A So-Called Expert’s Uneasy Dive Into the Trump-Russia Frenzy | The New Yorker
if I could do it all over again, I would have highlighted just how inept and haphazard those attempts were. That the Agency is now widely seen as a savvy, efficient manipulator of American public opinion is, in no small part, the fault of experts. They may derive their authority from perceived neutrality, but in reality they—we—have interests, just like everyone else
facebook  fake-news  russia  pundits  viral 
2 days ago
Natalie Portman Doesn’t Want To Live In Oblivion
I don't think that's what the conversation should be about. I think it should be about: Why didn't Elaine May make a movie every year? Why didn't Nora Ephron make a movie every year? Where's the female version of Bill Cosby? Why don't we see any Asian women in films?
feminism  hollywood  film 
4 days ago
Your Facebook data is creepy as hell – Hacker Noon
Facebook never deletes anything. Unfriended friends, past relationships, former employers, previous names, address book: you name it.

I created my account Friday, September 14, 2007 at 10:59am and all my actions have been recorded ever since
facebook  data  privacy 
4 days ago
Data and Dating: Who Else Wants Your Love? - Our Data Our Selves
Paul-Oliver Dehaye, together with human rights lawyer Ravi Naik and journalist Judith Duportail, analysed the personal data from Duportail’s Tinder profile after asking the company to send it to her. They got 800 pages of all her activity in the app, as well as apps connected to her social media profiles such as Facebook) 8. According to Dehaye, the data collected by the app and shared with third parties is used for profiling and can affect your life when asking for a loan, applying for a job, a scholarship, or medical insurance.
data  facebook  okcupid  tinder 
5 days ago
This Florida Teacher Hid 65 People During a Massacre
And then just watching the rest of the kids run by and just tell them keep running, keep running as you’re shutting the door, it’s hard.
school-shooting  school 
9 days ago
Why Silicon Valley billionaires are prepping for the apocalypse in New Zealand | News | The Guardian
Thiel, a canary in capitalism’s coal mine who also happens to have profited lavishly from his stake in the mining concern itself.
silicon-valley  nz  apocalypse 
9 days ago
Sidewalk Labs: Google’s Guinea-Pig City in Toronto - The Atlantic
If the Sidewalk Toronto project were implemented as described in the vision document, the area would become some of the most heavily surveilled real estate on the planet
google  cities  gentrification  surveillance 
9 days ago
The Truth About Anonymous’s Activism | The Nation
By fetishizing the “weapons of the geek,” Coleman belies her radically techno-utopian belief—which colors the entire book but is never stated outright—that geeks offer the way to a better world through technological mastery.
trolls  4chan  anon 
9 days ago
Mark Zuckerberg’s Cringe-Worthy Attempt to Connect the World | Vanity Fair
If Facebook wants to keep from losing the youth to Snapchat—a new study by marketing firm eMarketer suggests that less than half of 12- to 17-year-old Americans will use Facebook at least once a month this year, and that also in 2018 Facebook will lose 2 million users under the age of 25—this seems like the wrong way to retain them.
facebook  youth  teens 
11 days ago
We Don’t Need New Laws for Faked Videos, We Already Have Them | Electronic Frontier Foundation
To win a false light lawsuit, a plaintiff—the person harmed by the deepfake, for example—must typically prove that the defendant—the person who uploaded the deepfake, for example—published something that gives a false or misleading impression of the plaintiff in such a way to damage the plaintiff’s reputation or cause them great offense, in such a way that would be highly offensive to a reasonable person, and caused the plaintiff mental anguish or suffering. It seems that in many situations the placement of someone in a deepfake without their consent would be the type of “highly offensive” conduct that the false light tort covers.
law  deepfakes  fakesters  faking  video 
11 days ago
Avoiding the echo chamber about echo chambers – Trust, Media and Democracy – Medium
Why, then, does the narrative of technology-fueled echo chambers continue to hold sway? One reason is that polarized media consumption is much more common among an important segment of the public — the most politically active, knowledgeable, and engaged. This group is disproportionately visible online and in public life.
11 days ago
A Commitment for More Than One Lifetime - The New York Times
“He leaned as far back as he could go in his chair in these crazy pants with his arms crossed,” she said, and wore a T-shirt that said “I Am John Galt” (a nod to the hero of the Ayn Rand novel “Atlas Shrugged’’) and wild yoga pants with flames, moons and stars.

“I loved the idea of seasteading and wrote about it for part of my thesis,” said Ms. Benjamin... taking cryogenics and life-extension technology into consideration.
silicon-valley  ayn-rand  libertarian  transhumanism 
11 days ago
Last blog standing, “last guy dancing”: How Jason Kottke is thinking about kottke.org at 20 » Nieman Journalism Lab
I never really got sick of the site. I would every once in a while, but since the membership thing happened, I really like sitting down and going to work for my members
11 days ago
100 Women, One Hotel, and the Weekend Retreat That Presaged Time’s Up By 18 Years | Vanity Fair
And why didn’t women in Hollywood know about the female pioneers who had shaped the business? Anders was devastated when she learned that Dorothy Davenport Reid, an acclaimed director in the 1920s, had died in obscurity 50 years later, “practically in my backyard in Woodland Hills,” Anders now recalls.
women  film 
11 days ago
The Bittersweet Beauty of Adam Rippon | Vanity Fair
. In the months since, it’s made me so sad for little me and little him—gay boys who were unaware of the mechanisms looming over them, who did not know they’d been spoken about
sports  olympics  lgbt 
11 days ago
Babylon Berlin on Netflix: Tom Tykwer Interview
“Let’s create a song that could play in the ’70s, that could play today and that could play in the ’20s.” There’s an in-between state. We want people to say, “I’ve heard this before, and I can imagine that people back then also heard this song.” We know that in the ’20s there were already first electronic instruments,
music  atemporality 
11 days ago
The Story Behind the World’s Most Famous Desktop Background
The company never told O’Rear exactly why they selected his photograph. “Were they looking for an image that was peaceful?” he mused. “Were they looking for an image that had no tension?” But the artist duo Goldin+Senneby, who spent months researching the photograph for a 2006 work, said that the Microsoft branding team “wanted an image with ‘more grounding’ than the images of skies they had used in Windows 95. Also, the green grass and the blue sky fit perfectly with the two main colors in the branding scheme.”
microsoft  design  photography 
11 days ago
Inside Facebook's Hellish Two Years—and Mark Zuckerberg's Struggle to Fix it All | WIRED
But according to a former Facebook executive in a position to know, the company believed that many of the Facebook accounts and the predatory behavior the letters referenced were fakes, traceable to News Corp lawyers or others working for Murdoch, who owned Facebook’s biggest competitor, MySpace. “We traced the creation of the Facebook accounts to IP addresses at the Apple store a block away from the MySpace offices in Santa Monica,”.... “We had to really flip him on that. We realized that if we didn’t, the company was going to start heading down this pariah path that Uber was on.”
myspace  media  facebook  moral-panic 
12 days ago
Web creator Tim Berners-Lee’s Solid project to reimagine internet data
To potentially help combat such practices he is working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a way to “re-decentralise the web” and give netizens more control over their personal data.

Called Solid — derived from the term “social linked data” — the project aims to “radically change the way web applications work today, resulting in true data ownership as well as improved privacy,” the Solid website says.
web  decentralize 
12 days ago
Why I barely read SF these days - Charlie's Diary
Now, what's my problem with contemporary science fiction?

Simply put, plausible world-building in the twenty-first century is incredibly hard work.
sf  sci-fi  writing  fiction 
17 days ago
Probe (TV Series 1988– ) - IMDb
Austin James, an eccentric scientific prodigy, and his somewhat scatterbrained secretary, Michelle Castle, investigate a variety of murders, all with a scientific basis, whether it be a locked-room mystery in a nuclear reactor, or homicides committed with holograms.
tv  80s 
17 days ago
“As babies we went from Similac and Enfamil / To the internet and fentanyl.”
18 days ago
Uma deserves better
Don't misinterpret this: when there are discrepancies in a subject's story, that's when a reporter should push farther, dig deeper, keep reporting. Good reporters don't ignore the inconvenient or contradictory parts of a subject's interview; they dig deeper into them. That's not what seems to be happening in this Thurman story. Rather, Dowd veers into a part of the narrative that Thurman can't or won't disclose, and allows the ambiguity to remain in a way that's at once titillating and open to personal interpretation: two things reporting on sexual assault should never do
media  reporting  journalism 
19 days ago
Early Facebook and Google Employees Form Coalition to Fight What They Built - The New York Times
Jim Steyer, chief executive and founder of Common Sense, said the Truth About Tech campaign was modeled on antismoking drives and focused on children because of their vulnerability. That may sway tech chief executives to change, he said. Already, Apple’s chief executive, Timothy D. Cook, told The Guardian last month that he would not let his nephew on social media, while the Facebook investor Sean Parker also recently said of the social network that “God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.”
tech-regrets  labor  attention  google  facebook 
20 days ago
What Will It Take For The Film Industry To Really Support Women Filmmakers?
The festival this year was flush with vibrant, edgy, interesting, emotional work from women directors, beyond just the ones I mentioned, but it's going to be a slow, difficult process for some of them to gain traction in the wider world. And if distributors aren’t willing to gamble on them at even the festival level, what chance is there for women filmmakers to make gains in the broader film industry?
film  sundance 
24 days ago
Is it legal to swap someone’s face into porn without consent? - The Verge
“It absolutely bears repeating that so much of our brains’ cognitive capacities are predicated on believing what we see,” Goldman says. “The proliferation of tools to make fake photos and fake videos that are indistinguishable from real photos and videos is going to test that basic, human capacity.”
faking  revenge-porn 
25 days ago
Another Thing to Sort of Pin on David Foster Wallace - The New York Times
In the Internet era, Wallace’s moves have been adopted and further slackerized by a legion of opinion-mongers who not only lack his quick mind but seem not to have mastered the idea that to make an argument, you must, amid all the tap-dancing and hedging, actually lodge an argument.
writing  dfw  rhetoric  blogging 
28 days ago
The Dirty War Over Diversity Inside Google | WIRED
Diversity advocates say that by trying to stay neutral, Google is being exploited by instigators, who have disguised a targeted harassment campaign as conservative political thought.
google  diversity  harassment  silicon-valley 
29 days ago
Why It's Too Easy To Dismiss Technology Critics: Or, The Fallacies Leading A Reviewer To Call Nicholas Carr Paranoid
Bustillos commits a version of this framing fallacy when she writes...why is this the “real” question? Why is the only legitimate way to look at the pros and cons of automating medical practice through the lens of whether some results are better?
4 weeks ago
Book review: ‘To Save Everything, Click Here’ by Evgeny Morozov - The Washington Post
His critique of Google and other firms engaged in “algorithmic gatekeeping”is basically taken from Lessig’s first book, “Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace,” in which Lessig argued that technology is necessarily ideological and that choices embodied in code, unlike law, are dangerously insulated from political debate. Morozov presents these ideas as his own and, instead of crediting Lessig, bludgeons him repeatedly. Similarly, Morozov warns readers of the dangers of excessively perfect technologies as if Jonathan Zittrain hadn’t been saying the same thing for the past 10 years. His failure to credit his targets gives the misimpression that Morozov figured it all out himself and that everyone else is an idiot.
4 weeks ago
Postmodernism Did Not Take Place: On Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life - Viewpoint Magazine
The con­fla­tion of post­mod­ernism and Marx­ism may come as some sur­prise to those who iden­ti­fy as belong­ing to either side of the equa­tion. Per­haps the best-known the­o­riza­tion of post­moder­ni­ty, Fredric Jameson’s Post­mod­ernism: The Cul­tur­al Log­ic of Late Cap­i­tal­ism, con­ceives of the peri­od as an object of inquiry to which Marx­ist analy­sis may be applied, not a the­o­ret­i­cal per­spec­tive. Today, it is not uncom­mon to see con­dem­na­tions of post­mod­ernism and pleas for a return to Enlight­en­ment ratio­nal­i­ty in the pages of Jacobin. But Peter­son is not the only ide­o­logue to elide the dis­tinc­tion between these usu­al­ly opposed frame­works
theory  marxism  education 
4 weeks ago
Why Video Games Can't Teach You Empathy - Motherboard
But, Anthropy maintains, Dys4ia was never intended to be an "empathy game." It never pretended to invite you into the trans experience, to immerse you in Anthropy's experience getting on estrogen. Anthropy, 32, is now challenging the idea that a digital game can confer an understanding of her lived experience, marginalization, and personal struggle.
empathy  games  vr 
5 weeks ago
Friends Who Host Benefits | Ben Davis
That’s part of what makes the guy diabolical: as a political personality, he’s so excessive, and what is wrong with him so obvious and satisfyingly mockable, that he repels complex analysis of the system that enables him. Cultural writing is particularly vulnerable to this vice, liable by its very nature to over-invest in the value of style and branding, to rewrite political questions as matters of taste.
trump  art  politics  optics 
6 weeks ago
Don't Be Evil
The other thing to say about the utopian idea is that it lives in the Valley partly as a marketing strategy. This is a political operation of the first importance. If the Valley can convince Washington that the Valley is the home of the future and that its leaders see things that leaders back in stuffy old DC can’t see, then they can also make a case for being deregulated.
6 weeks ago
The Selling of Katie Roiphe
By “intense,” the Times meant that it had been covered in the Times. After the magazine cover story and the page one book review, the Times commentary on the size and significance of the Roiphe controversy became only an exercise in self-congratulation—a nod to its own ability to manufacture controversy with far-reaching influence...Feminist writer Joan Smith told the Observer, “They [Roiphe, Wolf, and Jong] were charming, very marketable, perfect for television and the U.S. lecture circuit. But that has propelled them to a prominence unjustified by the quality of their ideas.”
media  feminism 
6 weeks ago
Washington Monthly | How to Fix Facebook—Before It Fixes Us
e theorized that the Russians had identified a set of users susceptible to its message, used Facebook’s advertising tools to identify users with similar profiles, and used ads to persuade those people to join groups dedicated to controversial issues. Facebook’s algorithms would have favored Trump’s crude message and the anti-Clinton conspiracy theories that thrilled his supporters, with the likely consequence that Trump and his backers paid less than Clinton for Facebook advertising per person reached. The ads were less important, though, than what came next: once users were in groups, the Russians could have used fake American troll accounts and computerized “bots” to share incendiary messages and organize events
facebook  fake-news 
6 weeks ago
‘We Ask That You Do Not Call Us Professor’ – The Billfold – Medium
we ask that you do not call us ‘Professor.’ We are hired as adjunct lecturers and it is important that you remember that. You deserve to be taught by properly compensated professors whose full attention is to teaching and scholarship.”
7 weeks ago
CoMeT | Let's Go in for a Closer Look: Observing Passwords in Their Natural Habitat
Our findings suggest that once a user needs to manage a larger number of passwords, they cope by partially and exactly reusing passwords across most of their accounts.
privacy  security 
7 weeks ago
Aspect ratios in Errol Morris's Wormwood · BLOG Progress Process
instead of trimming each frame down slightly to 2.39:1, Morris crops it even tighter, to an unconventional ~3.17:1.

Is this supposed to make us uncomfortable? Because it makes me uncomfortable! So wide and so far away from cinematic conventions! It’s almost as if we have been secretly drugged.
7 weeks ago
The Origin of Silicon Valley’s Dysfunctional Attitude Toward Hate Speech | The New Yorker
Throughout this campaign, McCarthy never acknowledged the racial tensions that had so clearly informed the university’s actions. Rather, he offered an engineer’s systemic analysis of how information ought to be distributed, without regard for cultural or political context—a species of reasoning that, decades later, has become ingrained in Silicon Valley. But context intruded on the bulletin board anyway, through the posts of William Augustus Brown, Jr., an African-American medical student who was participating in the department’s research on using A.I. to treat patients. Brown was the lone voice among Stanford’s computer scientists to support the ban.
moderation  56k 
7 weeks ago
JP on Twitter: "Definitely read Alan Kay's 1972 document on the "DynaBook" if you haven't. It goes far beyond simply predicting the iPad; it imagines a futu… https://t.co/MAbYYESqvy"
Definitely read Alan Kay's 1972 document on the "DynaBook" if you haven't. It goes far beyond simply predicting the iPad; it imagines a future where creation and learning are first-class use cases, with a sense of social impact rarely seen in tech today
8 weeks ago
Could Facebook Be Tried for Human-Rights Abuses? - The Atlantic
That’s partly because it’s extremely unlikely that Facebook (or the other big platforms) will ever be deemed legally liable or legally compelled to accountability for playing a significant role in human-rights abuses around the world. Even posing the question of a platform’s legal culpability for human-rights abuses seems a quixotic pursuit, based on the reaction when I’ve brought it up with attorneys and human-rights advocates. The apparent absurdity of pursuing legal accountability seems to have less to do with the innocence or guilt of platforms and more to do with the realities of human-rights law
8 weeks ago
Bussed out: how America moves thousands of homeless people around the country | US news | The Guardian
He insists he was never told that by agreeing to take that Greyhound bus ticket off of the island, he was also promising never to come back.
poverty  homelessness  sf  methodology  research  dataviz 
9 weeks ago
Searching for Daniel Day-Lewis | Village Voice
“Why do you work like that?” Watson says she asked him.

“Well,” Day-Lewis replied, “I don’t think I’m a good enough actor to be able to not do it this way.”
talent  film  acting 
9 weeks ago
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