Gizmodo: YouTube Will Tell You if You’re Being an Asshole in Comments. “YouTube wants you to stop being mean. As YouTube comments continue to serve as a place to harbor negativity and bad tempers, the platform is rolling out a way to let you know if your comment is too rude.”
New York Times: A Nation on Hold Wants to Speak With a Manager. “The meanness of the public has forced many public-facing industries to rethink what used to be an article of faith: that the customer is always right. If employees are now having to take on many unexpected roles — therapist, cop, conflict-resolution negotiator — then workplace managers are acting as security guards and bouncers to protect their employees.”
University of Washington: Do Alexa and Siri make kids bossier? New research suggests you might not need to worry
University of Washington: Do Alexa and Siri make kids bossier? New research suggests you might not need to worry. “Chatting with a robot is now part of many families’ daily lives, thanks to conversational agents such as Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa. Recent research has shown that children are often delighted to find that they can ask Alexa to play their favorite songs or call Grandma. But does hanging out with Alexa or Siri affect the way children communicate with their fellow humans? Probably not, according to a recent study led by the University of Washington that found that children are sensitive to context when it comes to these conversations.”
‘Pyke notte thy nostrellys’: 15th-century guide on children’s manners digitised for first time (The Guardian)
The Guardian: ‘Pyke notte thy nostrellys’: 15th-century guide on children’s manners digitised for first time. “The 15th-century conduct book, The Lytille Childrenes Lytil Boke, was intended to teach table manners. It has been put online as part of a new children’s literature website bringing together original manuscripts, interviews and drafts by authors from Lewis Carroll to Jacqueline Wilson. The medieval text is part of the British Library’s own collection, and ‘by listing all the many things that medieval children should not do, it also gives us a hint of the mischief they got up to’, said the library.”
Economic Times: No please, no thank you: Are Siri, Alexa making humans less polite?. “For the study, the researchers asked 274 people if the way they talk to digital assistants is making them less polite. After surveying and observing those people, they found that artificially-intelligent digital assistants are not making adult humans ruder to other people.” Let me raise my hand and out myself as one of those people who says “thank you” when using Siri.
MakeUseOf: What Is Reddiquette? 8 Things You Should Never Do on Reddit. “Reddit is one of the internet’s premiere places for the latest news, memes, and anything else you can think of. While you can get plenty out of Reddit just by browsing, after some time you may decide it’s time to create an account and actually get involved. Before you start posting, though, it’s a good idea to go over some basic rules of Reddit etiquette for the site—often called ‘Reddiquette.’ Let’s talk about some of the things not to do on Reddit. Avoid them, and you’ll be on your way to a more pleasant experience.”