The Takeaways: Week 8 of 2017

A round-up of some of the intriguing, insightful, and/or thought-provoking things I read over the last week.

Lara Zarum, PBS Affiliate to Live-Stream 1963 James Baldwin Documentary ‘Take This Hammer’ Ahead of the Oscars (February 23, 2017)

For the first time, PBS affiliate WNET is releasing a film from its archives via Facebook Live. On Friday, February 24, at 8 p.m., the 1963 James Baldwin documentary Take This Hammer will be available to stream on Facebook here. The 45-minute video will remain online for the following week.

Over the weeks prior to the visit to San Francisco Baldwin that WNET filmed, the author had been on a multi-city tour in support of CORE (the Congress On Racial Equality): Denver, Seattle, and cities in both Southern and Northern California. During the California leg of the tour the SCLC's protest campaign in Birmingham, Alabama kicked off.

In this film, made somewhat later after the end of the tour, one gets to see Baldwin interacting with San Francisco residents on the streets and elsewhere, outside of the halls and auditoriums that had been his main venue over the weeks prior.

Susan J. Fowler, Reflecting on one very, very strange year at Uber (February 19, 2017)

As most of you know, I left Uber in December and joined Stripe in January. I've gotten a lot of questions over the past couple of months about why I left and what my time at Uber was like.

Unbelievably bad employee relations. Except that it's believeable.

Maggie Penman, Uber Will Investigate Sexual Harassment Claims By Engineer (February 20, 2017)

Offered without comment.

Wikipedia, "BarCamp" (accessed February 25, 2017)

BarCamp is an international network of user-generated conferences (or unconferences). They are open, participatory workshop-events, the content of which is provided by participants.

Get some friends and get started!

Jacob Clifton, The Downfall Of YouTube’s Biggest Star Is A Symptom Of A Bigger Illness (February 16, 2017)

To these boys, rape and Anne Frank are equally ghost stories, equally a path to extremity. The thing is that this breed of deeply aggrieved male nerd will always talk louder, talk over each other, talk over women. Nerds scream because they don’t feel heard. That’s the only reason anyone ever does.

Add to this the fact that men in our culture are trained to see themselves as the only objective and rational actor and you see a particularly American form of radicalization we don’t even have a word for, because it’s so new.

Perhaps relevant to the Uber story, I mean stories...

Buzzfeed News, Helping You See Outside Your Bubble (February 17, 2017)

BuzzFeed News is launching an experiment this week called “Outside Your Bubble,” an attempt to give our audience a glimpse at what’s happening outside their own social media spaces.

One wonders whether all those who might benefit will be on Buzzfeed...

Shehryar Fazli, He’s My Death, Too: Emmett Till and America (February 20, 2017)

Review of Timothy B. Tyson, The Blood of Emmett Till.

In the beginning, however, there was the body. The dead of body of a 14-year-old boy that would be seen and heard and, more than 60 years later, speaks to us still.

Jessi Hempel, For Nextdoor, Eliminating Racism Is No Quick Fix (February 16, 2017)

In early 2016, the Nextdoor group set out to add decision points to steps of posting in the site’s crime and safety section. The point was to add friction to the process—to make users stop and think just enough to be purposeful in their actions, without making Nextdoor so laborious to use that it drove them away.

I read a definition of technology recently that said that technology was effectively anything that worked to change another thing. In human hands, technology is as often a way to make a change for the same old thing.

Seth Godin, A listening device (January 25, 2017)

The best way to complain is to make something. The second best way is to say something. And if you can organize others to say it with you, even better.

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