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The Age of Weaponized Narrative, or, Where Have You Gone, Walter Cronkite? | Issues in Science and Technology
We will never return to the media environment of the twentieth century, where an individual such as the newscaster Walter Cronkite could be an almost universally trusted source of information, but it is nevertheless important in the near term to restore faith in quality journalism.
journalism  media  culture  history  data  deepfake  military 
12 days ago by sew245
Facebook Failed to Police How Its Partners Handled User Data - The New York Times
Facebook failed to closely monitor device makers after granting them access to the personal data of hundreds of millions of people, according to a previously unreported disclosure to Congress last month.
socialmedia  politics  data  privacy  HSD601  technology  culture 
4 weeks ago by sew245
Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis - The New York Times
But as evidence accumulated that Facebook’s power could also be exploited to disrupt elections, broadcast viral propaganda and inspire deadly campaigns of hate around the globe, Mr. Zuckerberg and Ms. Sandberg stumbled. Bent on growth, the pair ignored warning signs and then sought to conceal them from public view. At critical moments over the last three years, they were distracted by personal projects, and passed off security and policy decisions to subordinates, according to current and former executives.
HSD601  socialmedia  data  privacy  politics  technology  culture 
4 weeks ago by sew245
Stan Lee’s True Legacy Is a Complicated Cosmic Mystery | Vanity Fair
The auspicious branding made Lee his own pop-culture caricature long before he began his string of Marvel movie cameos. In the public eye, Lee, who died Monday at age 95, was generally perceived as the creator of Marvel’s best-known characters, the man who wrote the first decade’s worth of their adventures—injecting wild inventiveness and human depth into the stodgy old superhero genre. That’s not wrong in every way, but it’s definitely not correct. Lee’s work in his golden decade of 1961-1971 really was brilliant and groundbreaking—just not quite in the ways most people think.
comics  memorial  history  culture 
4 weeks ago by sew245
BBC to reboot Tomorrow's World for one-off live special | Television & radio | The Guardian
The BBC is reviving its science and technology show Tomorrow’s World, 15 years after it was axed.
future  tv  YWBT  media  culture 
5 weeks ago by sew245
WaveNet: A Generative Model for Raw Audio | DeepMind
This post presents WaveNet, a deep generative model of raw audio waveforms. We show that WaveNets are able to generate speech which mimics any human voice and which sounds more natural than the best existing Text-to-Speech systems, reducing the gap with human performance by over 50%.
data  audio  technology  culture  tools  YWBT 
5 weeks ago by sew245
About the Data Privacy lab
The Data Privacy Lab is a program in the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard University and offers thought leadership, research, and discussion on privacy and technology, working directly with researchers at IQSS and leveraging colleagues across Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard Medical School, Harvard Law School, and MIT. The Lab started in 2001 at Carnegie Mellon University in the Heinz School of Public Policy and in 2002, moved to the School of Computer Science, where it operated until 2011 before relocating to Harvard. The Lab has had dramatic impact on privacy technology developments and policy. Latanya Sweeney founded the Lab and continues as its Director.
data  technology  culture 
5 weeks ago by sew245
Discrimination in Online Ad Delivery by Latanya Sweeney :: SSRN
A Google search for a person's name, such as “Trevon Jones”, may yield a personalized ad for public records about Trevon that may be neutral, such as “Looking for Trevon Jones? …”, or may be suggestive of an arrest record, such as “Trevon Jones, Arrested?...”. This writing investigates the delivery of these kinds of ads by Google AdSense using a sample of racially associated names and finds statistically significant discrimination in ad delivery based on searches of 2184 racially associated personal names across two websites. First names, previously identified by others as being assigned at birth to more black or white babies, are found predictive of race (88% black, 96% white), and those assigned primarily to black babies, such as DeShawn, Darnell and Jermaine, generated ads suggestive of an arrest in 81 to 86 percent of name searches on one website and 92 to 95 percent on the other, while those assigned at birth primarily to whites, such as Geoffrey, Jill and Emma, generated more neutral copy: the word "arrest" appeared in 23 to 29 percent of name searches on one site and 0 to 60 percent on the other. On the more ad trafficked website, a black-identifying name was 25% more likely to get an ad suggestive of an arrest record. A few names did not follow these patterns: Dustin, a name predominantly given to white babies, generated an ad suggestive of arrest 81 and 100 percent of the time. All ads return results for actual individuals and ads appear regardless of whether the name has an arrest record in the company’s database. Notwithstanding these findings, the company maintains Google received the same ad text for groups of last names (not first names), raising questions as to whether Google's advertising technology exposes racial bias in society and how ad and search technology can develop to assure racial fairness.
data  bias  technology  culture 
5 weeks ago by sew245
Why We Should Expect Algorithms to Be Biased - MIT Technology Review
Technologies driven by algorithms and artificial intelligence are increasingly present in our lives, and we are now regularly bumping up against a thorny question: can these programs be neutral actors? Or will they always reflect some degree of human bias?
data  bias  technology  culture 
5 weeks ago by sew245
Bright Wall/Dark Room February 2016: "The Grace of Keanu Reeves" by Angelica Jade Bastién | Balder and Dash | Roger Ebert
Actors like Keanu—who find beauty in stillness—are why film was created in the first place. It’s a medium that can show us the truth of the human condition in a way no other form can. Keanu often taps into the truth of the shifting boundaries of modern masculinity, of how our bodies tell as much of a story as what we say. "John Wick" is as much a slick revenge flick as a fairytale. Keanu Reeves is back, the film seems to be whispering to us. 
film  culture 
september 2018 by sew245
The Avery Review | Unseasonal Fashion: A Manifesto
Recent fashion trends resonate with a cultural unconscious of a looming environmental disaster. Clothing, like buildings, reflects an understanding of the weather and climate of their users. Because they can be changed much more frequently, wearable interfaces with the environment reflect both the conditions common in that environment and how predictably and frequently change occurs therein. Fashion is uniquely positioned to function as a cultural register of climate change precisely because it captures and is governed by trends. Comprehending climate change means recognizing long-term trends in and through short-term variability and cyclical repetition, patterns of change that are part and parcel of fashion design. Moreover, from production to distribution, fashion is global.
fashion  environment  response  culture 
september 2018 by sew245
Civic Fiction: The Real Insidiousness of A Gay Girl in Damascus according to Molly Sauter – MIT Center for Civic Media
At Theorizing the Web this year, MIT Center for Civic Media alum Molly Sauter delivered a powerful paper on the idea of “civic fiction” using the the case of A Gay Girl in Damascus (about how a white American man created a compelling fake lesbian Syrian blogger named Amina during the height of the Syrian resistance) to show how a fictional narrative co-constructed by a culturally homogenous author and audience (in this case Western) can do problematic political work by amplifying an Orientalist narrative. The result is a feedback loop through a media ecosystem that thinks its functioning as a bridge between narratives but is actually serving as a insidious mirror.
journalism  communications  culture  video 
september 2018 by sew245
Road to ComicsGate: A Comics Industry Event in Too Many Parts
when existing power structures denigrate and question the integrity of a free and fair press, it opens a hole for an unfair press to seep in
comics  journalism  media  culture 
august 2018 by sew245
A James Baldwin Book, Forgotten and Overlooked for Four Decades, Gets Another Life - The New York Times
“I never had a childhood,” the writer James Baldwin once said. “I was born dead.”

Baldwin delivered this bleak assessment of his youth when he was around 50, and in the middle of writing “Little Man, Little Man,” his only children’s book.

The story unfolds from the perspective of a curious, irrepressible 4-year-old boy named TJ, who loves music and playing ball, and navigates a neighborhood where gun violence, police brutality, alcoholism and drug addiction are looming threats — an outside world that even his warm home life with loving parents can’t shield him from.
books  history  art  culture 
august 2018 by sew245
Chicago's Eve Ewing will pen Marvel's 'Ironheart' - Chicago Tribune
Fangirling over Eve L. Ewing is a new pastime if you’re an African-American female writing in Chicago. Ewing is an academic, a social media maven, a poet, a playwright. Now, she’s adding Marvel writer to her resume. Yes, Ewing is penning the upcoming Marvel series “Ironheart.”
comics  culture 
august 2018 by sew245
4 Ways to Keep Viewers Engaged in an Online Video — Wistia
We’re running a series of experiments to find out how to keep this wandering audience’s attention.
attention  technology  culture 
august 2018 by sew245
Another modern myth: Shrinking attention spans | Genetic Literacy Project
But these and other media reports miss an important aspect about the human brain: it’s adaptable. And in some cases, modern video technology results in increased attention spans, not shrinking ones.

The Microsoft “study” claimed that the human attention span went from 12 seconds on average in 2000 to just 8.25 seconds in 2015. Those figures were compared to an average goldfish attention span of 9 seconds. The problem is, no definition of attention span is given, and it’s not at all clear how these numbers were developed.
attention  technology  culture 
august 2018 by sew245
Renee Green's Sa Main Charmante
Sa Main Charmante offers a gentle tribute to Sarah Bartmann, the so-called Hottentot Venus who was put on public display in early nineteenth-century Europe. A ladderlike structure bearing text, a soapbox, a peep box, and a klieg light form a challenging inquiry into the West's relationship to Africa, and into the role of scientific classification in the colonization of African peoples.
art  culture  history  memorial  design 
july 2018 by sew245
Survival of the Richest – Future Human – Medium
Rushkoff: Last year, I got invited to a super-deluxe private resort to deliver a keynote speech to what I assumed would be a hundred or so investment bankers. It was by far the largest fee I had ever been offered for a talk — about half my annual professor’s salary — all to deliver some insight on the subject of “the future of technology.”
technology  culture  future 
july 2018 by sew245

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