Don’t expect Trump to go quietly

Ted Koppel in The Washington Post:

It is all but inevitable that whoever succeeds Trump in the White House will be perceived by 30 to 40 percent of the voting public as illegitimate — and that the former president will enthusiastically encourage them in this perception. Whatever his failings, Trump is a brilliant self-promoter and provocateur. He showed no embarrassment, either as candidate or president, about using his high visibility to benefit his business interests. Untethered from any political responsibility whatsoever, he can be expected to capitalize fully on his new status as political martyr and leader of a new “resistance” that will make today’s look supine.

Inside Facebook’s ‘cult-like’ workplace, where dissent is discouraged and employees pretend to be happy all the time

CNBC over het HR-beleid van FB:

The former employee described “a bubble” at the company in which employees are dissuaded from giving managers critical feedback or challenging decisions.


(Boek) ‘Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason’ van Alfie Kohn

In augustus kreeg ik een mailtje van Simon, van de provisoir ter ziele gegane Simon en Davy Show:

Ik mail je met een leestip: Unconditional Parenting, van Alfie Kohn. Over opvoeden. Net uitgelezen en het lijkt me (als je ’t al niet kent) uitmuntende lectuur voor jou.

En gelijk dat hij had! Het boek stelt enkele conventies over ouders en kinderen in vraag, met heel wat leuke anekdotiek en praktische tips. En als vader van een dochter van 10 maanden is dat altijd welkom.

Wat stelt hij in vraag? Je kind het gevoel geven dat je liefde afhangt van wenselijk gedrag. Time-outs of “naar bed zonder eten” worden, net als “amai, ’t is een brave” en positieve bekrachtiging, onderuit gehaald. In de plaats stelt hij dat opvoeden en leren niet iets is wat je kinderen aandoet, maar wat je samen moet aanpakken. Right in my wheelhouse.

Of je het eens bent met hem of niet, het is leuk geschreven. Op tijd en stond eens nadenken over wat je normaal vindt, is sowieso een goed idee.

4 stars out of 5. Aangeraden.

Hot Trump. Cool @aoc.

Jeff Jarvis:

Trump and his allies don’t know how to tweet but Ocasio-Cortez does — and that’s what so disturbs and confounds the GOP about @aoc. They think it should be so simple: just tweet your press releases — your “social media statements,” as their leader recently said — plus your best lines from speeches that get the loudest, hottest applause and rack up the most followers like the highest TV ratings and you will win. No. Twitter, Facebook, et al are not means to make a mass, like TV was. They are means to develop relationships and trust and to gather people around not just a person but also an idea, a cause, a common goal. That’s how Ocasio-Cortez uses them.

Volledig mee eens.


Mitt Romney: The president shapes the public character of the nation. Trump’s character falls short.

De oud-presidentskandidaat en recent senator in The Washington Post:

A president should demonstrate the essential qualities of honesty and integrity, and elevate the national discourse with comity and mutual respect. As a nation, we have been blessed with presidents who have called on the greatness of the American spirit. With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable. And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring.

How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation

Anne Helen Petersen op BuzzFeed:

This is why the fundamental criticism of millennials — that we’re lazy and entitled — is so frustrating: We hustle so hard that we’ve figured out how to avoid wasting time eating meals and are called entitled for asking for fair compensation and benefits (…) We’re called whiny for talking frankly about just how much we do work, or how exhausted we are by it. But because overworking for less money isn’t always visible — because job hunting now means trawling LinkedIn, because “overtime” now means replying to emails in bed — the extent of our labor is often ignored, or degraded.


That’s one of the most ineffable and frustrating expressions of burnout: It takes things that should be enjoyable and flattens them into a list of tasks, intermingled with other obligations that should either be easily or dutifully completed. The end result is that everything, from wedding celebrations to registering to vote, becomes tinged with resentment and anxiety and avoidance.