Winning Slowly

There are plenty of podcasts that will tell you how the latest tech gadget or “innovation” will affect the tech landscape tomorrow, but there aren’t that many concerned with the potential impact of that tech in a decade—much less a century. In a culture obsessed with now, how can we make choices with a view for tomorrow, next year, and beyond? 25–35-minute episodes released the first and third Wednesdays of the month.


episode 9: 7.09: Frictioneers

Can adding a little friction back to user interfaces save us?

Show notes

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)
  • Dark patterns
  • 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.
  • Manton Reece on hashtags and curation—note that Chris said these were totally curated, and they’re not; but they’re also designed not to behave like trends and hashtags on Twitter.
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  • 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
Previous episodes:
  • 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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  • Daniel Ellcey
  • Jake Grant
  • Jeremy W. Sherman
  • Marnix Klooster
  • Nathaniel Blaney
  • Spencer Smith

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 2019-08-29  37m