I want to talk about - but am unsure what to do about - how white-washed my Facebook feed is and how all I see is that goddamn ice bucket bullshit when I’m pretty sure people I know are having real conversations and sharing relevant commentary about what’s been happening this week.
Algorithms enforce the power structures of the data set they are operating on, and it’s time to more seriously study that, I guess.
Just in case you haven’t run across it, there’s a lot of discussion of this on Twitter right now, mostly around Zeynep Tufekci’s account and her piece on Medium. I’m working on a thing that will address these issues too, but more in a lower-level explainer way for friends and family who are wondering about what the deal is with the FB algorithm.
This is just the best. (Check the playlist for the entire set.)
Only 29 House Democrats were willing to do both the decent (and in the long run, the politically expedient) thing in response to a child refugee crisis. A child refugee crisis that we bear more than a little collective responsibility for creating.
The fact that this is even seen as a politically dangerous question that the Dems need to be public chickenshits about is probably even more damning. Maybe we do get the government we deserve after all.
the thing i like about cyberpunk is that it was completely correct about universal malevolent corporate oversight, the total destruction of the middle class, and the profound desperation and hunger that drives young people to learn hacking and internet fluency. you can sort of…
That abusive and informed-consentless Facebook emotional manipulation study is a good news hook for these issues, but this piece is absolutely vital in general for understanding and critiquing the creepy and oppressive turn that tech has taken over the past decade-plus.
Apparently this is the world we live in now, in the year 2014.
a skeleton, an anthropomorphic tumbleweed, a used car salesman, the girl from The Ring and an off-duty rabbi at the 1975 Grammy Awards
Messageboard post, Locustsloth
#I don’t recognize the skeleton
Is that Berlin-era Junkie Bowie? It seems a bit early on for that, but maybe? He looks like death tho.
My favorite web community, MetaFilter, has been going through some serious financial difficulties and has had to lay off some of the moderators that make the place great. Even with these cuts, the site’s existence may still be threatened.
MetaFilter is one of the few places on the Internet…
I haven’t been on MetaFilter in ages, but no single site has done more for me or provided more entertainment and information. MetaFilter was a big chunk of why I believed in the internet in the first place, and this only confirms my cynicism about the way it is now.
This is the Memorial to the Missing and contains over 50,000,000 pennies to represent the lives of each American child abandoned to abortion by a society and a culture that has embraced their destruction. We must prevent the need to add to this memorial. Take a stand. Get involved.
”How we treat the least of us defines us.”
"should I use this $500k to help struggling parents and pregnant people or should I put it in a glass box"
woooooww “prolife” priorities…. $500k could:
pay for prenatal care for 250 kids
pay for one year of OTC birth control pills for 833 people
pay for one year of child care for 41 children
buy one year’s worth of baby formula for 520 babies
buy 10,000 packs of diapers
but hey i guess the whole glass house thing is cool too
For some reason all I can think of when I see this is that old UCB “Ass Pennies" sketch.
CLEVER - Imgur
We’re doomed. It’s only a matter of time until the cephalopods rise.
Meet Matthew Zadrozny. He loves the New York Public Library.
On Saturday, he spent five hours handing out flyers on the street and talking to people about the library—specifically, the NYPL’s plan to renovate the main branch and sell two other branches, which Zadrozny thinks will be “a disaster.” He was recruiting participants for the "work-in" protests he’s started organizing on behalf of the grassroots Committee to Save the New York Public Library.
On Monday, Zadrozny ate his lunch outside the NYPL’s main branch on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, a place he knows quite well. There, on the steps of what he calls “the most important building in New York City,” Zadrozny was approached by Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind the popular Humans of New York blog.
"You want to photograph me eating chicken?" Zadrozny asked. "Yep," said Stanton. "Well, if I let you, I need you to help me deliver a message."Hey librarian friends, how do you feel about this dude? My initial read was that he’s one of those, “I love (what) libraries (were 20 years ago)” people that ‘causes more harm than good. S’cool he likes physical books, but if the librarians are comfy exiling that reference collection off site for a while it’s probably because no one ever touches it. He said he works at the library despite not being an employee which is super misleading. He’s just a dude who happens to do whatever it is he does in the library building. You know, using the space in the way the actual librarians are trying to facilitate for others? I’ll cop to only reading this and the original HoNY post when it floated around so forgive me if I’m missing something big. It’s just hard for me to look at this guy positively since he seems to think the library can’t fathom it’s own best interests or those of the community it serves. I get so fighty when I see people wanting to “save” the library when all it’s doing is evolving into a more useful place (and therefore savingitself from extinction at the hands of people who want it to remain static…). What say you, folks?