The 362nd Five Star Mixtape Is Brought to You By Great Blogs and a Jill Lepore Quote
This week's Five Star Mixtape is brought to you by transparency and accountability, honouring people with multiple identities, evolution, the need for constructive criticism, the collision of privilege and bravery, a supportive community, the cudgel of data, and Jill Lepore:
Somehow, free speech/openness acolytes forgot along the way that transparency and accountability are fundamental, inseparable tenets of their movement. The reality is that transparency and accountability, however, cannot be solved by technology. They must be solved by people.
One truth we can all agree on is the importance of telling our stories our way. Having that kind of power over your own voice and experience is why I created RYV! — I did not want anyone telling my story, or the stories of other disabled people of color, in a way that devalued or harmed us.
When it was time to go to school, we ran to our cars, clutching hands with backpacks to our chests as the palm fronds slammed against our shins. With wind so strong, everything had already fallen to the ground. Everything was trying to get back up to where it was… empty nests clutching broken branches on the sides of busy roads as we climbed into our separate cars.
No one name-called, ridiculed, or belittled the event organizers. The only people who became inflammatory were those who tried to silence any opinion that wasn’t “positive” in nature. The event organizers even went so far as to post their demand that the group be kept for “positive feedback only,” and that all other should be kept private.
"Quitting Your Job to Travel Isn't Brave. It's Lucky" by Geraldine DeRuiter at The Everywhereist:
When we start equating privilege with bravery, something even worse occurs: we suddenly view the opposite of those acts as complacent, and even cowardly. That staying at a job you hate is somehow ignoble… Or that not hating your job means that you’ve just bought into some great American lie. That settling down is somehow settling for less.
"The Decisions I Don’t Regret – One Parent’s Take On Impossible Choices" by Sharon Sobol Jordan at She In the CLE:
Don’t we all wonder if any of the many choices we are forced to make as we carefully balance, juggle and navigate our “work” and “life” really matter? I have tried to be very thoughtful about each choice and never look back, but I always wished I could see into the future to know for sure. Would the benefit to my daughter be greater than the cost to my career? I wanted to know that it all would be worth it. It’s been over two decades. I always wondered, and now I know.
"Actually, more data might not be what you're hoping for" by Seth Godin at Seth's Blog:
They got us hooked on data. Advertisers want more data. Direct marketers want more data. Who saw it? Who clicked? What percentage? What's trending? What's yielding?
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