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52 things I learned in 2020

Zalig lijstje van Tom Whitwell.

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Our parents warned us the internet would break our brains. It broke theirs instead.

Bonnie Kristian op The Week:

I do not think my older family members understand the extent to which the content they encounter is tailored by algorithms to set their lizard brains on fire. Like the majority of their peers, as a 2019 survey showed, they probably don’t understand an algorithm is involved at all. They insist they do understand, but their behavior tells me they do not.

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Clean advertising

Jeremy Keith:

The greatest trick the ad tech industry has pulled is convincing the world that contextual relevance is somehow less effective than some secret algorithm fed with all our data that’s supposed to be able to practically read our minds and know us better than we know ourselves.

En een quote voor alle krantenwebsites van ons land:

It has led to the ludicrous situation of an ethical argument being made to allow surveillance and tracking! It goes like this: websites need advertising to survive; if you block the ads, then you are denying these sites revenue. That argument would make sense if we were talking about contextual advertising. But it makes no sense when it comes to behavioural advertising …unless you genuinely believe that online advertising has to be behavioural, which means that online advertising has to track you to be effective. Such a belief would be completely wrong.

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Gaining Back Our Time

Ashley Willans van Harvard Business School in een kort interview in de Campaigns & Elections Creative nieuwsbrief:

One of the types of time that goes missing in the work-from-home environment is the casual conversation. These spontaneous mechanisms are what drives innovation.

Hier heb ik de laatste weken echt serieus last van. Zowel op ’t werk, als communicatiemedewerker, maar zeker ook op politiek en persoonlijk vlak. Ik zit in een soort onderhoudsmodus: bordjes draaiende houden, zonder ook maar enige spark om na te denken over andere bordjes of zo.

Misschien moet ik maar weer afleveringen van Praat beginnen maken.

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An updated daily front page of The New York Times as artwork on your wall

Alexander Klöpping:

Every morning, I wake up to a fresh edition of the Times on my wall.

Prijzig, maar zalig idee.

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Why the Election Wasn’t a Biden Landslide

Annie Lowrey in The Atlantic:

Many voters were buffered from the financial repercussions of joblessness, unequal in terms of their experience of the downturn, and polarized in terms of their understanding of who was responsible for it and how bad things were. That helped Trump in 2020. Just not enough.

Interessant perspectief. Hoe staten die op Trump stemmen grotendeels gespaard zijn gebleven, hoe kiezers hem het Coronavirus niet helemaal kwalijk nemen, hoe mensen gespaard zijn gebleven in hun huishouden van de grote economische crisis in het hele land. Alles is altijd genuanceerd, zegt.

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Game combats political misinformation by letting players undermine democracy

University of Cambridge:

The perceived reliability of misinformation dropped an average of 16% in those who completed Harmony Square compared to their assessment prior to playing. The game also reduced willingness to share fake news with others by 11%. Importantly, the players’ own politics – whether they leaned left or right – made no difference. 

Goed initiatief!

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The election shows the United States is a broken country

Sarah Kendzior:

Regardless who is deemed president, Tuesday’s results were again, as I wrote in 2016, a moral loss for the United States. Mr. Trump still got millions to vote for him. Unlike 2016, they were not voting for a hypothetical president, the strongman savior he advertised himself to be. They voted for a known kleptocrat who let hundreds of thousands of their fellow citizens die.

The United States is a broken country and a heartbreaking place to live. Dangerous times are coming, full of disease, violence and instability – regardless who wins. A second Trump term will likely lead to entrenched authoritarianism. A Biden term will likely bring chaos as the country attempts to rebuild.

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Cheat Sheet voor vannacht

Het wordt vooral (uit)kijken naar Pennsylvania en Florida. En een beetje minder ook naar North Carolina, Arizona, Nevada, Wisconsin, Michigan en Georgia.

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Friluftsliv

BBC Worklife:

Today, the phrase is used more broadly by Swedes, Norwegians and Danes to explain anything from lunchtime runs in the forest, to commuting by bike (or on cross-country skis when the snow falls) to joining friends at a lakeside sauna (often followed by a chilly dip in the water) or simply relaxing in a mountain hut. The concept is also linked closely to allmansrätten, the right to roam.