They judge us by our failures and not our desire to improve. They judge us by our tools and not what we can accomplish with them. They judge us by their own standards, without a breath given to the possibility that a different perspective might exist.

Which is pretty much the Internet in a nutshell, isn’t it? Exposed to the entire spectrum of human enthusiasms, it’s basically impossible not to judge. Our empathy overloads and gives up and we sit, staring at the screen aghast, that somebody, somewhere might actually believe that what they’re doing is OK, is acceptable, is even appropriate.

Everybody is somebody else’s monster.

 

Source: http://www.eod.com/blog/2014/02/empathy-va...
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One of my principal objections to the pundit-prophet is that he is always an agent of the Zeitgeist, whose function it is to 'inspire' (to drill and to discipline) a generation. The Zeitgeist means fashion; and I do not think that the best work is done when the compulsion of fashion is at its intensest. - Wyndham Lewis, The Demon of Progress in the Arts, 1955

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Cryptomnesia occurs when a forgotten memory returns without it being recognized as such by the subject, who believes it is something new and original. It is a memory bias whereby a person may falsely recall generating a thought, an idea, a tune, or a joke,[1] not deliberately engaging in plagiarism but rather experiencing a memory as if it were a new inspiration.

 

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptomnesia
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I was working on my Communicating Change talk in 2012 when Rdio (R.I.P.) launched a big redesign. They did a good job with the rollout IMHO. Communicating on lots of channels.

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If you don't know how to pronounce a word, say it loud!

— William Strunk, via E.B. White in the introduction to Elements of Style Third Edition.

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Dialog window from a router that reads: "Through share without account, accounts kept hidden. Are you sure you want to disable it?"

I don't even

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But, we should nevertheless recognize that content strategy is a big, big world. It’s not just that we all have different specializations and approaches, though that’s true. Content strategy is a big ol’ loosely connected network of practices, and it doesn’t belong to any of us any more than graphic design belongs to advertising or project management to aerospace engineering.

 

Source: http://braintraffic.com/blog/content-strat...
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The “buzz word” for this year's show was “word processing,” or the use of electronic equipment, such as typewriters; procedures, and trained personnel to Maximize office efficiency. At the I.B.M. exhibition a girl typed on an electronic typewriter. The copy was received on a magnetic tape cassette which accepted corrections, deletions and additions and then produced a perfect letter for the boss's signature. The perfect letter could then be sent over telephone lines to other offices around the country, or the typewriter could also be used as an input device for computers.

 

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1971/10/26/archives...
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