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In the News 18.05.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


In the News 18.05.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets



1. Inside Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh’s radical management experiment that prompted 14% of employees to quit

“What’s going on inside the Amazon-owned Zappos? Hsieh is conducting one of the biggest experiments in management history, but one in seven employees didn’t want to take part.”

Read the rest of this article at Business Insider UK





2. I was an undercover Uber driver

“Uber’s been impossible to avoid in Philly news since October, when it debuted its UberX service, staffed by drivers without commercial licenses, against the direct requests and then angry protests of everyone involved in local taxi and limousine regulation. This is how it’s gone in many of the 240 cities in 40 countries that have gotten UberX — the cheaper, unlicensed spinoff of Uber’s original licensed black-car limo service — since it debuted in San Francisco in 2012. Uber’s refusal to obey state regulations or a cease-and-desist order prompted a member of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) to request that Uber ‘abandon its anarchist ways,’ even as the PUC approved UberX to operate in every county but Philadelphia.”

Read the rest of this article at City Paper





3. Oprah Winfrey: one of the world’s best neoliberal capitalist thinkers

“Janice Peck, in her work as professor of journalism and communication studies, has studied Oprah for years. She argues that to understand the Oprah phenomenon we must return to the ideas swirling around in the Gilded Age. Peck sees strong parallels in the mind-cure movement of the Gilded Age and Oprah’s evolving enterprise in the New Gilded Age, the era of neoliberalism. She argues that Oprah’s enterprise reinforces the neoliberal focus on the self: Oprah’s “enterprise [is] an ensemble of ideological practices that help legitimize a world of growing inequality and shrinking possibilities by promoting and embodying a configuration of self compatible with that world.”

Read the rest of this article at The Guardian





4. The Real Teens of Silicone Valley

“As the demand for tech labor grows, ambitious teenagers are flooding into San Francisco. There’s no official tally of the number of teens who work in tech, but Fontenot estimates that there are as many as a hundred recent high school dropouts working on startups in the city. Some were too distracted by programming projects and weekend hackathons to go to class. Others couldn’t pay for college and questioned why they should go into debt when there is easy money to be made. Still others had already launched successful apps or businesses and didn’t see why they should wait at home for their lives to start. In Facebook groups for young technologists, they saw an alternative: teens lounging in sunny Dolores Park (dolo, as they call it), teens leasing expansive South of Market office space, teens throwing parties whenever they want. And so they moved to San Francisco, many of them landing in houses like Mission Control.”

Read the rest of this article at The California Sunday Magazine





5. The Trouble With Scientists

“Psychologist Brian Nosek of the University of Virginia says that the most common and problematic bias in science is ‘motivated reasoning’”: We interpret observations to fit a particular idea. Psychologists have shown that ‘most of our reasoning is in fact rationalization,’ he says. In other words, we have already made the decision about what to do or to think, and our ‘explanation’ of our reasoning is really a justification for doing what we wanted to do—or to believe—anyway. Science is of course meant to be more objective and skeptical than everyday thought—but how much is it, really?”

Read the rest of this article at Nautilus



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



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