Banks, Habits, and Google: A BCA Reading List

The Greenback Is Born – NYTimes.com

“A doleful sound came up from the caverns of bullion brokers, and from the saloons of the associated banks,” reported Thaddeus Stevens. “Their cashiers and agents were soon on the ground, and persuaded the Senate, with but little deliberation, to mangle and destroy what it had cost the House months to digest, consider and pass . . . It makes two classes of money – one for the banks and brokers and another for the people.”



Reckless: The Inside Story of How the Banks Beat Washington (Again) – Jesse Eisinger/ProPublica – Business – The Atlantic

Are Smartphones Changing What It Means to be Human? – Boston Magazine

It’s gotten to the point where my phone now somehow knows more about me than anyone else in the world, including my own darling husband. My gadget has become a tiny black mirror, reflecting back how I see myself. Which means things are getting more complicated between us.



An excerpt from Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit. – Slate Magazine

Nicholas Carr on Impact of the Information Age Five Books The Browser

I’m Being Followed: How Google—and 104 Other Companies—Are Tracking Me on the Web – Alexis Madrigal – Technology – The Atlantic

Already, the web sites you visit reshape themselves before you like a carnivorous school of fish, and this is only the beginning. Right now, a huge chunk of what you’ve ever looked at on the Internet is sitting in databases all across the world. The line separating all that it might say about you, good or bad, is as thin as the letters of your name. If and when that wall breaks down, the numbers may overwhelm the name. The unconsciously created profile may mean more than the examined self I’ve sought to build.

 

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