cognitive dissonance

cognitive dissonance

Get Ready For The Political Fight Against Encryption

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Among our many commenters here, we have one "regular" critic who presents himself as being actively involved in "policy circles" in Washington DC, and who was clearly active in the SOPA/PIPA efforts in trying to write those bills and get them passed. This individual provided enough information (along with plenty...
Get Ready For The Political Fight Against Encryption

The Real Reason Janet Napolitano Doesn't Like Email -- Accountability

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We've already detailed the cognitive dissonance created by DHS head Janet Napolitano's statements on email usage. Last September, she blithely pointed out that she doesn't use email "at all," and in fact, "avoids many online services." She went on to say that some would call her a "Luddite" and...
The Real Reason Janet Napolitano Doesn't Like Email -- Accountability

Right to erasure protects people's freedom to forget the past, says expert

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Viktor Mayer-Schönberger says the ability to forget our past, both on and offline, is an essential part of what makes us humanHe describes himself as the "midwife" of the idea of the right to be forgotten. And for Viktor Mayer-Schönberger , it's not just about the legal, moral and technical...
Right to erasure protects people's freedom to forget the past, says expert

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

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Cognitive dissonance is a scary thing. Orwell called it doublethink; Star Trek called it engrammatic dissociation; both, along with many others, painted it as terrifying. On the Insightful side of this week's top comments, we've got several instances of our readers ferreting out the inherent contradictions in the statements and...
Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt
Why the Internet is awesome for hypochondriacs

The Instagram-Facebook backlash?

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As you all know, I am just massive Instagram junkie. I spend an inordinate amount of time on the service. And so do a lot of other people. Many of them are very passionate people who signed up for the service because it was anti-Facebook. It seems like these passionate...
The Instagram-Facebook backlash?

Steve Worona has a great post pointing out how the record

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Steve Worona has a great post pointing out how the record labels have a clear cognitive dissonance (the ability to hold two totally conflicting ideas in your head at the same time -- and argue for both of them) when it comes to the question of whether or not an...
Steve Worona has a great post pointing out how the record
Today We Hit Peak Hack (Or So I Hope)
Living with doubt
Native advertising will gail if it means "Let's lie to the natives"

Ubisoft backtracks on PC DRM, citing customer feedback

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There probably aren't many PC gamers who are big Ubisoft fans. In spite of owning a stable of massively successful franchises, including Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell, Ubisoft has a long history of making life difficult for customers who dare to try to play their titles on computers instead of...
Ubisoft backtracks on PC DRM, citing customer feedback

All That Cash: On Apple, Twitter And The New Bit Factories

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Editor’s Note: This guest post was written by Amit Runchal, who blogs at Interactioned. The speculation of what Apple is going to do with all their cash has long been a favorite topic in the tech and financial press. But the thinking along those lines is often akin to the...
All That Cash: On Apple, Twitter And The New Bit Factories

Facebook’s Cognitive Dissonance with Sharing

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One of the most important parts of Facebook is that we can all browse it freely and without consequence. When we decide to take an action such as commenting on a photo, it is then that we make ourselves known. – Turntable.fm founder Billy Chasen...
Facebook’s Cognitive Dissonance with Sharing

Jesse's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

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Just as with our discussions on the efficacy of rain dances, I am most fascinated by stories of the baffling choices of copyright maximalists which, albeit unintentionally, most definitely promote content piracy/theft [insert Chris Dodd's buzzword of the week]. With that in mind, my favorites list will consist of stories...
Jesse's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week
And Here are Pics of David Karp Hanging with Terry Richardson and Jared Leto

Cognitive dissonance: human rights and Apple

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Why doesn't Apple pay Chinese contract workers more? Will negative attention hurt Apple's reputation? FORTUNE -- I had a really interesting conversation Monday with Madeline Brand, host of a program on an NPR affiliate in Los Angeles, KPCC-FM. (You can listen to the interview here.) She asked me on to...
Cognitive dissonance: human rights and Apple

Feature Friday: What's The Atomic Unit Of Your Product/Service?

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This isn't exactly about a feature. Features are the verbs of a web/mobile product. Objects are the nouns. And one thing I always like to think about is what is the most fundamental object of all in your service. I like to call this the "atomic unit." Here are some...
Feature Friday: What's The Atomic Unit Of Your Product/Service?
Schumer Courts Tech Scene with Brains Act to Help Startups Hire Foreign-Born Workers

Integrating work and home -- tech dads need balance too

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I recently had a Twitter conversation with a great friend about an article that really hit home for me. A recent Pew Research study concluded that more fathers feel they aren’t spending enough time with their kids than mothers (including working mothers), and I have to say that it was...
Integrating work and home -- tech dads need balance too

WSJ Experiments With Location-Based News

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Checking-in at a venue around town with the Foursquare mobile location app could now come with a thought provoking payload: a news link related to the place you're at. The Wall St. Journal announced today that as a part of its new focus on covering New York City, links to...
WSJ Experiments With Location-Based News

*Summary of Part One: Consumers, trained by content providers

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Summary of Part One: Consumers, trained by content providers to think most entertainment can be enjoyed freely, no longer take copyright seriously as a legal or moral imperative. It's like a parking meter that's rarely checked. When we do get a (large) ticket, we're outraged. After all, no one else...
*Summary of Part One: Consumers, trained by content providers

Beck Sings David Bowie, Brought to You By Lincoln, On YouTube

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There is a lot of straining these days to come up with ads that pretend they’re not ads, and very often they are lousy or worse. But here’s a really good one: Lincoln spent a ton of money so that Beck could re-record “Sound + Vision”, a pretty obscure David...
Beck Sings David Bowie, Brought to You By Lincoln, On YouTube

Sometimes it's hard to be a woman. Especially when you're made out of pixels | Charlie Brooker

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Aside from Ms. Pac-Man and Lara Croft, why are female characters in video games nearly always male fantasies?In the early 80s, the arcade game Pac-Man was twice as popular as oxygen. People couldn't get enough of the haunted yellow disc with the runaway pill addiction and soon clamoured for a...
Sometimes it's hard to be a woman. Especially when you're made out of pixels | Charlie Brooker

Four Weird Things the Internet Is Doing to Our Understanding of Television

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People seem really intent these days on fusing television with the Internet. On one level this makes no sense. Television technology works just fine and we all understand how to use it. We’re also in the midst of a golden age when it comes to programming; I can’t remember another...
Four Weird Things the Internet Is Doing to Our Understanding of Television

An Easy Alternative to Business Cards: Instant Email

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Exchanging business cards is like breaking up with a significant other: you both smile, say you’ll keep in touch, and never speak again. Ditch the inefficiency and cost of paper with a very simple alternative: have your new contact send you an email before you part ways. I’ve been experimenting...
An Easy Alternative to Business Cards: Instant Email

Microsoft commits to user privacy in IE10; risks advertiser wrath over Do Not Track support

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Microsoft has affirmed its commitment to shipping IE10 and Windows 8 with “Do Not Track” (DNT) enabled by default. In doing so, it’s set the stage for a major war over user privacy, and appointed itself an unofficial white knight of user privacy.Feel free to pause a moment and let...
Microsoft commits to user privacy in IE10; risks advertiser wrath over Do Not Track support

The Apple dilemma: Marketshare or margins

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Steve Jobs famously got Apple back on track by reducing the number of products Apple had down to a reasonable number in order to create product excellence. Focus, focus, focus. Excellence, excellence, excellence. That’s why it’s was a huge, huge deal when Apple finally — after Steve Jobs fought against...
The Apple dilemma: Marketshare or margins

Kentucky lawmakers shocked to find evolution in biology tests

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Meople'sMagazine A report surfaced this week that suggests Kentucky legislators may be experiencing a sort of cognitive dissonance that is likely to be a preview of things we can expect elsewhere. After dictating that schools in the state include tests based on national standards, the state lawmakers were shocked...
Kentucky lawmakers shocked to find evolution in biology tests
OkCupid is now letting users pay with bitcoin (which doesn't make much sense)
× Just a test of the new info bar. What do you think?