Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.
“We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art, the art of words.” —Ursula K. Le Guin (1929 – 2018)
“Imagination, working at full strength, can shake us out of our fatal, adoring self-absorption, and make us look up and see—with terror or with relief—that the world does not in fact belong to us at all.” —Ursula K. Le Guin (1929 – 2018)
“Society is at a transition point. Behaviors at all scales have similar challenges: Making relationships that work.” —YaneerBarYam
“Satire is meant to ridicule power. If you are laughing at people who are hurting, it’s not satire, it’s bullying.” —Terry Pratchett, via @ShaulaEvans
“Enterprise software: Built by people that won’t use it, purchased by executives who won’t either.” —@SwiftOnSecurity
“1) Repetition strengthens the synapses in neural circuits that people use in thinking 2) Whoever frames first has an advantage 3) Negating a frame activates and strengthens it” —@GeorgeLakoff
“Recent research into both the Russians’ and the Islamic State’s models of propaganda, as well as interviews with defectors, unveil that: 1) people tend to believe something when it is repeated, 2) Russia and Islamic State fanboys gain the advantage when they get to make the first impression and 3) subsequent rebuttals may actually work to reinforce the original misinformation, rather than dissipate it.”