If Day - Wikipedia
a simulated Nazi German invasion and occupation of the Canadian city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and surrounding areas on 19 February 1942, during the Second World War. It was organized by the Greater Winnipeg Victory Loan organization, which was led by prominent Winnipeg businessman J. D. Perrin. The event was the largest military exercise in Winnipeg to that point.
fake  simulation 
3 days ago
Fictitious Tunes and Revenant Records | Features | No Echo
Written by the book's co-editor, David Smay, the story is about The Daisy Bang, a fabricated act, which—after releasing a slew of psych-pop—recorded a night's meth-fueled practice, nearly inventing hardcore punk (releasing it as The Black Beauty Demos). Those imaginary recordings had a few hundred confused collectors in those pre-search engine days bugging every record store employee they knew—all because they didn't notice the work was in the book's (very) brief section of fictional writing. You can still look it up and find forums where people ask if The Daisy Bang ever were. The band's other albums that people still keep an eye out for, but don't exist, are Daisy Bang Days, Harmony Cathedral, and Cin Songs Seventeen.
fake  music 
5 days ago
Kinko's and The Connection | CTheory
10/14: It’s 3:00 in the morning. Nine Inch Nails is blasting from the Kinko’s stereo. After xeroxing his butt for a couple hours, a drunk, scraggly friend of my Connection strips naked and starts posing for photos taken with the passport camera. The photos are enlarged with the color copier and laminated along with left-over hole punches and crayon shavings in a sixteen foot long strip of plastic.
56k  kinkos  wtf 
7 days ago
Platform Companies Are Becoming More Powerful — But What Exactly Do They Want? - NYTimes.com
Uber, like so many other successful tech companies in 2017, is a “platform business,” one built around matchmaking between vendors and customers. If successful, a platform creates its own marketplace; if extremely successful, it ends up controlling something closer to an entire economy...An insurgent Airbnb feels as if it’s enabling new types of transactions between previously unconnected people. A dominant Airbnb might come to resemble something between a superintendent and a landlord for millions, not to mention a force reshaping cities in its image.
uber  airbnb  sharing-economy  labor  platforms 
9 days ago
Could Robot 'Telepathy' Make Self-Driving Cars Safer? - Greater Patchogue Daily
The researchers at the Boston University and the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have come up with a technology that uses brain signals to correct the robotic errors.
telepathy  eeg  drones  self-driving 
9 days ago
In Conversation With Robert Silvers -- New York Magazine
My feeling is that there are millions and millions if not billions of words in tweets and blogs, and that they are not getting and will not get the critical attention that prose anywhere should have unless we find a new form of criticism.
9 days ago
Google launches new effort to flag upsetting or offensive content in search
Google’s quality raters, over 10,000 contractors that Google uses worldwide to evaluate search results. These raters are given actual searches to conduct, drawn from real searches that Google sees. They then rate pages that appear in the top results as to how good those seem as answers.
fake-news  centaur  automation  google  filters  moderation 
14 days ago
The Fate of the Critic in the Clickbait Age - The New Yorker
The role of the critic, Scott says, is to resist the manufactured consensus—to interrogate the successful, to exalt the unknown, to argue for ambiguity and complexity. Virgil Thomson immortally defined criticism as “the only antidote we have to paid publicity.”
traffic  criticism  workingon  clickbait 
14 days ago
Crie de grrrrr!: Another carrier experiments with child-free zones on planes | The Economist
“Journey in Satchidananda” by Alice Coltrane. Coltrane used a drone in her music with almost the exact frequency as an aircraft’s engine, which has the effect of cancelling it out. Gulliver accepts that experimental jazz is, for many people, the musical equivalent of nails being scratched across a blackboard. Still, it is better that than the yowl of a distressed youngster.
airport  music  sound 
17 days ago
Facebook is watching us, but who’s watching Facebook? | Shahidha Bari | Opinion | The Guardian
The stupidity of a social media platform that mistakes a painting for pornography doesn’t deserve our righteous indignation, but we should certainly be concerned with what this reveals about the way women’s bodies are being assessed by algorithms. Just as we have got to grips with the dominant “male gaze” that subjects and contorts the female form, we must now contend with the “machine gaze” – more censorious than an overprotective dad and as relentless as the Terminator.
male-gaze  facebook  censorship  images 
26 days ago
Martyrs (2008 film) - Wikipedia
(also house of voices
the divines)
horror  film  towatch 
27 days ago
Why Nothing Works Anymore - The Atlantic
It’s common to think of such defects as matters of bad design. That’s true, in part. But technology is also more precarious than it once was. Unstable, and unpredictable. At least from the perspective of human users. From the vantage point of technology, if it can be said to have a vantage point, it's evolving separately from human use.
design  automation  technology  ux  broken 
4 weeks ago
Dear Mark Zuckerberg: Democracy is not a Facebook focus group. | America Magazine
“One thing I have been wondering recently is if people misdiagnosed it that the hope for the future is all economic,” he told Kara Swisher in an interview about the manifesto. “But the things that are happening in our world now are all about the social world not being what people need.”

This billionaire’s refusal to recognize the rise of authoritarianism as a symptom of economic inequality and insecurity is startling. He views unrest—as authoritarians tend to—as a problem of faulty management, not of unjust accumulations of power.
facebook  big-social 
4 weeks ago
Manifestos and Monopolies – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
In this brave new world, power comes not from production, not from distribution, but from controlling consumption: all markets will be demand-driven; the extent to which they already are is a function of how digitized they have become.

This is why most Facebook-fail-fundamentalists so badly miss the point: that the company pays nothing for its content is not a weakness
facebook  big-social  stacks  silicon-valley 
4 weeks ago
The Jobs Americans Do - The New York Times
Personal-service providers — “servants,” as they once were called — tend to be poorly paid. There is little job security; the benefits are meager; the work is physically demanding and emotionally draining. It is not particularly surprising that women and immigrants have been more likely to take these jobs than native-born men. For many of the caretaking service jobs, less than 10 percent of the work force is male.
work  labor  automation 
4 weeks ago
PPE: the Oxford degree that runs Britain | Education | The Guardian
Last October, the leading Brexit campaigner and former government education adviser Dominic Cummings wrote on his influential blog: “If you are young, smart, and interested in politics, think very hard before studying PPE … It actually causes huge problems as it encourages people like Cameron and Ed Balls to … spread bad ideas with lots of confidence and bluffing.”
uk  populism  education  politics 
4 weeks ago
No, Robots Aren’t Killing the American Dream - The New York Times
The rise of modern robots is the latest chapter in a centuries-old story of technology replacing people. Automation is the hero of the story in good times and the villain in bad. Since today’s middle class is in the midst of a prolonged period of wage stagnation, it is especially vulnerable to blame-the-robot rhetoric.
automation  technological-unemployment 
5 weeks ago
The world of The Jetsons, reimagined - YouTube
Published on Nov 15, 2016
The world of The Jetsons gets a scientific makeover. Arconic has reimagined the year 2062 through the eyes of leading futurists, our engineers and filmmaker Justin Lin. This futuristic world features advanced technologies—flying cars and extra tall, 3D-printed buildings—that Arconic’s materials science and manufacturing experts could help bring to life.
futurism  sci-fi  scifi 
5 weeks ago
Is a Band Without Its Original Members Still the Same Band? | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian
review the Marvelettes, the female Motown trio that had its first hit in 1961 with “Please, Mr. Postman.” It didn’t take much investigation to learn that the 1983 version not only contained no members of the original group but also no members who were old enough to read when “Please, Mr. Postman” was first released. It was a scam operated by promoter Larry Marshak, who had registered his right to the name after Motown dropped the group.
music  theseus-ship 
5 weeks ago
She was the PTA mom everyone knew. Who would want to harm her? - Los Angeles Times
Duff considered the possibilities. In so many places, he thought, it would have gone differently. If the attempted frame-up had happened in one of the gang neighborhoods of Los Angeles where he used to prosecute shootings, rather than in a rich, placid city in Orange County ... if the cop who found the stash of drugs in Kelli Peters’ car had been a rookie, rather than a sharp-eyed veteran … if she had been slightly less believable ...

It was easy to picture. Peters, the PTA president at her daughter’s elementary school, would have left the campus in the back of a patrol car, a piercing sight for the teachers who loved her and relied on her, for the parents who had entrusted their kids to her for years. It would have stolen not just her freedom but her name.
5 weeks ago
Winner takes all: Mass entertainment in the digital age is still about blockbusters, not endless choice | The Economist
And yet as a business, entertainment has in some ways become less democratic, not more. Technology is making the rich richer, skewing people’s consumption of entertainment towards the biggest hits and the most powerful platforms. This world is dominated by an oligarchy of giants, including Facebook, Google, Amazon, Netflix and Disney (as well as Alibaba and Tencent within China’s walled ecosystem). Those lacking sufficient scale barely get noticed. Paradoxically, enabling every individual and product on the planet to find a market has made it next to impossible for the market to find them. Consumers generally favour whatever they find on their mobile screens or at the top of their search results. The tail is indeed long, but it is very skinny.
media  ente  entertainment  long-tail 
5 weeks ago
The Downfall Of YouTube’s Biggest Star Is A Symptom Of A Bigger Illness - BuzzFeed News
We’re conditioned to distance ourselves from Reddit dorks, anime-avatar trolls, and suddenly Nazi-identifying furries, and so they stay invisible — until they aren’t. They become collectives, at which point it feels like they came from nothing. But they came from somewhere: boredom, loneliness, and the universal feeling (which most of us are lucky enough to overcome in childhood) of being the protagonist of the universe, who is mistreated despite doing one’s best.
To these boys, rape and Anne Frank are equally ghost stories, equally a path to extremity.
5 weeks ago
The Case Against Contemporary Feminism - The New Yorker
I worked as an editor at Jezebel, a site that, when it was founded, in 2007, helped to define online feminism—and served ever afterward as a somewhat abstracted target for women who criticized contemporary feminism from the left. These critics didn’t usually recognize how quickly the center is always moving, and Crispin has the same problem. Much of what she denounces—“outrage culture,” empowerment marketing, the stranglehold that white women have on the public conversation—has already been critiqued at length by the young feminist mainstream.
feminism  jezebel 
6 weeks ago
Labor Relations - Magazine - Art in America
Writing for this magazine in 1985, Robert Storr noted potential flaws in this effort. Reviewing "Touch Sanitation Performance" 's two-part "grand finale" exhibition (at Feldman gallery and on a Hudson River pier), he observed that "the workers were evidently at least as bemused by Ukeles's naivete as they were ‘touched' by her concern for them—and some were plainly embarrassed, suspicious and bored." The issue was not bad intentions, but rather that the artist "brought absolutely no sociological understanding or political conviction to her project.
art  labor  activism 
7 weeks ago
Fascinating Fascism | by Susan Sontag | The New York Review of Books
It takes a certain originality to describe the Nazi era as “Germany’s blighted and momentous 1930s,” to summarize the events of 1933 as Hitler’s “having attained power,” and to assert that Riefenstahl, most of whose work was in its own decade correctly identified as Nazi propaganda, enjoyed “international fame as a film director,” ostensibly like her contemporaries Renoir, Lubitsch, and Flaherty... Time. The 1973 New York Film Festival poster, made by a well-known artist who is also a feminist, shows a blond doll-woman whose right breast is encircled by three names: Agnes Leni Shirley. Feminists would feel a pang at having to sacrifice the one woman who made films that everybody acknowledges to be firstrate.
nazi  normalization  fascism  aesthetics 
7 weeks ago
Eichmann in Jerusalem—I - The New Yorker
Despite all the efforts of the prosecution, everybody could see that this man was not a “monster,” but it was difficult indeed not to suspect that he was a clown. And since this suspicion would have been fatal to the whole enterprise, and was also rather hard to sustain, in view of the sufferings he and his like had caused so many millions of people, his worst clowneries were hardly noticed
power  fascism  nazi 
7 weeks ago
Bates method - Wikipedia
Despite continued anecdotal reports of successful results, including well-publicised support by Aldous Huxley, Bates' techniques have not been objectively shown to improve eyesight.[2] His main physiological proposition—that the eyeball changes shape to maintain focus—has consistently been contradicted by observation.[3] In 1952, optometry professor Elwin Marg wrote of Bates
60s  eyes  fakery 
7 weeks ago
You don’t know Hannah Arendt | The Outline
But it is this very intuition that explains Arendt’s new life as a meme. She is the sage who gets tweeted out in giant decontextualized chunks in service of the suggestion that Trump and his courtiers don’t care about being fact-checked, a bit like some Nazis you may have heard of. That is to say: Arendt in this modern usage has not actually provided contemporary liberals with an account of fascism they did not already possess, because the liberal professional set already believes that reckoning with the material conditions that produced Trump is pointless.
politics  memes  fascism 
7 weeks ago
Vietnam War POW/MIA issue - Wikipedia
culminating with the largest and most thorough, the United States Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs of 1991–1993 led by Senators John Kerry, Bob Smith, and John McCain. It found "no compelling evidence that proves that any American remains alive in captivity in Southeast Asia."[1]
war  vietnam 
7 weeks ago
Spoofed Grindr Accounts Turned One Man’s Life Into a ‘Living Hell’ | WIRED
In the worst cases, the suit alleges, the impersonator requested a “rape fantasy.” In one instance, Herrick says, a man refused to leave Herrick’s apartment building, and wrestled with Herrick’s roommate in the hallway until Herrick broke up the fight. Others have screamed obscenities at Herrick at his workplace, stalked him outside, and tried to have sex with him in the bathroom of the restaurant. On one day earlier this month, six men seeking sex came to the restaurant where Herrick works in just a four-minute span. And Herrick says the person controlling the fake profiles will often tell the visitors Herrick will “say no when he means yes,”
catfishing  revenge-porn  consent  harassment 
8 weeks ago
Gary Coby on Twitter: "100% Lie. Nix "remembering" is total rubbish. @CamAnalytica had zero involvement in this. Didn't use any "psychographs" for this testing. https://t.co/Lm1S2GiqDn"
"Alexander Nix had precisely nothing to do with this. This passage is a lie. @GaryCoby ran all DJT advertising. @motherboard"
100% Lie. Nix "remembering" is total rubbish. @CamAnalytica had zero involvement in this. Didn't use any "psychographs" for this testing.
cambridge-analytica  data  facebook  dt  elections 
8 weeks ago
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