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Productive Procrastination #6

Welcome back. It’s been a rough start into 2016, especially for the German ego. The reactions to the

Productive Procrastination

January 11 · Issue #6 · View online
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Welcome back.
It’s been a rough start into 2016, especially for the German ego. The reactions to the violent mobs on NYE in Cologne and other cities have shown us that we are more sexist and racist than we like to admit. The short-term pessimist in me believes that the whole kerfuffle won’t change anything. Everybody is shouting insults and blaming their favorite scapegoat. But the long-term optimist in me has a faint hope that a couple of thoughts might stick with a few people. It’s hard to come to terms with your own sexism and racism and it takes time. But I, for example, have grown a little more aware of my tendency to victim-blame. I will try to be more mindful of that.
These are strange days here in Germany. I’m trying to grasp the underlying current and where it is leading or if it is actually leading anywhere. I’m trying to determine what amounts to real change. Because, on one hand, most of us are living their lives like always with a couple more shouting matches maybe. On the other hand, there are refugee homes burning every night. It seems to me that this is a time in which different undercurrents that have always been present in the German society are accelerated and thus are becoming more visible. Which brings us back to the point above that it’s always hard to be confronted with your darker sides.
On this note, a warm welcome to you, followers of Warren. This is a newsletter in which I mix ‘putting my thoughts into awkward words’ with ‘links to recommended reading material (see below)’. If you want to know more about me, have a quick look at

Reading Recommendations
The Great Journalism Innovation Problem
Commoning systems: Organize, don’t jargonize
Europe’s multiplicity of crises is not accidental
Wizards of Like
Better as a Tweet
Bats do it, so why shouldn't you? The science of oral sex
Your job is about to get 'taskified'
Favorite Quotes
“With the Like button, the site found its true purpose. The button was a machine for turning users into workers, and for converting their multifaceted engagement with people in their network and the mediated content of the world into a unidimensional game of attention-boosting.”
– Rob Horning, Wizards of Like

“The innovation we talk of in journalism isn’t the kind of innovation designed to radically change the way consumers behave, it’s really just short term reactionary attempts to try and deliver content to platforms the majority of consumers already use.”

“It found that the companies which do the most CSR also make the most strenuous efforts to avoid paying tax—and that those with a high CSR score also spend more lobbying on tax.”
The Economist about a paper that compared the effective tax rates paid by a sample of American firms between 2002 and 2011 with a measure of those companies’ CSR programmes

“The notion that you need to know about world events right when they happen is a marketing creation of media brands.”
Thank you
Took this picture in a supermarket here in Berlin last weekend. Seems like we’ve reached Peak-Pulled-Pork. 
That’s all for this week. If you have any links, other recommendations or comments, just hit reply. And if all of this is not really relevant to you, always feel free to unsubscribe. I won’t take it personally. See you next week. 
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