1. The language of civility… limits the type of expression people can use, often forcing them to express in neutral or less-impactful terms what they experience in very sharp, immediate ways. It’s therefore a special problem for people who find themselves with grievances that aren’t widely shared or widely discussed.
    — 

    Beware Twitter’s civility police

    Civility is for tea parties, not the public square. Let’s stay outraged.

     


  2. Satisfying, productive work is important for human flourishing, but so is taking breaks from work. We need a family life. We need away time. We need to put down our phones and clear our heads.
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    How to fix our broken offices

    The internet hasn’t liberated us. It has shackled us.

     


  3. I am increasingly against the internet.
    — Turkish President Recep Erdogan, on his nation’s attempts to control online speech
     

  4. The best online movies to watch this weekend

    God Help The GirlFort Bliss, and Borgman

     

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  6. Why do we love to hate each other online? Over at Beta Beat Ryan Holiday writes about “outrage porn,” the steady stream of insincerely performed umbrage and gulping hysteria that seeps like super-concentrated vinegar out of the web’s pores every moment of every day.

    So, why are we addicted to online outrage?

     

  7. “If you were to sit down with the “internet” — it would be a messy-haired, foul-mouthed, aggressive, and impatient radical. The unimpeachable androgyne would attack you on subjects ranging from feminism to modern-day fascism. It’d know everything there is to know and be useless at dispensing the information. And if it had to assume a cultural identity, it would have to be Japanese.” — Jack Flanagan, in How Japan won the internet

     


  8. We heard the countdown starting and decided to stay outside. I started to cry and you kissed me, and then we started to make out. After a minute I felt something warm and realized that you pissed yourself.
    — 

    A New Year’s Eve Craigslist “missed connection”.

    What Craigslist can teach us about love

     


  9. 62.5%
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    The amount of all web traffic that comes from non-human “bots”.

    Fully 30.5% of all web traffic is from spamming, e-mail address-stealing, site-hacking “malicious” bots.

     


  10. As Stalin learnt in June 1941, it’s not official unless it’s Facebook official. The twice-named Time Person of the Year found out the hard way not to trust your supposed friends, and so it would likely be his recommendation to be clear how public your relationships are. If you choose Open Relationship, however, then you’re just asking for it.
     


  11. TheWeek.com is looking for a Business Editor to take ownership of the business coverage for its fast-growing, award-winning site — the online counterpart to The Week, the acclaimed national news-and-opinion magazine. This individual should be a highly organized news junkie with proven chops in the business journalism realm — and someone who can work successfully in the fast-paced environment of a breaking news-and-opinion website. Versatility is important — the ideal candidate should be enthusiastic about writing business stories of their own, and assigning and editing business stories written by other writers. Creativity is key, too. The ideal candidate will be a sharp-thinking self-starter who can imagine new and better ways to cover all things business for TheWeek.com.

    More details here

     

  12. nedhepburn:

    I did some actual journalism and wrote an article about internet addiction for The Week magazine, and interviewed the head of an Internet Addiction Rehab. Here’s an excerpt. 

    Researchers have noted a rise in something called Digital Attention Disorder — the addiction to social networks and computers in general. 

    How does it work? More than 50 years ago, psychologist B.F. Skinner was experimenting on rats and pigeons, and noticed that the unpredictability of reward was a major motivator for animals. If a reward arrives either predictably or too infrequently, the animal eventually loses interest. But when there was anticipation of a reward that comes with just enoughfrequency, the animals’ brains would consistently release dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain that (basically) regulates pleasure.

    What does this have to do with the internet? Some researchers believe that intermittent reinforcement — in the form of texts, tweets, and various other social media — may be working on our brains the same way rewards did on Skinner’s rats. 

    “Internet addiction is the same as any other addiction — excessive release of dopamine,” says Hilarie Cash, executive director of the reStart program for internet addiction and recovery, a Seattle-area rehab program that helps wean people off the internet. “Addiction is addiction. Whether it’s gambling, cocaine, alcohol, or Facebook.”

    And thus begins my contributions to The Week! 

    Welcome!

     


  13. You don’t need a highlighter for anything on an iPad. You don’t need a 3M Post-it for your iPhone. Five years from now, I predict that copier sales will be a fraction of what they are today
    — Cody Willard at MarketWatch predicts the downfall of Staples, which announced this week that it is closing 60 stores worldwide as part of a restructuring effort to halt sliding profits.