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Mashups

14 08 10 - 03:22

If I had to name my favorite use of a blog, or even a book (like Huxley's Perennial Philosophy), it would be the mashup: culling together disparate sources and showing a pattern.

It reminds me of picking up the three best newspapers in the country (WSJ, NYT and one of your choice) and cutting out all the interesting articles, then spreading them across a broad table and looking for the connections. Which share a common cause? And thus diagnose a common thread, or common weakness?


Google’s Eric Schmidt recently stated that every two days we create as much information as we did from the beginning of civilization through 2003. Perhaps the sheer bulk of data makes it easier to suppress that information which we find overly unpleasant. Who’s got time for a victim in Afghanistan or end-of-life issues with all these Tweets coming in?

Between reality TV, 24-hour news, and the constant hammering of the stream, I am less likely to tackle seriously uncomfortable topics. I can bury myself in a mountain of incoming information. And if my stream is any indication, I’m not alone. For me, repression used to be a one man show. Now I am part of a broader movement — mass avoidance through social media. - People's Radio


The more information you have, the more time it takes to pick any one item because you have to compare it to all other possibles.

Add in social pressures, which are a form of data themselves:


Psychologists refer to this as the paradox of power. The very traits that helped leaders accumulate control in the first place all but disappear once they rise to power. Instead of being polite, honest and outgoing, they become impulsive, reckless and rude. In some cases, these new habits can help a leader be more decisive and single-minded, or more likely to make choices that will be profitable regardless of their popularity. One recent study found that overconfident CEOs were more likely to pursue innovation and take their companies in new technological directions. Unchecked, however, these instincts can lead to a big fall. - WSJ


Soon you have taken someone, put them in power, and made them sort through the neurotic stream of crap from a crowd. Of course they get cynical, overwhelmed, jaded and start belittling people. They see more idiocy in ten minutes than a normal person will in a lifetime.

An alternate solution: stop compelling people to do anything but the tasks they need to do, and measure results instead of quantity of time served. In other words, stop compelling people to interact for the sake of interaction, when what they really need to do is goal-oriented:


For the first time this year, 1 percent of U.S. businesses say they offer unlimited paid vacation.

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One of the biggest changes he sees as a result of the policy is that if co-workers are sick now, they're more likely to actually take a sick day, since it no longer cuts into a set chunk of paid time off. Lenz was also grateful for the new policy when he became a father in February.

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Why the uptick in unlimited paid leave now? Studies have long shown that — believe it or not — such flexibility actually makes workers more productive and engaged. But Lenny Sanicola, with the human resources group World at Work, which surveys company benefits, suspects something more. Sanicola notes that with all the perks being cut during the recession, vacation time has held its own.

"Perhaps not being able to provide other rewards," he says, "some companies said as long as the work gets done and the productivity that we are looking for is achieved, you don't have to track your time and you can take unlimited leave." - The People's Radio


As always with ANUS, our solution is to de-socialize/de-humanize: focus on reality, not the endless neurotic chatter of the misdirected human mind in a group.