Today's threads (a thread).
Inside: Proctorio's awful reviews disappear down the memory hole; and more!
Archived at: https://pluralistic.net/2021/09/04/hypervigilance/
This is the last edition of Pluralistic for a little while. I'm having major surgery - a hip replacement - on Tuesday, and the doc tells me the biggest risk when someone as young as I am gets joint replacement is pushing the recovery too hard and injuring yourself, so I'm taking some time off to recover. I'll be back mid-to-late-September-ish, unless it's later. Take care of yourself and the people around you, and I'll see you then.
Proctorio's awful reviews disappear down the memory hole: Ian Linkletter saved the receipts.
#1yrago Political ads have very small effect-sizes https://pluralistic.net/2020/09/04/elusive-mind-control/#persuadables
#1yrago CO asphyxiation accounts for half of Hurricane Laura deaths https://pluralistic.net/2020/09/04/elusive-mind-control/#co
#1yrago Physicists overestimate their epidemiology game https://pluralistic.net/2020/09/04/elusive-mind-control/#hubris
Yesterday's threads: Gun-maker demands Sandy Hook children's disciplinary records; ALEC pushed voter suppression bills; and more!
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Here's today's edition: https://pluralistic.net/2021/09/04/hypervigilance/
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My latest Medium column is "Twitter Arguments," making the case for arguing with foolish strangers on Twitter as critical to advancing esoteric social causes:
@pluralistic at the risk of starting an argument, I’m a long-time fan and have a question
Do you have other examples of “self-determination” and seizing the means in other areas of tech or our lives working at scale? I know Linux desktop is there, but it’s clunky and most people can’t even (I know you can, but you’re you). Most people can’t repair own cars, nexus’s new safety features/mpg upgrades need more complexity. Thoughts? How do we rally with examples that get the muggles head-nodding?
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