A Sociologist Examines the “White Fragility” That Prevents White Americans from Confronting Racism

Book review of White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo in The New Yorker. View annotations in context. In more than twenty years of running diversity-training and cultural-competency workshops for American companies, the academic and educator Robin DiAngelo has noticed that white people are sensationally, histrionically bad at discussing racism. Like waves on sand, their reactions form…

The Black Power Mixtape 1967 1975

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 is a 2011 documentary film, directed by Göran Olsson, that examines the evolution of the Black Power Movement in American society from 1967 to 1975. Wikipedia Release date: September 9, 2011 (USA) Director: Göran Olsson Initial DVD release: November 11, 2011 (Sweden) Awards: Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Documentary Editing…

What Do We Know About False News?

From the Harvard Business Review: As false news has become a global phenomenon, scholars have responded. They’ve ramped up their efforts to understand how and why bad information spreads online — and how to stop it. In the past 18 months, they’ve flooded academic journals with new research and have raised the level of urgency.…

Truth, Disrupted

Sinan Aral in the Harvard Business Review: For the past three years Soroush Vosoughi, Deb Roy, and I have studied the spread of false news online. (We use the label “false news” because “fake news” has become so polarizing: Politicians now use that phrase to describe news stories that don’t support their positions.) The data…

A visual story behind words on the web

Every day a large amount of content is being generated continuously on the internet. There are numerous blog posts, social media posts, reviews, ratings, comments, websites, images and videos about people, products, companies, regions, countries etc. This large content generated, targeted and consumed every day, affects public perception. In turn, it can strongly influence entities…

What Parents Need to Know About Musical.ly

Musical.ly is a social media platform that lets users make and share 15-second videos of themselves lip syncing to various sound clips, from the latest Cardi B hit to comedy bits to the voices of other users. Gary Vaynerchuk described the app as a “a mashup of Vine, Snapchat, and Dubsmash,” which is accurate. With tools such…

Hey mom, did you see this? Camps are using facial recognition, latest use of controversial tech

More than 100 summer camps are using facial recognition technology to help parents catch a glimpse of their kids when they’re away at camp, a convenience that also raises privacy concerns over the increasing reach of surveillance in society. I first encountered this technology at a recent road race. I'll have a post on my questions/concerns soon. Venture…