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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."
It’s gotten to the point where the tech giants know more about you than the government does. Take it from Yael Eisenstat, who served as a CIA officer, a diplomat in East Africa, and an adviser to Vice President Biden before joining Facebook in 2018 to tackle its election meddling ...Read More
Really into this call for journalists to include more solution-based narratives in tech reporting but also #Zucksucks “We need a public not only skeptical of Big Tech, but capable of navigating policy debates and ready to conceive of a technological world different from the one we live in.”
“When we talk about generations, we’re not talking age cohort astrology for desperate brand managers—we’re talking history. The three big groups that dominate discourse are really three different experiences of empire. The boomers got a full dose, and despite the MAGA paroxysm remain irrationally exuberant about America. While post-empire Gen ...Read More
Now, we’re so invested in designing interfaces that provide a seamless delivery of content, we aren’t considering user mindsets that teeter into decision paralysis when confronted with infinite content. Because the fact is, there’s just so much damn content. Everywhere you turn. It would take you more than 11,000 years ...Read More
Marcus Gilroy Ware has a brilliant section talking about this in his book on Capitalism, Emotion, and Social Media from Repeater Books.
This story is currently breaking the internet. 'I Was Caroline Calloway Seven years after I met the infamous Instagram star, I’m ready to tell my side of the story. By Natalie Beach.' ...Read More
It’s distressing, if not surprising, that the Chinese government has allegedly been using social media to systematically dehumanize its own citizens in the same stark language that helped to fuel the Rwandan genocide. From the standpoint of social media, however, it’s emblematic of a wider problem in which platforms built It also suggests that Facebook’s focus on “election interference” in the wake of 2016 has been too narrow. China’s campaign in Hong Kong makes it clear that public discourse can and will be gamed and distorted at any time, rendering irrelevant tactics like the “election war room” that Facebook has ...Read More
"The ridiculous corporate media freakout over Senator Bernie Sanders’ entirely legitimate accusations of pro-establishment bias continues today, with shrill, absurd new headlines like “Sanders campaign continues attacks on journalists” and “Bernie Sanders isn’t sorry” featuring hysterical MSM drama queens rending their garments over the suggestion that plutocrat-owned media outlets could In response to this cartoonish display of billionaire-sponsored performance art, The Hill’s Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjati aired a segment on their online show Rising which is as damning an exposé on the dynamics of mass media empire propaganda as we are ever likely to witness" ...Read More
“Long before children were able to create, edit, and curate images of their lives,” she writes, “they were already doing so on a psychic level.” Freud called these images “screen memories”—no pun intended—and he thought that we used them to soften or obscure painful experiences. Humans have always tried to ...Read More
"Anna Wiener writes on Daniel Gackle and Scott Bell, the content moderators of Hacker News, a popular online tech-focussed forum owned by the startup accelerator Y Combinator."
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
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
Megapixels covered in NYT - but also check out this incredibly blasé business model: "Clarifai used the images from OkCupid to build a service that could identify the age, sex and race of detected faces, Mr. Zeiler said. He said Clarifai had access to OkCupid’s photos because some of the dating site’s founders invested in his company. ...Read More