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Chatting about why we're building Relevant on Tank Magazine... "Right now we have an overabundance of populist metrics online and not enough hierarchical structures that can help us navigate the digital world. That’s the void that Relevant is trying to fill." ...Read More
“Every pretty girl in New York in those days, Ghislaine would invite to Jeffrey’s.”
Gab.com (an alt-right social network) has migrated to Mastodon and is now the biggest server if you go by number of registered accounts (not a very reliable metric). The creator of Mastodon and many of the existing servers are ideologically opposed to gab so its interesting to see them respond In a decentralized setting isolating a malevolent community seems to be the main option. In many ways its better than a ban from a centralized company. A ban from twitter can be harnessed as a marketing campaign and paint the banned group as a rebellious underdog defending free speech. At ...Read More
"Is it culture or economics? That question frames much of the debate about contemporary populism. Are Donald Trump’s presidency, Brexit and the rise of right-wing nativist political parties in continental Europe the consequence of a deepening rift in values between social conservatives and social liberals, with the former having thrown their support behind xenophobic, ethno-nationalist, authoritarian politicians? ...Read More
"Water investing presents an ethical quandary: Are you willing to buy shares of companies that can turn off the taps for needy users?"
“The more we adapt to the absence of ambient privacy, the more the world will split: the worst of us rising to the top, their awfulness baked into their reputation and recontextualised as courage or honesty, the rest of us retreating ever further from the public sphere, trying to find ...Read More
"Is 5G solving real, pressing problems or merely creating new ones?"
True access goes beyond legal requirements; it involves thoughtful dedication to creating a culture of inclusion and understanding of all disabilities that allows everyone to perform at the highest level. The researcher with OCD, for example, said that part of the challenge of living with a mental illness is the That stigma is why she chose to remain anonymous. Moreover, it’s hurtful when people joke about having OCD when they’re simply cleaning or working carefully. Those types of comments “make OCD out to be a preference, rather than a disorder that affects all aspects of someone's life.” This is where ...Read More
This is the best summary I have read about why people do not like or want Trump as president. It is concise and touches on the most important issues.
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Nicky Woolf is the editor of New Statesman America and a former Guardian US reportermembers.tortoisemedia.com ↗︎
I find this piece to be a little too apologetic but it’s an interesting read on the birth of 8chan + how it provides a “safe space” for hatred and misogyny online.
It’s super important that there are spaces out there for people to educate themselves and others and to feel supported during their journey. “YouTube lets people get more detailed information and find out more about how to transition, and ways to live a healthy life," she said. "People can find someone who's like them [on YouTube] and feel less alone." ...Read More
David Sackler’s first and unsuccessful attempt to rid his family of blame. “OxyContin made the Sackler family billions—but now, after 400,000 opioid deaths, it’s made them near-pariahs, their philanthropy rejected. Citing “vitriolic hyperbole” and “endless castigation,” David Sackler tells his story for the first time."
“Steyerl’s work and its reception should remind us of the dangerous seductiveness of authority, which we’re especially susceptible to when it confirms our beliefs.”