The Future of Elite Schools in the Trump Era (and the Future of Blogging) - The Atlantic
How writing has changed since blogging from James Fallows

"A few days ago, for no intended reason, I came across this remarkable off-the-cuff essay from back in 2011 by my then-and-now colleague Ta-Nehisi Coates. In those days—before “The Case for Reparations,” before Between the World and Me, before the new, wonderful Apollo Theater rendition of Between—Ta-Nehisi was a closely followed writer but not yet the internationally influential figure he has deservedly become. And, like many of us writing online for The Atlantic in those days (I was doing so from Beijing), he used the then-flourishing model of the blog to carry out an extended thinking-out-loud relationship with his readers. That’s what you’ll see in the post mentioned above, which is about Ta-Nehisi’s encounter with some works of Herman Melville’s.

The world has moved on from that era of online discourse, principally because of a shift in the dynamics of readership and traffic. Then, you could assume that readers of today’s post would have some background awareness of what you wrote yesterday, or maybe last month as well. They’d know the kind of sensibility a comment came from, and of the parts of the argument you weren’t spelling out.

Now, any given post bears a greater expectation of being a stand-alone, completed thought—one that can “travel” via social-media sharing (through Facebook or Twitter) and will be comprehensible to people who have no idea of the preceding flow. With no assumption that posts will be read in context, there’s a correspondingly greater risk that any comment or sentence can be taken on its own, taken the wrong way, and instantly circulated to damaging effect. There’s less leeway for the “error” part of the trial-and-error aspect of thinking in public. The writing naturally becomes more formal and less playful."
journalism  platformization  objectivity 
Current Anthropology | Vol 59, No S18
Full CA issue on corruption including an article on INdia. Might be great to use in class. 100g? 100a?
teaching  research 
2 days ago
niloufer salehi and bernstein; crowdsourcing; a way to organize workers; 100j
teaching  platformization 
3 days ago
Carrie finally realizes she's the worst parent in the world on Homeland
The timing is critical because the presidency is on the brink. It’s a real “chicken and the egg” situation: was Keane really this paranoid, unstable, and authoritarian all along, as her enemies claimed, or have her enemies turned her into that person? I think the real answer is that the writers of Homeland turned her into that person once Donald Trump became the president in an effort to stay relevant, and so far it’s working.
3 days ago
Hard Work Is Not Enough | Katrinell M. Davis | University of North Carolina Press
Story of how BART jobs became more precarious in the interest of accountability. 189
8 days ago
How to Make Hospital Tech Much, Much Safer – Backchannel – Medium
100g and 100j; a pageturner of a story on electronic health records and an accidental overdose. Pair with the challenger disaster by diane vaughan?
9 days ago
The Supreme Court of Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg Floats a Governance Structure for Online Speech - Lawfare
Zuckerberg proposes a Supreme Court of Facebook; 100j disinformation

"But this proposal raises more questions than it answers. Structural and institutional issues first: who would sit on the new “Supreme Court” and, perhaps more importantly, who would decide who should sit? What would those judges’ qualifications be, and what constitutes “independence” from Facebook? On the more substantive questions: If the key constraint for Facebook in Myanmar currently is the lack of objective umpires with local knowledge, how is this solved by a new tribunal sitting in Menlo Park? Will the human content moderators have the time and training to translate the “court’s” rulings into concrete decisions, which they may have to do thousands of times a day? How binding will the court’s decisions be? Will Facebook observe its rulings even if they involve an individual or company who is particularly powerful or popular with a large segment of its users?"
teaching  polarization 
10 days ago
Live Nation Rules Music Ticketing, Some Say With Threats - The New York Times
Great piece on how the concert industry works and what antitrust might look like.
10 days ago
| Nature
cybersecurity and women and gender; poster; 100j
10 days ago
Opinion | Is Trump Giving Authoritarianism a Bad Name? - The New York Times
So when it comes to American authoritarianism, perhaps the problem isn’t so much Mr. Trump as it is hyper-partisanship.

Support for authoritarian leadership is concentrating in the Republican Party, and its elites are doing little to push back. In our highly polarized two-party system, this poses the risk that future partisan conflict could become a battle over democracy itself.
10 days ago
When Will Self-Driving Cars Be 'Ready'? | WIRED

This is what differentiates the autonomous vehicle from even the most advanced cars rolling off the production lines in places like Detroit: so. much. software. More than half a million lines of code will power the various systems and algorithms that could one day help self-driving cars go anywhere. That includes localization systems, overlaid with high-definition maps to help the vehicles understand where they are. And perception systems, which help vehicles determine exactly what’s going on around them (Is that really a person? Should I expect her to walk in front of the vehicle?) And planning systems, which synthesize all that info and actually chart the vehicle’s journey from this intersection to that one. Oh, and the software that actually makes the thing move without a foot to push a gas pedal or a hand to guide a steering wheel.
11 days ago
Virtual Learning Environment
OER resources from Delhi University; lots of interesting topics in lesson form
12 days ago
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