Enslaved by digital technology
Interview with Mihai Nadin
It's worth reading the entire interview...not as gloomy as it sounds and a lot more insightful than all the "Latest social media trends" posts I see around here.
"As long as we continue to idealize a technology of disenfranchisement and impotence, we will not overcome the limitations of obsession with data to the detriment of information.
Given the fact that in the digital embodiment knowledge is actually hidden, replaced by data, the human condition that results is one of dependence. There is no citizenry in the obsession with the newest gadget, bought on credit and discarded as soon as the next version makes the headlines. The Netizen that we dreamed of is more a sucker than an agent of change."
"Instead of becoming a medium for interaction, the Internet got stuck in the model of pipes (sewage pipes, oil pipes, water pipes, and gas distribution pipes) and pumps (servers being engines that pump data from one place to another)."
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"What I’m saying is that behavior now matters more than ever and in ways it never has before. And what I mean by behavior – it’s not just doing the right principle, the responsible thing.
Of course that’s fundamentally what I mean by behavior. But every Tweet is a behavior. Every email is a behavior. We call these things communications and Tweeting and friending and unfriending. But every email we write, collaboration is a behavior. Innovation is a behavior. How we lead is a behavior. How we engender trust in our relationships. How we say we’re sorry when we should. It’s all behavior. And the more connected the world gets, the more that every form of these behaviors and the more that leaders can create cultures where these behaviors can flourish and be scaled and be embedded into the DNA – the more these are the organizations that will succeed and, more importantly, achieve significance in their endeavors and therefore lasting enduring success. So I believe that we have entered deeply the era of behavior."
- Dov Seidman on Big Think ► http://bit.ly/1h8KMTR
"What counts is that we are at the beginning of something. In the prison system: the attempt to find penalties of "substitution," at least for petty crimes, and the use of electronic collars that force the convicted person to stay at home during certain hours. For the school system: continuous forms of control, and the effect on the school of perpetual training, the corresponding abandonment of all university research, the introduction of the "corporation" at all levels of schooling. For the hospital system: the new medicine "without doctor or patient" that singles out potential sick people and subjects at risk, which in no way attests to individuation--as they say--but substitutes for the individual or numerical body the code of a "dividual" material to be controlled. In the corporate system: new ways of handling money, profits, and humans that no longer pass through the old factory form."
- Deleuze ► http://bit.ly/19VYJQP
On the first point I would say it is my experience that for a state that relentlessly tells the world that we have free speech and that this is a right we envisage for the world, We really don't like it when people exercise that right. I could cite all to many examples of this but will hold off for the sake of brevity. However many protest about freedom of speech in China and new laws in Russia targeted at homosexuals and who can disagree? Now the problem is the new opt out filter much trumpeted by the Conservative party is it seems blocking out genuine sex education sites particularly Gay and Lesbian ones. It also blocks what the Government calls 'esoteric ideas'! now what is this but an incipid form of censorship? No I have not heard of anybody protesting about this either.
If you are a young, aspiring journalist from Europe, this might be for you:
Beyond Your World
As part of the international journalism-training program Beyond Your World (BYW), a new project will be launched in 2014 under the name “Beyond Brazil – Brasil Além”. This project is a cooperation between Lokaalmondiaal and the Brazilian media organisation Canal Futura.
Throughout the important year of 2014, a total number of 21 young European journalists (from the six BYW project countries) will travel across the Atlantic Ocean to Brazil. While travelling in three groups, the journalists will – while intensively collaborating with young Brazilian journalists – cover events in Brazil before, during and after the World Cup. The group, existing of 7 different nationalities, will follow a one-year online training program and will produce a total amount of 84 media productions (primarily audiovisual media). During the project, all participants will be supervised by Lokaalmondiaal and Canal Futura.
More details ► http://bit.ly/1l4yZTS
As part of GlobalNet21’s focus on circular economies, we recently hosted a talk from Sam Stephens and Tess Riley from Streetbank, the UK’s largest neighbourhood sharing website.
Streetbank works like a shared attic, garden shed, toolkit, fancy dress chest, DVD collection and skills bank all rolled into one. This year, it was rated by The Times as one of the 50 websites you cannot live without, and everyone from David Cameron to Miranda Hart to Caroline Lucas and Natalie Bennet have ...
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by Maria Popova
“The confidence people have in their beliefs is not a measure of the quality of evidence but of the coherence of the story that the mind has managed to construct. Quite often you can construct very good stories out of very little evidence. . . . People tend to have great belief, great faith in the stories that are based on very little evidence.”
"Put another way, our chronic discomfort with ambiguity — which, ironically, is critical to both our creativity and the richness of our lives — leads us to lock down safe, comfortable, familiar interpretations, even if they are only partial representations of or fully disconnected from reality."
I guess it means that we can forget about "rational" debates or discussion and reminded me of something Max Planck once said:
"A new [scientific] truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it."
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The phone call came from a charming woman with a bright, engaging voice to the cell phone of a TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer. She wanted to offer a deal on health insurance, but something was fishy.
Read more: Samantha West The Telemarketer Robot Who Swears She's Not a Robot | TIME.com http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/12/10/meet-the-robot-telemarketer-who-denies-shes-a-robot/#ixzz2oFR3lai1
Things that tipped me off:
- Duplicate recording used for two responses
- Didn't deal well with silence. First asked if I was there, then said thanks even though I didn't say anything.
- No background noise. Very rare for any person who works on the phone. The person who called back was in a very loud room.
Next time I will ask more Turing test type questions. Glad to hear I'm not the only one who has experienced this!
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Affectively modulating contemporary diagrams of social resilience, social sustainability and social innovation
Although the European and American financial crises have a variety of underlying causes, and although these causes are differently constructed in and through various media, whether people come to consider the source of the problems and solutions to be individual or social points to an issue just as critical as what the root causes of these issues really are or how the roots of these issues are constructed in dominant narratives.
How people construe an understanding of their own agency, how they internalize dominant affective norms, and how they imagine their relationship to these complex issues is intimately related to how they consider themselves as capable of acting or reacting. The stories of people managing the consequences of financial crises that van der Haak presents tell us about the ways different contemporary mappings of power—or neoliberal diagrams—modulate subjectivity in relation to social, economic, and ecological truths. These stories also reveal the need to account for affective economies when engaging in political and economic critiques.
In other words, these stories highlight the importance of the modulation of affect as a key component of the modulation of power and its material effects.
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