Can adding a little friction back to user interfaces save us?
We talk about the currently-trendy concept of (design) friction and how it is necessary but not sufficient for right action on the Internet.
- Facebook admits that it intentionally defrauded children by making it easy to buy in-game purchases
- The creator of the retweet button now thinks it was a bad idea (Mea culpa: We stated this article was written in Wired but it was in BuzzFeed)
- Alt-Meat Trounces Animal Meat’s Massive Inefficiencies
- The Launch: After two decades of research and development, WA 38 lands this fall. It could disrupt an entire industry.—It’s an apple.
- A short history of Gamergate
- A compendium of articles concerning how Gamergate changed the Internet
- Data arguing that Gamergate was more about harassment than ethics
- A growing list of former tech company workers who regret their design decisions
- The Center for Humane Tech’s podcast Your Undivided Attention
- Tim-Berners Lee on his disappointments and frustrations with what people did to the world wide web
Things Chris has written in relation to this episode:
- Friction is the Friend of Serendipity
- 2.03: Impervious Scale�The Roman Empire and Friendster Have Things to Say to You
- 6.08: People Do Reject Technologies, Part 2—Nuclear weapons, nuclear waste, and how to argue well with intractable disagreements.
- 7.01: Do We Really Need to Keep the Internet Around? Season 7’s charter—by way of a rollicking argument about Alan Jacobs’ The Year of Our Lord 1943 and Tolkien’s idea of eucatastrophe.
“Stig of the Dump / Ogglet (Live)” - El Toppo (By the way, Stig of the Dump is a classic British children’s story, just in case you were wondering. Stephen looked it up after the show.) - “Winning Slowly Theme” by Chris Krycho.
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