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Iterations of the digital, "dashboard self"

Our selfhood is at the center of all of this social media stuff. We're learning to be seen and to see ourselves in an experiment that we monitor and adjust from behind the screen, like Wizards of Oz (the author's analogy).

"[W]e never stop revising the picture we have of ourselves. We sense that our identities are fixed in place – rock-solid and immovable – but we’re wrong about that. Each time we see ourselves represented in, for example, our Twitter profile or judged with a flurry of comments on our Facebook status, we recalibrate. Yes, these are tiny, iterative acts of self-adjustment; no one fancies himself dashing and mysterious after 150 likes on his filtered Instagram selfie. But the self is, as the sociologist George Herbert Mead observed 80 years ago, “an eddy in the social current and so still a part of the current.” Our lot is continual adjustment, based on what we see in all these glowing LED rectangles."
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"[W]e're getting used to seeing ourselves as detached and distributed – as something external to our bodies and inner experience. It’s true that we have been thinking about ourselves as objects to be managed (and promoted) for a long time. “Possessive individualism” is a major strand in the history of the Western self, one that political scientist CB Macpherson has traced back to the 17th century. Certainly the injunction to “sell” oneself predates Mark Zuckerberg. But the self-likeness deluge can’t help but amplify the point: you’re the product and its chief marketer. "
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"If the self, as sociologist Erving Goffman famously argued, is a performance, the online enactments are dispersed and disembodied."

#identity #self #Social #LifeLogging 

Thanks to random.co for the find.
As social media slices and dices us into profile view rankings, numbers of likes and retweets, and follower engagement data, we constantly reflect on and recalibrate our digital selves.
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You Might Be A Narcissist If....

Phew, I'm not a narcissistic jerk. Are you? This article appears to cover all the traits of a classic narcissist, in case you'd prefer not to encounter them.
You're more likely to find a narcissist in the...
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I like to swear at people, but every other item on the list falls short by some degree (entertaining is a grey area I'd prefer to think of as performing).
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The 2€ T-Shirt Social Experiment

"[T]he Fashion Revolution movement aims to create public dialogue and educate consumers on the real cost of cheap clothes. Now, using interactive technology and an irresistible call to action, they’ve done just that." - http://www.brandingmagazine.com/2015/05/04/good-campaign-of-the-week-fashion-revolution/

Fashion Revolution's mission, in their own words, "is to achieve more transparency in global textile supply chains and work to improve working conditions in the manufacturing countries. We believe in a fashion industry that values people, the environment and creativity in equal measure.

"We DO NOT want you to stop buying clothes made in Bangladesh, India, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, etc. but ask brands who sell clothing produced in these countries to take responsibility for the people and communities on which their business depends."

#marketing   #transparency #CSR   #whomademyclothesplus
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The unstoppable acceleration of time

"The problem of a society undergoing acceleration is that people crave an ever greater variety of social experiences out of the sheer sense that they must “keep up.” The semantics of contemporary life suggest obligation: “I must read the newspaper”; “I ought to play the piano more”; “I really need to keep up to date.” Both TV and the internet deliver a sense of experiencing a lot very quickly, with abandon, in a way that becomes loathed as much as desired."

#society #time #media #consumerism #history #politics

For more than two centuries, time has been felt to be passing more and more quickly. Scholars tell us that since the twin revolutions of the 18th century — industrial and political — a general sense of time speeding up has been recorded with regularity in documents of all kinds. Political and technical progress somehow meant that people were always losing ground, unable to keep up, out of breath.
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I do think it's important to note though that this number has nothing to do with the number of individuals you can obtain information from, it's merely a limit to classical relationships between two people as they would have existed before the ability to connect over any distance instantly, to nearly everyone.
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Mindfulness in the Slow Renaissance: a Storify by +Daniel Durrant 

Mulling how a slower pace of life might help us think less and experience more. In slowing down we may create and learn mindfully on the web.

#NIASKnews #mindfulness   #slow   #creativity   #experience   #art
#Notice   #connectivity  
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This is #love! By the way, your baby is so cute as we can notice in your latest piece on our NIASK's musings collection. :-)
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Use this new category of risk as a driver for innovation.

"The [Oxford University] study, "Global Challenges" (pdf), urges readers to consider a new category of global risks—low-probability, high-impact scenarios that hover at the extreme end of the spectrum."
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"According to the researchers, the 12 global risks that threaten human civilization are:

Current risks

1. Extreme Climate Change
2. Nuclear War
3. Ecological Catastrophe
4. Global Pandemic
5. Global System Collapse

Exogenic risks

6. Major Asteroid Impact
7. Supervolcano

Emerging risks

8. Synthetic Biology
9. Nanotechnology
10. Artificial Intelligence
11. Uncertain Risks

Global policy risk

12. Future Bad Global Governance"

#risks #global #collaboration #DriveInnovation


Extreme climate change. Global pandemic. Major asteroid impact. The rise of artificial intelligence. These are just a few of the potentially world-ending events that threaten civilization as we know it, according to a new report from researchers at Oxford University. The study, "Global Challenges" (pdf), urges readers to consider a new category of global risks—low-probability, high-impact scenarios that hover at the extreme end of the spectrum.
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+Alex Gagnon well analysed, Alex.
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In a world of attention-seekers

"Without indulging into the theories developed by radical sociobiologists, we can reasonably hypothesize that the development of the ego, vanity, and a sense of self-importance were more or less the result of evolutionary adaptations needed for our species’ survival.
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In modern times the problem of immediate survival has been replaced by another hazard: the necessity to stand out from the crowd. Thus, people need a more refined skill set that is beyond basic communicative intelligence.
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"Our lifestyles are becoming increasingly urbanized. Human activity is focused on industrialization, which geographically constrains individuals to the city life. We are constantly surrounded by a sea of other people.
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"In the last few decades we have created new information technologies such as web 2.0 and social networking sites, leading to an explosion of global interactions. These new technologies are becoming a significant tool with our need to distinguish ourselves in economic, political, and sexual competitions.
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With every Facebook status update and every blog post, we are expressing that we are different and unique. We are proving we have value as an object of social and cultural consumption.
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"When having a conversation in everyday life, it is crucial that we are 'interesting,' 'funny,' or 'original.' However, maintaining this level of uniqueness requires a significant amount of energy. We must become more and more cultured so we don’t run out of things to say. We visit museums, go to the movies, makes crafts and home repairs to cultivate our creativity. The reality is that we must retain the the attention of others, but this social paradigm makes it increasingly difficult to gauge other people’s attention.
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Driven by our need for social recognition, we are compelled towards constant action. There must always be something to do: work, read, watch TV, eat, sleep. The fleeting thought of non-action is immediately dismissed (contrary to other cultures, notably Buddhism). 
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"The new credo is no longer 'know how,' but rather just 'know.' The Christian values of humility are no longer effective traits in social society. Instead we must keep pushing ourselves above the crowd to have a chance of snatching valuable attention."

#society   #identity   #values  #social
This post originally appeared on one of our favorite blogs, OWNI, 25 January, 2011. Without indulging into the theories developed by radical sociobiologists, we can reasonably hypothesize that the development of the ego, vanity, and a sense of self-importance were more or less the result of ...
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 _When having a conversation in everyday life, it is crucial that we are 'interesting,' 'funny,' or 'original.'_  

So many problems for so many people who do not know in their hearts they are in principle "original." Every person's history is in principle unique.  

For some reason it reminds me of the the Picasso quote "“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away."  

Finding your gift is a life long journey. The lovely part is that you can keep finding gifts you didn't know you had. The good news is that we have social media that allows us to give away whatever we have found so far.

  
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Making sense of empathy before melding minds

I've noticed bundles of interesting bits here: how we read each others emotions; how the psycho-social constraints upon compassion. We ought to take into consideration some of the points outlined in this piece before we begin wiring our minds together via some sort of  "machine-assisted telepathy". Here are a few bits that stood out.

"Some data even indicates that people who sense others’ emotions most intensely tend to avoid situations that will expose them to deep suffering.
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"Perhaps machine-assisted telepathy could help, amplifying the faint signal of compassion into an intense blast.
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"People generally feel more empathy toward members of their own racial, political or social ‘tribe’, and limit the amount they extend to outsider.
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"Empathy is too compromised, too complicated, and too subject to intentions and motivations to be a magic solution for our moral problems. It is far too human.
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"If we know that empathy favours the specific and familiar over the foreign and abstract, we can seek out, as our inspiration, personal details about someone far away who needs help. If empathy is easily overwhelmed and blocked by intense suffering, we could compensate by regulating how much information about tragedy we consume. In this way, we could hijack it, redirecting it away from in-group bias and toward morally courageous acts. We would strategically harness the power of what nature gave us – the remarkable ability to see into someone else’s mind and to feel what they are feeling – for the service of moral good."

One of the techno-telepathic examples referenced in the article I've previously curated:
http://ddrrnt.com/techno-telepathy-over-internet-brain-to-brain-communication/

#empathy   #emotions   #cognition   #communication   #consciousness   #mind  
Will the next generation of telepathy machines make us closer, or are there unforeseen dangers in the melding of minds?
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Friends: Enhancing our digital intimacy

Deeper intersubjectivity between fewer online friends. Stranger, stronger emotional links. Is this the future?

"If social media so far has encouraged our shallow interpersonal tendencies, this new wave of technologies could force online friendships to more closely resemble the ones we cultivate in real life: more intense, less numerous, and open to a broader range of emotions. In other words, our online relationships might start to resemble actual friendships again.
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"Right now, we are too connected to each other — and it's only making us unhappy. “The research seems to point that the more time we spend by ourselves on the internet the more unhappy we feel, the more disconnected,” says Niobe Way, a New York University professor of applied psychology who studies friendship in children. The more than 1.3 billion people on Facebook, bombarding their “friends” with status updates and baby photos, aren't helping."

#social #future #psychology #Lifelogging #emotions
As much as technology has encouraged our shallow interpersonal tendencies, in the future, it's likely to help us make better, deeper friendships.
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Your experience sounds a lot like my own, +Dorothy Deasy.
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Games that simplify the ordinarily complex

Oh how I loved SimCity as a kid.  It's no wonder that I dig this article by Ian Bogost in +The Atlantic.

"SimCity is a game about urban societies, about the relationship between land value, pollution, industry, taxation, growth, and other factors. 
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"All of Wright’s games at Maxis followed this model. A software toy, grounded in a worldly theory about a complex system, but abstracted into a playable model about an aspect of the world that seemed too boring or obscure to become the subject of a video game. 
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When we build a game in Wright’s style, we make a simplified, abstracted model of something that attempts to characterize how that thing works, in some way.
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"I developed my own design philosophy that I called procedural rhetoric, an unholy blend of Will Wright and Aristotle. In these games, players experience a model of some aspect of the world, in a role that forces them to see that model in a different light, and in a context that's bigger than their individual actions."

#complexity    #gaming  
The real legacy of SimCity is its attempt—and failure—to make complex systems the protagonists instead of people.
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Reason and Intuition

"Our task, then, is to organize society so that reason and intuition interact in healthy ways. Haidt’s research suggests several broad guidelines. First, we need to help citizens develop sympathetic relationships so that they seek to understand one another instead of using reason to parry opposing views. Second, we need to create time for contemplation. Research shows that two minutes of reflection on a good argument can change a person’s mind. Third, we need to break up our ideological segregation."

#society #mind #ideology #morality 
A psychologist argues that people base decisions on moral intuition, not reason.
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This may interest you +John Wenger​. Nice Sunday, all!
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Noticing your Authentic Onlyness

The parable begins, "There once was a school that taught all the wonderful things." Worth the full read, but this is the gem that caught my eye:

"Finding your authentic voice, charting the way you want to bring your gifts and abilities to full fruit is full of risks.  Yes, tests can help a little and so can some introspection but these tests and navel-gazing might just be you’re avoiding that thing you already see (or what others see in you). You might just be avoiding the inklings you already have about your onlyness. By chasing the trappings of success, or the mimicking the efforts of others, or even saying you can’t see it … we each run the risk of wasting precious time that can be better put to use pursuing our passions, occupying our capabilities to grow them more, and tapping our networks (the most magical of schools) to help us fill in our blanks."

cc +Nemetics re: When we shape our personas to fit into the expectations of our environment.
 
+Nilofer Merchant writes about finding your Onlyness. It’s about what matters to you. That’s why it’s both easy and hard. You should read it. 
There once was a school that taught all the wonderful things. Anything in the world that anyone could ever want to do, learn or be could be studied and mastered.  All the best people taught there, ...
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Sometimes we do need to find it, because at times, we lose it. 

But there is no authentic onlyness to go looking for. It finds us whether we go looking for it or not. The mirrors find us.

At least that's how I've experienced it. 

But it's true, we have to adapt, especially if we're keen to perceive the path beyond the mirrors. 
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    Digital Environments, 2012 - 2013
    Web 2.0, Mobile Technology, Digital Literacy, Business Process Improvement, Project Management, Leadership, Organizational Identity, Sensemaking, Corporate Writing and Editing
  • University of Oregon
    International Communications, 2007 - 2011
    Globalization, Tribes and Identity, Journalism, Public Relations, Video Production, Ethics, Existentialism, Philosophy of Religion, Consumer Culture, French, Africa, Mind and Brain