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In the News 28.11.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

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In the News 28.11.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the InternetsIn the News 28.11.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets

 


 

1. Generation Flux’s Secret Weapon

“Fluxers are defined not by their chronological age but by their willingness and ability to adapt. These are the people who are defining where business and culture are moving. And purpose is at the heart of their actions. Don’t confuse this with social service. For these folks, a mission is the essential strategic tool that allows them to filter the modern barrage of stimuli, to motivate and engage those around them, and to find new and innovative ways to solve the world’s problems. Their experiences show the critical advantages of building mission into your career and your business. Businesses that find and then live by their mission often discover that it becomes their greatest competitive advantage.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Fast Company

 


 

2. Is Internet Addiction a Real Thing?
 

“By 2008, the worry about Internet Addiction progressed to such a point that The American Journal of Psychiatry published an editorial strongly suggesting that Internet Addiction be included in the next, and fifth, version of the so-called bible of psychiatry, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). A decade of research, wrote the psychiatrist Jerald Block, had only proven what the 1997 study had suspected, that the Internet could inspire the same patterns of excessive usage, withdrawal, tolerance, and negative repercussions as more traditional substance use. What’s more, Block concluded, “Internet addiction is resistant to treatment, entails significant risks, and has high relapse rates.” It was a disease that needed treatment as much as any other disease did.”

Read the rest of this article at The New Yorker

 


 

3. A Data Analyst’s Blog Is Transforming How New Yorkers See Their City

“It may have been the fire hydrants that certified Ben Wellington as the king of New York’s ‘open data’ movement. Earlier this year Wellington pored over New York City’s parking ticket data and identified two hydrants on consecutive blocks that were generating $55,000 a year in tickets, all from cars that appeared to be parking legally.Not long after Wellington’s online report went viral, the data-loving citizen investigator learned that the city’s Department of Transportation had reviewed the roadway markings, then repainted the parking spots so that drivers would stop getting ticketed. (The DOT didn’t respond to a request for comment.)”

 
Read the rest of this article at NPR

 


 

4. The Break-Off Effect

“The dawn of the twenty-first century has proved unsettling. It was not what we expected. Only a few years ago, the world was full with apparently justified optimism. The new century would be free of the ideological fights that plagued the twentieth. A consensus emerged that markets and democracy were the basis for healthy societies; the prospect of a war between superpowers faded into the past; a “new economy” born out of the combination of computers and telecommunications was emerging and globalization was uniting the world into a happy global village. Countries all over the world liberalized their economies and joined the ranks of democracy.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Fast Company

 


 

5. Double Jeopardy

“On an April night in 1997, when Shonelle Jackson was eighteen, he went out to a local club in Montgomery, Alabama. As he and several friends watched a d.j. perform, a young man called Cocomo—a gang member from across town—walked up behind him and slapped him in the head, then ran off. The next day, Jackson, who had no car, approached a known thief named Antonio Barnes and asked him to steal him a ride. Jackson wanted to find Cocomo and ‘holler at him’.”

 
Read the rest of this article at The New Yorker

 


P.S. previous articles & more by P.F.M.

 

 

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  • FXOXO said...

    Hey P, totally agree on the internet addiction article :-)

    ps amazing things (instagram) are about to happen Miss Roseline? Do tell!!!

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