Our Brains Are No Match for Our Technology by Tristan Harris, New York Times
The Dark Psychology of Social Networks by Jonathan Haidt, The Atlantic
Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff, Harvard Business Review
The Truth About Algorithms by Cathy O’Neill, RSA
Want to Work for Google? You Already Do. by Joe Toscano, TEDx Talks
Free Speech Is Not The Same As Free Reach by Renée DiResta, Wired
Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier
Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O'Neil
Stanford University Behavior Design Lab
In 2006 we created a video to warn the FTC (and others) about problematic areas related to persuasive technology. See the video here: https://vimeo.com/117427520
(BJ’s quick note: This video above has a slow pace, and it’s not my best look, with the shaved head and all. However, do listen to what I was predicting and warning people about. At least go to minute 10 and see what I say about the political use of persuasion profiles. We recorded this video in 2006 to warn policymakers of the impacts persuasive technology could have. Remember, this message was recorded in 2006 not 2016 and the message rings true more and more every day.)
Simone Stolzoff from Wired (2018) explains in The Formula for Phone Addiction Might Double As a Cure
Ten years ago, a Stanford lab created the formula to make technology addictive. Now, Silicon Valley is dealing with the consequences.
"IN SEPTEMBER 2007, 75 students walked into a classroom at Stanford. Ten weeks later, they had collectively amassed 16 million users, $1 million dollars in advertising revenue, and a formula that would captivate a generation.
The class—colloquially known as "The Facebook Class"—and its instructor, BJ Fogg, became Silicon Valley legends."
False News Travels Faster Than True Stories On Twitter
Research project finds humans, not bots, are primarily responsible for spread of misleading information.
“We found that falsehood diffuses significantly farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than the truth, in all categories of information, and in many cases by an order of magnitude,” says Sinan Aral, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management and co-author of a new paper detailing the findings."
- Uninstall apps from my phone that are wasting your time such as social media apps and news apps.
- Turn off notifications. Turning off all notifications. I’m not using Google anymore, I’m using Qwant, which doesn’t store your search history.
- Never accept a video recommended to you on YouTube. Always choose. There are tons of Chrome extensions that remove recommendations.
- Before you share, fact-check, consider the source, do that extra Google. If it seems like it’s something designed to really push your emotional buttons, like, it probably is. Essentially, you vote with your clicks. If you click on clickbait, you’re creating a financial incentive that perpetuates this existing system.
- Make sure that you get lots of different kinds of information in your own life. I follow people on Twitter that I disagree with because I want to be exposed to different points of view.
See this post for a list of research-based conclusions why digital media is bad for your learning and your grades
- Have you ever stopped to think about what social media knows about you? Think about the last time you bought something at a store. If the salesperson was a stranger, would you tell them everything that your social media knows about you? Look at this post from Tech News and the chart that they included from clario (below):
Below are a few Google searches that I started. How does Google fill in the same query when you type it in? Are your search results different?
What questions do you still have about socialization and the media?