"Pattern recognition is the new form of work which combines into one the roles of hunter, engineer, programmer, researcher, and aesthete."
— Marshall McLuhan (via prostheticknowledge)
"A paradigm shift occurred in the 1960s: the cognitive revolution. Since that time it has become respectable to study cognition, although emotion and motivation were still considered suspect by many experimental psychologists. An integral part of the cognitive revolution was the computer metaphor for brain function. Psychological research during the past 40 years has been dominated by an information-processing model of brain function based on the computer metaphor."
Unplugging the Computer Metaphor | Psychology Today
Technology becomes metaphors; repeat.
"If you look at top 10 websites in the US, over 80% of their traffic is now foreign. If you look at China, in the last 3 years more people connected to the Internet than the entire population of the US. It means that there is a major inflection point happening right now with the Internet, with 5 more billion people connecting. They are just like us, but they are Poor, Hungry and Driven – I call them PHDs. They are self-skilling, they are self-motivated and the first thing they want is a job, because their average wage is $8 a day or less – in some cases, less than $2. So when they go online, they are looking for a job, and Freelancer is at the forefront of that."
— Freelancer’s CEO Matt Barrie: Outsourcing Creates Entrepreneurs (via thenextweb)
RE: "That One Time When Patton Oswalt Was An Asshole", Barbara Gray
Barbara Gray wrote a blog post concerning Patton Oswalt’s dispatching and ridiculing of an audience member for filming his set. It’s an interesting read on a polarizing event.
Short version: This young lady found Patton Oswalt to be rude at her show, and we’ll just have to form our own opinions once he places a response later today. I may have reacted bluntly and rudely on Twitter towards the backlash against this very basic piece of celebrity event journalism. Gray’s indignant reaction to Oswalt’s behavior at her show seems, to me, reasonable and worth expressing online.
However, I have no interest in putting Oswalt’s behavior on trial myself. It just disturbs me to see innocent admiration mistaken for greed and malice, and I feel this is an issue that will rear it’s head more frequently as time goes on (especially in the world of stand-up comedy).
For me, this is a matter of media habits and environments (cellphone-videoing and Youtube, respectively) being feared and misunderstood. I’ll write in more detail about this later on.