The Second Eclectic

Technology changes how we relate to God and each other

Having wearable computers means that textiles will become techstyles. Here's the warp and woof of the week.


From Here You Can See Ev
erything” at The Morning News

Craig Mod is one of my favorite cultural analysts. This piece sparkles. He explores how media like Netflix has switched from opt-in to opt-out, all to keep people hooked, bingeing whole Saturdays on media. "Multiply that by America."


You Are Your Data” at Pando Daily

Apps and other big data sources are monetizing the data they draw from user interaction. Users are often shoehorned into surrendering this data with little or no awareness that they’re doing it. They’re funneled into data exposure. Two quotes: “As insurers, lenders, and others attempt to manage risk, they will inevitably turn alternative data sources to round out the picture of each consumer applicant” and “regional hospitals, insurers, and grocery retailers are already investigating ways to work together to translate consumer purchase data into health risk profiling insights.”

Besides the funneling effect that these companies are doing, there’s another concern I wonder about. For those who intentionally and conscientiously opt out, will they eventually face discrimination or higher fees because those companies have little to no data about them? If companies can’t clearly determine the risk of a specific customer, will they simply assume that customer is high-risk? 

In other words, this data does not* just effect those who give it up; it may reach a tipping point where the data is so ubiquitous that NOT providing such data will hurt you.


On the Web’s Cutting Edge, Anonymity in Name Only” at the Wall Street Journal

WSJ reports in another article, “Websites are gaining the ability to decide whether or not you'd be a good customer, before you tell them a single thing about yourself.”
By collecting data about you, websites hope to provide “a new, personalized Internet where sites have the ability to adjust many things—look, content, prices—based on the kind of person they think you are.” “The technology raises the prospect that different visitors to a website could see different prices as well.”


Fighting Facebook, A Campaign for People’s Terms of Service” at The Nation

The Nation suggests a User's Terms of Service collectively written and negotiated to protect users not companies. This could work like the Creative Commons licensing.


Why French Kids Don’t Have ADHD” at Psychology Today

Childhood diagnosed ADHD: US: 9%. France: 0.5%. 

This article may not appear to be about technology, but it is about a preference for a scientific analysis of human problems. The US believes science (in this case, biology) can understand everything and applied science (that is, technology) can solve everything. But under the treatment of technology, problems mutate. 

This article advocates for a more holistic approach, but even psychology uses the scientific method for understanding a person’s environmental influences. The preference for science (what some call scientism) creeps in at every turn. If it’s a pattern, we can predict it and control it.

More Textures:
Warp and Woof 05/17/13
Warp and Woof 5/10/13
Warp and Woof 5/3/13

*missing word added