Twitter attempted to have a conversation about race and the tech industry yesterday. The loudest voices? White men on either side of the argument shouting each other down. What got obscured along the way was just how much pattern-matching plays into the lack of diversity in the tech industry and the people who cover it and how that holds all of us back.
They almost made Jamelle Bouie’s point for him.
In a feature for The Magazine, Mr. Bouie examined why the mastheads of tech blogs like The Next Web, The Verge, Engadget and Gizmodo were overwhelmingly white and male. Rather than “overt racism,” he found a prohibitive combination of dependence on unpaid internships–and the network effect of a wired boys club whose members sometimes seem to be talking solely for each other’s benefit.
Apple in Your Eye
Many Mac owners have, at one point or another, found themselves forlornly waiting at the Genius Bar, on the verge of tears, desperate for someone to just fix the problem, as quickly and as cheaply as possible. An hour later, you walk out of the glass doors, wallet a couple hundred dollars lighter but spirits lifted because that dude in the blue shirt was just so understanding.
Well, he ought to be, because it sure sounds like Apple puts a lot of work into turning new hires into emotional ninjas. Over the course of two weeks, they’re transformed into psychological warriors–bent on extracting your cash from your wallet, using “empathy.”
At least, that’s what we’re left to conclude from this Gizmodo expose of the super-secret training manuel for newly hired Geniuses. The highlights:
The advent of the iPhone really upset the apple cart at Samsung. [All Things D]
Read Matt Honan’s hacking horror story, then, in a flurry of panic, immediately change all your passwords. [Wired]
People are happier with their tablets than their smartphones. Anything that doesn’t handle calls and therefore doesn’t drop them is automatically endearing. [CNET]
Here’s what the Mars Curiosity rover saw as it landed on Mars. [YouTube]
But for a a while you weren’t able to see that, because someone issued a takedown notice, despite the fact NASA’s footage is in the public domain. [Ars Technica]
Last night, gangs of glammed-out New York techies and science enthusiasts trekked uptown to the Rose Center for Earth and Space to take in a stunningly optimistic program presented by Gizmodo and the American Museum of Natural History. The event was planned and hosted by Gawker Media founder Nick Denton (with the help of Brew PR), who appeared so eager about the “celebration of technology and discovery” that he tweeted about it numerous times prior to the event, published a grandiose blog post on Gizmodo reveling in the glorious achievements of science, and sent out an email to attendees: “This evening should be inspiring and fun,” he wrote.
“I’ve never seen Nick so excited for a social event,” one colleague remarked.
And who could begrudge Mr. Denton his excitement? The event was everything he claimed it would be–and perhaps more, depending on how many free cocktails you indulged in. Hosted by Ellen V. Futter, the president of the American Museum of Natural History, Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley and Mr. Denton himself, the gathering was as swank and inspiring as expected.
Lawyers Guns and Money
In keeping with today’s theme of aggregating news you can perhaps use if you have more money than common sense, we thought it worth pointing to Gizmodo’s in-depth investigation of the dark Internet’s hub for ordering weapons online.
Wares for sale at the aptly named Armory include everything from the humble Glock to the Read More