Liked Cambridge Analytica: the data analytics industry is already in full swing by David Beer (The Conversation)
If we want a full and comprehensive debate about the role of data in our lives, we need to first appreciate that the analysis and use of our data is not restricted to the types of figures that we have been reading about in these recent stories โ€“ it is deeply embedded in the structures in which we live.
Liked Fish that swim upstream & shipwrecks by Benjamin Doxtdator (Long View on Education)
Paul Virilio argues that โ€œevery time a technology is invented, take shipping for instance, an accident is invented together with it, in this case, the shipwreck, which is exactly contemporaneous with the invention of the ship.โ€ But his larger point was that we have now (mid 20th Century) entered the age of the generalized accident โ€“ think a global stock market crash โ€“ where โ€œthe possibility arises that it might destroy everything.โ€2 Obviously, with Facebook we canโ€™t really call what happened with Cambridge Analytica an accident โ€“ an unintended consequence โ€“ since extracting and selling our data is Facebookโ€™s business model.
Liked Tesla Looked Like the Future. Now Some Ask if It Has One. (New York Times)
โ€œThere is a huge part of Tesla that is simply presentation and not substance, and Elon is a master at messaging,โ€ said Karl Brauer, a senior analyst at Kelley Blue Book. โ€œThe problem is the reality is starting to stack up, and thatโ€™s a reality of accidents the cars have had, quality issues, and massive misses on Model 3 production numbers. You add all that up and thereโ€™s a real question about whether this company can deliver what it promises.โ€
Liked It's Time For an RSS Revival (WIRED)
The lasting appeal of RSS remains the parts that haven't changed: the unfiltered view of the open web, and the chance to make your own decisions about what you find there.
Chris Aldrich has written a useful response to this piece outlining a number of ideas overlooked as we truly move forward in regards to RSS.
Liked Empty half the Earth of its humans. It's the only way to save the planet | Kim Stanley Robinson by Kim Stanley Robinson (the Guardian)
The Global Footprint Network estimates that we use up our annual supply of renewable resources by August every year, after which we are cutting into non-renewable supplies โ€“ in effect stealing from future generations. Eating the seed corn, they used to call it. At the same time weโ€™re pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at a rate that is changing the climate in dangerous ways and will certainly damage agriculture.
Liked Text tradeoffs as we move from print to pixel by wiobyrne (W. Ian O'Byrne)
A broadened view of text is needed to consider the various forms and modes of text in our world. These might include text in a printed book, a street sign, a video game, a YouTube video, an animated GIF, audio podcast, etc. We can no longer look at only one form of text as โ€œcorrectโ€, and all other forms of reading and writing as not involving true literacy practices.