Thursday, October 15, 2015

Two pieces worth reading

This first one is a book review written by Cass Sunstein of a new book by Akerlof and Schiller called Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception.

The other one is an Op-Ed in the NY Times written by Sherry Turkle called Stop Googling.  Let's Talk.  It is about the harmful effects in terms of developing empathy and good listening skills from always having your head on your phone or computer screen.

It might be interesting to put these two pieces together.  At the end of the first piece, Sunstein mentions a kind of individual called a sophisticate who is immune from phishing attempts because the person knows how to steer clear of them and devotes considerable attention to that purpose.  The good listening skills that Turkle talks about may be at the heart of what is necessary to become a sophisticate.

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