Why I Do Unsmart Things →
As I lay here, I can’t help but wonder how many of the herculean sacrifices we make in startupland are rooted in my fundamental belief and how many of them are rooted in our own selfishness. I know so many founders and employees at startups who sacrifice so much of their personal lives, personal hygiene and personal health to ensure their company’s success. But who is it really for? Last...
Now Can We Start Talking About the Real Foxconn? |... →
The problem with Mike Daisey’s lies is that they’ve painted a picture of the Evil Empire, a place devoid of any happiness or humanity. A dark, Dickensian scene of horror and tears. They also make anyone who tries to tell a fuller, more balanced account look like an Apple or Foxconn apologist because your mind is already full of the “knowledge” of how bad it is there. To the public, a story...
How One Man Escaped From a North Korean Prison... →
Before Shin crawled through that electric fence and ran off into the snow, no one born in a North Korean political prison camp had ever escaped. As far as can be determined, Shin is still the only one to do so. He was 23 years old and knew no one. He slept in pig pens, haystacks and freight trains. He ate whatever he could find. He stole and traded on the black market. He was helped, exploited...
danah boyd | The Power of Youth: How Invisible... →
The fact that privileged folks – including white American youth – can spread messages like this is wonderful, but my hunch is that they’re structurally positioned to spread information farther and wider than those who are socially marginalized. What happens when they try to speak out on behalf of marginalized voices instead of helping marginalized voices be heard? I’m really bothered by how...