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March + April Media List

The Obama Doctrine – Jeffrey Golberg for The Atlantic (April 2016)

VIDEO: A Conversation on Privacy with Noam Chomsky, Edward Snowden, and Glenn Greenwald; moderated by Nuala O’Connor – panel discussion at the University of Arizona (March 25, 2016)

Real Talk with RuPaul – E. Alex Jung for NYMag (March 23, 2016)

The Impact of the Internet in China – Hayley Martinez for the State of the Planet (March 17, 2016)

The Rest Is Advertising – Jacob Silverman for The Baffler (March 1, 2016)

October + November + December Media List

Unmarried at 27: Meet China’s ‘Leftover Women’ (video) – Broadly (December 28, 2015)

A Peek Into the Mind of China’s Internet Users – By Austin Ramzy and Patrick Boehler for NYT (December 23, 2015) & At U.N., China Tries to Influence Fight Over Internet Control – By Dan Levin for NYT (December 16, 2015)

Access Denied – By John Herrman for The Awl (December 3, 2015)

Event: The Next Billion (video archive) – Quartz (November 16, 2015)

12 Weird, Excellent Twitter Bots Chosen by Twitter’s Best Bot-Makers – By Lainna Fader for NYMAG (November 9, 2015)

Soon, Gmail’s AI Could Reply to Your Email for You – By Cade Metz for Wired (November 3)

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Value of Attention

Just came across this awesome podcast from WNYC Note to Self:

In this episode on What Is Our Attention Actually Worth?, host Manoush Zomorodi chats with Google’s Design Ethics & Product Philosopher Tristan Harris on design ethics, or what considerations ought to be in place when a handful of white males in Silicon Valley who make products and choices that affect how 1 billion people spend their attention.

In the tradition/current attention economy, websites and publications measure success by the amount of time a user spends interacting with their products. A few services, such as Couchsurfing, have tried a new approach of measuring the net positive benefit for the user:

positive experience – time spend on website (cost) = net positive benefit

Harris calls the growing problem of internet glut a “pollution problem” and argues that we need more public pressure on technologists and designers to build systems and products that truly value the user’s experience.

Listen to the kids, bro!

Kanye accepts the Video Vanguard award at MTV’s 2015 VMA (video)

June + July Reading List

Q. and A.: Chen Zhonglin on ‘Picking Quarrels’ Online – By Adam Wu for New York Times (July 27, 2015)

Young people speak out about their fears and hopes on climate change – By Lilah Raptopoulos for The Guardian (June 9, 2015)

Wow. ClickHole. – By Dan Kois for Slate (June 8, 2015)

China’s “new normal”: structural change, better growth, and peak emissions – By Fergus Green and Nicholas Stern (June 8, 2015)