I just want to be a good person.

I had an ex girlfriend who told me she wasn’t cynical, just a realist. She was black and lived within an accumulation of life experiences that spoke to her about the nature of people. Not all of it was racism, but that…


I still stick to my argument regarding context.

Micah M, thanks for your thoughtful comment. I would love to know more about your company and what it does. I just don't think you have solved context in the way I'm suggesting here.

Context is very much a human-specific construct because…


Context is complex and everyone needs to understand it.

An illustration from 1836 of cancel culture in 1835 where pro-slavery assholes demolished a printing press exercising the freedom to print abolitionist content. Apparently “freedom” was utterly lost on these folks violently attacking three offices and shooting E. P. Lovejoy because he would not surrender his pulpit.
Figure 1: A depiction of cancel culture in 1835 where pro-slavery assholes demolished a printing press exercising the freedom to print abolitionist content. Apparently “freedom” was utterly lost on these folks violently attacking three offices and shooting E. P. Lovejoy because he would not surrender his pulpit.

Wired published this on Monday: “Why a YouTube Chat About Chess Got Flagged for Hate Speech.”¹ It’s a great example how the complexity of language leads to the continued modeling of broken algorithms. If “black,” “white,” and “attack” are trigger words…


Algorithms are inherently bias.

They are reflective of the UX and development world's ivory tower, isolated, self-congratulatory culture. Many decisions are made in a meeting without serious discussion outside of bottom-line thinking and vanity metrics.

If any is interested into digging deeper to the racial problems with algorithms, I highly…


Back in July, Tim O'Reilly posted about his What’s the Future (WTF) Conference, which is this week. O’Reilly’s article paints a picture of the world upended and transformed, hardly familiar. He then writes, “The algorithm is the new shift boss.”

That shivers me timbers. I’m truly not cynical, but those…


Here in north Texas, marching bands are large and competitive with their own cultures. My daughter’s high school band has around 260 kids. They are a competitive band and the competitions are extravaganzas of massive orchestration. The complexity of the shows is stunning. …


It’s been a long time since I’ve sat down to actually write a serious blog post. If you don’t already know by my shameless self-promotion, I’m working on a book. As I’ve mentioned before and to many people, I don’t want my illness to be a defining thing. …


It’s nearly impossible to provide a precise, technical definition for context. We understand it through its use rather than by identification.(1) Judge Potter Stewart famously said the same about porn.(2)

For the purpose of content strategy, I define context as the collection of influences affecting the creation and cognitive processing…

Keith Anderson

Content & Knowledge Strategist, UX & Application Designer, Writer, Speaker, Almost Author. Lover of Fiction & Metal.

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