Technology companies like Facebook, Google, Twitter and the like, have become from socially connecting people and entertaining platforms, to tools that are being used for undetectable and untraceable manipulations of entire populations, far beyond the imagination of their creators and the scope of existing regulations and laws.
John Maeda’s Laws of Simplicity:
Law 1: Reduce
The Simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction
Law 2: Organize
Organization makes a system of many appear fewer
Law 3: Time
Savings in time feel like simplicity
Law 4: Learn
Knowledge makes everything simpler
Law 5: Differences
Simplicity and complexity need each other
Law 6: Context
What lies in the periphery of simplicity is definitely not peripheral
Law 7: Emotion
More emotions are better than less
Law 8: Trust
In simplicity we trust
Law 9: Failure
Some things can never be made simple
Law 10: The One
Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious, and adding the meaningful
Today it is only between parents and children that kindness is expected, sanctioned, and indeed obligatory… Kindness — that is, the ability to bear the vulnerability of others, and therefore of oneself — has become a sign of weakness (except of course among saintly people, in whom it is a sign of their exceptionality)… All compassion is self-pity, D. H. Lawrence remarked, and this usefully formulates the widespread modern suspicion of kindness: that it is either a higher form of selfishness (the kind that is morally triumphant and secretly exploitative) or the lowest form of weakness (kindness is the way the weak control the strong, the kind are only kind because they haven’t got the guts to be anything else). If we think of humans as essentially competitive, and therefore triumphalist by inclination, as we are encouraged to do, then kindness looks distinctly old-fashioned, indeed nostalgic, a vestige from a time when we could recognize ourselves in each other and feel sympathetic because of our kind-ness… And what, after all, can kindness help us win, except moral approval; or possibly not even that, in a society where “respect” for personal status has become a leading value.
My lawyer’s opinion is that the cops might not actually be able to charge me with criminal damage any more – because theoretically my graffiti actually increases the value of property rather than decreasing it. That’s his theory, but then my lawyer also believes wearing novelty cartoon ties is a good look.
Banksy interview @ Time Out london.