Eating Ice Cream with Your Friends in Summer
I just watched The Florida Project and it has yet to leave my consciousness. Imagine Wim Wenders‘ melancholic views of America mixed with Victor Erice‘s respect for childhood and you might get a film as striking as this. It’s definitely not for moviegoers in the mood for a Disney wrap up, but it sure got me empathizing with the plight of our single mothers, their kids, and their existence in economic poverty. Oh, and I’m a sucker for the kind of long, brooding shots that take depict Florida with an atypical beauty. Watch the film on iTunes or Google Play.
Universal Basic Income
The more I learn about it, the more I hope it happens.
What Growing Up in Compton Teaches You
If the only way you’ve heard about Compton is through the lyrics in rap music, you might find this reflective account by Trayvon Free to be a refreshing take.
Algorithms Make Life Worse for the Poor
If you ever hear that implementing algorithmic decision-making tools to enable social services or other high stakes government decision-making will increase efficiency or reduce the cost to taxpayers, know that you’re being lied to.
This is a long one, but worth the listen, especially if you don’t have time to read Eubanks’ revelatory research on how technology and its algorithmic use of data make life significantly worse for people who live in poverty.