Every fortnight I curate a few of the observations and insights that have been shared on social media. I name these Friday’s Finds.
“The secret of the demagogue is to make himself as stupid as his audience so they believe they are clever as he.” —Karl Kraus
“They are taking part in a sport.
They are taking part in at not taking part in a sport.
If I present them I see they’re, I shall break the principles and they’re going to punish me.
I need to play their sport, of not seeing I see the sport.
—R.D. Laing by way of @flowchainsensei
“Every context is unique – I can’t assume I know what is going on or have any answers. No matter how much experience I have in a given context (e.g. culture change or agility) or industry (e.g. financial services) I cannot assume I know what I am dealing with before I interact with the system. I cannot afford to have an hypothesis before I engage as that may blind me to what is really going on in that particular system. It always pays to show up with humble curiosity …”
“Because if you consider the advert mannequin — in a conventional advert mannequin, you acquire information with a purpose to enhance your services or products, with respect to the shoppers that you’ve. At Facebook and Google, they acquire information with a purpose to basically create new merchandise that benefit from the weak point of the viewers. It’s a essentially totally different factor. So if, in a conventional advert product, the buyer is the product, not the shopper — in Facebook and Google they’re the fuel. They aren’t even the product. And right here’s why it’s an issue: They want your consideration. To get your consideration, they attraction to low-level feelings like outrage and worry, and so they tickle you with rewards, issues like notifications. And these issues are actually habit-forming. And for many individuals, if you’re checking Facebook or Google two or thrice a day for durations of years, habits grow to be addictions. And if you’re addicted, you might be susceptible to manipulation.”
“Quite simply, in fact. (1) Economic globalization, facing no countervailing power, has been able to play many governments off against each other, especially to have taxes cut on wealth and profits. (2) Denied these traditional sources of income, the governments have reduced services, especially for the disadvantaged, and raised regressive taxes, namely on the sale of goods and services. (3) And this has further squeezed the very people marginalized by this globalization, namely those who have endured cuts in their wages, benefits, and protections. There is an economic tide all right, but rather than raising all boats, the buoyant yachts have been swamping the anchored dinghies.”
“In a sturdy society, every degree is allowed to function at its personal tempo, safely sustained by the slower ranges under and saved invigorated by the livelier ranges above … If governance is modified all of a sudden as an alternative of steadily, you get the catastrophic French and Russian revolutions …
Education is mental infrastructure. So is science. They have very excessive yield, however delayed payback. Hasty societies that may’t span these delays will lose out over time to societies that may. On the opposite hand, cultures too hidebound to permit training to advance at infrastructural tempo additionally lose out …
When we disturb nature at its personal scale, corresponding to with our “extinction engine” and greenhouse gases, we danger triggering apocalyptic forces. Like it or not, we’ve got to grasp and interact the longest now of nature.”