A Princeton sociologist spent 8 years asking rural Americans why they’re so pissed off – Vox

Sean Illing

I’m still struggling to understand what exactly these people mean when they complain about the “moral decline” of America. At one point, you interview a woman who complains about the country’s “moral decline” and then cites, as evidence, the fact that she can’t spank her children without “the government” intervening. Am I supposed to take this seriously?

Robert Wuthnow

It’s an interesting question. What does it mean for us to take that seriously? I guess my point is that she takes it seriously, even if we don’t or shouldn’t. Does she still spank her children? Probably. Is she just using that as an example of how the country is changing and how Washington is driving that change? Probably.

Now, I doubt she made this us up herself. She likely heard it at church or from her neighbors or from Fox News or talk radio. Again, what I kept hearing from people is a general fear that traditional moral rules were being wiped out by a government and a culture that doesn’t understand the people who still believe in these things

https://www.vox.com/2018/3/13/17053886/trump-rural-america-populism-racial-resentment

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Sarah Montague signs off Today programme with final jibe at John Humphrys – Telegraph

They have spent 18 years slogging away together in the Today programme studio in the early hours of the morning, so it was only fitting that Sarah Montague’s final moments on the Radio 4 show were dedicated to mercilessly teasing her co-host.

Montague, who leaves Today to host The World At One, poked fun at John Humphrys during her last moments on air, telling him she was looking forward to broadcasting single-handedly, and suggesting he ought to retire…

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/30/sarah-montague-signs-today-programme-final-jibe-john-humphrys/

Can Social Media Be Saved? – The New York Times


You’ve probably experienced it yourself. Maybe it’s the way you feel while scrolling through your Twitter feed — anxious, twitchy, a little world weary — or your unease when you see a child watching YouTube videos, knowing she’s just a few algorithmic nudges away from a rabbit hole filled with lunatic conspiracies and gore. Or maybe it was this month’s Facebook privacy scandal, which reminded you that you’ve entrusted the most intimate parts of your digital life to a profit-maximizing surveillance machine.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/28/technology/social-media-privacy.html

Is the era of management over? | World Economic Forum


The slide deck she developed with the CEO of Netflix, Reed Hastings, went viral, and Sheryl Sandberg referred to it as possibly the most important document to come out of Silicon Valley. That said, Patty McCord did not earn her accolades by identifying problems. What captivated everyone’s imagination were the unorthodox solutions that she offered: “Over the years we learned that if we asked people to rely on logic and common sense instead of on formal policies, most of the time we would get better results, and at lower cost.”

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/12/is-management-era-over/

The Tyranny of Convenience – The New York Times

As Evan Williams, a co-founder of Twitter, recently put it, “Convenience decides everything.” Convenience seems to make our decisions for us, trumping what we like to imagine are our true preferences. (I prefer to brew my coffee, but Starbucks instant is so convenient I hardly ever do what I “prefer.”) Easy is better, easiest is best.

Convenience has the ability to make other options unthinkable. Once you have used a washing machine, laundering clothes by hand seems irrational, even if it might be cheaper.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/16/opinion/sunday/tyranny-convenience.html

The meaning of snafu, clusterfuck, and shitshow: There’s a difference — Quartz at Work


Before a big decision, teams should undertake what Kahneman calls a “premortem.” Split the group in two. One is assigned to imagine a future in which the project is an unmitigated success. The other is to envision its worst-case scenario. Each group then writes a detailed story of the project’s success or failure, outlining the steps and decisions that led to each outcome. Imagining failure and thinking backwards to its causes helps groups identify the strengths and weaknesses of their current plans, and adjust accordingly.

https://work.qz.com/1225213/the-difference-between-a-snafu-a-shitshow-and-a-clusterfuck/

Google’s Detailed Management Study Reveals 8 Signs You’re a Toxic Boss | Inc.com

Studies by Gallup indicate as much as 82 percent of the time companies make mistakes in whom they choose to be managers. Not everyone has the right workplace persona to be a good boss. That doesn’t make you a bad person. It just means you should find a career path that allows you to be more of an individual contributor, so you can be happier and more satisfied in your career.

https://www.inc.com/jt-odonnell/googles-detailed-management-study-reveals-8-signs-youre-a-toxic-boss.html

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