I’m going to try and put up a piece each Sunday of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. Those stimulating links you wanted to share, but just didn’t fit in anywhere (no linkwhoring). This week: Work, American Lies and Science.
Before I get started on where work has gone, a quick update on last week – my feminism links could be enjoyably joined by this piece about France’s bearded feminists – with a wicked streak of humour to emphasise their point.
But what is happening in the world of work? Mike Smith was wanting us to be truly innovative and Make It Here, which in a world rapidly becoming starved of jobs is surely a good idea. At the Guardian, they’re talking about the graduate without a future – destined to be poorer than their parents, and highly educated on the scrap heap. At the BBC they’re talking about the creative destruction of the internet economy – innovation can destroy jobs as well as create them. And back at the Guardian, there’s the question of what ever happened to the future utopia where increased mechanisation meant the end of work? We were meant to all be wealthy without having to put in the 40 hour week.
Some would have it that it’s because the wrong financial elite is in charge, and they don’t intend to share. Certainly the Republicans have perfected the lie. Mother Jones have a handy diagram to make your lie go mainstream in 26 steps… They also show from voter suppression to climate change, the truth need not get in the way of the argument.
They also explore the science behind why we deny science…
We apply fight-or-flight reflexes not only to predators, but to data itself. […] Head-on attempts to persuade can sometimes trigger a backfire effect, where people not only fail to change their minds when confronted with the facts—they may hold their wrong views more tenaciously than ever.