How to cite research that isn’t crappy

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If you’re writing, you’ll want to cite published research that you didn’t do yourself. Here’s how to find research worth citing — and avoid citing crap research. Think of me as your mom, saying “Don’t put that research in your document. Do you have any idea where’s it been?” Finding research to cite How do … Continued

Resignation letter from Facebook engineer Ashok Chandwaney undermines the company’s rationalizations

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When it comes to hate, does Facebook believe in what it says it does? According to engineer Ashok Chandwaney, not even close. The Washington Post published the departing employee’s resignation letter, which had been posted on Facebook’s internal message board. Let’s take a close look at the accusations. Analyzing Chandwaney’s resignation letter The resignation letter … Continued

Will GPT-3’s AI make writers obsolete?

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The Guardian newspaper in the UK assigned GPT-3, an AI writer from OpenAI, to write an essay. The results are pretty good. But as long as writing requires creativity, AI won’t replace human writers. GPT-3’s essay, and how it was created Here’s the start of what you can now read at The Guardian: I am … Continued

When judging people or voting, context is crucial — and maddeningly easy to omit.

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In a tweet stream, comedian Greg Larson brutally manipulates context to make evil people seem defensible. It’s a revealing satirical exercise in the crucial role of context — and a good way to remind ourselves of how crucial it is as we make important decisions. Here’s Larsen’s original tweet, which people took as a challenge. … Continued

Can you sue for libel and then keep your name a secret?

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People are saying mean things about you. You’d like to sue them to get them to stop. Can you do this and maintain your privacy — including keeping your name a secret? This principle is being tested right now in Cincinnati. Bloggers accused a police officer of flashing a white power sign at protestors and … Continued

Never sign an NDA to get a briefing

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If you write about industry events as a journalist, analyst, or blogger, companies may want to share with you details on their upcoming products and projects. They may present you with an NDA (non-disclosure agreement). Don’t sign it. This is a situation I faced many times as an analyst at Forrester Research. And it just … Continued

The real reason Trump threatened to ban TikTok

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On Friday, Donald Trump said he would ban TikTok in the United States. There’s a lot more going on here than meets the eye — including a flex to show power to other social networks. Would a shutdown order be legal? There are obvious First Amendment reasons to object to the shutdown of a social … Continued