Mark Zuckerberg survived his Congressional appearances last week with barely a scratch.

Not surprisingly, the questioning revealed a rudimentary understanding of what Facebook is, the logic of its ad-supported business model, and the ramifications of Facebook’s implicit targeting, data-gathering/practices and identity algorithm matrix.

Facebook is Facebook, after all.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/04/11/technology/facebook-sells-ads-life-details.html

The Economist’s 1843 Magazine is always interesting.

This article suggests that modern British architecture, specifically Norman Foster’s work, has largely created our perception of what the future looks like: curved curtain glass walls, innovative engineering, and integrated minimal structures.

https://www.1843magazine.com/design/how-british-architects-conquered-the-world

Starbucks conceived the strategic concept of “The Third Place” in its early corporate development to describe its brand proposition. In this formulation Starbucks would assert itself into the fabric of daily life not simply as a food and beverage retailer but as a destination where people could satisfy their needs as well as pursue their interests and passions in a comfortable public environment (with free wifi).

It was an updated version of the coffeehouse model that established a third place (after home and workplace) where retail transactions and human experience, connection and interaction could thrive and become the brand’s identity.

https://shift.newco.co/the-third-place-and-the-need-state-of-convenience-98f132b67199

A traumatic week for technology. Facebook is a cracked mirror, driverless cars can kill, and technology equities can crash hard like every other market sector.

The growing backlash against Silicon Valley is a gathering realization that our devices and applications are not simply utopian gateways to unlimited information, utility and convenience, but they’re also potentially addictive objects enabling individual pathologies, privacy intrusions, and social dysfunction.

They are rewiring our brains and reconfiguring our behavior.

https://qz.com/email/quartz-obsession/1235589/

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/04/02/cambridge-analytica-and-a-moral-reckoning-in-silicon-valley

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/12-things-everyone-should-understand-tech-anil-dash/

How do we visually represent being human in an essential image?

Wikipedia’s attempt:

https://www.wired.com/story/how-wikipedia-portrayed-humanity-in-a-single-photo/

We live in a time of nostalgia for a past when white America was dominant and unchallenged and the United States was globally ascendant.

Despite Trump’s siren song of “Again” and the present policy reassertionĀ of historical American power the clock cannot be reset: the past is past. Our world continues to spin into the future.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/3/5/17077742/donald-trump-conservative-cpac

https://nplusonemag.com/issue-30/politics/goodbye-cold-war/

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/02/munich-conference-trump-mcmaster-mccain-elite/553697/

https://nplusonemag.com/online-only/online-only/a-new-struggle-coming/

Mired in the daily noise and muck, it’s hard to see the promise of the future.

It’s coming:

https://www.technologyreview.com/lists/technologies/2018

50 years is a long time ago but we are living with its legacy: crippling deceit, racism and inequality, murder and death, unending war, and a systemic loss of trust in government and institutions. America has been transformed in many ways but also remains much the same. 2018 reminds me of 1968, although today is not as cataclysmic (yet). But it’s still early.

In 1968 many were animated by a naive and energetic power, convinced that truth meant seeing things as they really are. They were motivated by a conviction that social and political change had to be made. They believed that it was essential to reject hypocrisy and inaction, and that thuggery, dishonesty, and injustice had to be confronted to alter a destructive status quo to end suffering and death. They wished instead for humanity and grace.

It has always been the historic role of youth to demand change. The young derive power from self-righteousness and gather force together in a community of like-minded peers, to mobilize change through powerful emotion, demanding social and political justice. Confronted by vanity and decadent power, youth reject empty promises and false choices, demanding course correction and an allegiance to truth.

In 1968 a young generation felt betrayed by malevolence and mendacity. Angry that the American birthright of freedom and adventure was being trampled and squandered, they rose up and said no, enough, no more.

Then as now the American Experiment hangs in the balance.

https://www.usatoday.com/pages/interactives/news/1968-the-year-that-transformed-the-nation/

http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/will_bunch/walter-cronkite-vietnam-special-50th-anniversary-lbj-trump-truth-20180222.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-sight/wp/2018/02/23/the-tet-offensive-50-years-later-photographs-and-memories-still-haunt-vietnam-war-photographer-don-mccullin/?utm_term=.cf3b60f7c3ba

1968 Plus 50 Years: The Irony of History

What should we do when our open and free information and social systems are infected by malevolent actors guided by sinister aims and evil purpose?

A portion of social media has become a trojan horse of deceptive identity and networked propaganda.

John Battelle argues that it is an existential threat to democracy and must be countered and rectified.

https://shift.newco.co/the-automatic-weapons-of-social-media-3ccce92553ad

In our age of disruption economic and social change is transforming behavior, style and work.

As individuals increasingly value “experiences” over fashion, and the nature of work is reinvented by automation, AI and demographics, adapting to the speed and dramatic scope of change promises a traumatic and volatileĀ future.

https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2018-death-of-clothing/

https://www.1843magazine.com/features/crafting-a-life

http://www.bain.com/publications/articles/labor-2030-the-collision-of-demographics-automation-and-inequality.aspx

https://www.thersa.org/discover/publications-and-articles/reports/seven-portraits-of-economic-security-and-modern-work-in-the-uk