Zeynep Tufekci Quotes
Twitter has made a huge, positive difference in my life, and changed the landscape of politics in multiple countries I studied, including my home country, Turkey.
Ability to disseminate one's ideas on the Internet is now a sine qua non of inclusion in the global public sphere. However, the Internet is not a true public sphere; it is a public sphere erected on private property, what I have dubbed a 'quasi-public sphere,' where the property owners can sideline and constrain dissent.
Silicon Valley engineers and employees may well be overwhelmingly liberal, but Facebook is run by the algorithms they program, which optimize for the way the site makes money, rather than sifting through posts one by one.
In many complex systems, efficiency, redundancy, and resiliency pull in different directions: More efficient systems, which are cheaper, eliminate redundancies, which provide resilience but cost more.
In complex systems, one can think about linear interactions and complex or nonlinear interactions.
Very few of us consider strength-training as essential exercise, but it is. It is especially crucial as one ages, because a natural part of the aging process is losing muscle.
In fact, commercial aviation is so safe because redundancy is mandated by regulation and built into every level, but our commercial-flying experience is so miserable because airlines have made it as efficient as possible to save money.
For many people, tear gas is their first interaction with state violence. It's the first time they've been treated like an insect, usually by police geared up like robocops. That warlike stance is a strong escalatory agent in a protest.
In 2003, the world didn't learn about SARS until after it had escaped China and become impossible to deny.
In 2016, there was no sign that conservative pages did badly on Facebook. To the contrary, they were the pages that got the most engagement on Facebook.
Lawmakers, sometimes they get surprised by something and they assess it to be powerful even when it's not really signaling that kind of capacity.
If you're teargassed repeatedly, as I have been as an academic researching protest movements, you learn how to hold your breath and close your eyes.
Much of what ails our modern life is exactly because we reduce the value of a human being to a number, say salary or consumer power.
Bike-friendly cities provide some of the best quality of life.
I choose not to block all ads partly because it's useful to my research to see how things work online, and also partly because I thought this had little to no effect on me, personally.
The secret truth of power of broadcast is that while very effective in restricting limits of acceptable public speech, it was never that good at motivating people individually.
When I type 'Fukushima radiation' into Google, I get a mish-mash of confusing, unhelpful, outdated or sensationalist articles from a random mix of sources, none looking very trustworthy or comforting.
There are worse things than being exploited, and being redundant and unable to make a living is one of them.
Humans exist in social groups and rely on social signals to make the group work - signals that are symbolic, and appear without teeth, but in essence are among the most powerful dynamics of a human society.
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