…people in happy moods are more gullible, prejudiced and careless of detail than are their downbeat peers…a happy mood inclines people to pay less attention to detail, rely more on stereotypes, give credence to what they’re told and even to argue less effectively.
Today I made mistakes, we all make mistakes. Not every day, but then as the song goes, some days are better than others.
Sometimes mistakes are good. The best mistakes are the ones where I quickly understood and corrected the problem. The ones where held my hand up and admitted that I messed up and asked the right questions to make sure the problem got fixed. Quickly.
Except in the worst of circumstances, people understand and I have hopefully learned from the experience.
The worst mistakes are where I stick to my guns, bury my head in the sand and hope the problem goes away. The situation where someone has constant and continuing problems, and any reputation that I might be capable goes down the drain.
Somewhere in the middle are the deliberate mistakes. Those made to either test responses or used to distract from something unpalatable. If I made them and was found out, I expect that not only does perception of my capability get thrown out the window, trust is frogmarched out of town as well.
One of the major political parties in Australia, and almost certainly our next government, has made a mistake regarding their policy about filtering the internet. I think we can agree that while the mistake was pretty serious, it wasn’t life threatening – despite some of the online reaction (the overwhelming majority of the country probably think a filter is for their pool or air-conditioner). And the person ultimately responsible for the policy, responded within hours to correct the record and we moved on.
Or have we. One thing I’ve noted from the ongoing online responses is the lack of trust in the response – which admittedly was probably already quite low from many of those responding – a feeling that the clarification wasn’t anything more than a fearful backdown.
Today the same political party released the costings of their announced policies. With the election in two days it should be certain that this long anticipated event would garner most if not all of the headlines less than 48 hours out from the polls opening. Releasing a mistaken policy, while not entirely masking some of the massive numbers in those costs, is bound to have some form of distraction.
Gotcha moments are more likely to make headlines, or at worst get you a story at The Onion, dry figures and policies instead tend to exist down the page.
Which mistake do we think the Liberal Party of Australia made today? Are they spinning a distraction or was it an honest mistake?
The impulses to get rid of images of abuse, and shield children from pornography, are not bad ones. But to imagine that this can be done solely by algorithms creating filters, blacklists and blocking, rather than solid support for police work on abuse images, and proper, engaged debate on the moral and ethical issues of what we and our children can and cannot view online, really is like imagining one can command the tides.
It’s a sad irony that Quebec is one of the few places to currently ban the "fracking" used to extract the Dakotan oil that devastated Lac-Mégantic.
The most devastating indictment of the Lac-Mégantic disaster.
While clutter has been shown to negatively effect your performance, it is your perception of clutter that matters, not someone else’s.
If having a notebook, pen, or a photo of your significant other on your desk, doesn’t feel like clutter to you, then it’s not.
You should seek to create spaces that make you feel at ease.
I should use Freecycle more.
Campaigns designed to raise awareness are as much about advertising the status of the campaigners as they are about changing the outlook of a target audience.
So says Frank Furedi as he raises awareness from his well promoted pulpit about those professional awareness raisers.
Aside from the obvious irony of writing about the topic, it is a well argued story which I’m happy I’ve been made aware of.
I’m off to check which colour ribbon I should be wearing today.
And there was you thinking that smartphones caused the death of social interaction.
This great find from Kottke is worth sharing for your Monday morning commute. It even includes a Kubrick photo.
Special Minister of State Mark Dreyfus says the bill will be withdrawn altogether if the Coalition does not support it.
"The whole basis for this particular package was the clear commitments that have been received from the Coalition," he said.
"If those commitments aren’t there anymore, we won’t be proceeding with this bill."
Mark Dreyfus learns there’s nothing like inheriting and having to implement someone else’s ideas. Especially if you end up having to defend them.
I thought this was an interesting piece on justice in the context of the recent case in Steubenville. Especially this passage:
We cannot believe our justice system is fucked up and that crime has environmental causes and then suddenly become throw-the-book-at-’em Personal Responsibility chanting right-wingers if the crime they committed is especially offensive to us.