Oh, Facebook

Can Facebook be fixed?

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Episode 88: Can We Fix Facebook?

Katherine Druckman and Doc Searls talk to Jerry Michalski and Petros Koutoupis about Facebook, its weaknesses, relationship to its users, and impact on all of us, and what happens when it disappears for six hours.

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Last week we talked to Jerry Michalski all about Facebook, capitalism, and its impact on users. We really got into the weeds in this one, and I encourage you to listen to the whole episode, and to make use of the supplementary links below. A good question to put in your mind as you start listening is, “What if Facebook treated its users as citizens instead of consumers?” How would you ask Facebook to treat you, as a user?

You can hear more from Jerry in his TEDx talk below:

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This Week’s Reading List

  • John Taylor Gatto - The Six Lesson Schoolteacher — “Look...at the...lessons of school teaching - confusion, class position, indifference, emotional and intellectual dependency, conditional self-esteem, surveillance - all of these lessons are prime training for permanent underclasses, people deprived forever of finding the center of their own special genius....Can you imagine a school where children challenged prevailing assumptions? Or worked alone without guidance? Or defined their own problems? It would be a radical contradiction of everything we've been conditioned to expect schools to do. If you want your son or daughter to learn what Harvard said was necessary, you'll have to arrange it outside of school time, maybe in between the dentist and the dancing lessons. And if you are poor, you better forget it altogether.” - John Taylor Gatto

  • The Seven Lesson School Teacher — Teaching means different things in different places, but seven lessons are universally taught from Harlem to Hollywood Hills. They constitute a national curriculum you pay for in more ways than you can imagine, so you might as well know what it is. You are at liberty, of course, to regard these lessons any way you like, but believe me when I say I intend no irony in this presentation. These are the things I teach, these are the things you pay me to teach. Make of them what you will.

  • The Hidden Curriculum of School

  • Frances Haugen

  • Facebook outage, by the numbers: Largest outage ever tracked could cost millions - MarketWatch — Outage cost company about $164,000 a minute in revenue, while stock’s decline wiped away more than $40 billion in market cap and cost Mark Zuckerberg roughly $6 billion personally


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