power, control, literacy

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

@Kasparov63: “To play the victim despite holding power, one needs dangerous enemies. If they don’t exist, they must be created or their threat inflated.”

@kevin2kelly: “Humans are experts at inefficiency. All art, discovery, innovation, creation, are inherently inefficient. Efficiency is for robots, not us.”

We didn’t lose control – it was stolen, HT @josemurilo

“Let me state it plainly: Google and Facebook are not allies in our fight for an equitable future – they are the enemy.

These platform monopolies are factory farms for human beings; farming us for every gram of insight they can extract.

If, as Tim [Berners-Lee] states, the core challenge for the Web today is combating people farming, and if we know who the people farmers are, shouldn’t we be strongly regulating them to curb their abuses?”

@Swardley: Why big data and algorithms won’t improve business strategy, HT @joplam

“… yes you can use large scale data analytics, AI and algorithms to discover new patterns in the sequences of presses and certainly this will help you against equally blind competitors. Such techniques will also help you in business improve your supply chain or understand user behaviour or marketing or loyalty programmes or operational performance or any number of areas in which we have some understanding of the environment.

But this won’t help you in strategy against the player with better situational awareness. Most business strategy itself operates in a near vacuum of situational awareness. For the vast majority then I’ve yet to see any real evidence to suggest that big data is going to improve this. There are a few and rare exceptions but in general, the key is first to understand the landscape and that a landscape exists.”

People are intensely loyal to groups which abuse newcomers. Why? HT @LucGallopin

“The answer proposed by Aldo is that by dramatically increasing the costs of associating with the group, weak would-be members are kept out. Meanwhile, for those who are admitted to the group, the dominant position of veteran members is solidified. Aldo suggests that this evolutionary pressure has led humans to develop ‘psychological mechanisms that motivate the strategic devaluation of coalition newcomers’. He has also found some empirical support for this by conducting experiments that ask participants to design initiations for hypothetical groups with different resources and status. Invariably, for the groups with higher status and more resources, more severe initiations are constructed.”

Deeply Aggrieved, HT @jessifer

“We do not live in a world today where peaceful protest has shaped policy. The exchange of ideas has not preserved us. Our best selves cannot sit down to tea with the opposition’s best selves and talk it out. White Christian nationalism runs our country now. Will it sit down and reason with a Black woman, a trans man, a single Latina mother?”

Image by @NwsltrMe quoting @holden

@AcademicsSay: “There are two types of people: those who use the Oxford comma, those who don’t and those who should.”

2 Responses to “power, control, literacy”

  1. Sean Murphy

    This statement, “We do not live in a world today where peaceful protest has shaped policy,” ignores the contribution of people like Ghandi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, among many others.

    • Harold Jarche

      The article is worth reading, in its entirety, which is why I selected it for my fortnightly finds.


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