Frank Chimero

http://frankchimero.com/talks/the-webs-grain/transcript/

Matt Lumpkin "If you’ve ever designed a responsive website, this is the source of all your sadness. This is the fount of your tears, the wellspring of your suffering. If you believe in the afterlife, this is the circle of hell where they light the soles of your feet on fire." 14 mins · Like

Matt Lumpkin "Same response as the bear on the bicycle: all glee, until things go haywire, and you realize it is coming right for you." 13 mins · Like

Matt Lumpkin "The answers offered are typically technological solutions. Algorithms. Automation. Tiny programs and sets of rules to filter out what bursts from the internet’s flue hole. While well intentioned (maybe), these answers only become extra points of control and influence." 5 mins · Like

Matt Lumpkin "To create convenience—particularly the automated convenience technology trades in—someone else must make our choices for us." 3 mins · Like

Matt Lumpkin "Up to a point, swapping autonomy for ease is a pretty good trade: who wants to run the math on their accounting books or call the restaurant to place a delivery order? But if taken too far, convenience becomes a Trojan Horse. We cede too much control and become dependent on something we can no longer steer. Platforms that promised to bring convenience to a process or intimacy to a relationship now wedge themselves into the transaction as new middlemen. Then, we’re left to trust in the benevolence of those who have the power to mold our dependencies. Citing a lot of the concerns I mentioned earlier, those people are less responsible and compassionate than we had hoped. In pursuit of convenience, we have opened the door to unscrupulous influence." 2 mins · Like

Matt Lumpkin "As for me? I won’t ask for peace, quiet, ease, magic or any other token that technology can’t provide—I’ve abandoned those empty promises. My wish is simple: I desire a technology of grace, one that lives well within its role.

How will we know that we’re there? I suppose we’ll look at what we’ve built, notice how the edges have dropped away, and actually be pleased it looks like it could go on forever."

“We want democracy, but we don’t have the theory or skill to do it” | Grist

The other thing that’s sort of contributing to it too is this romance of the internet. This idea that now we have these new networked technologies that allow us to have open movements of individuals organizing without organization, because we can just communicate with each other. It’s fueling the fire of this tendency to unite without any formal connection, or even strategy. There’s a lot of power in that, in the sense that you can get people to come out into the street and have a spectacle that is amplified through your social media and ideas can go viral or fundraising campaigns like the Rolling Jubilee can kick off online.

But it still doesn’t address how you capture the attention you’ve gotten and get people who’ve come out for one demonstration to come again or do the hard work of talking to their neighbors or their colleagues. I think the technological aspects are part of it, too.

http://grist.org/people/we-want-democracy-but-we-dont-have-the-theory-or-skill-to-do-it/

Tufte, 2001 Ch. 1

Chris Rock on Ferguson, Cosby, and Obama — Vulture

But the thing is, we treat racism in this country like it’s a style that America went through. Like flared legs and lava lamps. Oh, that crazy thing we did. We were hanging black people. We treat it like a fad instead of a disease that eradicates millions of people. You’ve got to get it at a lab, and study it, and see its origins, and see what it’s immune to and what breaks it down.

www.vulture.com/2014/11/chris-rock-frank-rich-in-conversation.html

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Isn’t it all a bit vacuous, actually, saying this denim is cooler than that denim or whatever? No, actually I don’t think it is. I’m not describing fashion in the sense that Oscar Wilde meant [when he de­fined it as ‘a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months’]. I’m talking about people having a hunger for physical objects that are more genuine than most of the objects around them. In a sense, I am de­scribing a 21st-century Arts-and-Crafts mentality – which people like William Morris regarded as be­ing in some sense spiritual. People wanted genuine things: they wanted real cheese and real ale.
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