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Una vita in cammino

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Guarda caso, il tema della dipendenza da social media appare anche in libri su tutt’altro tema, come A walking life:

We become addicted to social media because it’s designed to tap into our evolutionary need for connection and approval. Every time you look at a computer screen or use a cell phone device, says cyborg anthropologist Amber Case, “you’re a cyborg.”

A cyborg, though, no matter what form it takes—we take—is still an embodied creature. We are embodied creatures. We sit too much, we diet, we go to the gym, we consume food we know isn’t good for us, we slouch in front of Facebook even after our eyes have grown tired and our brains have stopped registering our friends’ posts; we abuse and neglect and attempt to control our bodies in countless ways. Until, that is, we’re involved in an accident or contract an illness or achieve an

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L’arte del notare o del muscolo dell’attenzione

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Un piccolo miglioramento della vita alla portata di chiunque è camminare con il telefono in tasca e notare ciò che ci succede intorno. The art of noticing è un libro carino che contiene oltre 130 giochi ed esercizi per fare proprio questo: esercitare la nostra attenzione.

Poi dentro ci sono osservazioni e citazioni su cui ci si potrebbe fermare a riflettere per ore.

Over the coming century, the most vital human resource in need of conservation and protection is likely to be our own consciousness and mental space.

Tim Wu
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Appunti da How to do nothing

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Formazione permanente

Gli stimoli che genera un libro sono direttamente proporzionali alle parti che sottolineo (in digitale). Sotto riporto quanto sottolineato leggendo How to do nothing, di cui avevo già parlato.

I am opposed to the way that corporate platforms buy and sell our attention, as well as to designs and uses of technology that enshrine a narrow definition of productivity and ignore the local, the carnal, and the poetic. I am concerned about the effects of current social media on expression—including the right not to express oneself—and its deliberately addictive features. But the villain here is not necessarily the Internet, or even the idea of social media; it is the invasive logic of commercial social media and its financial incentive to keep us in a profitable state of anxiety, envy, and distraction. It is furthermore the cult of individuality and personal branding that grow out of such platforms and affect

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Company of one: qualche spunto e molte ovvietà

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Company of one è stata una mezza delusione. Mezza perché qualche spunto l’ho trovato, insieme a varie banalità, seppur vere:

In short, customer happiness is the new marketing.

Battute a parte, Company of one è un libro diverso da quello che mi aspettavo. Non si rivolge ai freelance, ma a chi vuole creare un’azienda, fatta da una persona. La differenza è sottile, ma è spiegata in testa al libro. Detto questo, qualche spunto lo possono trovare anche i freelance o chi vuole aprire una sua azienda.

The final reason teaching works for a company of one is that, except for certain proprietary information—like your unexecuted ideas, business strategies, or patentable technologies—most ideas or processes don’t need to be kept under lock and key. Being transparent in almost all areas, while running your company aboveboard, can only help build trust with your customers.

Customer education—providing an audience with the knowledge, skills,

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Slow media, un nuovo approccio all’informazione

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Media & Social media

In lettura un libro, Slow media di Jennifer Rauch, che comincia bene. Lo stimolo giusto a guardare le proprie abitudine da una prospettiva diversa:

Not long ago, I found myself on the sidewalk in front of a friend’s apartment building in New York City, throwing rocks at her third-story window. My arm and aim were good enough to strike glass on the second floor, but her apartment was higher than that. I puzzled over how to get her attention. Wait for someone to come outside? Set off my car alarm? The problem was, she didn’t have a doorbell. The disappearance of buzzers is one of the ripple effects in our new communication environment, where many people assume visitors will use cellphones to announce their arrival—and some property owners don’t install doorbells, considering them optional. In the end, I hunted down a payphone to call my friend because while most pockets

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