News and Links in Bulk, 2018-06-06
1/ Meet The New California Counterculture: College Republicans (via Jamelle Bouie and Jessica Valenti). This is a chilling look into the future of the Republican party. They seem to be utterly uninterested about the issues their country is facing and prefer to focus on fighting the culture war with outrageous declarations. One dreams it distracts them from actual campaigning…
3/ How an Aspiring ‘It’ Girl Tricked New York’s Party People — and Its Banks by Jessica Pressler (via chelsea g. summers). This story appeared multiple times on both my Twitter and Facebook timelines. Our collective fascination with grifters in this present moment is almost as fascinating as this woman’s story itself.
4/ How Iowa Flattened Literature by Eric Bennett (via Jessa Crispin). This mess we’re in has many causes. The rising tides of individualism are certainly among them. During the Cold War, the CIA funded a creative writing program and gave grants to get writers on their side. Taking the focus away from the collective, this university program encouraged young writers to mine personal experiences first and foremost. This attitude spread from university to university.
5/ Jordan Peterson, Custodian of the Patriarchy (via Jillian C. York). Here’s another figure that should live in obscurity. Yet, he has so many fans everywhere that we have to deal with his “ideas”. This profile is a nice read and it serve as a succinct and complete introduction to him if you’re lucky enough to have no idea who he is.
6/ Making a Crypto Utopia in Puerto Rico (via Gisella Lomax). Crypto Bros are the worst! Wherever there’s destruction and chaos, nouveaux riches idiots will try and rebuild it in their own image. Ugh.
8/ How to persuade a robot that you should get the job. More and more HR departments sort through job applications with obscure machine learning tools. Trained to select candidates who resemble existing employees, these algorithms make companies more homogeneous when companies need more diverse teams to create better products.
9/ A pioneer in predictive policing is starting a troubling new project. Machine learning trained on out-of-date data which encode biased judgements will just perpetuate prejudice and harm people. Squirt objectivity sauce on a pile of poop, you still got a pile of poop.
10/ Serious quantum computers are finally here. What are we going to do with them?. We wanted them, we almost got them. Turns out, we weren’t sure why we wanted them?