Digitally Literate #199

Nothing lessDigitally Lit #199 – 5/25/2019 Hi all, my name is Ian O’Byrne and welcome to Digitally Literate. In this newsletter, I try to synthesize what happened this week so you can be digitally literate as well. This week I worked on several things behind the scenes that will hopefully blossom later. One of the…

How to Be a ‘Gardener’ Parent

Gopnik, a psychology and philosophy professor at the University of California, Berkeley, is author of the book “The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children,” in which she describes two distinct type of parents: gardeners and carpenters. The Gardener Parent vs. the…

Racial Literacy and the Potential for the Tech World

An interview with Dr. Howard Stevenson from the series on racial literacy & tech from Data & Society Faculty Fellow Jessie Daniels. This is the first interview in a series on racial literacy and tech, curated by Data & Society 2018–19 Faculty Fellow Jessie Daniels. It expands on ideas from her new paper Advancing Racial Literacy…

Cambridge Analytica: A Case Study In Behaviorism Run Amok

Craig Axford making the case that the news about Cambridge Analytica and their data collection on around 50 million users is not a new story at all. However, such manipulation has been playing an increasingly overt role in our society since the early 20th century. Axford begins with a quote by Jason Stanley from his…

A Food Pyramid for Kids’ Media Consumption

Caitlin Harrington with a thoughtful post about digital, media consumption. Use sparingly. Limit screens before bed, during meals, and running in the background for no reason. Use occasionally. Turn off “autoplay” on YouTube, turn on apps to limit screentime. Limit/abstain use of violent games or content. Use moderately. Monitor usage of age-appropriate ebooks, movies/tv, online…

The Web Is a Customer Service Medium

Paul Ford on the fundamental question on the web…”why wasn’t I consulted?” “Why wasn’t I consulted,” which I abbreviate as WWIC, is the fundamental question of the web. It is the rule from which other rules are derived. Humans have a fundamental need to be consulted, engaged, to exercise their knowledge (and thus power), and…