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Aditya Banerjee

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  • Studies show that the news consists of negative to positive stories by a ratio of 17:1.
  • 65 million people go to bed every night without murdering or hitting anyone.”
  • The lens the news media trains on the world is so narrow, that it invariably illuminates one small slice of it while distorting the rest of the picture. The media thus not only reports on reality, but helps shape it. For what we read in the news colors our perception of life — our beliefs about the state of our country and fellow human beings. The result is a perspective that is grimly pessimistic and cynical. Though a lot of things in our family and little community seem to be going just fine, the world as a whole appears to be going to pot.

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Jan 22, 16

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  • But there’s a third party that’s often glossed over: the customer. The rating systems used by these companies have turned customers into unwitting and sometimes unwittingly ruthless middle managers, more efficient than any boss a company could hope to hire. They’re always there, working for free, hypersensitive to the smallest error. All the algorithm has to do is tally up their judgments and deactivate accordingly.
  • But for the workers, already in the precarious position of contract labor, making every customer a boss is a terrifying prospect. After all, they — we — can be entitled jerks.
  • Starting with Ebay, rating systems have typically been described as way of establishing trust between strangers. Some commentators go so far as to say ratings are more effective than government regulation.

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  • Imbalance is the difference in a measurement between  the two players. For these three measurements, friendships that  last (white bars) are not significantly imbalanced. In alliances  that end in betrayal (purple bars), the betrayer is much more  positive and polite, while the victim plans more.
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