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Instagram Poetry Is A Huckster’s Paradise | HuffPost
Instagram Poetry Is A Huckster’s Paradise

One day in early November of last year, an Instagram heartthrob posted a photo . In crisp black and white, the picture shows a mop-topped young man, his…
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7 days ago by poploser
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Incredibly, Conor McGregor may profit from his farcical fight with Nurmagomedov

Conor McGregor contemplated defeat after UFC 229 in Las Vegas.Photograph: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images I n the last six months, Conor…
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7 days ago by poploser
Conservatives Hate Postmodernism, and Liberals Don’t Understand Why
"These are supposedly serious public intellectuals in the age of global warming, trade wars, nuclear re-armament, and a global lack of Marxism in any major country saying in print remarkably absurd, histrionic, and hyperbolic things about an approach to criticizing art."
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10 days ago by poploser
Toronto raised my friend. Then it failed him - The Globe and Mail
"In the negotiations over Uber’s regulation two years ago, the city tried to placate cab companies worried about competition by levelling safety standards down, rather than up. That is, instead of imposing the same rules on Uber that the taxi firms faced, it eliminated most of the rules for everyone."
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11 days ago by poploser
‘Fortnite’ could only exist in a world that’s running out of resources | The Outline
"But that we have a legitimate cultural phenomenon based on a ritualized kill-or-be-killed game style, and no one seems overly concerned about the implications, is something that I think is worth noting. Maybe in 1999, the media would have been absolutely frothing at the battle royale’s renaissance, but the persistent terror and spectacle of 2018 casts a much larger shadow. This lack of attention, however, may ultimately be why Fortnite matters."
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12 days ago by poploser
The Movie Assassin – Popula
"Everyone talks about the country falling apart in November 2016, but maybe it fell apart in November 1996, when America went to see The English Patient. What if we had all turned to each other and said, “This garbage is our idea of rave-worthy cinema? Anyone else see a big problem here?”, and then there had been a massive riot?"
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12 days ago by poploser
The rape culture of the 1980s, explained by Sixteen Candles - Vox
"In the moral universe of Sixteen Candles, Jake is allowed to be callous to Caroline without losing his dream boy status because, Sixteen Candles briskly assures us, Caroline is not the right kind of girl. She has breasts, and she drinks. She’s potentially a little bit slutty. “She doesn’t know shit about love,” Jake explains. “The only thing she cares about is partying.” The fact that Jake casually despises his longtime girlfriend doesn’t reflect poorly on him, because it doesn’t affect the fantasy at the heart of Sixteen Candles. What Sixteen Candles is selling is the dream of the unattainable guy falling in love with the everygirl. So for the fantasy to work, Jake must prove his deep and abiding love for Sam. Ignoring and degrading Caroline is an easy shortcut to that goal, because in the moral universe of Sixteen Candles, the more you degrade one girl — the whore — the more you can exalt the virgin."
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13 days ago by poploser
“So Long, Gay Bowser”: A queer reading of Super Mario
“So Long, Gay Bowser”: A queer reading of Super Mario

Posing, in true butch stance In the final boss scene of Nintendo’s 1996 hit classic game Super Mario 64 , the short moustachioed protagonist is tasked with…
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15 days ago by poploser
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"There was one thing Foster Wallace didn’t predict. That when entertainment and addiction met in the internet, rage and hate would be thrown into the mix. The entertainment addict of Foster’s future projections was a bit of a blob – a passive vessels for this entertainment to pour into. Even the most dystopian thinker couldn’t have predicted that addiction would have rage and hate as its lubricant."
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16 days ago by poploser
Mark Zuckerberg is going to ruin Instagram
"In hindsight, the idea that a company could amass users and then figure out a business model later seems woefully naïve, and indeed, it's just that approach that led to the dominance of the ad-supported model that has turned social media into an easily-gamed competition for attention. But there is another way you can look at it: Before the business models were in place, we caught a glimpse of what might be possible for our apps, even if it wasn't sustainable."
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17 days ago by poploser
What David Foster Wallace Ate
"In my meandering path toward a better adulthood, I kept reading books but stopped thinking the theories found therein were going to answer the question of how to live in the world. I’ve come instead to the inelegant belief that pretty much the most important thing you can do with your day is make dinner, for your family or friends if you have them or for yourself if you don’t. Do that, and the other stuff mostly falls into place."
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4 weeks ago by poploser
Let's bring back the Sabbath as a radical act against ‘total work’ | Aeon Ideas
Let’s bring back the Sabbath as a radical act against ‘total work’

Bryan Mills/Flickr As a boy in late-1940s Memphis, my dad got a nickel every Friday evening to come by the home of a Russian Jewish immigrant named Harry…
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4 weeks ago by poploser
Amazon’s Antitrust Antagonist Has a Breakthrough Idea - The New York Times
"“As consumers, as users, we love these tech companies,” she said. “But as citizens, as workers, and as entrepreneurs, we recognize that their power is troubling. We need a new framework, a new vocabulary for how to assess and address their dominance.”"
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Access Denied
"Three decades after Calgary was thrust onto the world stage, does it now want to become world stagier?"
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Aquarius Rising | by Jackson Lears | The New York Review of Books
"King acknowledged the connection between managerialism and militarism at Arlington Cemetery in February 1968, when he said, “Somewhere along the way we have allowed the means by which we live to outdistance the ends for which we live.” A society of means without ends was a society without a soul."
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One is the loneliest number: the history of a Western problem | Aeon Ideas
One is the loneliest number: the history of a Western problem

Girl sitting alone in the Sea Grill, a bar and restaurant in Washington, DC, 1943. Photo by Esther Bubley/Library of Congress ‘God, but life is loneliness,’…
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4 weeks ago by poploser
The Debut Novelist's Guide to Battling Imposter Syndrome | Literary Hub
"There is no magical, automatic end date for anxiety if you’re a fundamentally anxious and insecure person. My imposter syndrome flares up, this old fluky cluster of neuroses and inadequacies. It is bully and spoilt child, wolf and sheep, constantly trying to both push me and pull me away from the cusp of failure."
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5 weeks ago by poploser
The Tragic Death of Mac Miller, a Musician Who Never Stopped Evolving | The New Yorker
"It’s not a force as neat or as definitive as hope that is propelling Miller upward; it was not inevitable that he would resurrect. As he evolved—and he never stopped evolving—he became a bard of post-adolescent rootlessness, comfortable in a tense, liminal space between fear and awe."
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Rules for Trump Chess | The New Yorker
"Trump Chess comes with a countdown timer, whose ticking speeds up over the course of the game. This may cause players to feel uncomfortable and anxious, but trying to tamper with the timer only makes it worse."
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What are our ethical obligations to future AI simulations? | Aeon Essays
"What sorts of responsibilities would we owe to these simulated humans? However else we might feel about violent computer games, no one seriously thinks it’s homicide when you blast a virtual assailant to oblivion. Yet it’s no longer absurd to imagine that simulated people might one day exist, and be possessed of some measure of autonomy and consciousness."
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Ode to Gray
"The color gray is no one’s color. It is the color of cubicles and winter camouflage, of sullage, of inscrutable complexity, of compromise. It is the perfect intermediate, an emissary for both black and white. It lingers, incognito, in this saturated world."
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What Your New Roommate's Favorite Book Says About Them | Literary Hub
"Be careful with this person. They have a high tolerance for pain. Could be dangerous—or just fun at parties."
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The Decline and Fall of Diet Coke and the Power Generation That Loved It | The New Yorker
"As an office drink and a leisure drink, a daylight beverage and an acceptable cocktail order, Diet Coke was suited to porous work-life boundaries and the leaders who learned to thrive in, and in some cases insidiously exploit, the gray areas of that new world."
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6 weeks ago by poploser
Lady boss: Women empowerment rhetoric doesn’t equate to actual power.
"The archetypal woman who identifies herself as a lady boss/boss lady is promoting some kind of consulting practice or home-run business. She uses the words “hustle” and “grind” and “creative” as nouns. She enjoys coffee and goal-setting and early-morning workouts. She “crushes” and “disrupts” the things she loves. She fetishizes competency and productivity and bold lip color. She frequently deploys the term “badass” and other expressions of genial profanity—“get shit done,” “fuck negativity”—with relish."
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6 weeks ago by poploser
The New Reading Environment | Issue 32 | n+1
"Readers lose patience, and the careful quoting, like snipping coupons with precision, becomes tearing — into lines, phrases, and points. The space grows for misinterpretation, co-optation, and misunderstanding. All it takes is one podcast host with a grudge and a modest following, like an Evangelical pastor of yore, for a small hell to break loose in your mentions. Your authorial control disintegrates. What you wrote is eclipsed by another person’s idea of what you wrote. It’s the reader’s text now — and so are you, an authorial construction, another text to be bandied about. Does anyone enjoy watching themselves get eaten and digested by other people?"
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6 weeks ago by poploser
Let’s all go back to Tumblr | The Outline
"This is all true to a degree, but lately I’ve been thinking about Twitter’s badness less in the context of the website itself, and more in the context of another website I used to frequent all the time and no longer do: Tumblr. Do you remember Tumblr?"
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6 weeks ago by poploser
Big tech's narrowing focus
"Up until this point, the excess of choice in digital media has had only one solution: the algorithm. But we've seen the trouble with algorithms like those on YouTube or Netflix. They feed you only what you've already said you like, not things you may not yet know you're into. Worse, they have a tendency to serve up disturbing content. The way forward can't simply be more or better algorithms."
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6 weeks ago by poploser
How Two Thieves Stole Thousands of Prints From University Libraries - Atlas Obscura
How Two Thieves Stole Thousands of Prints From University Libraries

Quick! Deyan Georgiev/Alamy In the summer of 1980, Robert Kindred was a 35-year-old high school dropout with no plans of going to college. Despite that,…
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6 weeks ago by poploser
John Rawls, Socialist?
"The basic liberties protected by the first principle included the right to vote and hold public office; freedom of speech, assembly, and conscience; protection from arbitrary arrest and seizure; and “the right to hold (personal) property.” The second regulated distribution once these rights were guaranteed, and since no citizen can be said to benefit from an arrangement that leaves their basic needs unsatisfied, many argue that it implies a guaranteed social minimum."
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Louis C.K. doesn’t deserve a second chance as a comedian | The Outline
"But does Louis C.K. deserve a meaningful redemption as a comedian? Bluntly, no. C.K.’s entire comedy was predicated on the idea that he was a biased asshole, but an honest one — a person who saw through the bullshit routines governing most human behavior, and could cut to a point by way of honesty. But last year’s revelations showed us that he is not an honest person — beyond being a liar, he is an aggressor and an abuser, and thinks he functions above recrimination. The notion that he could so easily return to doing “typical Louis C.K. stuff” — and that this could even be normal, or fine — is so myopic that only a comedian could’ve come up with it."
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6 weeks ago by poploser
the economist
"Instead researchers define loneliness as perceived social isolation, a feeling of not having the social contacts one would like. Of course, the objectively isolated are much more likely than the average person to feel lonely. But loneliness can also strike those with seemingly ample friends and family. Nor is loneliness always a bad thing. John Cacioppo, an American psychologist who died in March, called it a reflex honed by natural selection. Early humans would have been at a disadvantage if isolated from a group, he noted, so it makes sense for loneliness to stir a desire for company. Transient loneliness still serves that purpose today. The problem comes when it is prolonged."
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6 weeks ago by poploser
Who’s Afraid of Tom Arnold? – Rolling Stone
Who’s Afraid of Tom Arnold?

When Tom Arnold opens the big wooden door of his house in Beverly Hills on a Tuesday in late spring, he’s wearing a blue T-shirt with a Superman “S” logo on it.…
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8 weeks ago by poploser
Uber and the False Hopes of the Sharing Economy - The New York Times
"The cap does absolutely nothing to address the crisis at the heart of professional driving in the city — the devolution into poverty of so many conventional yellow-cab drivers whose livelihoods have been devastated by ride-sharing. Some who owned medallions and were paying them off saw an enormous devaluation of those medallions. Six professional drivers killed themselves during the past several months, most recently, Abdul Saleh, a Yemeni immigrant who was found dead in a rented room in a Brooklyn apartment in June. He had been struggling for months to make payments on a leased cab."
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9 weeks ago by poploser
It's not just you, everything looks the same on Instagram — Quartzy
"Everyone on Instagram is living the same life. If it seems when you scroll through your feed that everything looks similar, that’s probably because it is. That artfully constructed shot of your latté and avocado toast brunch? The shot of your feet dangling over the edge of a waterfall? You in the back of a canoe? It’s been done before. To death."
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9 weeks ago by poploser
The Anosognosic's Dilemma: Something's Wrong but You'll Never Know What It Is (Part 1) - The New York Times
"If I were given carte blanche to write about any topic I could, it would be about how much our ignorance, in general, shapes our lives in ways we do not know about. Put simply, people tend to do what they know and fail to do that which they have no conception of. In that way, ignorance profoundly channels the course we take in life. And unknown unknowns constitute a grand swath of everybody’s field of ignorance."
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9 weeks ago by poploser
Paul Heyman Has Been Giving One of 2018's Best Performances on WWE – /Film
"Wrestling fans are keenly aware of the capitalist nature of the product they’re watching. Promos are contorted to inorganically plug the WWE Network (“For only $9.99 a month!”) and given that shows often feature logos for the next big event and wrestlers strut to the ring wearing the merchandise that most recently went up for sale on the WWE website, the nakedness of what goes in to creating a wrestling show becomes part and parcel of the experience. As of this moment, though, WWE is selling a champion who does not care about the fans or the product while fans are fully aware he’s being paid boat-loads of money to talk about how he doesn’t care. The reason, presumably, is to get fans behind a wrestler who does show up, Lesnar’s opponent at this month’s SummerSlam event, Roman Reigns, though he’s had a bit of trouble being accepted by the crowd. In steps Heyman, to further sell the crowd on the idea that they should, under no circumstances, support the company’s most lucrative and most physically capable champion. That’s a complicated task (one Heyman likely had a hand in writing), because fans are wise to the construction of the artifice. They cheer the bad guys they like. They boo the good guys who haven’t earned their favour. They like Brock Lesnar because he actually is what most wrestlers claim to be: a fighter."
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9 weeks ago by poploser
The Bullshit Web — Pixel Envy
"The average internet connection in the United States is about six times as fast as it was just ten years ago, but instead of making it faster to browse the same types of websites, we’re simply occupying that extra bandwidth with more stuff. Some of this stuff is amazing: in 2006, Apple added movies to the iTunes Store that were 640 × 480 pixels, but you can now stream movies in HD resolution and (pretend) 4K. These much higher speeds also allow us to see more detailed photos, and that’s very nice. But a lot of the stuff we’re seeing is a pile-up of garbage on seemingly every major website that does nothing to make visitors happier — if anything, much of this stuff is deeply irritating and morally indefensible."
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10 weeks ago by poploser
The death of Don Draper
The death of Don Draper

T he advertising industry is currently enthralled by a prophet of its imminent demise. Scott Galloway is a professor at New York University’s Stern School of…
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10 weeks ago by poploser
Academics explain David Foster Wallace to me | The Outline
"In her view, to protest a “bad artist” by ignoring their work is to engage in "a neoliberal, late capitalist mode of understanding or encountering art.” “If we consider resistance in this way, as a form of boycott, it immediately turns that disengagement into an individual consumer action," she said. And if the Bad Artist in question is shielded — by Weinstein-style wealth, or by being dead — then “they are effortlessly exonerated in this model.”"
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10 weeks ago by poploser
The Last Days of Blockbuster Video - The Ringer
The Last Days of Blockbuster Video

He was the manager at Blockbuster and looked forward to coming to work. He loved his job, in all of its obsolescence. The silver name tag fastened to the breast…
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10 weeks ago by poploser
Illegal Foreign Object, The death of the AWA could have been avoided
"Plus, without Hogan, would Vince have had the leverage to buy off television stations, preventing them from airing other promotions shows? Who was Vince’s second choice had Hogan not gone to New York? Would he have stayed in-house and tried to go national with Jimmy Snuka or Sgt. Slaughter? Would he have looked to another promotion, possibly WCCW and Kerry Von Erich? Whatever he would have decided, the WWF roster would have looked (and sounded) decidedly different."
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Facebook's grim forecast: privacy push will erode profits for years | Reuters
"Instagram has grown to 1 billion monthly users from 600 million in late 2016, while Facebook’s two messaging apps, Messenger and WhatsApp have each reported well over 1 billion monthly users. About 2.5 billion people use at least one of the company’s apps each month, Facebook said on a conference call with investors and analysts."
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10 weeks ago by poploser
Opinion | Twitter Made Everything a Joke - The New York Times
"Once Joke Twitter had warped my brain and increased my comedy awareness, I started seeing a rising tide of comedy everywhere. Airlines were putting visual gags in their safety demonstration videos. Church marquees were now corny puns, not Bible verses. Nearly every big-bucks Super Bowl commercial was an absurdist comedy sketch, with ad agencies all hoping to out-weird the others and go viral. We were getting our news, obviously, from comedy shows."
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10 weeks ago by poploser
Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change - The New York Times
Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change

Losing Earth Prologue Part One Part Two Epilogue Thirty years ago, we had a chance to save the planet. The science of climate change was settled. The world was…
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10 weeks ago by poploser
Goodreads and the Crushing Weight of Literary FOMO | WIRED
"Every few days or weeks, just when I started feeling positive about my biblio advancements, one of these messages would come across the transom: "Updates from..." Upon opening it, I'd find out that someone who I knew had a full-time job and active social life had finished two novels in the time it'd taken me to get through the jacket blurbs on David Sedaris' latest essay collection. Deflation followed. Not only did I feel uninformed and slow, I felt somehow left out. I like talking about books, and thanks to Goodreads I had a constant reminder of all the great books I hadn't read and all the conversations I couldn't yet join. It was pure literary FOMO."
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10 weeks ago by poploser
What “M*A*S*H” Taught Us | The New Yorker
What “M*A*S*H” Taught Us

Alan Alda, Mike Farrell, and Harry Morgan were among the ensemble cast of the long-running TV series “ M*A*S*H .” The book upon which it was based celebrates…
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11 weeks ago by poploser
Of Note: Better Text Annotations for the Web | Viget
"A list of discontinued Web annotation tools shows that it’s a problem no one has fully figured out. There are forums, even conferences devoted to the topic. Part of the issue has to do with the limitations of HTML: Joe Clark reminds us that unlike, say, paragraph or block quote elements, “In HTML...there’s no such thing as a footnote.”"
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11 weeks ago by poploser
How to beat LinkedIn: The Game | The Outline
"For those unfamiliar, LinkedIn is a 2D, turn-based MMORPG that sets itself apart from its competitors by placing players not in a fantasy world of orcs and goblins, but in the treacherous world of business. Players can choose from dozens of character classes (e.g., Entrepreneurs, Social Media Mavens, Finance Wizards) each with their own skill sets and special moves (Power Lunch; Signal Boost; Invoice Dodge). They gain “experience” by networking, obtaining endorsements from other users, and posting inspirational quotes from Elon Musk."
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11 weeks ago by poploser
Nintendo to ROM sites: Forget cease-and-desist, now we’re suing | Ars Technica
"Nintendo is seeking serious money as relief for alleged damages, with the biggest number coming from "$150,000 for the infringement of each Nintendo copyrighted work and up to $2,000,000 for the infringement of each Nintendo trademark." (Multiply that first figure by "thousands" of copyrighted works, and, well, that's a lot of zeroes.) Additionally, Nintendo has requested full disclosure of the operators' "receipts and disbursements, profit and loss statements, advertising revenue, donations and cryptocurrency revenue, and other financial materials," which relates to the suit's demand for a "reward" to Nintendo for whatever profit the sites made."
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11 weeks ago by poploser
Orwell knew: we willingly buy the screens that are used against us | Aeon Ideas
"Orwell gives us a couple of clues about where telescreens came from, clues that point toward a surprising origin for the totalitarian state that 1984 describes. Taking them seriously means looking toward the corporate world rather than to our current governments as the likely source of freedom’s demise. If Orwell was right, consumer choice – indeed, the ideology of choice itself – might be how the erosion of choice really starts."
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John Battelle's Search Blog The Tragedy of the Data Commons
"Like a city built over generations without central planning or consideration for much more than fundamental capitalistic values, we’ve architected an ecosystem around data that is not only dysfunctional, it’s possibly antithetical to the core values of democratic society"
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11 weeks ago by poploser
Netflix (NFLX) stock plunges after Q2 earnings slowdown — Quartz
Netflix’s fortunes are still won and lost on subscriber growth. And it just lost

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12 weeks ago by poploser
Is Instagram changing the way we design the world? | Life and style | The Guardian
"This new priority doesn’t just mean creating food that can be photographed for social media, although plenty of eateries already cater to that need with the likes of grey ice cream and multicoloured bagels. Instead, the challenge for businesses is to make their premises attractive to social media influencers, so they pose up a storm in front of your store or hotel, luring in followers hungry for the perfect photo opportunity."
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