bots and spam

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

Not in a box. Not with a fox.
Not in a house. Not with a mouse.
I would not [retweet] them here or there.
I would not [retweet] them anywhere.
I would not [retweet the bots and spam].
I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.

We give newspapers a free pass by calling them “the tabloid press”, as if the problem is the format. It’s not. The problem is the ownership. We should call them what they are. “The billionaire press”. @GeorgeMonbiot

“We have been fighting the system … we need to be fighting at the level of thinking that created the system. Homo economicus is pseudoscience. It isn’t scientifically valid. They had no evidence, no empirical work … What is the economy? I would argue that it doesn’t exist in the physical world. It is a product of our imagination. It is made out of ideas. It does have an effect on the physical world. But the imagined order that we have is not succeeding.” —@EricBeinhocker via @sfiscience

Unpublished data from Stanley Milgram’s experiments cast doubt on his claims about obedience, via @pevansgreenwood

“This upends the traditional narrative about the obedience experiments as a demonstration of our slavish obedience to the orders of authorities and as an explanation for events such as the Holocaust. Our results shift the focus to the issue of defiance of authority, and empathy and altruism as the dominant reactions of subjects who volunteered for this research.” …

“The key findings of our study, that obedience to authority is not as unreasoning and automatic as Milgram would have us believe, but was based on commonsense judgements by subjects who were variously convinced and unconvinced by the experimental scenario and responded accordingly, should prompt textbook writers to significantly revise their presentations of the research,” Perry said.


Image via @MayaDroeschler

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