hey @aral I watched your speech yesterday and I loved it. And you could do another one at some point regarding data and job hunting. Yesterday I was given a psychometric test during an "interview". With my name of course on it. And later on I got furious, because this is TOO private and personal data, about my mental state at the moment. (1/3)

@aral Interviews are stressful and for the past few months I've had plenty of them with the "thank you, you are rejected" follow-up and the results will probably depict my high levels of anxiety.

And I started thinking that perhaps one day you will not be able to get hired bcs these tests will have become the new “normal” procedure before even you can talk to the HR and their result go to some databank that describes you as this and that, if they don’t already. (2/3)

@aral And this could exclude a lot of people, because of some shitty one-time results that probably have nothing to do on how you perform. We are ore complicated than that. What do you think on this matter? (3/3)

@pettter @aral no but THANK you for sharing because lately I'm really into this kind of creative work, dystopian sci-fi stories etc. I will definitely read it. Happy week.

Pro-tip: Don't read too much of this. I once did, and it sent me into a death spiral of pessismism. Now I am limiting my input of bad news.

Whatever you are most scared by, you can easily find enough examples of it happening all over the world to convince yourself that it's commonplace, lose hope and fall into depression...

Bas things are real and must be opposed, but they're not as frequent as they seem after actively looking for them for a few days.

@pettter @aral


Note that Doctorow also is a completely incurable optimist, so most of his stories end on a note of the inherent contradictions of the bad stuff resulting in system collapse for the better.
@tzo @aral

Yes, that's true for his stories, though not always for his blog posts.
And if he gets into the wrong mood, he can paint things in very deep black. If I may tele-psychoanalyse him for a moment: His stories are what he uses to pull himself out of the whole he gets into reading/spreading bad news -- or at least they could plausibly serve that purpose.

I'm a little reluctant to add that that last part doesn't work as well for me, unfortunately ...
@tzo @aral

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