Friday, June 29, 2018

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Enjoy these thought-provoking clips: on the sociology of marriage, ageing, and groups. 
I have a 2 hour a day online-video habit now, but it may be a good thing. 

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Sunday, June 03, 2018

No buzzword left behind - A reflection on the primacy of bullshit in corporate life

" A century of management fads has created workplaces that are full of empty words and equally empty rituals. We have to live with the consequences of this history every day. Consider a meeting I recently attended. During the course of an hour, I recorded 64 different nuggets of corporate claptrap. They included familiar favourites such as “doing a deep dive”, “reaching out”, and “thought leadership”. 
There were also some new ones I hadn’t heard before: people with “protected characteristics” (anyone who wasn’t a white straight guy), “the aha effect” (realising something), “getting our friends in the tent” (getting support from others).

After the meeting, I found myself wondering why otherwise smart people so easily slipped into this kind of business bullshit. How had this obfuscatory way of speaking become so successful
... people working in bullshit jobs need to do something. And that something is usually the production, distribution and consumption of bullshit. "  

LOL.  You have to read this.   Really.

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Friday, June 01, 2018

I'm at code 2018 conference thanks to the internet

Tech is changing the world.
Recode is a media brand tracking some of tech's leadership.

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www.recode.net/code-conference

Many of the conference interviews are recorded in full:

Published by Recode on May 30, 2018: At Recode's 2018 Code Conference, Kara Swisher interviewed Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi about the company's self-driving future, culture issues, former CEO Travis Kalanick and Uber's board.

Published May 29, 2018: Facebook executives Sheryl Sandberg and Mike Schroepfer took the Code Conference stage with Recode's Kara Swisher and Peter Kafka.
The CTO and COO of Facebook talked about how Facebook is continuing to deal with the fallout of Cambridge Analytica, how the company working on stopping fake news, and more.

Published by Recode on May 30, 2018: Recode's Jason Del Rey interviews Joe Tsai, executive vice chairman of Alibaba, from the 2018 Code Conference.

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