How “Demo-or-Die” Helped My Career | Danah Boyd

Danah Boyd “danah boyd”; How “Demo-or-Die” Helped My Career; In Her Blog hosted on Medium; 2017-08-01

tl;dr → Dr. Boyd doesdid like busking; it is unbecoming. She has better patrons now. She is first smong equal of the peers she cites. But she learned something by that experience.


Molly Steenson; Architectural Intelligence: How Designers and Architects Created the Digital Landscap, MIT Press; 2017-10-27; 320 pages; Amazon:0262037068: Kindle: no, paper: $35+SHT.


<quote> Everything about what I do as a researcher is rooted in the goal of using empirical work to help challenge people’s assumptions and generate new frames that people can work with. <snip/>And that requires being able to explain your thinking to anyone at any moment. And that’s the skill that I learned from the “demo-or-die” culture.</quote>



  • “handwaving,” attributed to Stewart Brand.
  • “deploy-or-die,” attributed to Joi Ito.
  • “publish-or-perish,” in academia, attributed to Nicholas Negroponte as “dismissal.”


  • Stewart Brand
  • Judith Donath
  • Joi Ito
  • Nicholas Negroponte


  • Stewart Brand; The Media Lab: Inventing the Future at M.I.T.; Penguin Books; 1989-09-03; some pages; Amazon:B017YC9V3I: kindle: no, paper: $11+SHT.
  • Molly Steenson; Architectural Intelligence: How Designers and Architects Created the Digital Landscap, MIT Press; 2017-10-27; 320 pages; Amazon:0262037068: Kindle: no, paper: $35+SHT.
  • Joi Ito opines “Deploy-Or-Die”; Some Cub Reporter; In O’Reilly Media; 2014-04.

The Great Silicon Valley Bubble Machine | The Atlantic

The Great Silicon Valley Bubble Machine; Adrienne LaFrance; In The Atlantic; 2015-09-20.

tl;dr → Are we in a bubble? Self-attestation survey says yes; some lesser fools are quoted (saying no, hoping to entrain more greater fools).



For color, background & verisimilitude … activists & startup boosters.

  • Danah Boyd, principal researcher, Microsoft Research; Data & Society Research Institute; an activist.
  • Kevin Kelly, co-founder, Wired; a pundit.
  • Katrina Lake, the founder & CEO, Stitch Fix, a startup.
  • Todd McKinnon, CEO, Okta.
  • Andrew Thompson, CEO, Proteus Digital Health.
  • Marco Zappacosta, CEO, Thumbtack.

The Future of Privacy : Digital Life in 2025 | Pew Research Center

The Future of Privacy : Digital Life in 2025; Pew Research Center; 2014-12-18; 72 pages; landing.


  • Lee Rainie, Director, Internet, Science, and Technology Research, Pew Research
  • Janna Anderson, Director, Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center


  • Miguel Alcaine, International Telecommunication Union area representative for Central America;
  • Jari Arkko, chair of the Internet Engineering Task Force;
  • Francois-Dominique Armingaud, formerly a computer engineer for IBM now teaching security;
  • danah boyd, research scientist at Microsoft;
  • Stowe Boyd, lead at GigaOM Research;
  • David Brin, author of The Transparent Society;
  • Bob Briscoe, chief researcher for British Telecom;
  • Vint Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist at Google;
  • David Clark, senior scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory;
  • Glenn Edens, research scientist at PARC and IETF area chair;
  • Jeremy Epstein, lead director for the US National Science Foundation’s Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace program;
  • Seth Finkelstein, a programmer, consultant and EFF Pioneer of the Electronic Frontier Award winner;
  • Bob Frankston, Internet pioneer and innovator;
  • Dan Gordon of Valhalla Partners;
  • Jonathan Grudin, principal researcher for Microsoft;
  • Joel Halpern a distinguished engineer at Ericsson;
  • Jim Hendler, Semantic Web scientist and professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute;
  • Francis Heylighen, a Belgian cyberneticist investigating the evolution of intelligent organizations;
  • Christian Huitema, distinguished engineer with Microsoft;
  • Jeff Jarvis, director of the Tow-Knight Center at the City University of New York;
  • Mike Leibhold, senior researcher at the Institute for the Future;
  • Herb Lin, chief scientist for the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board at the US National Academies of Science;
  • Clifford Lynch, executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information;
  • Alice Marwick, author of Celebrity, Publicity, and Branding in the Social Media Age;
  • Peter McCann, a senior staff engineer in the telecommunications industry;
  • Jerry Michalski, founder of REX, the Relationship Economy eXpedition;
  • Craig Newmark, founder of Craig’s List;
  • Ian Peter, pioneer Internet activist and Internet rights advocate;
  • Raymond Plzak, former CEO of the American Registry for Internet Numbers, now a member of the board of ICANN;
  • Jason Pontin, editor in chief and publisher of MIT Technology Review;
  • Howard Rheingold, pioneering Internet sociologist;
  • Mike Roberts, Internet Hall of Famer and longtime leader with ICANN;
  • Mark Rotenberg, president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center;
  • Paul Saffo, managing director of Discern Analytics and consulting associate professor at Stanford;
  • Henning Schulzrinne, Internet Hall of Fame member;
  • Tiffany Shlain, founder of the Webby Awards and host of The Future Starts Here;
  • Barbara Simons, former president of ACM and board chair for Verified Voting;
  • Doc Searls, director of ProjectVRM at Harvard’s Berkman Center;
  • Hal Varian, chief economist for Google.



Why big data evangelists should be sent to re-education camps | ZDNet

Why big data evangelists should be sent to re-education camps; In ZDNet; 2014-09-19.
Summary: Big data is a dangerous, faith-based ideology. It’s fuelled by hubris, it’s ignorant of history, and it’s trashing decades of progress in social justice.


In Defense of Twitter Feminism | Park, Leonard

Suey Park, David J. Leonard; In Defense of Twitter Feminism; In Some Blog entitled Model View Culture; 2014-02-03.
Teaser: Call-out culture, gentrification on social media and the politics of feminist discourse online.

Lots of:

  • name recitation
  • pointers to Studies. That. Show.
  • pointers to opinements of others
  • cool-ethno, street-anthro language around race, class, etc. handled as slurs and charges; and <halo>The Internet</halo>.