“When you look around an office, nine times out of 10 you can tell if it was designed for fear.
How does fear manifest in space? High walls. No windows. Closed spaces. By extracting management from the doers and makers of the company, there’s plausible deniability. When conversation is inhibited by high-walled cubicles, information is controlled. And to effectively instill fear in office culture, you have to control information. You have to make sure teams are segmented into departments, information is transmitted linearly and power is centralized.”
The Panic Over Mammoth, Arizona – Neatorama “What many readers didn’t catch was that the story was posted on the subreddit NoSleep, which is a forum for fictional scary stories. The subreddit rules state that authors must stay in character, commenters must play along with the stories, and in fact comments debunking them are deleted. Local TV station KGUN talked with the author, C.K. Walker, about how her work of fiction blew up and escaped the internet. “ tags: weekly reddit fiction socialmedia reallife Google’s Philosopher: Tech and the Nature of Identity – Pacific Standard: The Science of Society “Consider his take on what it means to be a person. For Floridi, you are your information, which comprises everything from data about the relations between particles in your body, to your life story, to your memories, beliefs, and genetic code. By itself, this is a novel answer to the perennial question of personal identity, which has preoccupied philosophers since at least Plato: What defines the self as a coherent entity over time and space? But Floridi’s view can also help us think precisely about the consequential questions that today preoccupy us at a very practical level.” tags: identity privacy weekly philosophy data human The year in media errors and corrections 2014 | Poynter. “An article about a conservation project to […]
http://policeforum.org/library/technology/SocialMediaandTacticalConsiderationsforLawEnforcement.pdf Social media strategy guide for law enforcement- Do not allow an over-sensitivity to risk assessment to derail the process of developing social media . There will always be individuals in any organization who focus on the potential pitfalls of a new technology or process. Police leaders should focus on the potential rewards of using social media and then work to mitigate risks. http://t.co/0cLLzO3AN4 http://t.co/0cLLzO3AN4 #hcpsitrt — Tom Woodward (@twoodwar) October 25, 2013 tags: IFTTT Twitter law police socialmedia guide weekly itrt The true story about the woman who sued McDonald’s over hot coffee – Boing Boing “The story of a woman who spilled coffee on her lap and ended up being awarded $2.9 million in a lawsuit against McDonald’s is often cited as THE example of frivolous lawsuits and out-of-control juries. The real story, though, is different from the version you’ve probably heard. For one thing, the woman suffered burns to 16% of her body, some of which were 3rd degree. For another, at the time, McDonald’s served their coffee at a temperature 30 degrees hotter than the stuff that comes out of home coffeemakers. Also the $2.9 million was only the jury-recommended award, based on just two days worth of McDonald’s coffee sales. This New York Times video is an interesting look at the nuance that gets lost […]
This wouldn’t be worth of mocking except for the fact that it was retweeted time and time again by the Blackboard Twitter fanboy crowd and when I finally read it I couldn’t get the taste of bile out of my mouth. This is the garbage they celebrate as a success. So the following post is an attempt at purging my system. Original article here. Italics and footnotes, as always, are mine. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ The snow led to more than 300 local closings and delays today — but if a district uses too many snow days, there’s less time to test. No one wants that. One local school figured out a way to have the best of both worlds -students at home *and*Apparently the * has become an accepted journalistic punctuation mark. It denotes sparkles or jazz hands- depending on the context. a full day of testing. Joe Webb says it works through technology -insert dramatic music here. The kids at Taft Elementary will lose a day of class because they’re at home. McAuley High School has figured out a way to reach out to its students and have them in class at home. At Beechwood Elementary, Miss Burns’ fourth grade class beat the elements and had a school not a snow day. But in 2010 this is truly old school.I read […]