Links of the Quarter: December 2018

How to Save the World

And young people, especially these days confused and insecure young males, seem particularly vulnerable to cults, which can recruit powerfully in the often-anxious and angry echo-chambers of social media. Na Pali coast, Kaua’i — photo by me, taken two weeks ago.

2018 76

Consensus and community in the distributed web

Jenny Connected

As of August 2018, about 1000 pages are deleted from Wikipedia each day. Wikipedia prefers consensus to democracy, i.e. decisions are not reached by voting but by consent, which does not necessarily mean agreement. How Wikipedia dodged public outcry plaguing social media platforms.

2018 166

Curbing Crap From Your Mental Diet

Evolving Web

That’s what social media should be for. Putin used our naïve social media systems with their touted “social graphs” and alleged algorithms and realized it was information overload that could be easily, trivially, exploited. It takes 72 hours to fix your feed.

2018 173

Links of the Quarter: September 2018

How to Save the World

Scientists and doctors are also looking at microdosing these substances to improve social connection, increase creativity, and reduce the psychological and physical symptoms of Civilization Disease. Cartoon by Hugh Macleod from Gaping Void.

2018 59

Curbing Crap From Your Mental Diet

Evolving Web

That’s what social media should be for. Putin used our naïve social media systems with their touted “social graphs” and alleged algorithms and realized it was information overload that could be easily, trivially, exploited. It takes 72 hours to fix your feed.

2018 130

Links of the Quarter: March 2018

How to Save the World

Take us down — all those cringing provincials who still think climate change is a hoax, that being transgender is a fad or that “socialism” means purges and re-education camps. image via Ulf Parczyk on Jim Newman’s Facebook Page.

2018 46

From the feed

Chris Corrigan

Saving Democracy. I am worried about democracy these days. Our electoral politics are ravaged by social media manipulation, an absence of policy discussion, and the influence of money. If print enabled democracy, will the emerging electric/digital medium destroy it?

2018 51

Struggling to pick up the trash in the face of weaponized evaluation

Chris Corrigan

Likewise on the corporate side a singular focus on shareholder return and the pursuit of capital friendly jurisdictions with low tax rates and low wages means that corporations can reap economic benefits without any responsibility for the social effects of their policy influence. And although corporate social responsibility is certainly to be welcomed, anyone who believes that it will compensate for corporate social irresponsibility is not reading today’s newspapers.”.

2018 42

Letter of Termination

How to Save the World

Following is a partial listing of some of the ways in which your consortium member organizations have abrogated the spirit and substance of our long-standing agreement with you, leaving us no alternative but to take this step: Representative Democracy LLC: Your “representatives” have not represented us at all. The experiment with their service delivery model of “representative democracy” has been an abject failure. image from Fill at Pixabay CC0.

2018 63

Walking away from facebook

Chris Corrigan

Facebook in engaged in undermining democracy and articles I was reading in 2018 pointed to their intentional and unintentional aiding and abetting behaviour with respect to the elections and democratic engagement. Before social media, Web 2.0

2019 95