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In the News 31.05.16 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

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In the News 31.05.16 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets
In the News 31.05.16 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets
In the News 31.05.16 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

How Travel has Changed from One Generation to the Next

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Rachel Salia was traveling in Bosnia when she met an American who worked for the United Nations and had a car. They decided to put it to use by going on a road trip.

“I randomly drove down to Croatia and found a place to stay just by walking around in a neighborhood and asking if any rooms were available,” she said. “I ended up staying with a great woman, who made her own wine and was great to have historical conversations with.”

Salia, 26, is from Seattle and became interested in travel in high school when she started planning a trip around Europe with a friend.

“It really whetted my appetite for international travel,” she said. “I spent five weeks traveling Europe, staying at hostels and eating delicious food. It was a great introduction, and I think that I just really crave new experiences so I keep traveling to more foreign places, if you will.”

Read the rest of this article at Mashable

A slave in Scotland: ‘I fell into a trap – and I couldn’t get out’

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What’s left of the Stewart hotel sits on a steep hill overlooking sheep-flecked fields, tumbling hedgerows and distant snow-capped mountains in Appin, west Scotland. Even in its prime, the 37-bedroom hotel would have been an eyesore, but now it’s a wreck, the windows smashed, the roof collapsed by months of winter rain.

Just a few years ago, hundreds of tourists passed through this hotel each summer, drawn by the natural beauty of the West Highlands. According to scathing reviews on TripAdvisor and other travel websites, the view was the only good thing about the hotel. Archived posts say the rooms were filthy, the taps broken, the food inedible. Many reviewers complain about the staff, describing them as overwhelmed, unskilled and incompetent.

What the guests didn’t know was that what they had experienced was not poor service, but modern slavery. The men making their beds, sweeping their floors, cleaning their dishes and cooking their food were trafficked from their native Bangladesh and exploited for profit at the Stewart hotel, sometimes for years at a time.

Nobody knows more about this than Abul Kamal Azad, 31, who spent more than a year working at the Stewart hotel between 2009-2010. A well-dressed and softly spoken man, what happened to him there has changed him for ever. “There are two people: who I was before I came here and what has become of me since,” he says when we meet in a quiet restaurant in Fort William. “I barely know who I am any more.”

Read the rest of this article at The Guardian

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The Attention Economy

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How many other things are you doing right now while you’re reading this piece? Are you also checking your email, glancing at your Twitter feed, and updating your Facebook page? What five years ago David Foster Wallace labelled ‘Total Noise’ — ‘the seething static of every particular thing and experience, and one’s total freedom of infinite choice about what to choose to attend to’ — is today just part of the texture of living on a planet that will, by next year, boast one mobile phone for each of its seven billion inhabitants. We are all amateur attention economists, hoarding and bartering our moments — or watching them slip away down the cracks of a thousand YouTube clips.

If you’re using a free online service, the adage goes, you are the product. It’s an arresting line, but one that deserves putting more precisely: it’s not you, but your behavioural data and the quantifiable facts of your engagement that are constantly blended for sale, with the aggregate of every single interaction (yours included) becoming a mechanism for ever-more-finely tuning the business of attracting and retaining users.

Read the rest of this article at aeon

Why We Are Better At Making Decisions For Other People

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If you’ve ever started a sentence with, “If I were you . . . ” or found yourself scratching your head at a colleague’s agony over a decision when the answer is crystal-clear, there’s a scientific reason behind it. Our own decision-making abilities can become depleted over the course of the day causing indecision or poor choices, but choosing on behalf of someone else is an enjoyable task that doesn’t suffer the same pitfalls, according to a study published in Social Psychology and Personality Science.

The problem is “decision fatigue,” a psychological phenomenon that takes a toll on the quality of your choices after a long day of decision making, says Evan Polman, assistant professor of marketing at the Wisconsin School of Business, and coauthor of the study.

Physicians who have been on the job for several hours, for example, are more likely to prescribe antibiotics to patients when it’s unwise to do so, according to 2014 research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “Presumably it’s because it is simple and easy to write a prescription and consider a patient case closed rather than investigate further,” Polman says.

Read the rest of this article at Fast Company

Considering The Limits Of The Conscious Pop Artist

We want our most prolific artists to be beyond capitalism, but what does that say about us?

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Last year Reebok tapped Kendrick Lamar for a major partnership hoping that the Compton rapper would become a glorified brand ambassador. Instead, the deal bore a political treatise doubling as a low-cut sneaker, a neighborhood gang entente in suede calling for unity between Bloods and Crips. The Lamar-designed Reebok Ventilators featured alternating blue and red stitchings and the wordneutral superimposed on the tongue tags. The sneakers are a sartorial mirroring of Lamar’s messianic messages of peace amidst gang warfare, familial discord intensified by addiction, and sociopolitical antagonisms.

“Hip-hop and fashion are the same thing,” Lamar said in a Marchinterview. Reebok sure thinks so. In a TV spot for the Ventilators, Lamar played a remixed Thomas Jefferson reciting a Revolutionary Era altar-call. “When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for we, the people, to do things a little different,” he begins. “We can no longer sit idly by while the powers that be tell us how to live, how to think, how to act.” The live jazz licks and spoken-word diatribe sound more like an untitled, unmastered throwaway — insurgency wrapped in deft lyricism — until the effect wears off and it becomes clear: We’re still talking about shoes.

The campaign shrouded a fundamentally consumerist business decision in socially conscious, well-meaning language. The plan worked because we, the viewing audience, have ordained Lamar as a politically “conscious” witness; we’ve entrusted him to testify to the realities of black folk (black men and boys, more specifically) as they happen. Reebok capitalized on this narrative, connecting media, music, and politics, through the rhetoric we expect from Lamar. And the campaign proceeded mostly unscathed across hypercritical media platforms.

Read the rest of this article at Dazed

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