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People are frightened of themselves. It’s like Freud saying that the best thing is to have no sensation at all, as if we’re supposed to live painlessly and unconsciously in the world. I have a much different view. The ancients are right: the dear old human experience is a singular, difficult, shadowed, brilliant experience that does not resolve into being comfortable in the world. The valley of the shadow is part of that, and you are depriving yourself if you do not experience what humankind has experienced, including doubt and sorrow. We experience pain and difficulty as failure instead of saying, I will pass through this, everyone I have ever admired has passed through this, music has come out of this, literature has come out of it. We should think of our humanity as a privilege.

- Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 198, Marilynne Robinson (via invisibleforeigner)

socialismartnature:

‘Beauty’ (Google screenshot) ‘No other group in America has so had their identity socialized out of existence as have black women… When black people are talked about the focus tends to be on black men; and when women are talked about the focus tends to be on white women.’ - Bell Hooks

socialismartnature:

‘Beauty’ (Google screenshot)

‘No other group in America has so had their identity socialized out of existence as have black women… When black people are talked about the focus tends to be on black men; and when women are talked about the focus tends to be on white women.’ - Bell Hooks

On Autocomplete

stopmoving:

blech:

Here’s an interesting set of observations on those UN Women print adverts I posted on Friday.

algopop:

"Actual Google search on 09/03/13" reads the small print on this poster campaign for UN Women. “When we came across these searches, we were shocked by how negative they were and decided we had to do something with them” says Christopher Hunt, the Art Director, but the shocking posters have not only raised issues concerning sexism, but also about the accountability of Google autocomplete. The Guardian responded with an ill-informed analysis of the mechanics of the autocomplete algorithm, while a more thorough response has come through the research community in the form of a blogpost by Anna Jobin of the Digital Humanities Lab at EPFL, Lausanne, who’s Phd is about our interactions with Google’s algorithms.  When provoking the question ‘who is in charge when algorithms are in charge?’ she states: 

I rather suspect a coordinated bunch of MRAs are to be blamed for the volume of said search terms – but that doesn’t mean Google is completely innocent. The question of accountability goes beyond a binary option of intentionality or complete innocence.

Unsurprisingly, Google doesn’t take any responsibility. It puts the blame on its own algorithms… as if the algorithms were beyond the company’s control.

slavin:

Funny, that.Doesn’t matter who, but when I first proposed a talk about algorithms to TED 3 years ago, there was a gatekeeper who asked, point-blank, who on earth would ever care or even understand what an algorithm is. It required great diplomacy to convince them that maybe a few people would care. It’s possible that by now, this person has been replaced with one.

ALGORITHMS ARE SO FASCINATING

oddly, tho, no mention of the fact that ‘google web history’ means your autocomplete also shapes itself to your browsing habits — this is, for example, how people manage to get such interesting poetic results (w/o just photoshopping it) — which is yet another way in which the responsibility for the algorithm is shifted away from the company who designed it.

Yes, there is: "… there is no reason to believe that suggestions aren’t, to some degree, personalized (the way search results are)." Same article, a couple of lines above the other quote. I remember it ‘cause I authored it ;)

How to Find Out How to Do Qualitative Research

betaknowledge:

But researchers can’t know ahead of time all the questions they will want to investigate, what theories they will ultimately find relevant to discoveries made during the research, or what methods will produce the information needed to solve the newly discovered problems.”

Howard Becker

slavin:

algopop:

"Actual Google search on 09/03/13" reads the small print on this poster campaign for UN Women. “When we came across these searches, we were shocked by how negative they were and decided we had to do something with them” says Christopher Hunt, the Art Director, but the shocking posters have not only raised issues concerning sexism, but also about the accountability of Google autocomplete. The Guardian responded with an ill-informed analysis of the mechanics of the autocomplete algorithm, while a more thorough response has come through the research community in the form of a blogpost by Anna Jobin of the Digital Humanities Lab at EPFL, Lausanne, who’s Phd is about our interactions with Google’s algorithms.  When provoking the question ‘who is in charge when algorithms are in charge?’ she states: 

I rather suspect a coordinated bunch of MRAs are to be blamed for the volume of said search terms – but that doesn’t mean Google is completely innocent. The question of accountability goes beyond a binary option of intentionality or complete innocence.

Unsurprisingly, Google doesn’t take any responsibility. It puts the blame on its own algorithms… as if the algorithms were beyond the company’s control.

Funny, that.

Doesn’t matter who, but when I first proposed a talk about algorithms to TED 3 years ago, there was a gatekeeper who asked, point-blank, who on earth would ever care or even understand what an algorithm is. It required great diplomacy to convince them that maybe a few people would care.

It’s possible that by now, this person has been replaced with one.


Kevin, it was YOUR talk at Liftconference that started everything for me - and now you’re reblogging someone who was quoting me… I’m glad I’m sitting down.

It is illegal for women to go topless in most cities, yet you can buy a magazine of a woman without her top on at any 7-11 store. So, you can sell breasts, but you cannot wear breasts, in America.

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Violet Rose (via c-icatrix)

Talk about cognitive dissonance

(via havocados)

This is one of my favorite quotes about sexualization/objectification vs autonomy of female bodies bc it’s so succinct

(via platonicsbeforeerotics)

(Source: screamingfemale)

slavin:

"With our chart, you can quickly see that over 25% of all orders in "Large Stocks" are canceled in about 25ms (1/50th of a second): which is before they could be physically accessed by anyone west of the Mississippi."(via Nanex ~ 15-Oct-2013 ~ SEC Market Structure Revelations)
This seems obscure. It is not.

slavin:

"With our chart, you can quickly see that over 25% of all orders in "Large Stocks" are canceled in about 25ms (1/50th of a second): which is before they could be physically accessed by anyone west of the Mississippi."

(via Nanex ~ 15-Oct-2013 ~ SEC Market Structure Revelations)

This seems obscure. It is not.

pewinternet:

15% of American adults ages 18 and older DO NOT USE THE INTERNET or email. We found out why. http://pewrsr.ch/16ImLtc

Sep 3

As detailed here in the British Medical Journal, staff at St George’s Hospital Medical School decided to write an algorithm that would automate the first round of its admissions process. The formulae used historical patterns in the characteristics of candidates whose applications were traditionally rejected to filter out new candidates whose profiles matched those of the least successful applicants.

By 1979 the list of candidates selected by the algorithms was a 90-95% match for those chosen by the selection panel, and in 1982 it was decided that the whole initial stage of the admissions process would be handled by the model. Candidates were assigned a score without their applications having passed a single human pair of eyes, and this score was used to determine whether or not they would be interviewed.

Quite aside from the obvious concerns that a student would have upon finding out a computer was rejecting their application, a more disturbing discovery was made. The admissions data that was used to define the model’s outputs showed bias against females and people with non-European-looking names.

- Computers which magnify our prejudices, via @jomc (via new-aesthetic)

Values in information design

Au XXIème siècle, il est donc toujours considéré que le sexe (et particulièrement la fellation), c’est un accomplissement pour les hommes, et une honte pour les femmes.

- madmoiZelle | Slane Girl : le Héros et la Salope