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 1: 1.01: Massive Emotional Contagion

Show Notes

We talk about Facebook’s much-discussed study of user responses to variations in their News Feed: what did Facebook do, exactly? Was it ethical? What responsibilities do users and consumers of different media (social included) have? What reponsibilities do companies have to their users?

  • Intro (1:08)
  • Facebook’s Social (Network) Science (1:08–12:02)
  • User Responsibility (12:02–17:46)
  • Corporate Ethics (17:46–27:00)
  • Conclusion (27:00–30:00)
  • “Summerooms Social”, from Summerooms [original master] by Summerooms. Used by permission.
  • “Winning Slowly Theme”, by Chris Krycho. Used by dint of being written the show. Also: it’s sweeeet.
  • Facebook tinkered with users’ feeds for a massive psychology experiment, by William Hughes
  • In Defense of Facebook, by Tal Yarkoni (and see the comments for a helpful back-and-forth)


 2014-07-15  30m