Last Updated August 2, 2017


Twitter and Tear Gas

Zeynep Tufekci

  • first of all, this is a really excellent book, and Tufekci is a genius
  • networked protests can organize faster than ever before
  • the civil rights movement took years of planning, Rosa Parks protest was heavily orchestrated and planned. But this also meant the march on washington was such an achievement that it was more meaningful, and indicated more organizing power to the decision-making authorities
  • leaderless = tactical freeze after first explosion of interest. a leaderless movement can’t negotiate, can’t resolve important decisions/disagreements
    • Gezi/Tahrir sq had this problem
    • although everything has advantages, makes murder or intimidation of a leader to ‘sell-out’ much more difficult
  • Emile Durkheim’s ‘collective effervescence’, a transcendent feeling applies to these leaderlesse protests, people want to join even if they’d get same social goals without participating because it’s thrilling to be a part of the protest
  • why protests always have a library: represents free knowledge, many drawn to camps because alienated as consumer

Other Favorites

  • The Castle by Kafka
  • The Library of Babel by Borges (and of course, the incredible
  • Snow Crash by Stephenson
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  • Hegarty on Creativity: There are No Rules

Reading Queue

  1. Hidden in Plain Sight: How to Create Extraordinary Products for Tomorrow’s Customers
  2. Oryx and Crake
    • Recommended by Connor
  3. Debt: the first 5000 years
  4. The Utopia of Rules
  5. bell hooks
  6. death without weeping
  7. Deep Learning by Goodfellow, Bengio, Courville
  8. Reread Designing Design
  9. Mindstorms
  10. The Art of Doing Science and Engineering
  11. Hacker’s Delight
  12. As Little Design as Possible
  13. The Manager’s Path
  14. The Essential Writings of Emerson
  16. The Question Concerning Technology
  17. Monolingualism of the Other
  18. The Art of Computer Programming
  19. A Theory of Fun
  20. Coders at Work
  21. Born a Crime
  22. The Dice Man
  23. Information Graphics
  24. High Output Management
  25. Innovator’s Dilemma
  26. Good Strategy, Bad Strategy
  27. The Effective Executive
  28. Alice Munro
  29. Becoming Steve Jobs
  30. Franchise, by Asimov
  31. Logic & Design in Art, Science
  32. Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre
  33. Masters of Doom
  34. The Visual Display of Quantititative Information
  35. Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China
  36. Pynchon