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“According to Haslam, the stronger the prod, the less likely a participant was to go along with the…”

“According to Haslam, the stronger the prod, the less likely a participant was to go along with the study, to the point where, once they were told they “have no other choice,” 0% of the participants would continue. According to Haslam, telling a person they have no say in a matter compels them toward complete disobedience. Considering how many classrooms have teacher-decreed “because I said so” rules and how many schools have “zero tolerance” discipline policies, Haslam’s assertion has dangerous consequences for student behavior. The more we restrict student choice and agency, the less willing they are to obey. Perhaps this connects with common complaints of students accused of being “unmotivated” — that term is often a euphemism for “noncompliant”.”

In the Clutches of Algorithms – Hybrid Pedagogy

Also from the same post (and more to the spirit of the whole piece):

“As educators, we must help our students learn to question how their devices, tools, technologies, apps, and games help connect them or control them; how those things collect and share their data; how their free apps and services turn them (or their data) into a commodity as a form of payment.”

“Being watched qualifies us for the more specific forms of recognition that build our reputation and…”

“Being watched qualifies us for the more specific forms of recognition that build our reputation and establish our economic viability. But the attention we experience as support and opportunity is also the data that sustains surveillance systems. We become complicit in surveillance’s productivity, tracking ourselves and others, recognizing each other within spaces of capture. We want to be seen and want to control how we are seen, but we accept that one can come only at the expense of the other.”

Surveillance notes

“I’m dubious about ranking… I’m not sure about ranking. I’ve long suspected that what our descendants…”

“I’m dubious about ranking… I’m not sure about ranking. I’ve long suspected that what our descendants will find quaintest about us it that we made distinctions of that sort. That they’ll be looking back and they’ll be going, So strange they didn’t think Facebook was “real.” There’s a wonderful, weird book, the title of which I will probably be unable to remember, but it’s a collection of first-person accounts of Victorians encountering new technologies. It’s taken from diaries and letters—it’s not famous people, just ordinary people. The one that always struck me was an Anglican clergyman who went to a garden party, heard an Edison phonograph talking, and went home and wrote this completely terrifying description of this demonic, satanic, mechanical voice speaking to the children in the garden, and how this probably presaged the end of the world. He was just writing for himself, so he wasn’t exaggerating, and I thought, Oh, wow. He had this absolutely intense experience, but I don’t think I could say that what it caused him to fear came to pass.”

William Gibson: On Technophobia and the Power of Film | Literary Hub

“One without a myth is like one uprooted, having no true…

“One without a myth is like one uprooted, having no true link either with the past, or with the ancestral life which continues within him, or yet with contemporary human society. To know your myth is the task of all tasks.” 
Brilliant presentation…

“The Descriptive Camera works a lot like a regular…

“The Descriptive Camera works a lot like a regular camera—point it at subject and press the shutter button to capture the scene. However, instead of producing an image, this prototype outputs a text description of the scene.” (via Descriptive Cam…

"The question isn’t what will books become in a world of electronic reading. The question is what…"

“The question isn’t what will books become in a world of electronic reading. The question is what will become of the readers we’ve been — quiet, thoughtful, patient, abstracted — in a world where interactive can be too tempting to ignore.” …

"I get hung up on the technology, too, and many come to me for help in understanding it. Technology…"

“I get hung up on the technology, too, and many come to me for help in understanding it. Technology will keep marching on and on and on. But we can’t lose sight of what we use that technology for … You’ve got to get past all that technology and…