Source: Why Privacy Is the Most Important Concept of Our Time | In Re, by Gabriele Tomassetti
Privacy is more than the right of an individual to be left alone. It concerns the very fabric of society.
It is necessary to separate our private live, the communities we belong to and the public sphere from each other.
Privacy is about boundaries. It is not about hiding something but allowing to create a space with rules decided by its members.
without clear rules on what is private and what is public, nobody knows which stuff belongs to whom. This means chaos and often that all belong to the strongest.
Privacy is about control. Without privacy we cannot decide for ourselves how to live our lives. If there is no privacy, all become public. … When everything is subject to public scrutiny, you either control the rules and judge others or you are judged and controlled by others.
Let’s focus on one example: the ability to move great distances. In medieval times you could just hop on a horse and start moving3. Nowadays a car must be produced according to an infinite amount of rules and you also need a specific license to drive one. And yet, in practical terms, our ability to move is much higher compared to that of a medieval person. We can do it quicker and for longer distances. So, we are in some ways both more and less constrained in our movement.
The greater complexity of rules concerning transportation has actually increased our ability to move. It seems a paradox but it is true.
I think that with the right understanding of privacy we can be more safe, have a greater autonomy in our choices and more freedom.
Source: A Few Rules | Collaborative Fund, by Morgan Housel
A list of possible wisdom.
Source: @jichikawa Twitter thread, by Jonathan Ichikawa
something a little bit interesting about how conventions arise. Sometimes they actually create the rules; other times they attempt to capture rules already implicitly in place. Some feel weirdly in-between. But adhering too strongly to one’s systematisation of a norm can be a mistake — sometimes what look like surprising or counterintuitive results actually just show that one just didn’t systematise things right in the first case.
Source: A whopping 91% of plastic isn’t recycled | National Geographic, by Laura Parker
Mass production of plastics, which began just six decades ago, has accelerated so rapidly that it has created 8.3 billion metric tons
Plastic takes more than 400 years to degrade, so most of it still exists in some form. Only 12 percent has been incinerated.
6.3 billion metric tons has become plastic waste. Of that, only nine percent has been recycled.
Source: How Big Oil Misled The Public Into Believing Plastic Would Be Recycled | NPR, Laura Sullivan
An NPR and PBS Frontline investigation reveals how the oil and gas industry used the promise of recycling to sell more plastic, even when they knew it would never work on a large scale.
Here’s the basic problem: All used plastic can be turned into new things, but picking it up, sorting it out and melting it down is expensive. Plastic also degrades each time it is reused, meaning it can’t be reused more than once or twice.
On the other hand, new plastic is cheap. It’s made from oil and gas, and it’s almost always less expensive and of better quality to just start fresh.
Starting in the 1990s, the public saw an increasing number of commercials and messaging about recycling plastic.
These commercials carried a distinct message: Plastic is special, and the consumer should recycle it.
It may have sounded like an environmentalist’s message, but the ads were paid for by the plastics industry, made up of companies like Exxon, Chevron, Dow, DuPont and their lobbying and trade organizations in Washington.
Industry companies spent tens of millions of dollars on these ads and ran them for years, promoting the benefits of a product that, for the most part, was buried, was burned or, in some cases, wound up in the ocean.
Documents show industry officials knew this reality about recycling plastic as far back as the 1970s.