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The Unfair Truth About How Creative People Really Succeed. The other week, I was invited to a dinner hosted by a friend. Those attending included people I’ve admired for years. Halfway through the dinner, I silently asked myself, “How did I get here?” For years, I heard people talk about their influential friendships and subsequent success, and I would seethe with envy. It seemed unfair. Of course those people were successful. They knew the right people. Years later, I would discover that success is born of luck (I don’t think any honest person can dispute that). The truth is life is not fair. The good news, though, is you have more control over this than you realize. Creativity: A Systems Approach What makes a person creative? In his decades-long study of creativity, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describes what he calls a “systems approach.”

The DomainThe FieldThe Individual In order for a work to be considered Creative (in the sense that it offers some kind of enduring work the world remembers), it must satisfy all three of these areas. Networks. Jack Monroe 'fell apart' after Katie Hopkins tweets. Jack Monroe "fell apart as a person" after defamatory tweets sent by Mail Online columnist Katie Hopkins, the food blogger has told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme. Monroe successfully sued Hopkins over two tweets published in 2015, asking if Monroe had "scrawled on any [war] memorials recently".

This had suggested Monroe had either vandalised a war memorial or "condoned or approved" of it, the blogger said. Hopkins told the BBC: "No comment. " Monroe told the programme Hopkins's tweets had left the blogger "absolutely horrified". "My brother is an officer in RAF, my dad was a paratrooper in the Falklands," Monroe said. "As part of the evidence [from the trial], I've got six A4 ring-binders of tweets I received - somebody telling me I should be shot in the head, put in a wheelchair - all sorts of abuse. "It wasn't just in the aftermath in May [2015]. "It was ongoing, every time it came up.

"The stress was so awful, I ended up leaving my partner. "It was a life-changing series of events. Children in England 'regularly and unknowingly sign over digital rights' | Society. Children are being left to fend for themselves in the digital world, regularly signing over rights to their private messages and pictures unknowingly and with scant advice from parents or schools, according to England’s children’s commissioner. Almost half of eight- to 11-year-olds have agreed impenetrable terms and conditions to give social media giants such as Facebook and Instagram control over their data, without any accountability, according to the commissioner’s Growing Up Digital taskforce.

The year-long study found children regularly signed up to terms including waiving privacy rights and allowing the content they posted to be sold around the world, without reading or understanding their implications. Children’s commissioner Anne Longfield said children needed a specialist ombudsman to represent their rights to social media companies and recommended a broader digital citizenship programme should be obligatory in every school from ages four to 14. How Billboards Are Evolving to Track and Spy on You. If you read tech news, you’re probably well aware that companies are collecting a huge amount of your data: your ISPs are probably monitoring your internet connection, advertisers are collecting and collating everything they can, social networks develop profiles for you even if you don’t have an account, and all sorts of mobile metadata gets collected and analyzed by cell providers and the government.

But there’s a new sort of collection that was rolled out recently, and it’s a bit more unnerving than the methods you’re probably used to. ClearChannel Outdoor is now helping advertisers track your movements on the street, whether you’re walking, cycling, or driving. As long as you have your phone with you, ClearChannel knows where you go. How are they doing this? What, Exactly, Is Going on Here? The program sounds a little more sinister than it actually is, but there’s no denying that it’s a little disconcerting. Here’s Where Things Get Scary The Future of Ads and Tracking. Who killed hyperlink, who killed the web | Hossein Derakhshan | TEDxAlmendraMedieval. Networking sucks. Because people don’t give a shit. — Life Learning. Only people who genuinely care will chat to you The people who just want something, and probably want it for free, they will not have a conversation.

They will not chat. They will not care to hear your thoughts on anything that they can’t use. It’s easy to recognize these people, because they talk at you, not to you or with you. They name drop, and they startup drop. The conversations breeze by remarkably quickly, because all they want to do is establish whether you’re worth something or not, assign a value to your entire life’s activities based on their needs, and rotate. These are the kind of people who would’ve snorted cocaine off their Rolodex back in the 80’s, and they suck. The people who really care about meeting and enjoying others, will be able to talk with you for hours. Only people who genuinely care will help you anyway The best thing about people who give a shit, is that they’re the most likely to do something incredibly kind.

And without fail, I’ll say yeah, absolutely. Welcome to the new feudalism – with Silicon Valley as our overlords | Evgeny Morozov | Opinion. Are we facing another tech bubble? Or, to put it in Silicon Valley speak, are most unicorn startups born zombies? How you answer these questions depends, by and large, on where you stand on the overall health of the global economy. Some, like the prominent venture capitalist Peter Thiel, argue that virtually everything else – from publicly traded companies to houses to government bonds – is already overvalued. The options, then, are not many: either stick with liquid but low-return products such as cash – or go for illiquid but potentially extremely lucrative investments in tech startups. If true, this is good news for Thiel and his peers, especially at a time of negative interest rates. And for the rest of us? For several months now, Alphaville, the excellent finance blog of the Financial Times – not your typical bastion of technophobia and capitalism-bashing – has been raising concerns about Silicon Valley’s effect on the rest of the economy.

How so? Think about it. Facebook Must Be Accountable to the Public — Data & Society: Points. Facebook accused of censoring conservatives, report says | Technology. Facebook’s trending bar deliberately suppresses conservative news, according to a new report. Facebook, now arguably the most important distributor of news online, has cultivated the idea that its bar is an impartial algorithm that responds to “likes” and gives users only what they’ve indicated they want. But in a bombshell confession on the tech blog Gizmodo, a former editor says popular conservative news would be kept off the “trending news” sidebar. “I’d come on shift and I’d discover that CPAC [Conservative Political Action Conference] or Mitt Romney or Glenn Beck or popular conservative topics wouldn’t be trending because either the curator didn’t recognize the news topic or it was like they had a bias against Ted Cruz,” the former news curator told Gizmodo. The news started a firestorm in conservative media circles.

The Drudge Report ran the piece in its top slot with a picture of Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and the headline: “Not Leaning In ... Leaning Left!” How Facebook’s news feed algorithm works. Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker. Photo by Tang Ming Tung/Getty Images. Every time you open Facebook, one of the world’s most influential, controversial, and misunderstood algorithms springs into action.

It scans and collects everything posted in the past week by each of your friends, everyone you follow, each group you belong to, and every Facebook page you’ve liked. For the average Facebook user, that’s more than 1,500 posts. If you have several hundred friends, it could be as many as 10,000. Then, according to a closely guarded and constantly shifting formula, Facebook’s news feed algorithm ranks them all, in what it believes to be the precise order of how likely you are to find each post worthwhile. No one outside Facebook knows for sure how it does this, and no one inside the company will tell you.

Facebook through the Years Facebook’s news feed algorithm has shaped not only what we read and how we keep in touch, but how the media frame stories to catch our attention. From relationships to revolutions: seven ways Facebook has changed the world. On Monday, one in seven people on Earth used Facebook – 1 billion people, according to founder Mark Zuckerberg. In a decade, the social network has transformed people’s relationships, privacy, their businesses, the news media, helped topple regimes and even changed the meaning of everyday words. “A more open and connected world is a better world. It brings stronger relationships with those you love, a stronger economy with more opportunities, and a stronger society that reflects all of our values,” wrote Zuckerberg in the post announcing the numbers.

These are just some of the ways his company changed everything – for better or worse. Facebook has changed the definition of “friend” “To friend” is now a verb. Although the meaning of the words “share” and “like” are essentially the same, Facebook has brought an entirely new weight to the terms. But unlike in real life, Facebook has no hierarchy of friendships. It doesn’t necessarily mean we see them the same way. We care less about privacy. How technology is changing disaster relief. When the British government delivered emergency aid to people fleeing Islamic militants in northern Iraq last month, one of its primary concerns was how the refugees might charge their mobile phones. Alongside tents and drinking water, RAF planes dropped more than 1,000 solar-powered lanterns attached to chargers for all types of mobile handsets to the stranded members of the Yazidi religious community below.

It is the first time the lanterns have been airdropped in such a relief effort, but humanitarian workers say it is part of growing efforts to develop technology designed to make a difference in disaster zones. In 2010, Dr Paul Gardner-Stephen, a computer systems researcher at Flinders University in Australia, was driving to work in his car when he first heard radio reports of the devastation of the Haiti earthquake, more than 10,000 miles away. With roads blocked, infrastructure reduced to rubble and mobile networks down, he realised something needed to be done, and quickly. Google Hummingbird Marketers guide.