10 Things I Liked Enough to Show You: 31 October – 6 November 2015


by Andrew Rusk [ CC BY 2.0 ],  via Flickr

by Andrew Rusk [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr

The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum — even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there's free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.
— Noam Chomsky, The Common Good


Seth Godin's "Should We Pander?":

It's our choice. The ones who create, the ones who instigate, the ones who respond to what's been built. It's up to us to raise the bar—pandering is a waste of what's possible.


Laurie Goodstein's "Mormon Church Bars Same-Sex Couples and Their Children" at The New York Times:

Children of same-sex couples will not be able to join the Mormon Church until they turn 18 — and only if they move out of their parents’ homes, disavow all same-sex relationships and receive approval from the church’s top leadership as part of a new policy adopted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints



Vicky Allan's "The Terf* war tearing feminism apart (trans exclusionary radical feminist)" at Herald Scotland:

Germaine Greer has always been good at lobbing the kind of verbal grenade that sends an explosion rippling through all of feminism. She did that recently when she appeared on television and radio after a petition that sought to have her banned from speaking at Cardiff University because of her views on trans women. Among her stand-out comments was: “Just because you lop off your penis and then wear a dress doesn't make you a ******* woman.”
And with that, feminism suddenly seemed like a movement split by intergenerational war.


Jef Rouner's "Wil Wheaton and Why I Won't Write for Huffington Post Anymore" at Houston Press:

Wheaton responded with a no [to Huffington Post's request to reprint his writing for free], and also by taking the company to task on Twitter. His reasoning is simple: there is no excuse for why Huffington Post can’t pay bloggers who submit for the site. It is Pulitzer-winning news outlet that reaches millions of people and when it was last sold for more than $300 million. They can and should pay if they think the products Wheaton and others produce are worth sharing


When I was a kid, a friend's parents had this song on a 45 RPM record, and I memorized it, for some reason, singing it over and over to myself with my head pressed between speakers:


Julie Ann Horvath's "The Stories of ‘Women In Tech’ That We May Never Hear" at Medium's Absurdist:

It’s becoming a common story we hear in passing or over drinks with industry friends. Every woman I personally know has either experienced it or knows someone who has. The responses to it can vary from a genuinely concerned, but poorly worded “Why didn’t you say anything?!”, to your entire social circle unfollowing and unfriending you online, to losing your job and financial stability and independence.


DHH's "Reconsider" at Medium:

Who the hell in their right mind would waste more than a decade toiling away at a company that doesn’t even have a pretense of an ambition for Eating The World™.

Well, the reason I’m here is to remind you that maybe, just maybe, you too have a nagging, gagging sense that the current atmosphere of disrupt-o-mania isn’t the only air a startup can breathe. That perhaps this zeal for disruption is not only crowding out other motives for doing a startup, but also can be downright poisonous for everyone here and the rest of the world.


I'm writing a post a day in November for BlogHer's NaBloPoMo.