There is so much Twitter can do try to improve the user experience, for both the experienced and the beginner. But I hope that it does not algorithmically curate the feed, not because I love the chronology per se, but because I value people’s judgement. Yes, Twitter can make it easier to access that judgment in more varied ways but stepping between people I choose to follow and me is not the answer.
Never forget: the algorithm giveth but it also taketh away. Don’t let it take away the network because it’s the flock, not the bird, that provides the value.
UNC Prof. Zeynep Tufekci, on the Twitter algorithm debacle (best counter-argument I’ve seen out there) (via sasquatchmedia)
The data could be boiled down to hardheaded career advice: Men should festoon their desks with baby photos and add PTA membership to their résumés, and women should do the opposite. But ultimately, the solution is a realization that in the 21st century, male and female employees are not so different from one another.
“The best hope we have for getting rid of these effects,” Ms. Correll said, “is policy that very much conveys that people have the right to coordinate work and family.”
March 8, 1919: The statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni, a 15th-century Venetian military person of rank, was removed from Venice to prevent vandalism of it during Austria-Hungary’s advance on the Italian front during World War I. The statue was saved from the Austrians’ foul scribblings, but not, alas, from the pigeons of the Santi Giovanni e Paolo church, who rest on Colleoni’s bronze steed to this day. Photo: The New York Times
Yep, worth your time if you haven’t read it already. From the piece:
Just about everyone agrees on the main cause of this problem in St. Louis County.
“There are too many towns,” says Vatterott. There are too many towns, and not enough taxpayers to sustain them. How to fix that problem is another matter. There has long been a movement in St. Louis to merge the county with the city. That movement has picked up steam recent years as advocacy groups like Better Together have pushed proposals to merge a number of public services. But real change would require a good portion of these towns to merge with other towns, or to dissolve themselves entirely. That would require the town councils or boards of aldermen to vote themselves out of a job.
“You have these fiefdoms across the county where a small percentage of people hold power over a small bit of territory,” Kirkland says. “They aren’t going to let go of that easily.” Some towns have begun to share police services, or to contract police services out to St. Louis County. That at least means there are fewer cops per resident to hand out fines. But the cops and courts are still geared more toward generating revenue than promoting public safety.