We live in an international age and no one would want us to shut our doors to it, but I think there is that other danger that if we just sit back and soak it up, like so many culture-minded sponges, we are likely to lose our own identity, to become a haphazard creation of the BBC or Moscow or Hollywood, or any other of the new missionary influences at work in the world, and our own proper cultural life will remain an insignificant and unsatisfactory thing.

Douglas Lilburn. A Search for Tradition. 1946

70 odd years on. This quote still has so much resonance.

(Source: nzherald.co.nz)


I like Maslow a great deal. I wish his name still carried currency….like if I mentioned him to a psych student they’d know who he was.

There are many in the technology world who dream of reputation as currency: the idea that a numerical reputation score on one system (such as Yelp) should be portable to other environments (TripAdvisor? Credit Card companies? Landlords?) A good score on eBay may indicate a “good reputation” that you could parlay into a better interest rate on a bank loan. It’s already happening to some extent, as Airbnb posts the number of Facebook Friends of each host as evidence of their trustworthiness. This kind of naive scoring system is a terrible idea. The only thing worse would be a sophisticated scoring system.

In Praise of Fake Reviews

Excellent essay. The core question here can be phrased as - if you can’t opt out of a game, and you get no say in the rules, is it OK to cheat? (This is also an argument used for all sorts of libertarian naughtiness, of course).

Gamification rubs me the wrong way 9 times out of 10.

(Source: toffeemilkshake, via blackbeardblog)