labouring into the network era

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.

@ZCichy: “I don’t use Facebook. When I explain why to friends/family: I sound like a nut job. Acceptance of no privacy has been socially normalized.”

“History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.” – Alexis de Tocqueville – via @TheSchoolofLife

“We are facing an extreme surge of irrationality, and irrationality always moves in the direction of intolerance.” – Rebecca Goldstein – via @BrainPicker

@WorkEssence: “‘Liquid workforce’ is about as appalling a term as ‘human capital’ – we’re just people, working, making choices”

It’s up to organised people to ensure the new economy serves the greater good – via @EdMorrison

“It is essential that changes in technology are the subject of democratic debate and control. Tech shapes our practical access to rights and freedoms and shapes our human subjectivity in all kinds of ways.

Yet from augmented reality to artificial intelligence, technological change is too often regarded, fatalistically, as inevitable or even as outside of politics altogether. And we seem curiously untroubled by the monumental concentration of power in global tech corporations. We need to think about tech more actively and more critically, grasping the enormous potential for good, while guarding against the potential for tyranny.”

@JohnRobb: “The most important outcome of this [USA] election? It will determine the character of the tribal networks formed in protest of it.” – “The two most hated Presidential candidates in history are running at the same time social networking is evolving rapidly. Not coincidental.”

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