Groupthink occurs when a group of well-intentioned people make irrational or non-optimal decisions that are spurred by the urge to conform or the discouragement of dissent.This problematic or premature consensus may be fueled by a particular agenda or simply because group members value harmony and coherence above rational thinking.In a groupthink situation, group members refrain from expressing doubts and judgments or disagreeing with the consensus.In the interest of making a decision that furthers their group cause, members may ignore any ethical or moral consequences.Risky or disastrous military maneuvers, such as the escalation of the Vietnam war or the invasion of Iraq are commonly cited as instances of groupthink.The term was first introduced in the November 1971 issue of Psychology Today, in an...
'Orwellian' Surveillance Cameras Face Legal Battle
Jul. 25th, 2018
"These real-time facial recognition cameras are biometric checkpoints, identifying members of the public without their knowledge. Police have begun feeding secret watchlists to the cameras, containing not only criminals but suspects, protesters, football fans and innocent people with mental health problems."
Facebook As The Ultimate Government Surveillance Tool?
Jul. 20th, 2018
Similarly, the platform’s algorithms silently observe its two billion users’ actions and words, estimating which users it believes may be homosexual and quietly placing a label on their account recording that estimate.
Screens can occupy, distract, and entertain children for sure; the appealing game or show really “works” in the short term. But harmful habits set in early on both sides: for the child, learning to look outside of oneself for happiness or distraction in tough times; for parents, learning to rely on screens instead of our own ingenuity to soothe and occupy kids.
Amazon’s Disturbing Plan to Add Face Surveillance to Your Front Door
The history of discriminatory government surveillance makes clear that face surveillance will disproportionately harm people already targeted by the government and subjected to racial profiling and abuse — immigrants, people of color, and the formerly incarcerated.