πŸ“° Read Write Respond #062

February felt like it had it all. In Melbourne, we were thrown into a circuit breaker lockdown. In the middle of this, my wife and I were successful in buying a new home. Having lived in our current home for twelve years, I had forgotten how much is involved in getting things organised to move. I guess sometimes it pays to be naive or maybe a little ignorant, but it has definitely kept us busy.

On the work front, schools have been getting into the swing of things again finalising the end of last year, as well as all the census activities. One particular challenge I have is when people say they get what you are on about, but you know that it has not quite clicked. No matter how much you rush, I have found that building capacity takes times. The issue is that systems and deadlines do not always allow for such time.

Personally, I finished reading Bertrand Russell’s History of Western Philosophy and listened to a lot of Daft Punk. Sadly, long form writing.

Here then are some of the posts that have had me thinking:

Education

A free chapter of The Data Detective audiobook

In this excerpt from The Data Detective, Tim Harford shares the importance of scientific curiosity when it comes to being a data detective.

50 Great Classic Novels Under 200 Pages

Emily Temple follows up her list of 50 short contemporary novels with a focus on classic novels.

Edtech sci-fi

Ben Williamson puts together a collection of science fiction texts which depict education.

Don’t Go Down the Rabbit Hole

Charlie Warzel profiles Mike Caulfield and his work with four moves and SIFT.

Technology

Facebook and the news: should the divorce be permanent?

In response to Facebook’s decision to temporarily remove all news in Australia, Waleed Aly, Scott Stevens and Belinda Barnet investigate whether if it is even right for news organisations to depend upon Facebook as the modern form of distribution in the first place.

An Appeal for Friction Writing

Richard Hughes Gibson pushes back on the frictionless experience to help foster clearer judgement.

American Idle

Eugene Wei takes a deep dive into the world of TikTok. He explores the the various features and the user experience. This includes the way in which creativity feeds creativity, the abstraction of a bunch of steps into an effects or filters (e.g. Duet feature), improvement on productivity, ability to easily remix based on length, the place of the network and comments in regards to context and success, the way in which the message is in the medium, and how TikTok is entertainment Cheetos.

Privacy Without Monopoly: Data Protection and Interoperability

In this EFF white paper, Bennett Cyphers and Cory Doctorow continue the conversation about adversarial interoperability and the means of breaking up big tech by opening it up to data flows that also have a focus on privacy.

Praxis and the Indieweb

Daniel GoldsmithΒ reflects on the IndieWeb and where it is heading. He lays out a number of concerns and criticisms, including that you never really own your own data, that there is a design bias towards a few select individuals, that the technical requirements are too high and that cost is often exclusionary.

General

Beyond Burned Out

Jennifer Moss reflects on the results of a global survey on the impact of burnout during COVID-19.

How too much mindfulness can spike anxiety

David Robson reports on the growing research around mindfulness and its limitations. In particular, Robson criticises the one-size-fits-all approach that some take.

The masks, the music, the magic: remembering the genius of Daft Punk

With the release of Epilogue, Daft Punk have announced that they are calling it quits.

Lady Gaga’s β€˜Born This Way’ Changed Political Pop Forever

Spencer Kornhaber discusses the legacy associated with Lady Gaga’s track Born This Way and the criticism raised about the song.

Read Write Respond #062

So that was March for me, how about you? As always, love to hear.
Bryan Mathers' sketch
Cover Image:Β “go go curiosity!” by Johnson Cameraface is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

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