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October + November Reading List

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

Drake: Rapper, Actor, Meme – By Jon Caramanica for NYT (October 23, 2015)

Data as Competitive Advantage – Winterberry Group White Paper (October 2015)

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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)

What’s off limits in comedy?

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 7:00 PM

Check out this fascinating discussion with NYC comedians and personalities, including: who gets to speak on behalf of whom, evolutions of social norms, the ever shifting third rail of comedy, and the obligations of a comedian.

Hosted by Arun Venugopal of WNYC; guests include Desus Nice of Desus vs. Mero, Crissle West of The Read podcast, Jeff Yang of the Wall Street Journal, and comedian Guy Branum.