Fresh Air tech contributor Alexis Madgrigal writes that Pinterest could be a competitor with Google search:
Pinterest is mostly known as a place people go to find things to buy or make. The company likes to say that Pinterest is about planning your future, but it’s also just about seeing – visually — a bunch of interesting stuff on a theme, all in one place. So there are boards for wedding planning and child rearing and men’s linen suits, but also for kittens and model airplanes and mountains. Some boards are just a mood like “monumental” or “cute” or “adventurous.”
Despite this popularity, Pinterest has never attracted the same kind of press or adulation as the companies that grew up around the same time — businesses like Instagram, Uber or even Dropbox. Pinterest just isn’t seen as a hardcore technology company that will follow the path of Google and Facebook. To some people, it doesn’t feel like a world-shaping product. “It’s just a digital scrapbook,” people say.
But Internet companies are valuable in large part because of the kind of data that they possess. And Pinterest possesses some really, really interesting data. The first part of it is that they are a repository of things that people would like to have or do. They’re a database of intentions. And that has got to be valuable to marketers and advertisers.
But it goes deeper than that. What Pinterest has created — almost unintentionally — is a database of things in the world that matter to human beings. While Google crunches numbers to figure out what’s relevant, Pinterest’s human users define what is relevant for a given topic. And because of that, they could become a legitimate competitor to Google, the world’s most valuable Internet company.
The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe. It’s not a cold that you can get over. There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything.
Pre-viability, a woman has the constitutional right to end her pregnancy by abortion.
Practicing yoga means doing our best - every single day. It’s called a practice because we’re never finished; it’s a continuous string of moments and movements and breaths that make up this life we choose to lead and it changes all the time. Some days doing your best means a solid hour and a half of intense movement on your mat followed by a day of eating well and working hard. Other days, doing your best means five minutes of sitting on your bed focusing on your inhales and exhales. Some days it’s simply taking a break from trying to change who you are. It’s meditating to keep your ego from spinning out of control. Allowing yourself to cry when you need to and laugh at the madness of the life situation you’ve found yourself in. It’s moving into the uncomfortable and directing our focus towards the things we prefer not to look at. Practicing yoga and doing our best today is not going to look the same tomorrow but that doesn’t mean we’re going to give up, does it? Let yourself have slow days. Adapt your practice to how you’re feeling right now. But no matter where you find yourself at; keep practicing. Keep practicing. Keep practicing. Move your body and breathe deeply and stay present and go into the tight spots and release and stretch and let go. Do the best you can with what today has given you. Your body, your heart and your soul will thank you.
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