"At a New York state elementary school, teachers can use a behavior-monitoring app to compile information on which children have positive attitudes and which act out"
"If “becoming yourself” was ever a countercultural goal, it isn’t anymore"
"When we applaud the Apple Watch we’re applauding an imagined future"
"on Whisper, no one is held accountable, which means mothers can, at least for a moment, put their kids second"
"When most Americans think about teachers, we don’t imagine mediocre or average minds ingrained with pedestrian prejudices"
"Children in school are saddled with the task self-creation in a way that also ensures the reproduction of society"
"Was the August 9th death of Michael Brown at the hands of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson a “killing” or a “murder”? Have the three (and growing) weeks of demonstrations since Brown’s death by the people of Ferguson constituted a “protest,” a “rebellion,” or an “uprising”? Are the people who have traveled from elsewhere to join in the Ferguson demonstrations “solidarity protesters” or “outside agitators”? The answers to these questions will ultimately shape how this conflict is remembered"
"So what happens when the torrential force of the party is redirected towards the cause of health and self-improvement?"
"there is a vast amount of judgement and knowledge that is in the heads of Twitter users that the algorithm will inevitably flatten as it works from the data it has: past user behavior and metrics"
"Football has evolved beyond the stage where culture is packaged and sold back to the population that created it. It has become a sport of science fiction, one that inhabits a world that only exists on television and bears little resemblance to any nonprofessional activity"
speaking at Improving Reality 2014: Visibility Is a Trap today. i’ll be doing a lightning round speeding through some of my thoughts on how we can use Foucault’s famous declaration to examine the trappings of social media visibility. if you want to read more in-depth about what i’ll say, here are some links:
on social media realizing Foucault’s worry in The History Of Sexuality of making us too fixated on our identities, on our selves as selves, and rethinking social media away from the profile, and how visibility doesn’t need to be just trapping, but also pleasurable