The Quitting Economy | Aeon

The quitting economy; Ilana Gershon; In Aeon (Aeon Media, AU); 2017-??
Teaser: When employees are treated as short-term assets, they reinvent themselves as marketable goods, always ready to quit

Ilana Gershon

  • associate professor, anthropology, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Down and Out in the New Economy: How People Find (or Don’t Find) Work Today; University Of Chicago Press; 2017-04-12; 304 pages; ASIN:022645214X; Kindle: $10, paper: $14+SHT.

tl;dr → <quote>The CEO of Me, Inc is a job-quitter for a good reason – the business world has come to agree with Hayek that market value is the best measure of value.</quote>
and → <quote><cliché>As is often the case,</cliché>history brings unintended consequences, even to doctrinaire and theoretical ideas.</quote>


  • neoliberalism, a social philosophy
  • Soviet Union
  • Marxist
  • ultra-individualist ideals
  • Friedrich Hayek
    • 1899-1992
    • Austrian
    • an economist, an Austrian economist
  • Milton Friedman
  • Mont Pelerin Society
  • CEO of Me, Inc. (a metaphor)
  • competition
  • welfare
  • curtailing
  • competition
  • markets
  • strategies
  • global markets
  • undercutting
  • neoliberalism
  • Gary Becker
  • won a Nobel Prize
  • market value
  • company value
  • shareholder interests, short-term interests of shareholders
  • quarterly earnings
  • ethos
  • American Airlines
  • Wall Street
  • long-term obligations
  • pensions
  • worker incentives.
  • white-collar worker
  • an anonymous presenter is quoted (paraphrased), citing the august authority the venue: a (U.C.?) Berkeley Continuing Education Workshop for New Managers.
  • calculus of quitting
    something about the interests of the employee and the company being mis-aligned..
  • Linus Huang
    • performs sociology.
    • employed at (U.C.?) Berkeley.
    • attests to C++ to Java transition tranining.
  • Silicon Valley
  • C++
  • Java
  • getting along with co-workers
    • a calculus of peer-level supplication is proposed
    • needing “an insider” to get past the formal rules, <snide>the fix is IN!</snide>.
  • A friend-of-a-friend is no longer the best way to find a job; Staff (a ‘bot); In Harvard Busniess Review (HBR) 2017-06.
  • Need to perform “passion” (gratitude?)
  • emotional life
  • passion,
    feelings of passion,
    cultivating their feelings of passion,
    cultivating their feelings of passion for tasks,
    cultivating their feelings of passion for tasks that bring market remuneration

Reconfiguring Reality: Toward an Internet of Actions, a Conference | IFTF, 2017-10 10- 12

Reconfiguring Reality: Toward an Internet of Actions; Institute for the Future (IFTF); Palo Alto; 2017-10-10 → 2017-10-12.


Who Will Take Responsibility for Facebook? | Wired

tl;dr → Mark Zuckerberg is a man-child, and cannot be trusted with adult things.
and → Facebook is bad.


Siva Vaidhyanathan; Anti-Social Media: How Facebook Has Disconnected Citizens and Undermined Democracy, Oxford University Press; 2018-09-01 (one year hence); 272 pages; no pricing.


  • A parable is told
    • discursive
    • Leslie E. Robertson
      attributed as <quote>the twin towers’ chief engineer</quote>.
    • The World Trade Center towers are destroyed; he is penitent.
  • Mark Zuckerberg
  • Something about the Magna Carta
    a metaphorical icon of high-minded, prudential adultness.
  • Something about MySpace, which is dark now.


<quote>Siva Vaidhyanathan, <snip/>, describes Zuckerberg as a bright man who would have done well to finish his education. “He lacks an appreciation for nuance, complexity, contingency, or even difficulty. He lacks a historical sense of the horrible things that humans are capable of doing to each other and the planet.”</quote>

WTF? What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us | Tim O’Reilly

Tim O’Reilly: WTF? What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us; HarperBusiness; 2017-10-10; 448 pages; ASIN:0062565710: Kindle: $17, paper: $20+SHT; promotion.

On the subject of: the “next economy,” “the future.” It is in the “implications” genre.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI,)
  • the on-demand economy
  • and more (sic)


from the promotional blurb

  • Silicon Valley
  • Tim O’Reilly’s genius
  • World Wide Web,
  • Open Source Software
  • Web 2.0
  • Open Government (data)
  • The Maker Movement
  • Big Data


not yet.

The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google | Scott Galloway

Scott Galloway; The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google; Portfolio; 2017-10-02; 320 pages; ASIN:B06WP982HX: Kindle: $15, paper: $19+SHT.

tl;dr → Yet-Another-Jeremiad (YAJ®), An indictment of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Netflix. They bad.
and → Everyone’s penning these for the fall book release cycle.  This here Youtoobbist has one too.
and → <quote>And he reveals how you can apply the lessons of their ascent to your own business or career.</quote>


  • disruption
  • Something about how Google is the godhead.
  • Game of Thrones, a work of fiction
    • the Iron Throne, a plot device
  • Kardashians
  • Catholics
  • Russia, Russians
  • China
  • Something about how “government” should break up Amazon.
  • New York University (NYU), in (um) New York)
  • Palo Alto, in Cailifornia
  • Hamburg, in Europe


  • Jeff Bezos, CEO, Amazon
  • Margrethe Vestager, the commissioner on competition, European Union (EU).


  • Alphabet
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Discover (card)
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • iTunes, of Apple
  • Netflix
  • Pandora
  • Snapchat
  • Swatch
  • WhatsApp, of Facebook
  • YouTube


Disruptive Fixation: School Reform and the Pitfalls of Techno-Idealism | Christo Sims

Christo Sims; Disruptive Fixation: School Reform and the Pitfalls of Techno-Idealism; Princeton Studies in Culture and Technology; Princeton University Press; 2017;; 232 pages;; Princeton. ISBN::9780691163994, ISBN::9780691163987, ISBN::9781400885299; ASIN:0691163995: Kindle: $18, paper: $20+SHT.

tl;dr → <quote>Conceived by a team of game designers </quote>, it didn’t work. It <quote> reverted to a more conventional type of schooling with rote learning, an emphasis on discipline, and traditional hierarchies of authority. <snipo/> gender and racialized class divisions also emerged.</quote>

Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Cycles of Disruptive Fixation
  3. Spatial Fixations
  4. Pedagogic Fixations
  5. Amenable and Fixable Subjects
  6. Community Fixations
  7. Conclusion: The Resilience of Techno-Idealism
  • Appendix Ethnographic Fixations
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index

Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future | Ito, Howe

Joi Ito, Jeff Howe; Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future; Grand Central Publishing; 2016-12-06; 320 pages; ASIN:1455544590: Kindle: $15, paper: $5+SHT.



  1. Emergency over Authority
  2. Pull over Push
  3. Compasses over Maps
  4. Risk over Safety
  5. Disobedience over Compliance
  6. Practice over Theory
  7. Diversity over Ability
  8. Resilience over Strength
  9. Systems over Objects


  • A preference framework in nine dimensions.
  • The Power of Pull plus eight (8) more.


  • It’s a black book with black printing; trade dress has white printing on black the background.
  • “is the new black,” you get the idea.
  • <pro-forma><cliché>The future, is already here. It’s just unevenly distributed.</cliché></pro-forma>


The Suitcase Words
  • complex
  • volatile
  • tools
  • modern
  • existence
  • faster
  • cheaper
  • smaller
  • exponential
  • billions
  • strangers
  • click, one click
  • tweet
  • post
  • revolution, two revolutions
  • joined
  • force, explosive force
  • unleashed
  • transforming
  • every aspect of society
  • business
  • culture
  • the public sphere
  • most private moments
  • dramatic change
  • winners
  • losers
  • entirely new
  • operating system
  • major upgrade
  • learning curve, steep learning curve
  • logic
  • future, a faster future
  • oversets (?)
  • received wisdom, the received wisdom of the past
  • succeed
  • think differently
  • distill
  • logic
  • nine organizing principles
  • navigating
  • surviving
  • tumultuous period
  • strategically embracing risks (boldly going)
  • mitigating risks
  • preferring “risk over safety”
  • drawing inspiration
  • innovative ideas
  • existing networks
  • supporting “pull over push”
  • dynamic blueprint
  • rethink
  • your approach
  • all facets
  • your organization
  • case studies, incredible case studies
  • research, leading-edge research
  • philosophies, philosophies from the MIT Media Lab
  • philosophies, philosophies from beyond the MIT Media Lab
  • adapt
  • succeed
  • unpredictable world

How Silicon Valley is erasing your individuality | Foer (Washington Post)

How Silicon Valley is erasing your individuality; Franklin Foer; In The Washington Post; 2017-09-08.
Teaser: The perils of monopoly.

tl;dr → A jeremiad. They’re stealing your soul, you know that don’t you? The book promotion. It’s so bad, even the good parts are bad. The youngs, these days, they have no sense of the noblesse oblige, as we, their betters and progenitors, did. They are untutored, unwashed, and self-absorbed. As ingrates they come. The Republic will fail for it. Mark the time, and where you were.


Franklin Foer; World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech; Penguin Press; 2017-09-12; 272 pages; ASIN:1101981113: Kindle: $14, paper: $18+SHT; previously filled.


  • Exxon
  • McDonald’s
  • Walmart
  • Google
  • Larry Page
  • Sergey Brin
  • Amazon
    “the everything store”
  • Whole Foods
  • cloud, The Cloud
  • Jeff Bezos
  • The Washington Post
  • Facebook
  • Microsoft
  • Apple
  • “personal assistant”
  • artificial intelligence software
  • Google Glass
  • Apple Watch
  • Brin has
  • Some Book, cited via Google Books.
  • An Article; Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In Esquire (the lad’s mag); WHEN?
  • Facebook
  • Mark Zuckerberg, “chief,” Facebook.
  • Zuckerberg on Privacy; Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In VentureBeat; 2010-05-13.
  • Silicon Valley Libertarian Revolution; Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In Politico; 2014-07.
  • Silicon Valley’s Ayn Rand Obsession; Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In Vanity Fair; 2016-10.
  • Ayn Rand
  • the titans of tech
  • Facebook Newsfeed Personalization Hussein Mehana; Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In Motherboard; WHEN?
  • The big tech companies (again)
  • The Europeans
  • Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon (GAFA)
  • shredding the principles that protect individuality.
  • Authors Guild v. Google; status statement; WHEN?
  • Some Jeremiad; Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In Wired; WHEN?
  • Peter Thiel, boffo
    investor, Facebook
  • Peter Thiel, Blake Masters; Zero to One, Crown Business; ;2014-09-18; 224 pages; site, ASIN:0804139296: Kindle: $15, paper: $9+SHT.
  • the tech companies (again)
  • <paywalled>A Complaint; Staff; In The Financial Times; WHEN?<paywalled>
  • algorithms, their algorithms
  • monopolies

Something about agriculture; Big Food. Big Food is bad.
The Extraordinary Science of Junk Food; Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In The New York Times (NYT); 2013-02-24.
Author?; The Omnivore’s Dilemmna: The Natural History of Means; Publisher; WHEN; ASIN:0143038583
It is without any indication of irony that Franklin Foer cites Amazon as the authoritative site for the book; not the publisher of the book, nor its companion promotional site, but Amazon. <belaboring>Amazon bad, remember?<belaboring>
industrial farming

  • Facebook Live
  • Facebook
  • Very Long Title (something about Facebook, audience, advantage); Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In The New York Times (NYT); 2016-05-06.
  • Article (about that “blue” dress); Some Linkbaitist; In Buzzfeed; WHEN?
  • “Game of Thrones,” the evergreen content fountain.
  • <quote>Old media had a pack mentality, too, but the Internet promised something much different.</quote>
  • Facebook
  • Authors?; Some Article; In An ACM Publication; WHEN?; paywall
  • two hive minds, The Archetypes
    • the entrepreneur
    • the author
  • Eli Pariser; A Talk; performed at Theater, Entertainment & Delight (TED); WHEN?
  • Eli Pariser; The Filter Bubble; Publisher; WHEN?; N pages; ASIN:B0050FLOMI
    tl;dr → unironic. op. cit, supra.
  • feedback loop
  • Facebook Filter Bubble; Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In Motherboard; WHEN?
  • the 2016 presidential election
  • The Russians
  • dubious agitprop via Facebook.
  • Occupy Democrats
  • The Angry Patriot
  • Being Liberal
  • Facebook
  • elites
  • gatekeepers.
  • sycophantic to power and snobbish
  • Executives of Silicon Valley
  • Silicon Valley (again)
  • lead-footed government
  • dynamism of [publishing] technology
  • Google
  • Eric Schmidt, of Google.
  • Eric Schmidt Testimony; Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In Search Engine Land; 2011-09.
  • free products
  • next-day delivery
  • Why Startups are Struggline (because, there be The Giants…); Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In MIT Technology Review; WHEN?
  • the proliferation of falsehoods and conspiracies through social media
  • the dissipation of our common basis for fact
  • conditions ripe for authoritarianism.


  • a coterie, of corporations
  • the tech monopolies
  • the technologist’s view of the world
  • Ayn Rand
  • the titans of tech
  • The big tech companies
  • The big tech companies (again)
  • Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon (GAFA)
  • shredding the principles that protect individuality.
  • hostility toward intellectual property
  • the tech companies (again)
  • algorithms, their algorithms
  • monopolies
  • <quote>They have compiled an intimate portrait of the psyche of each user — a portrait that they hope to exploit to seduce us into a compulsive spree of binge clicking and watching. <quote>

<commentariat>Whereas history rhymes, in another age: someone, many ones, wrote this same piece against railing against the uber-baddies of the era: Uber (sic), Microsoft, Oracle, Intel, Big Oil, Big Auto, Big Steel, Big Meat, ITT, IBM, AT&T, Western Union, Standard Oil, The Trusts, The East India Company.</commentariat>
<commentariat>You know, if you don’t like what’s in the news, then go out and make some for yourself.</commentariat>


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