"'Cyberbullying is a huge problem!' Yes, but not because it is hurtful, HA! no one cares about your feelings—but because criticism makes women want to be more private—and the privacy of the women is bad.
"The women have to be online, they do most of the clicking and receive most of the clicks. Anonymous cyberbullying is a barrier to increasing consumption, it's gotta go."
Spoilers for The Missing: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories
TIL, Swery's game isn't just about text messages and blowing your avatar up—but about being trans and coming to accept it.
"designers are encouraged to make stuff up – to bullshit – to give the appearance of having thought every last detail through. We thus end up rating designers as much on their ability to post-hoc rationalise their work as on the quality of the work."
"The nature of the grift then is a system that encourages interaction and UX designers to provide empirical or theoretical basis for their decisions but often fails to examine the quality of that empirical or theoretical basis.
"It could just be bullshit, but as long as it is internally consistent bullshit then the 'backs up designs with facts' box can be ticked."
"P values have always had critics. In their almost [90 years] of existence, they have been likened to mosquitoes (annoying and impossible to swat away), the emperor's new clothes (fraught with obvious problems that everyone ignores) and the tool of a “sterile intellectual rake” who ravishes science but leaves it with no progeny.
"One researcher suggested rechristening the methodology 'statistical hypothesis inference testing', presumably for the acronym it would yield."
🦆This is a cross-post from Twitter, its contents might suck 🦆
I really cannot emphasize enough that the auto industry's own marketing research has identified SUV buyers as profound assholes https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/m7q7eb/electric-or-not-big-suvs-are-inherently-selfish
TIL: In 2013, Norman re-wrote much of his book, The Psychology of Everyday Things, and changed the Action Cycle.
Twitter, mild confrontation with police
"STORYTIME: Asking random cops the same silly questions they ask citizens. Let's go!"
do you like System Shock 1 and also extreme minutiae? well you're in luck because i finally got around to filling out my floppy-vs-CD differences writeup with much more stuff that nobody in their right mind would have ever noticed or bothered documenting
Ad-supported health-records software was pushing opioids—illegally
"Big tech companies have large-scale plans to reinvent healthcare, promising to revolutionize areas such as electronic records, which are a crucial source of data about consumer health.
"But the Practice Fusion case shows how such plans can be exploited and even provide a new avenue for financial interests to influence treatment."
Personas are probably more misleading than they should be; might be a good idea to abstract them to the point of just enumerating user goals—at which point, why even use "personas?"
"Persona creator, Alan Cooper, claims that personas don’t contain demographic data and that demographics are antithetical to personas.
"He is wrong. Personas not only contain demographics data, but their design causes viewers to focus on demographics."
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