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Notes on some artefacts
Five or six years ago, around the time most people seemed to be spending almost all of their time on the internet, I began to notice a particular kind of online phenomenon, one that I did not have a terminology for. I started to call these moments “artefacts”, borrowing a term from photography that describes the machine-created distortions and ghosts that corrupt digital imagery. “An unintended alteration in data” is one definition, but this new kind of “artefact” was expanding beyond sporadic instances and becoming a persistent sub-theme in discourse at large.

The result was a type of semiotic collapse, one that first found its fullest expression in the absurdity of the 2016 presidential campaign, when news stories fabricated in Macedonia found a wider reach than The Washington Post. Countermeasures to interference in the coming 2018 congressional election look ineffectual, perhaps deliberately so.
artefacts  fake-news  bots  weird  2018  trump  politics 
9 weeks ago by jm
Archiving the 8th
'archiving & collecting the 2018 referendum':
This site was set up as a voluntary effort to answer some of these questions, and to quickly compile information on all known archiving and collecting activities happening nationwide, on both sides of the referendum campaign. It’s still very much a work in progress but the aspirations include:

to provide an immediate, temporary resource to consolidate information on who’s archiving the 8th, and offer contact details
share resources and suggestions, particularly for people wishing to donate material
identify potential gaps or opportunities in collecting
support networking of folks around the country engaged in archiving the 8th
share models of protocols and examples of other ‘rapid response’ collecting elsewhere
repealthe8th  history  archives  archival  2018  referenda 
may 2018 by jm
The 29 Stages Of A Twitterstorm In 2018
'14. Then suddenly there are Nazis everywhere.'
twitter  twitterstorms  funny  2018  nazis  alt-right  memes 
january 2018 by jm

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