The Christian Right Has A New Strategy On Gay Marriage

The next broadside in the culture wars arrives on the Supreme Court’s doorstep Tuesday in the unlikely form of a Colorado bakery owner named Jack Phillips. Phillips is a devout Christian who closes his shop on Sundays and refuses to take business that he says violates his religious beliefs — including making cakes celebrating Halloween, atheism and “any form of …

Parents now spend twice as much time with their children as 50 years ago

PARENTS these days spend a lot more time with their offspring, or at least middle-class parents do. One analysis of 11 rich countries estimates that the average mother spent 54 minutes a day caring for children in 1965 but 104 minutes in 2012. Men do less than women, but far more than men in the past: their child-caring time has …

The death of the internet

When I was very young, before I was on the internet — even before the internet was really a thing you could “go on” — I would dial into BBSs (bulletin board systems). BBSs were kind of like private, micro-internets that people set up in their houses. You had to use a dial-up modem to connect to them, and the …

From inboxing to thought showers: how business bullshit took over

In early 1984, executives at the telephone company Pacific Bell made a fateful decision. For decades, the company had enjoyed a virtual monopoly on telephone services in California, but now it was facing a problem. The industry was about to be deregulated, and Pacific Bell would soon be facing tough competition. The management team responded by doing all the things …

LinkedIn glorifies the competitive sport of pathological workaholism

Social media is inherently competitive. On Instagram, you can’t escape the feeling that your life will never be as well traveled, well dressed, and well-curated, as that blogger with 300K followers (though she may in turn feel inadequate compared to Kim Kardashian). On Twitter, it’s all about how many people respond, favorite, or retweet you. And on Facebook, everyone’s trying …

How did the news go ‘fake’? When the media went social

People now perform their relationship with news in order to win the approval of others, write researchers Claire Wardle and Hossein Derakhshan Source: How did the news go ‘fake’? When the media went social | Claire Wardle and Hossein Derakhshan | Opinion | The Guardian

Meet g0v, the Open-source, Digital Community Transforming Democracy in Taiwan – Shareable

In 2014, a digital-driven movement emerged in Taiwan that challenged the former ruling party Kuomintang’s move to fast-track the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement. The members of the movement felt the trade deal between China and Taiwan would impinge on Taiwan’s sovereignty. Source: Meet g0v, the Open-source, Digital Community Transforming Democracy in Taiwan – Shareable

Somaliland is blocking social media to keep its election free of “fake news”

Somaliland, the self-declared republic in northwestern Somalia, has announced it will restrict access to social media sites during its upcoming presidential elections. The electoral commission has asked phone companies to block more than a dozen social media outlets in order to limit hate speech and “fake news”. It includes Facebook, Twitter,WhatsApp, Snapchat, Viber, Flickr, Instagram, LinkedIn, Duo, Google Plus, among …

‘White Europe’: 60,000 nationalists march on Poland’s Independence Day

Tens of thousands of nationalists have marched through Warsaw to mark Poland’s independence day, throwing red smoke bombs and carrying banners with such slogans as “white Europe of brotherly nations”. The march organised by far-right groups was one of many events marking Poland’s rebirth as a nation in 1918, overshadowing official state observances and other patriotic events. Police estimated 60,000 …