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“ When the levee broke, instead of acknowledging errors and working to address them as a community, Europe’s elites — its politicians and civil servants, its bankers and financiers — deflected the blame in the worst possible way. They turned a systemic problem of financial architecture into a dispute between European nations. The brought back the very ghosts their predecessors spent half a century trying to dispell. Shame. Shame. Shame. Shame. ”— interfluidity » Greece
“ The record business was a stopgap to solve a temporary problem that existed between the invention of sound recording (1890's), and the invention of the internet (1990's). ”— It’s Amazing That The Old Record Industry Existed In The First Place
“ If we define “sanity” as going along to get along with what’s “normal” in the society around you, then for most of history the sane thing has been to aid and abet monstrous evil. ”— It’s not about mental illness: The big lie that always follows mass shootings by white males - Salon.com
“ Technology does not solve some basic challenges of democracy building, above all, stirring citizens to engage in collective action and the establishment of effective representative institutions. ”— Why Technology Hasn’t Delivered More Democracy | Foreign Policy
“ To many people, children bring a fundamental joy to the world, and it's hard to understand why it should be replaced with neverending calligraphy practice in spaceships. ”— Scientists reverse aging in human cell lines and give theory of aging a new life | Hacker News Oh god, this thread... above quote brought much-needed comic relief to all the self-centered, super-dystopian nerd fantasies.
“ Almost everything that the government has to decide is a conflict between two lots of private interest – that of the politicians and that of the civil servants trying to advance their own careers and improve their own lives. ”— Antony Jay, writer of Yes Minister
“— Derek Powazek: Stop saying “If you’re not paying for the product, you are the product.”
What’s inherently wrong is a company changing its terms of service to screw their users. What’s wrong is a company that sells your data without your consent. What’s wrong is a company that scales back customer service to save a buck, leaving its customers angry and frustrated.
But those things usually have nothing to do with whether you’re paying them or not.”
“ The “Just Ask” model [for funding cultural production] encourages a different kind of content. Instead of challenging creators to figure out how to get the highest view counts, creators have to puzzle out how to make the most valuable content. How can I create something that someone will watch and say, “I would feel better if I had paid for that.”— Hank Green: The $1,000 CPM
Make content people love and cultivate an honest relationship with [y]our community that includes discussion of finances. ”
“ Some things that almost everyone regrets—like Farmville and cigarette smoking—are billion dollar industries. Other things are undervalued: empathy, creative thinking, and even simple activities like picnics or learning a musical instrument. Why is that? Is it human nature? Or have we been neglecting to [incentivize people doing] what they really want in their lives? ”— Two Kinds of Demand — Medium
“ Equality before the law is key to any democracy. Here’s where [the idea that different laws apply in the digital than in the physical sphere] is problematic. It claims a different, more liberal ruleset for skilled, tech-savvy people.— Digital dualism, libertarians and the law – Tante
[It] has created an environment where the idea of government and with it often the ideas of democracy have been put up for debate to be replaced with … well … not much: Software that skilled people can use to defend themselves against other skilled people who might have even better software. ”
“ The policies that prevail are those with business-models, that create a large pool of wealth for a small number of players, enough money in few enough hands that there’s some left over to lobby for the continuation of that policy. ”— No, ministers – more surveillance will not make us safer | Cory Doctorow
“ Facts and evidence [...] simply aren’t that effective, given how selectively they are processed and interpreted. Instead, why not focus on presenting issues in a way keeps broader notions out of it—messages that are not [...] in any way a reflection of who you are? ”— I Don’t Want to Be Right - The New Yorker
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