Cory Doctorow's 'Walkaway' Argues Disasters Don’t Have to End in Dystopias | WIRED
The belief in other people’s predatory nature is the cause of dystopia, author Cory Doctorow says. Angus Greig My new novel, Walkaway , is about a world where…
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Can Snapchat Survive If Facebook Copies All Its Best Features?
To be successful, a company needs to provide something customers want. It must be able to do so for less than they’re willing to pay. And there must be some…
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Is Political Correctness a Virtue? | RELEVANT Magazine
At its core, the notion of political correctness isn’t meant to silence opinions or attitudes. It is concerned with preventing groups who find themselves in the minority or the targets of discrimination from be further stereotyped. It’s about making people who may feel like outsiders experience inclusion. It’s not about not “offending” people or groups—it’s about valuing their dignity and their humanity. These are all noble—and even biblical—values.

There may be times when political correctness overreaches, effectively censoring unpopular opinions, but that doesn’t mean the entire notion should be disregarded.

In Romans, we are called to “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse ... Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited … If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” In Acts 10, Peter told members of the early church, still grappling with the new Church Christ had established on earth, “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean ... I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism, but accepts from every nation the one who fears Him and does what is right.”

Peter wasn’t interested in perpetuating labels or cultural taboos—even ones the law had previously condoned. Despite being “right” by the letter of the law and customs, God called him to lay aside stereotypes (“unclean” or as the ESV puts it, “common”), because that’s not how God sees other people.

Though the Bible is clear that Christians are called to teach and preach the truth of the message of Christ, it’s also clear that our lives should be an embodiment of it. Sometimes living “at peace with everyone” means not speaking in ways that we know will unnecessarily insult or offend offend someone, as long as we’re not compromising our values.
11 days ago
Why I’m a Politically Correct Christian (And You Should Be Too) | Sojourners
One common accusation is that people who urge political correctness are just whining about being offended. And yes, sometimes the truth is offensive. But that does not mean one’s rhetoric has to make it more so — political correctness is as attempt to make how we talk about something more inclusive, even as we still work to make underlying structures themselves inclusive. There is an incarnational aspect to this: “speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way…into Christ” (Eph. 4:15).

The nature of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message about civil rights, alongside other civil rights activists, was (and still is) offensive to many. Today, people decry the message of Black Lives Matter on similar grounds. Scripturally, Amos’ message against the social injustices committed by the upper class in Israel’s Northern Kingdom was offensive to many, including the High Priest Amaziah (Amos 7:10). Speaking truth to power will offend those who hold privilege in society.

Political correctness is about how an individual orients themselves to segments of the population who experience oppression. It is refusing to go along with societal norms and “values” which seek to erase identities, ignore those with no voice, or trample the powerless.
11 days ago
Is There a Better Way to Fight 'Political Correctness'? | Christianity Today
Conversely, and perhaps more troublingly, when people want to challenge “political correctness,” they often believe that the answer is to be offensive. There is a cottage industry built around intentionally offending liberals as an act of aggression against political correctness. Steven Crowder, Milo Yiannopoulos, and about a hundred thousand Twitter accounts and right-wing Facebook pages churn out a continual flow of outrageously offensive memes and commentary.

The prime example of this is Donald Trump, whose rise has been tied to his explicit anti-PC attitude and statements. In each of these cases, those attempting to fight political correctness are weaponizing language in order to browbeat the opposition into accepting verbal abuse as a right.

This is merely another kind of language policing, an approach that accepts the liberal premise that language is essentially violent and that dialogue is coercive. All that has changed is the target. Intentional offensiveness may feel like the opposite of political correctness, but in reality, it is merely another form of language as violence.
11 days ago
America is Regressing into a Developing Nation for Most People
You’ve probably heard the news that the celebrated post-WW II beating heart of America known as the middle class has gone from “burdened,” to “squeezed” to…
21 days ago
Performing a Project Premortem
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Illustrations by Todd Proctor / YouWorkForThem The new availability of huge amounts of data, along with the statistical tools to crunch these numbers, offers a…
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Quick Take: IFPI Revenue Numbers | MIDiA Research
Quick Take: IFPI Revenue Numbers Posted on 25th April, 2017 by Mark Mulligan in Music and Streaming Today the IFPI published their annual assessment of the…
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Meet the Warm Tone, the Software-Controlled Record Press Fueling Vinyl's Comeback | WIRED
In the mid-20th century, when the LP was the medium of choice, massive hydraulic-powered vinyl pressing machines—manufactured by long-forgotten companies like…
4 weeks ago
Environment as Politics
Living among diverse neighbors can reduce fear and resentment, as everyday interactions break down stereotypes and misconceptions of ‘the other.’
urbandesign  politics  sociology 
5 weeks ago
What Jobs to be Done taught me about our users, our product and our company
When speaking with our users, I learnt a lot about the solutions they stopped hiring once they started using our product and the solutions they would fall back on when they struggled with our product. These are predominantly Excel and Google Sheets to keep track of the board orders and payments as well as pen and paper to log work (typically factory workers get paid “piece rates”, i.e. by work step completed).
Knowing our real competition, especially compensatory behaviour and existing habits, also helps us understand where our product falls short and where we need to improve. For example, scanning QR codes printed on the production order form, i.e. the A4 paper that details the surfboard’s specification, is a smart technology solution, but if pen and paper do a better job for workers to record their completed work step so that they get paid, then they won’t fire pen and paper.
5 weeks ago
The Pulse of The Planet, Flatlined: Why Twitter's Is Failing to Grow
The seeds of Twitter’s stagnation were planted the day Dick Costolo decided that Twitter was a media company in the advertising business

More than any other single factor, Dick Costolo’s conclusion that Twitter was a media company in the advertising business is responsible for all of the struggles with revenue growth and profitability Twitter is experiencing today.

Because once you’re in the media and advertising business, your entire strategy–across product development, hiring, marketing, and sales–revolves around harvesting your users’ attention, maximizing their engagement, and selling pieces of that attention and engagement to advertisers.
twitter  advertising  business 
5 weeks ago
The Big Idea: James S.A. Corey – Whatever
As you read today’s Big Idea, don’t be concerned when James S.A. Corey starts discussing himself in first person plural. He’s neither royalty nor confused; “he”…
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Five More Lessons from Scaling Pinterest
The Pinterest team when we first moved into our SF Office (July 2012) Five More Lessons from Scaling Pinterest I recently published five lessons I learned…
scalibility  systems 
6 weeks ago
Product Discovery: Pitfalls and Anti-Patterns | Silicon Valley Product Group
Article: Product Discovery: Pitfalls and Anti-Patterns By SVPG Partner Chris Jones SVPG works with lots of product teams from lots of different companies. Many…
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Forget the MBA. Here’s the fastest way to become a product manager
You already have the core skills you need As a process, product management varies from company to company. Consumer product management is generally data-driven…
8 weeks ago
Does a Product Manager at a High Growth Technology Startup Need To Be Technical? - Mattermark
Do product managers at high-growth early stage technology companies need to have a technical background — or does it just not matter? Those in product…
prodmgmt  engineering 
8 weeks ago
The Prosperous Community: Social Capital and Public Life
Your corn is ripe today; mine will be so tomorrow. 'Tis profitable for us both, that I should labour with you today, and that you should aid me tomorrow. I have…
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The biggest threat facing middle-age men isn’t smoking or obesity. It’s loneliness. - The Boston Globe
LET’S START WITH THE MOMENT I realized I was already a loser, which was just after I was more or less told that I was destined to become one. I’d been summoned…
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What We Need in a VP of Product Management – Product Coalition
Most line organizations focus on deliverables, not business results or coherent product offerings. That keeps product managers in the minutia: templates and process flows and presentations and release planning meetings. Our internal customers notice timeliness more than coherent strategy. (How often do we rush market analysis because our developers are idle? Ship a product with poorly considered pricing?) Prompt — but purely tactical — product management is just filling out forms.

The VPPM must politely (but relentlessly) push for strategic clarity and intended business results. Tie what-we-are-doing directly to why-it-matters.
prdmgmt  blog 
8 weeks ago
How I Wrote Arrival (and What I Learned Doing It) - Talkhouse
My mother read to me when I was young, like mothers do. But instead of Dr. Seuss or Betsy Byars, it was Heinlein. Bradbury. Asimov. Stories of new worlds, new…
arrival  movies 
8 weeks ago
Get Out: the film that dares to reveal the horror of liberal racism in America | Film | The Guardian
Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out. ‘The villains here aren’t southern rednecks or neo-Nazi skinheads, or the so-called “alt-right”. They’re middle-class white…
getout  movies 
8 weeks ago
How speakers went from statement furniture to unseen tech - Curbed
In today’s wireless age, most want their sound system to be out of sight and out of mind. “If interior designers had their way,” says Scott Orth, director of…
audio  design 
8 weeks ago
Obamacare: The Republican Waterloo - The Atlantic
In that third week in March in 2010, America committed itself for the first time to the principle of universal (or near universal) health-care coverage. That principle has had seven years to work its way into American life and into the public sense of right and wrong. It’s not yet unanimously accepted. But it’s accepted by enough voters—and especially by enough Republican voters—to render impossible the seven-year Republican vision of removing that coverage from those who have gained it under the Affordable Care Act. Paul Ryan still upholds the right of Americans to “choose” to go uninsured if they cannot afford to pay the cost of their insurance on their own. His country no longer agrees.
healthcare  politics 
8 weeks ago
Trolling Scholars Debunk the Idea That the Alt-Right’s Shitposters Have Magic Powers - Motherboard
A terrific analysis of what alt-right memesters did, and didn't do, to help Trump win: https://t.co/yeVVdTBZdp (via @boingboing)
trolls  meme 
8 weeks ago
The logistics and ethics of colonizing the red planet.
Mars: better red than dead What a joy and a relief that we're back on Mars. The fourth stone from the sun has taunted us for centuries with shifting but…
mars  space  interstellar 
9 weeks ago
Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds - The New Yorker
The vaunted human capacity for reason may have more to do with winning arguments than with thinking straight. Credit Illustration by Gérard DuBois In 1975,…
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Improve Your Billing Form’s UX In One Day – Smashing Magazine
The checkout page is the last page a user visits before finally decide to complete a purchase on your website. It’s where window shoppers turn into paying…
checkout  billing 
9 weeks ago
The Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself to Death - The New Yorker
At the root of this is the American obsession with self-reliance, which makes it more acceptable to applaud an individual for working himself to death than to argue that an individual working himself to death is evidence of a flawed economic system. The contrast between the gig economy’s rhetoric (everyone is always connecting, having fun, and killing it!) and the conditions that allow it to exist (a lack of dependable employment that pays a living wage) makes this kink in our thinking especially clear.
blog  gigeconomy 
9 weeks ago
Rogue One: an ‘Engineering Ethics’ Story — SciFi Policy
What Galen Erso does is not simply watch a system be built and then whistleblow; he actively shaped the design from its earliest stages considering its ultimate societal impacts.  These early design decisions are proactive rather than reactive, which is part of the broader engineering ethics lesson of Rogue One.
starwars  engineering  ethics  blog 
9 weeks ago
Escape to another world | 1843
A life spent buried in video games, scraping by on meagre pay from irregular work or dependent on others, might seem empty and sad. Whether it is emptier and sadder than one spent buried in finance, accumulating points during long hours at the office while neglecting other aspects of life, is a matter of perspective. But what does seem clear is that the choices we make in life are shaped by the options available to us. A society that dislikes the idea of young men gaming their days away should perhaps invest in more dynamic difficulty adjustment in real life. And a society which regards such adjustments as fundamentally unfair should be more tolerant of those who choose to spend their time in an alternate reality, enjoying the distractions and the succour it provides to those who feel that the outside world is more rigged than the game.
games  society  culture  blog 
9 weeks ago
How to get the most value out of remote user research (without breaking the bank) | Wildbit
Improve our products iteratively through research without slowing down our development process or increasing our stress levels at work.
research  blog 
10 weeks ago
The Yin and Yang of Product and Engineering – AVC
As the company scales the yin and yang of product and engineering often gets out of whack. What typically happens is that the engineering team scales and the engineering leader either scales with the team or hands over the job of managing engineering to a seasoned executive. But the product side often does not scale in the same way. Many founding CEOs who are also acting in the VP Product role attempt to do that job for too long. Or they bring in product managers but don't build a highly functioning product organization. And hiring a really strong VP Product is often an afterthought.
prdmgmt  engineering 
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