Month: January 2020

  • For-Profit Records Management

    > To doctors opening patients’ electronic records across the U.S., the alert would have looked innocuous enough. > > A pop-up would appear, asking about a patient’s level of pain. Then, a drop-down menu would list treatments ranging from a referral to a pain specialist to a prescription for an opioid painkiller. > > Click […]

  • Algorithmic Injustice

    > Even if code is modified with the aim of securing procedural fairness, however, we are left with the deeper philosophical and political issue of whether neutrality constitutes fairness in background conditions of pervasive inequality and structural injustice. Purportedly neutral solutions in the context of widespread injustice risk further entrenching existing injustices. As many critics […]

  • Uncritical Liberation

    > Friere had warned early on that uncritical liberation can lead to the oppressed reproducing oppression. I see it all the time, I even probably do it all the time myself. It takes an incredible amount of reflectivity and soul searching to stop this cycle, and it needs a lot of support and care from […]

  • Empathy Games in Class

    > The ideal place for empathy games is within a structured environment, such as a game-of-the-month discussion club or a classroom. In order for empathy games to move past “pity tourism,” they need to be explored more fully and fleshed out by a clearly defined and supported curriculum. [source](https://er.educause.edu/articles/2019/11/using-empathy-games-in-the-social-sciences) (Boy, is this true even in […]

  • Cultural Appropriation

    > Who has the power? Who’s vulnerable to harm? Where are the patterns? What’s the context?How does it make you feel? [source](https://jamesmendezhodes.com/blog/2020/1/2/how-to-change-your-conversations-about-cultural-appropriation)

  • VR and Faking Emotional Intelligence

    > In the calls for greater emotional intelligence as the answer to our economic situation, there is a core assumption that the harm to workers under capitalism comes not from a system which denies labor access to the value it creates, but fundamentally from the forms of affect that this system embodies. Change the affect, […]

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