Tech-sceptic colleagues and friends often say they do not see the purpose of twitter, and if they have an account they rarely check it or do not really know how it works. I therefore thought I share few reasons why I tweet that I hope I might spark some curiosity.
‘The Tipping Point’ by Gladwell is about going viral, in real life. The simple recipe is valid even online, you need a few people, a sticky message and the right context and circumstances. The epidemics ends when we become immune, as with emails: the more we get the more selective we become and the shorter we reply.
In the aftermaths of the terrorist attack in Paris and the security threats in Brussels, reading Kahneman has struck me as timely insightful to further comprehend the way fear works; due to the attacks and threats as well as the disturbing spill-over effects it has had on immigration and racism.
Perhaps Brussels have made me more European and less Swedish, or maybe it is the idea of reinvention that attracts me. Both ways, as an EU-citizen expat I am privileged and don’t face the challenges my migrant parents did as third country nationals. A difference worth putting in question.
Reading Kahneman’s ‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’ (2011) has helped me to better understand how come human rights lobbyists in the European Union (like me) – despite our solid arguments – often lose against populists and eurosceptics that seemingly effortlessly glamour voters with their simplistic rhetorics and appealing emotions.
Why do I listen to podcasts? Because I like to walk instead of taking public transport. It makes household chores more endurable. The gym is a necessity rather than a pleasure. I always felt guilty when I didn’t finish reading a daily newspaper before the post delivered the next. These are my top ten news podcasts!