In the past year, I’ve slowly started to realize what this kind of omnipresent journalism is: it’s a prosthetic for our natural inability to focus on problems which aren’t right in front of us, by keeping the problems which matter in our eyesight. Journalism is our prosthetic conscience. Today, we are dealing with the consequences of having a conscience which functions far more strongly than we have ever had to deal with before.
11. Good design is ethical. The product places the user’s interest at the center of its purpose. Any effort to influence the user’s agency or behavior is in the spirit of their own positive wellbeing, and the wellbeing of those around them.
… and look on the bright side. Wow, everyone is suddenly focused on your little corner of the world! Sure, it can be frustrating when many people voices their opinions, often unasked-for, but it’s also your chance to shine on a project of perceived importance. Grab this opportunity by the horns and keep your frustration under check. Try to embrace the mindse…
And, no wonder. At work, you’re expected to have intelligent opinions and propose smart solutions to problems. But, when you’re working on something that is very complex, it’s intimidating and exhausting to have opinions on the biggest challenges. It’s so easy to focus your attention on the issues that are easy to grok and which won’t (literally) blow up in your face if you’re wrong. So, it’s understandable that people schedule meetings about the roof of the bike shed so that they can voice their opinions and feel useful and heard.