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Technology, Addiction, and Time Well Spent

Time Well Spent, the nonprofit started by repentant persuasive technologist Tristan Harris, has launched the Center for Humane Technology, a group that includes tech CEOs, investors, scholars, and mindfulness advocates. “The race for attention is eroding the pillars of our society,“ the group’s website says. It warns that recent tech trends are putting our children, ++++++++>

Nir Eyal on Persuasive vs. Coercive Technology

Nir Eyal’s 2013 book, “Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products,” is a study of consumer behavior that grew out of interviews with Silicon Valley firms and psychologists at Stanford University. “I came up with this hypothesis that the companies that were going to succeed online had to understand users’ habits and how to change those ++++++++>

Our Reading List on Addictive Technology and Persuasive Design

As venture capitalists and former tech execs speak out about social media addiction, designers are facing ethical questions about their work. Journalism + Design is hosting a discussion about whether persuasive technology and behavioral design are colonizing our attention. We’ll ask: Where is the line between sharp UX and user manipulation? How can we design ++++++++>

Collaborative Problem Solving for Journalists: A Workshop

Journalism + Design believes that design processes can help journalists become more imaginative, experimental, user-focused, and comfortable navigating the unknown. We recently hosted a workshop for reporters and editors on collaborative problem-solving in newsrooms. By learning the basics of design processes, journalists will be able to guide teams in their newsrooms through the steps of ++++++++>

Data and the View From Nowhere

The View from Nowhere describes a kind of false objectivity or feigned neutrality in reporting. Journalists have sometimes used the View from Nowhere, a term popularized by NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen, as a hedge against accusations of bias. Waves of technological and social change have worn down the idea that news can be reported ++++++++>

The Crisis in Journalism Is a Wicked Problem

As 2018 gets underway, I have a suggestion: let’s stop looking for a solution to the future of journalism. At first it was: Get online! Teach reporters to code! Build a commenting system! Then: Go mobile! Get on Facebook! Then: Oops, close the commenting system! Video is the answer! Now: Forget video! Get off Facebook! ++++++++>

What We’ll Be Up To in 2018

Since our launch in 2014, the Journalism + Design undergraduate program at The New School has become the second biggest major at the college and the fastest-growing degree at the university. Today, we have more than 80 J + D majors and hundreds of students taking our classes. Our professors come from the highest echelons ++++++++>

The ‘Pivot to Video’ Charade, Radio on the Internet: J+D Digest

Journalists and designers tell stories, but we also read, listen, watch, play… So periodically we round up stories that the Journalism + Design team are looking at, listening to, and interacting with. The inventor of the internet reflects on a system failure on the eve of net neutrality’s gravest hour: “I’m still an optimist, but an optimist standing ++++++++>

Irwin Chen on Kleptocrat and Using Games to Explain Corruption

Journalism + Design’s Irwin Chen will speak on a panel on November 27 about the new iPhone game Kleptocrat, which puts the player in the shoes of a corrupt public official, moving money to evade arrest. The panel will be moderated by New Yorker staff writer Mark Singer and include Chen’s co-creators: Jim Mintz, CEO of ++++++++>

Teaching Tech about Race, The Invasion of Sutherland Springs: J+D Digest

Journalists and designers tell stories, but we also read, listen, watch, play… So periodically we round up stories that the Journalism + Design team are looking at, listening to, and interacting with. Studies suggest teaching our tech about demographics can help it perform better across the board, but a dangerous question remains: should we teach ++++++++>