Monthly Archives: July, 2014

Big-data hubris makes us lose sight of real people

It was bad enough when workers were first labeled “human resources.” It became even more disturbing with the more recent term, “human capital” … as if the many individuals who work for any one company amount to little more than numerical entries in a vast, digital ledger somewhere. Now, the dizzying advances in big data …

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Digital journalism: A cautionary tale

The brave new world of digital journalism can be more dystopian than utopian, as author Tony Horwitz recently discovered. In his op-ed in the New York Times, Horwitz recounts that sorry tale of months of hard work and unpaid efforts that all but disappeared down the drain. “As recently as the 1980s and ’90s, writers …

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