I produced another episode of my podcast (in Dutch). As always I was looking to find a song or sound that captured the mood of the interview. During that search I stumbled upon an artist from Mali (the person I interviewed lived in Mali for a number of years). Rokia Traoré. Her latest album, Né So (Spotify), is now in my favorite albums list. Of course it’s copyrighted material, so I couldn’t use it in my show (unless I’m willing to overpay massively for a song for my tiny audience), but instead I linked it in the show notes. And here for you.
I can wholeheartedly recommend Hannah Gadsby’s show called Douglas which was recently added to Netflix.
Previously I wrote about Seema Yasmin on pre-bunking information. Another great interview I listened to recently that deals with the same topic is the episode of On the Edge in which Samantha North talks about dissecting disinformation.
She gives an informed advise (she researches the topic) on how to deal with disinformation spread by people.
- Keep factchecking and debunking, perhaps even more. There could be a backfire effect though. Conspiracy theorists will think it’s yet another tool of the establishment;
- There is a huge responsibility for big platforms such as Youtube and Facebook to deplatform certain people and certain groups. The much heard argument is that blocking people from using these platforms denies them freedom of speech. North argues that deplatforming people only deprives them of ‘freedom of reach’. They are still able to say what they want to say in their homes and on other websites (think of self-hosted blogs), but you have to deny them the amplification social media platforms give them;
- Ignore inflammatory messages. It is very tempting to respond, but the dopamine rush from engagement is what people spreading disinformation is exactly what they want.
The entire interview is worth listening to. Samantha North comes up with some great examples on how disinformation spreads and why people do it in the first place.
I follow the podcast called The Future of Everything in which “host and Stanford bioengineering professor Russ Altman explores how technology, science and medicine are shaping our lives.” Over a month ago Altman interviewed Seema Yasmin, a medical doctor and journalist. She talks about how disinformation is spreading faster and wider than accurate information and the state of journalism in this pandemic era. I’m educated as a communication scientist so this topic is right up my alley. Her conclusion is that becoming better storytellers is an absolute must for medical scientists, public health experts and journalists too.
One thing Yasmin mentioned is inoculation theory. It’s like giving people a communicative immune response to false claims. Through pre-bunking you can teach people to be more suspicious of the information they take in. I’d never heard of this theory before (or forgot I learned about this at uni twenty years ago), but it’s something that is now on my list to research further.
Listen to the episode. It’s less than thirty minutes and well worth your time.
Ik denk dat we veel kunnen hebben aan de oosterse filosofie, die meer is doordrongen van het cyclische denken. Hier bekijken we alles meer lineair: alles wordt sterker, beter, mooier, liefst in een rechte lijn, en dat kunnen we zelfs toepassen op relaties. Terwijl het cyclische uitgaat van de seizoenen: herfst, winter, lente, zomer. Er is een periode waarin het minder gaat en een periode waarin het beter gaat.Uit een interview met Stine Jensen
This article reveals how strong narratives about gender roles when it comes to take care of kids in combination with a professional career are.
Eli and Padavic conducted research within a big global consultancy firm to help them figure out why women were progressing less than men career wise within their company. They conducted interviews and revealed a strong narrative:
High-level jobs require extremely long hours, women’s devotion to family makes it impossible for them to put in those hours, and their careers suffer as a result. We call this explanation the work/family narrative.
However, the men they interviewed talked about their struggle to balance their work with family life as well. They started investigating deeper why men progressed in their career despite feeling as much pressure finding a balance between work and family as women.
Their main conclusion:
Women were held back because, unlike men, they were encouraged to take accommodations, such as going part-time and shifting to internally facing roles, which derailed their careers. The real culprit was a general culture of overwork that hurt both men and women and locked gender inequality in place.
Using company data they revealed some disconnects between the company’s narrative and actual behaviour. There was no higher turnover rates for men and women, career progression of childless women was just as low as mothers’ progression, accommodation was almost only taken by women while two-third of male interviewees struggled as much as women in work-family balance and many of the interviews questioned the 24/7 work schedule mentality to overdeliver to clients who don’t really need that.
This is what they told the leaders of the company after their research:
For the firm to address its gender problem, it would have to address its long-hours problem. And the way to start would be to stop overselling and overdelivering.
And of course the leaders….dismissed this solid piece of advise and held on to the existing narrative that women were struggling to keep a balance between work and family and therefore solutions have to target women specifically.
The rest of the article, the researchers dive deep into why these leaders rather hang on to the existing narrative rather than to accept that long working hours are counter productive and holding women back. Read it. It’s an excellent piece of work.