Volume 2.43 (Oct 21-27)

Surveillance

The Information-Gathering Paradox (Somini Sengupta, NYT)– If anything, I would worry that the private sector was better at surveillance than the government.

The Real Privacy Problem (Evgeny Morozov, MIT Technology Review)

The Economy

What We’ve Learned from the Financial Crisis (Justin Fox, Harvard Business Review)

Mormonism

Mormons and Community Service (Jana Riess, Flunking Sainthood)– “But these are service opportunities that benefit our own and only our own. We are an insular people.”

The Big Picture

Marty Sullivan figured out how the world’s biggest companies avoided billions in taxes.  Here’s how he wants to stop them (Steven Pearlstein, Wonkblog)

Slaves of the Internet, Unite! (Tim Kreider, NYT)– “Practicalities aside, money is also how our culture defines value, and being told that what you do is of no ($0.00) value to the society you live in is, frankly, demoralizing. Even sort of insulting. And of course when you live in a culture that treats your work as frivolous you can’t help but internalize some of that devaluation and think of yourself as something less than a bona fide grown-up.”

The ‘Economic Persecution’ Myth: No Need to Weep for the Wealthy (David Sirota, In These Times)– “These facts should matter in the political conversation about taxes—indeed, they should prevent anyone from ever repeating the myth of the fleeing millionaire for fear of being laughed at and humiliated. But when money buys public offices, media notoriety and broadcast air time, those with the most cash get to control the entire political conversation—without having to worry about inconvenient facts contradicting their self-serving lies.”

Dave Eggers, the Circle and Why I’m Leaving the Bay Area (Lizzy Acker, KQED)– “In The Circle, Dave Eggers is pointing out how quickly we in the Bay, the nexus of the current startup movement which is completely reshaping world culture, are willing to adopt things that make our lives “easier,” without thinking of their logical consequences. How in a few years we have gone from defining ourselves by the feedback we get from the people immediately around us, to defining ourselves by the feedback we’re getting, the likes and shares and upvotes, from hordes of strangers. He is asking if it is really safe to allow a massive corporation, whose goal is to constantly make more money at a faster rate, to have all our information and mediate all our purchases, communications and media consumption, to mediate our whole lives.”

Lawyers

The Lackluster Reviews that Lawyers Love to Hate (Adam Liptak, NYT)– As a former executive editor at a Duke law journal, I have to say it stings a little bit.  By looking back, we had no idea what we were doing and I can’t imagine why anyone thought this was a good system for producing scholarship.

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