Today, Facebook introduced the option of custom gender and pronoun settings on individual profiles, AKA more than just “male” or “female.” The site will now allow you to enter up to 10 different gender identities (out of about 50 possibilities) as well as pronouns — though these appear to only include he/him/his, she/her/hers and they/them/theirs. Changes are live now, but only for users in the United States.
Identities on the list include transgender, agender, cisgender, two-spirit, neutrois, genderqueer, intersex, androgynous, and many, many more.
Some of the custom gender options appear to be more of gender descriptors than identifiers, but for a lot of people these are crucial to one’s complete identity. And, womp, you can still only be “interested in” men, women or both.
Overall, this is huge. It’s going to give people so much more freedom, accuracy and honesty in self-identifying online.
What do you think?
Mr Ju asked readers: “How are you all feeling nowadays?”
Answers came in thick and fast, and most people said they were not fine. Within a few days dozens of handwritten posters—known as daejabo—were pinned up next to his, on issues ranging from high gas bills to gay rights.
For Mr Ju the biggest problem is that Koreans do not ask themselves “if they are OK”. And they put up with limitations on free expression.
The Jersey City man charged with aggravated assault and other offenses after being shot by a cop nearly four years ago was found guilty on all counts by a jury this afternoon.
Kwadir Felton, 22, was shot by Jersey City Police Sgt. Thomas McVicar on Jan. 10, 2010. He went blind as the result of the shooting. Felton had testified that he never carried a gun, while McVicar testified he only shot Felton after Felton pointed a gun at him. McVicar also testified Felton’s gun was on the ground next to Felton after the incident.
As the guilty verdict was announced, Felton’s mother, Dawn Felton, collapsed on the ground in uncontrollable sobs and kicked the bench near where she had collapsed.
When Judge Paul DePascale asked the courtroom to sit down, Felton remained standing, visibly shaking in shock and grief.
DePascale was forced to pause court proceedings while police officers attempted to calm Felton’s mother, who defense attorney Brooke Barnett said recently had open-heart surgery.
Minutes later, after being unable to calm her down, officers dragged her out of the courtroom.
"I don’t understand!" Felton yelled at a police officer before his mother was removed from the courtroom. "You didn’t have to shoot me in the head for no reason! You trying to charge me with something I didn’t do!"
Damn this is straight up cruelty.. this is dehumanization
Just finished watching Fruitvale Station. It’s harrowing, but an important film. That incident was four years ago; we’ve still got a long way to go. This is disheartening and utterly tragic.
News is bad for you. It leads to fear and aggression. It hinders your creativity and makes you sick. We should stop consuming it, says Rolf Dobelli, who’s abstained for years
I think this is a sign. I think he makes an interesting and valid point about the world’s creators and creative people—they concern themselves with the future, not necessarily with the present. News can be hindering, especially when you read it incessantly (as I have in the past few days. I think it’s about time I started talking to people. Out loud. Ironically I got a sore throat from talking too much to nobody.).
What we see through social media is a generation of ignorant social activists. Young men and women all too willing to care about and defend something they don’t truly understand and refuse to educate themselves further on because they assume the limited information they receive has been vetted by someone more knowledgeable than themselves. This happens on both sides of the fence, with both conservatives and liberals.
I’ve seen arguably intelligent young men and women stand up at banquets and rallies, demanding answers about things like healthcare, DOMA, federal military actions. Asking questions about things they’ve seen on Facebook, on twitter, things that they’ve taken little to no time to research for themselves, and they look like fools. No matter their age, they paint themselves with a red mark that announces ‘I’m not mature enough to be here, to discuss these issues’.
But even so, it isn’t truly about age. It’s about social awareness. You are not discounted until you make a mistake. Say the wrong thing or quote the wrong statistic. Until then, your legitimacy remains intact.
Tumblr is like this.
I’ve seen people furious over gay rights legislation that doesn’t actually exist. Wars that haven’t happened. Most recently text posts with tens of thousands of notes alleging that China and Russia are going to go to war with the US over Syria.
Blogs relaying damaging misinformation written by individuals who can’t seem to be bothered to read a newspaper or use google properly. This is a crippling trend, and no one sees it.
These people get untold attention and affirmation until one person with a large enough follower count points out the flaw in their argument. Corrects the mistake, and shifts the tide. But this doesn’t fix the thousands of people who liked and reblogged the original post. The damage is done.
If there is one thing I’ve learned from working on political campaigns, very little is more damaging than an activist who argues only one side of the story without recognizing the existence of the other; because your opinion, no matter how solid and seemingly factually based, is invalid the second your audience realizes they know more than you.
And the result of all of this is a generation of young activists who don’t understand why they aren’t being taken seriously."
a recent conversation with a colleague regarding social media (via onawingandaswear)
I’d venture to say that this attitude is fuelled by complacency, ignorance, and plain old laziness. It’s quite ironic that Google is mentioned, isn’t it? Because as much as the search engine has facilitated research and inquiry with credible sources, people still don’t utilize it to validate facts and stories before deeming themselves knowledgable.
I wouldn’t devalue and negate the way in which social media, with its quick delivery and short attention span, has enabled more people—teenagers in particular—in engaging and participating in discourse. Rather, I’d advise it only as a starting point. As a genesis for generating interest and intrigue into larger social issues. 140 characters in a tweet is not a sufficient news source. Tumblr is not a sufficient news source, nor is it always credible.
However, I’d also say social media pressures teens to be knowledgable in everything. Everyone tries to outsmart everyone, or know as much as the next person, on just about every topic. Everyone wants to have an opinion on what their peers have an opinion on, not wanting to seem ignorant. But acknowledging your lack of knowledge only helps you to learn even more. Conversely, you don’t have to know everything that goes on in the world. In fact, I’d say it’s impossible. This is probably a condition brought on by the social importance granted to the sciences/politics versus the arts, and such and so forth, but that’s a whole different tangent that I won’t dig into for now. To borrow a professor’s words: it’s better to know a lot about a little, than to know a little about a lot.
Here’s how MakerSwarm works. By downloading the official app to your Android device, MakerSwarm allows you to peer into the Wi-Fi-connected gadgets around you for functionality that you can hijack for your own uses. It will then allow you to create a simple app that you can use to trigger that function remotely.
For example, if you have a Wi-Fi-connected coffee maker, you could create your own “Morning Joe” app that would set your java brewing when you woke up in the morning, just by tapping a button. But that’s just the beginning. Using MakerSwarm, you could also link together multiple gadgets, each with different abilities, and trigger them simultaneously. In the case of the Morning Joe app, that might mean your single morning tap not only starts brewing your coffee, but it also tunes the kitchen radio to NPR, turns the heat-up of a Nest thermostat and adjusts the lighting of your Philips Hue lightbulbs.
THIS. GETS. ME. SO. EXCITED.
I WANT IT NOW.
Also puts me in awe of where people find inspiration for technology (and how they facilitate inspiration for the future generation!).
Then children glue an electrode onto its exposed head and use a needle to put a hole through its body where they then insert a wire. Essentially, the cockroach is dead at that point. But wait! The child then cuts off their antennae and electrodes are inserted into its brain, giving it full control over its body. All for science, claims the company.
A spokeswoman told the BBC that the App and device is meant to help children learn about neuroscience. It’s not meant to encourage gleeful nascent sociopaths from indulging their darkest desires.
What do you guys think? I’d have to concede that it’s an interactive way of engaging children… but it diminishes the gravity of life and death, which children have very little grasp of…
Also who wants to touch a cockroach, ewwwwww.
China’s newly minted rich can now get up close and personal to the movies after mega-screen maker IMAX Corp signed a deal to produce luxury home theatres in the company’s second largest market.
The fifty-fifty joint venture with Shenzhen-based TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings Ltd will give Chinese the chance to watch IMAX-enhanced Hollywood blockbusters in the comfort of their homes, maybe even on the day of their world premieres.
The price? At least $250,000 (U.S.). The joint venture is targeting wealthy homeowners in Hong Kong, Russia, and the Middle East, but the main focus, IMAX Chief Executive Richard Gelfond said, is China.
Let’s be honest: this would be the first thing I order for my house if I was rich enough.
Children around the world are developing severe narcolepsy — a rare and incurable sleep disorder — in troubling numbers, with researchers working on a theory that some cases may be linked to the H1N1 virus, others perhaps to an H1N1 vaccine.
For parents like Christine and Ian, it is a medical mystery they have pondered since their perfectly healthy daughter developed narcolepsy symptoms, shortly after being hospitalized with a flu-like infection in 2011. She was vaccinated against H1N1 in 2009.
Once an alert, active girl, Makenna, 8, now falls asleep without warning.
She also suffers from the related symptom, cataplexy. Whenever she laughs and feels strong emotions or her mother hugs her, Makenna suddenly loses muscle control and collapses. She is awake, but paralyzed.
So I hope essentials are enjoying their moment, for it will not last long. Essentials didn’t start Google. Essentials never made art or literature. Essentials don’t create entire new coffee drinks by adding just a tiny bit more or less milk. Life without nonessentials looks as gray and bleak as the postapocalyptic world in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, if those people had essentials. To put it even more starkly: postal workers have been considered essential."
— Joel Stein, Are You Expendable? / TIME Magazine, October 21st, 2013