Alternate Ending | Pitchfork
) In other words, alternative media, for all its efforts to promote ideas challenging enough to exist outside the mainstream, never presented an alternative to the dominant economic model we live in. It might even be said that both alternative rock and the alt weeklies did their part to reinforce that model by framing potentially explosive content within a conformist approach to the economy.
media  alt-weeklies  publishing  boston 
How Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter helped police target black activists | Fusion
The ACLU announced Tuesday that Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram gave Chicago-based company Geofeedia access to user information that helped law enforcement agencies monitor and target activists of color.
privacy  activism  blacklivesmatter 
5 days ago
Hearing Aid by John Brunner from The Shockwave Rider
And talks to a blank though lighted screen. It's a service. Imposing no penances, it's kinder than the confessional. Demanding no fees, it's affordable where psychotherapy is not. Offering no advice, it's better than arguing with that son (or daughter) of a bitch who thinks he/she knows all the answers and goes on and on and on until you want to scream.
emotions  affective-computing 
9 days ago
Video games where people matter? The strange future of emotional AI | Technology | The Guardian
possibilities of non-player characters (NPCs) who could think and act in a more complex and human way – who could provide the emotional feedback that the Edge reviewer was thinking about.
games  emotions  just-browsing  affective-computing 
10 days ago
Lucid Streaming — Real Life
Experiencing early VR is like visiting the Santa Monica Pier or Miami’s South Beach and discovering that the place is somehow breathtaking and tawdry at the same time. It’s hard afterward to separate the exhilaration from the disappointment.
vr  media 
10 days ago
Metaphorically Speaking, Men Are Expected to be Struck by Genius, Women to Nurture It - The New York Times
They found that people tend to rate discoveries that came about “like a light bulb” as more exceptional than those that are “nurtured like seeds.” But not when the inventor was a woman. In that case, people rated “nurtured” ideas as more exceptional...
This study suggests that it benefits a man to downplay how much work went into his ideas. And it benefits a woman to prove how much work went into hers.

(thinking of how this connects to personal essays vr reported pieces)
metaphor  research  science  ideas  gender 
10 days ago
The Alt-Right Was Conjured Out of Pearl Clutching and Media Attention | Motherboard
Specifically assessing journalists’ role in perpetuating the alt-right story, Chava Gourarie notes that, the more the movement was reported on, the more reporting journalists were required to do; to speak of the alt-right is to make it so they can’t not be discussed
alt-right  trolls 
10 days ago
Sen. Franken Questions Oculus Rift on How It Collects and Shares Personal Information | Al Franken | Senator for Minnesota
. "I believe Americans have a fundamental right to privacy, and that right includes an individual's access to information about what data are being collected about them, how the data are being treated, and with whom the data are being shared. As virtual reality technology evolves, I ask that you provide more information on Rift and how Oculus is addressing issues of privacy and security."
vr  oculus  privacy 
12 days ago
Virtual reality will open the door to incredibly intimate surveillance | Fusion
Retinad Analytics, which specializes in measuring people’s emotional reactions to 360 video and virtual reality. Heat maps of Carrier’s head movements were created using the gyroscopes and sensors in the VR headset. In more intensive Retinad tests, sensors track sweat, heart rate, and eye movement to see what watchers are interested in, excited by, or disgusted with. Eventually, they hope to understand exactly how the human head moves when feeling a certain emotion.
vr  emotional-surveillance  affective-computing  surveillance 
12 days ago
Wall Street’s Next Frontier Is Hacking Into Emotions of Traders - Bloomberg
“Imagine if all your traders were required to wear wristwatches that monitor their physiology, and you had a dashboard that tells you in real time who is freaking out,
Emotional-surveillance  affective-computing 
12 days ago
New Tech Lets Journalists Find Damning Soundbites
Here’s an example. I uploaded the entirety of Donald Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention from July 2016 to Deepgram. Now you can search through it just like you would with text.

see also: http://talkobamato.me/synthesize.py?speech_key=77ff00cb8af500c23d74d5bbc7f05560
voice  text  surveillance  search  editing  video 
12 days ago
Self-driving cars won’t just log miles and road markers; they’ll be logging you | Ars Technica
Nauto currently produces a $400 aftermarket camera- and sensor-equipped device that attaches to a car’s windshield to analyze driver behavior. According to Reuters, the device is part-dash cam—snapping footage and tagging “events” like accidents—and part-driver monitor—detecting possible driver distraction in the car like drinking or texting.
surveillance  cars 
12 days ago
Yahoo helps the government read your emails. Just following orders, they say. - The Washington Post
Without apparent protest, according to news reports, it built a mechanism that allowed the National Security Agency and the FBI to scan all of its users’ incoming emails for specific characters or words.

That’s hundreds of millions of emails.
yahoo  nsa 
14 days ago
Virtual Reality Check: Its Future Surrounds Us
“People have a really emotional reaction to that film,” says Milk. “We showed it at Sundance last year using Google Cardboard, and we kept having to throw away the Cardboard [headsets] because they were getting soggy from people crying. The film is only seven minutes long, but the power and the impact that it had within seven minutes is something I’ve never seen before in any other form of media.” 
15 days ago
Headspace app generates buzz as meditation turns ultra-trendy - LA Times
Headspace also counts celebrities Jessica Alba, Jared Leto and Ryan Seacrest among its investors, not to mention Gwyneth Paltrow, Emma Watson and Zach Braff among its fans...Virgin Atlantic offers Headspace in its in-flight entertainment. And employees at Google and LinkedIn have access to a companywide subscription.
meditation  apps  iphone  silicon-valley  start-up 
16 days ago
How technology disrupted the truth | Katharine Viner | Media | The Guardian
It seemed that journalists were no longer required to believe their own stories to be true, nor, apparently, did they need to provide evidence. Instead it was up to the reader – who does not even know the identity of the source – to make up their own mind.
journalism  ethics  media  facts  echo-chambers  viral 
16 days ago
Sam Altman’s Manifest Destiny - The New Yorker
OpenAI was born of Musk’s conviction that an A.I. could wipe us out by accident. The problem of managing powerful systems that lack human values is exemplified by “the paperclip maximizer,” a scenario that the Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom raised in 2003. If you told an omnicompetent A.I. to manufacture as many paper clips as possible, and gave it no other directives, it could mine all of Earth’s resources to make paper clips, including the atoms in our bodies—assuming it didn’t just kill us outright, to make sure that we didn’t stop it from making more paper clips. ...

“The thing people forget about human babies is that they take years to learn anything interesting..“If A.I. researchers were developing an algorithm and stumbled across the one for a human baby, they’d get bored watching it, decide it wasn’t working, and shut it down.”
silicon-valley  ai  singularity  hal  robots 
18 days ago
Why Paul Bloom Is Wrong About Empathy and Morality | Psychology Today
The desire to censure empathy stems from the belief that empathy and other emotions necessarily lead to anarchy and retributive justice, while reason necessarily leads to order and good judgment. Yet sufficient evidence from the annals of human history plainly shows that reason, untempered by empathy, is just as likely to lead to tyranny and genocide as it is to lead to good judgment. When compassion and reason are decoupled, judgment is not improved. Instead, the door is opened to inhumane practices...
it is the marriage of empathy to principle that has always been and will continue to be our salvation.
19 days ago
In The Bag - tribunedigital-chicagotribune
article on fake designer items —chanel, lv etc— from 1989
authenticity  fashion 
25 days ago
'A welcome rebuke to dead white men': The Smithsonian's African American museum finally arrives | Art and design | The Guardian
With the forbidding air of defensive arrow-slit windows, these cuts frame views to the White House and the Washington Monument, to the Thomas Jefferson and Martin Luther King memorials a kilometre away, binding DC’s ceremonial landscape to the African American story – and suggesting the museum is here to keep a watchful eye out.
architecture  history  dc 
26 days ago
The Internet Really Has Changed Everything. Here’s the Proof.
“What are your favorite apps?” I ask, with instant regret. Already I fear the routine insipidness of my question. I am trying to avoid the bad vibes of the thirsty focus group moderator who seeks insights into “teen tech habits,” even if that’s exactly why I am here.
28 days ago
VR Will Make Life Better—Or Just Be an Opiate for the Masses | WIRED
Robert Nozick explored this very question more than 30 years ago in an influential thought experiment. “Suppose,” he wrote in 1974, “there were an experience machine that would give you any experience you desired. Super-duper neurophysicists could stimulate your brain so that you would think and feel you were writing a great novel, or making a friend, or reading an interesting book. All the time you would be floating in a tank, with electrodes attached to your brain. Would you plug in?”
vr  philosophy  virtual-worlds  oculus 
28 days ago
Palmer Luckey did not start with nothing
Luckey has enough money to ignore the real world and live in a carefully curated reality where he gets to write his own narrative. And he got that way because his own pristine, yacht-club life was so dissatisfying that he became obsessed with creating virtual realities
28 days ago
Man dashes into house to save laptop, 2 books he was writing as big fire burns in New Orleans' Broadmoor neighborhood | Crime/Police | theadvocate.com
Gideon Hodge, 35, describes himself as a playwright, novelist and actor. When his fiancé told him that their apartment was on fire, he left his Mid-City workplace and rushed to the scene.

Hodge then rushed into the structure – past firefighters yelling at him to stop, past the smoke flying everywhere – to grab the laptop he knew was underneath a table inside. He had two completed novels on the computer that he wasn’t willing to sacrifice, he said.
5 weeks ago
Typecast as a terrorist | Riz Ahmed | The Long Read | World news | The Guardian
Apart from a Chinese family and a South American pilot battling the indignity with his spotless uniform, the holding pen was filled with 20 slight variations of my own face, all staring at me – kind of like a Bollywood remake of Being John Malkovich. It was a reminder: you are a type, whose face says things before your mouth opens; you are a signifier before you are a person; you are back at stage one.

The holding pen also had that familiar audition room fear. Everyone is nervous, but the prospect of solidarity is undercut by competition. In this situation, you’re all fighting to graduate out of a reductive purgatory and into some recognition of your unique personhood. In one way or another you are all saying: “I’m not like the rest of them.”
borders  actors  film  stereotypes 
5 weeks ago
Lionel Shriver's full speech: 'I hope the concept of cultural appropriation is a passing fad' | Opinion | The Guardian
But what does this have to do with writing fiction? The moral of the sombrero scandals is clear: you’re not supposed to try on other people’s hats. Yet that’s what we’re paid to do, isn’t it? Step into other people’s shoes, and try on their hats.
dumb  empathy 
5 weeks ago
The Architect Who Became a Diamond - The New Yorker
Both the family and Magid were familiar with a widely circulated story—that the archive had been bought by a Swiss businessman as an engagement gift, in lieu of a ring, for his wife, Federica Zanco. Magid explained that her intention was to use the engagement ring with Barragán’s compressed remains to “propose” to Zanco, in the hope that she would, in exchange, agree to open the archive, perhaps even to return it to Mexico. The family members took a vote and agreed unanimously...A prank is: you throw something in and watch what happens. This is a commitment.” Still, people often ask Magid why anyone ever agrees to collaborate with her. She has said that she thinks it is “due to some combination of vanity, pride, and loneliness.”

(projects that work bc magid is charismatic enough to convince people to say yes...)
art  jewelry  jill-magid  archives  architecture 
5 weeks ago
Sue Thomas (author) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Her most recent book is Technobiophilia: nature and cyberspace.[2] The non-fiction travelogue of cyberspace Hello World: travels in virtuality was published in 2004
thebook  toread  cyberpunk 
5 weeks ago
The Secret Culprit in the Theranos Mess | Vanity Fair
And then there’s the fact that many of these tech outlets rely so heavily on tech conferences. “If you look at most tech publications, they have major conferences as their revenue,” Jason Calacanis, the blogger and founder of Weblogs, told me. “If you hit too hard, you lose keynotes, ticket buyers, and support in the tech space.
conferences  tech  media 
6 weeks ago
Exclusive: How Elizabeth Holmes’s House of Cards Came Tumbling Down | Vanity Fair
Carreyrou was simply emboldened. “It’s O.K. if you’ve got a smartphone app or a social network, and you go live with it before it’s ready; people aren’t going to die,” he told me. “But with medicine, it’s different.”
tech  start-ups  silicon-valley  business 
6 weeks ago
Symbol of Underground Railroad lives on in Brockton - The Boston Globe
Bennett, the hotel keeper, was a leader in the fight for freedom who took risks, according to Wilson and Beals. He was passionate about human rights and put up slaves making their way to Canada in a variety of hidden locations, including the South Congregational Church in Brockton Center, one of seven local stops on the safe-house system that then ran out past Randolph, to New Hampshire, and on north
6 weeks ago
Mike Birbiglia’s 6 Tips for Making It Small in Hollywood. Or Anywhere. - The New York Times
I once heard an interview where Ron Howard said that he tests the rough cuts of his movies with a ton of audiences. He doesn’t do it to be told what the movie’s vision should be, but to understand whether his vision is coming across. If not, he makes changes.
practice  writing 
7 weeks ago
The Genius in the Cornfield | Book Review | Chicago Reader
The really perceptive thinkers about technology have been especially useful in pointing out, in the last several years, how tools are not something external to us or forced upon us, not something that makes us conform intellectually to certain forms of use. Rather, our technologies are prosthetic extensions of ourselves; they represent the congealed collection of our hopes and fears and dreams about the way we would like to extend ourselves into the world.
writing  quotes  technology 
7 weeks ago
interview with Richard Powers
At 28, I liked to read for the transcendent moment, for the total immersion in the oceanic, an experience beyond our ability to decipher or control. At 42, I am still working out the relation between pleasure and responsibility, meaning and coercion, self-knowledge and rationalization, co-optation and genuine empathy. Every new book seems to interrogate the previous one's loopholes. I don't mean to say that I no longer find novels beautiful with the same frequency as I did when I was younger (although I guess I do now have more of the inevitable tradesman's sense of when something has been a little jerry-rigged). But the absolute, universalizing kind of beauty that I was after when I read a book in 1985 has opened out, grown more mottled, become its own turbulent ecology. I can still weep for Little Nell. But the tears are driven by a wider sense of human agenda--tainted, touched-up, qualified and always magnificently insufficient.
reading  books 
7 weeks ago
Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 175, Richard Powers
the sort of paradoxical relationship that the fiction writer takes toward the world. You remove yourself from the world in order to have control over the ways of depicting it. And the crisis of representation is exactly that. Are you killing the thing by freezing it in the representation? I’m reminded of a line in Proust: “The hermit is the person to whom the judgment of a society matters the most.” And therefore he removes himself from the domain of the social in order to protect himself from that judgment.
7 weeks ago
Read It Later: A Procrastinator’s Memoir - The New York Times
This sort of long-term, focused work instills a sense of purpose, connects us to future generations and trains a skill she calls “unitasking,” as opposed to multitasking. But committing to a demanding personal project is also very difficult because we are perfectionists and fear failure, and it is much easier just to sit around and look at baby owl videos on the internet.
8 weeks ago
Why Raya Is the Soho House of Dating Apps - Vogue
people named Wolf, people whose bios say things like “racing driver living between Monaco and Tokyo,” and, like, a million dudes who claim to be successful fashion photographers, but in reality have less Instagram followers than some dogs I know.

The problem, of course, is that whenever something is defined as being elite or exclusive, it tends to attract status-conscious douchebags.
tinder  online-dating 
8 weeks ago
The awkward, early Internet friendships of Myspace Tom, George Takei and others - The Washington Post
Tom Anderson, co-founder of Myspace and photographer:

My first friend was Brad McQuaid, the creator of the original “EverQuest.” We met on a bulletin board system sometime in the early ’80s, before the Internet was a thing. In addition to our nerd activities, we actually formed a rock band together as teenagers.
8 weeks ago
The Taxpayer Advocate Service Can Help Resolve Your IRS Issues
The TAS is an independent organization within the IRS that has an office in every state, and they may be able to help if you’ve tried to resolve a problem using regular IRS channels but haven’t gotten anywhere.
8 weeks ago
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