In a 1993 Wired article, writer Steve Silberman characterized autism
as the “geek syndrome.” Given that autism is partially hereditary,
Silberman asked if the concentrations (and eventual pairing, known as
assortative mating) of geeky folk in places like Silicon Valley meant
that the “genes responsible for bestowing certain special gifts …
Earlier I reviewed the literature on whether there is a distinct geek style of thinking?.
This question recently went mainstream as a consequence of James Damore’s “Google Bro” memo.
I was tempted to carefully parse though all the claims myself, but others did so for me.
I was recently interviewed by Luciana Lima for an story about FOMO in Brazil’s Você S/A (“Tudo ao mesmo tempo agora,” March 2017).
The story is print only, and in Portuguese, so I asked to include the original interview here; we are discussing my article “Following the Joneses …
I recently noted that
datafication has a
Wikipedia article. This is another term for a phenomenon I usually speak
following Ritzer and Rescher. I figured I should start keeping a list of
related terms and uses; if you’ve encounter a similar term, please leave
it in …
A recent TEDx Talk by Will Stephen is the new “Dr. Fox Lecture.”
In the 1970s researchers designed an experiment to see how a group would rate a short lecture by an actor, trained only the day before, who charismatically presented bunk (Naftulin, Ware, and Donnelly, 1973). The audience was …
I argue that life hacking is a type of self-help reflective the
present moment. How should I refer to this mindset and moment? I have a
number of terms available to me. Foucault famously spoke of episteme,
the conditions of discourse by which knowledge claims are considered
acceptable. His “archeology …
Since writing Reading the Comments I often think about how to best explain why it is people can act so rotten online.
I recently put together a graphic that uses the “bad apple” idiom.
The three sources of rottenness also, roughly, follow the development of theories about online behavior.
Can one apply the life hacking ethos of analyzing and optimizing to the
romantic sphere? Some do! If you read Amy Webb, Chris McKinlay, and Val
Aurora you will see a focus on two things in particular: matching and
Webb and McKinlay hacked dating systems to figure out how …