afterwards? The whole fucking thing starts all over again!"
revolution  politics  quote  movie  war  conflict  film  share 
november 2016 by jamesshelley
Dust to Dust: Notes on rituals for the dead
This is a very compelling listen: "Barbara Nichol looks at four sets of death rituals: ritual practices in Singapore, in Indonesia, in the south Amazon and in the West, to try to find themes and links. But every pattern turns out to have exceptions. Every statement comes with footnotes. And rituals change, sometimes slowly; sometimes at a surprising speed."
death  funeral  share 
november 2016 by jamesshelley
The "equilibrium" of the "political centre" has collapsed in Europe and U.S.
"The political centre in Europe, as well as in the U.S., has collapsed. And until that equilibrium is rebuilt we are going to swing pretty wildly from far right, far left -- we're looking for new solutions and new voices to bring those solutions. Until that equilibrium is found again, I think we're going to be pretty volatile politically for the foreseeable future." - Heather A. Conley (Center for Strategic and International Studies)
politics  whd  radar  share 
november 2016 by jamesshelley
'Post-truth politics'
"The concept of post-truth has been simmering for the past decade, but Oxford shows the word spiking in frequency this year in the context of the Brexit referendum in the UK and the presidential election in the US, and becoming associated overwhelmingly with a particular noun, in the phrase post-truth politics."
whd  truth  politics  language  share 
november 2016 by jamesshelley
Full video of political correctness debate is now available
"This debate — filmed shortly before the American presidential election — is as pertinent as ever, with all sides making extremely relevant points regarding the social and political climate of our times."
crhesi  whd  political  correctness  share 
november 2016 by jamesshelley
Hatred Taking Sides, by @amandastratton
"The grammarian in me will admit that technically speaking, there isn’t any hierarchical relationship inherent between two clauses with a but in the middle. But the rhetorician in me would argue that it’s actually pretty important and influences how we weigh these traits in people against each other... So I’m challenging everyone to flip their buts. Just literally turn your sentences around and see how they sound... 'She makes great points, but she’s really mean to people.'"
hate  reconciliation  language  share 
november 2016 by jamesshelley
"Just because we don’t like how someone says something, doesn’t mean there’s not validity to the message."
"Listening is more than an act — it’s a process. It’s hearing the words, understanding the motivations and backgrounds, and trying to empathize with the person’s needs. It’s not about framing it in your own paradigm (privileged or not), but removing yourself from the equation and seeing what is being expressed."
whd  listening  understanding  reconciliation  share 
november 2016 by jamesshelley
Optimism is a political act
"Where no one believes in a better future, despair is a logical choice, and people in despair almost never change anything. Where no one believes a better solution is possible, those benefiting from the continuation of a problem are safe. Where no one believes in the possibility of action, apathy becomes an insurmountable obstacle to reform."
whd  politics  optimism  reform  share 
november 2016 by jamesshelley
Quit Social Media
"In a capitalist economy, the market rewards things that are rare and valuable. Social media use is decidedly not rare or valuable... I’m not arguing that new opportunities and connections are unimportant. I’m instead arguing that you don’t need social media’s help to attract them... The idea of purposefully introducing into my life a service designed to fragment my attention is as scary to me as the idea of smoking would be to an endurance athlete, and it should be to you if you’re serious about creating things that matter."
social  media  addiction  career  focus  productivity  share 
november 2016 by jamesshelley
Joelle Renstrom on grading as a measure of learning
"There’s an important distinction between grades and knowledge. Grades don’t always reflect knowledge, learning, or the honing of skills–sometimes they simply reflect one cramming for an exam. I think being too obsessed with grades can prevent students from learning, as a letter becomes the endgame, rather than increased knowledge." (Joelle Renstrom)
productivity  focus  intentionality  education  share 
october 2016 by jamesshelley
Whiteness is a racial construct
"Yes, I know that “white” doesn’t mean anything specific. There are millions of people with peach-to-ivory skin whose genetic makeup, histories, geographies and experiences vary wildly. The terms “indigenous,” “black” and “Asian” are similarly unsubstantiated, yet none of them have ever been removed from one of my stories when used to describe a person. The reason we don’t say “white” is because white is the control group – white people are people and race is a thing that happens to everyone else."
racism  whd  share  from iphone
october 2016 by jamesshelley
Death by nostalgia: the strange history of homesickness
"[T]he strange story of how Johannes Hofer first diagnosed "nostalgia," why "failure to launch" might not be as bad as we think it is, and how Capitalism changed the way we view homesickness."
homesickness  audio  capitalism  crhesi  radar  share 
october 2016 by jamesshelley
London Delves into the Political Correctness Debate
"Political correctness drives us to examine fundamental questions about the way people in society frame the identity of ‘the other.’ At a broad social level, it is increasingly becoming difficult to talk about systemic marginalization and stigmatization without accounting for the rhetoric of political correctness. Furthermore, political correctness also has obvious and interesting implications for the academic/research sector."
whd  crhesi  share 
september 2016 by jamesshelley
Don't define success for yourself
Listen to how the people around describe success
Do whatever you can do to help them get there
Chasing your own definition of success
for yourself
by yourself
is a very lonely game

What is a successful life
if not one that helps other people realize their hopes?
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september 2016 by jamesshelley
The problem with 'community consultations'
The problem with many ‘community consultations’ is not only that bureaucracies often assume they know ‘the answers’ at the outset, but they even more dangerously assume they are asking the right questions.

Another tier of community engagement should be to ask communities to arrange their own forums on issues, driven by their own agendas and questions… and then go and actually listen to what people are saying…

This might go a long way to regaining the trust of many who feel that typical ‘community consultations’ are all too often just fulfilling a checkbox on a pre-rubberstamped plan.

If you want to say your thing is ‘community driven’ then you have to actually let the community lead.
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september 2016 by jamesshelley
There is no such thing as 'permanent'
Permanency is a just a sneaky little language trick to describe the existence of something between two arbitrary points in time.

No solution, state, situation, or achievement is permanent.
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september 2016 by jamesshelley
8-Bit Philosophy tackles the question: Does Political Correctness WORK?
"In this episode, we'll dive into philosophy of language – specificially questioning whether politically correct (PC) language is helpful in combating discrimination or if it, instead, does more harm than good."
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september 2016 by jamesshelley
Reading. Writing. Arithmetic. Webdev.
"A framework for entry-level web literacy & 21st Century skills. Explore the map by selecting what you want to learn more about, to see definitions and activities."
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august 2016 by jamesshelley
Aim for excellence in what you do, not self-actualization
Aim for excellence in what you do, not self-actualization. Excellence is a trait of character: a frame that defines something about one’s identity. But projects themselves… they are just projects. It doesn’t matter how well you do them and how good you think you are at accomplishing them, they’ll one day be obsolete, outdated, and supplanted by someone else or something better. So don’t look for your sense of self in your project. Define yourself by the commitment you bring to whatever you put your hand to, not the thing your hand actually touches.
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august 2016 by jamesshelley
Laziness as a kind of adaptive efficiency
"[T]o me 'lazy' just means making something happen with as little effort as possible."
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august 2016 by jamesshelley
How 'politically correct' went from compliment to insult
"But what does [political correctness] actually mean? Depends what year it is, and whom you’re asking."
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august 2016 by jamesshelley
"I have always strenuously supported the Right of every Man to his own opinion..." (Thomas Paine)
"You will do me the justice to remember, that I have always strenuously supported the Right of every Man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies to another this right, makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it."
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july 2016 by jamesshelley
"Freedom is always the freedom of dissenters." (Rosa Luxemburg)
"Freedom only for the members of the government, only for the members of the Party — though they are quite numerous — is no freedom at all. Freedom is always the freedom of dissenters. The essence of political freedom depends not on the fanatics of 'justice', but rather on all the invigorating, beneficial, and detergent effects of dissenters. If 'freedom' becomes 'privilege', the workings of political freedom are broken."
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