Britons urged to wear safety pins in solidarity with immigrants: „After reports of post-referendum hate crime, people have been encouraged to wear a safety pin to show solidarity with immigrants living in the UK. According to the National Police Chiefs’ Council, initial figures have shown a 57% rise in reported incidents. On Monday, the prime minister, David Cameron, condemned the 'despicable' abuse.“
Flucht aus dem Iran - Mein Weg in die Freiheit: „Davood A. demonstrierte während der Grünen Revolution gegen Irans Machthaber und geriet ins Fadenkreuz. Vier Jahre lang wurde er verfolgt und tauchte mit Hilfe von Freunden unter, bevor er nach Europa floh. Für die RP zeichnet er seine Fluchtgeschichte.“
Why do we compulsively expose our soft underbellies to the lacerating judgment of strangers, the pitying scorn of frenemies? “I think I’m eager to tell people my flaws because I want to make it clear that I know how lame I am—that I’m self-aware,” suggested my co-worker. Consciousness of imperfection mitigates imperfection.
But there’s another motivation here, I think, and it relates to our desire to believe that a given act of stupidity constitutes a forgivable, even charming lapse, not a social or existential disqualification. “I screwed up, I tweet about it, I want someone to reassure me I’m not an idiot,” explained the urine malefactor. We are hoping for absolution, for someone out there in the internet wilds to see our error and like or fave it, to commiserate, to decree: You are still one of us. Kathleen Smith, a therapist and mental health journalist, believes the phenomenon makes most sense in the framework of relations systems theory, which posits that people have two selves: a solid, non-negotiable inner self and a reactive self that adapts to external stimuli. The more fluid, susceptible self thrills to praise, approval, and acceptance. “Soliciting reactions, looking at other people and making adjustments to our behavior, is an automatic thing” that self does, Smith said.
I told Smith that self must be a big dodo if it believes its surest path to validation lies in presenting its every unflattering angle to the world. But she corrected me: “It’s more that sharing on social media, getting that feedback, is a way to manage anxiety.” In other words, regardless of how others respond, the act of checking in is a hardwired coping behavior, a way to steer your self-presentation after an error so that you don’t get kicked out of the pack.
Hey, Publishers, we are the Future! Facebook-Timeline: Mehr Gewicht für Freunde und Familie. Ah, nevermind. This bit is interesting: „if a lot of your referral traffic is the result of people sharing your content and their friends liking and commenting on it, there will be less of an impact than if the majority of your traffic comes directly through Page posts.“ This means: The more viral an item, the higher your rank in FB-Newsfeed. Yay, more viral shit!
Tech & Science
This AI Can Beat a Top Fighter Pilot: „A new program developed by researchers at the University of Cincinnati could give real-life fighter pilots a run for their money. Called ALPHA, the artificial intelligence has proven itself by repeatedly besting an experienced fighter pilot in a dogfight simulator without once being shot down. And, instead of a requiring a room-sized supercomputer, the program ran on a laptop.“