Hearing happens when we’re able to recognize a sound.
Listening happens when we put in the effort to understand what it means
If it wants to stay this big and unregulated, Facebook cannot afford to upset the rulers of countries where it operates, no matter how abhorrent their actions. We saw that in Myanmar, where military personnel used Facebook to help incite the Rohingya massacres. Now we see it in the US, where Facebook refuses to run afoul of a president who just called in troops to tear gas citizens.
Teams is particularly effective as a way to prevent a Microsoft customer from even trying Slack. And, in that case, it doesn’t matter how much “love” Slack put into its product: said love was not simply unrequited, but unexperienced.
—The Slack Social Network by Ben Thompson
Stalin maintained that if Britain had the right to control the Suez canal regardless of what the Egyptians felt and likewise the United States had the right to control the Panama canal regardless of what the Panamanians felt, then so too did the Soviet Union have the right to control the Turkish straits regardless of what the Turks felt.
—from ‘The percentages agreement‘
You know when you’ve made a serious mistake, right?
Telling someone is a way of objectivising the mistake and gauging how important it is.
— From ‘Le bureau des légendes’, translated from French
sitzfleisch (ZITS–flysh), or “chair glue,” is a German word for the ability to sit through a boring or complex task for a considerable amount of time, however long it takes
—From The Quartz, in ‘This lifehack will change your life—if you can stand it’
“There are an awful lot of Hindus, I’d guess 40%, who basically dislike Muslims and have no problem at all with this government’s approach,” says an American political scientist of Indian origin, who prefers anonymity (a subclause of the CAA allows the government to strip émigrés of their Overseas Citizen of India status).
—From The Economist, in ‘Narendra Modi’s sectarianism is eroding India’s secular democracy’
Every move is designed to cow opponents and critics into silence—within and without.
Total efficiency constrains us. We become super invested in maintaining the status quo because that is where we excel. Innovation is a threat. Change is terrifying. Being perfect at something is dangerous if it’s the only thing you can do.
—The Farnham Street Blog, in ‘Getting Ahead By Being Inefficient’
People say write about what you know. That’s bullshit. Write about what you don’t want people to know.
—Susan Sarandon’s character in an episode of Mike & Molly