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New post from the Relevant Blog re: political ads, attention, and algorithmic manipulation 🚨 "The problem isn't just advertising, it's the attention economy. When platforms like Twitter and Facebook use engagement-based algorithms, there's no such thing as "free and fair" civil discourse on their networks — even without targeted political ads."
We’re told we’re living in an attention economy. Sites and platforms harvest our data, then use it to place targeted ads in our path. But how does this business model actually work? What are the processes and practices taking place behind the scenes that make this lucrative arrangement possible? We spoke to Shengwu Li, an assistant professor of economics at Harvard, to learn more about the deep machinery of the attention economy. ...Read More
"It is early July, almost 30C outside, but Mihkel Jäätma is thinking about Christmas. In a co-working space in Soho, the 39-year-old founder and CEO of Realeyes, an “emotion AI” startup which uses eye-tracking and facial expression to analyse mood, scrolls through a list of 20 festive ads from 2018. ...Read More
Many people smoke Juul but It’s pretty obvious they are marketing towards young people and potentially children. It’s nothing but big tobacco back on their bullshit in a different time with a new product. There is a reason why it’s ‘fun/novel’ to pop in a new pod - more single “Juul, 35%-owned by Marlboro maker Altria Group, has already withdrawn popular flavours such as mango and cucumber from retail stores and closed its social media channels on Instagram and Facebook.” ...Read More
An article that examines the vastness of images and data, and their effects on worldbuilding, as instrumentalized by "The Q Network," which combines machine learning and human expertise.
Alphabet’s stock price fell 8% after they made the YouTube algorithm healthier. Seems like there is a direct relationship between corporate profits and algorithmic propagation of sensational and radical content. “In the first quarter of 2018, Google began making changes to YouTube’s algorithms designed to stop harmful content from appearing in the feed of recommended videos you see on the side of a video page.”
"Facebook showed that few advertisers stopped buying ads on the platform in the first quarter despite the data concerns swirling around Cambridge Analytica."
“It’s becoming harder and harder for the individual to find unbiased information that they can trust, because there’s so much other material trying to crowd that space.”
‘You have three different factors coming together at once: two primary ones and one secondary but critical one. First, digital publishing has always been ruled by a basic structural reality: there are too many publications.... Then came the platform monopolies: Google, Facebook and a few others.... ...Read More