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The truth about Brexit didn’t stand a chance in the online bubble | Media | The Guardian
Modern truth is not just outpaced by fiction, it can be bypassed altogether as part of a sound political strategy or as a central requirement of a media business plan. In an illuminating exchange with the Guardian last week, Arron Banks, the wealthy donor partly responsible for the Brexit campaign, explained leave’s media strategy thus: “The remain campaign featured fact, fact, fact, fact, fact. It just doesn’t work. You have got to connect with people emotionally. It’s the Trump success.”
UK  EU  referendum  Brexit  communication  socialMedia  Facebook  misinformation  filterBubble  filtering  ranking  truth 
july 2016 by petej
Flipboard: purveyor of light news and fluff, a sign of what is to come
"This is Silicon Valley’s vision of the future of news. Bullshit listicles about reality shows and wine and rock concerts being more important than stories about wars, refugees, terrorism, economic crises and the flow of political power. Thank you, Facebook. Thank you, Upworthy. Thank you, “disruption”. Please go swallow some recycled piss."
Flipboard  news  filtering  selection  SiliconValley  culture  leisure 
july 2015 by petej
I Liked Everything I Saw on Facebook for Two Days. Here’s What It Did to Me | Gadget Lab | WIRED
"I’d added more than a thousand things to my Likes page—most of which were loathsome or at best banal. By liking everything, I turned Facebook into a place where there was nothing I liked. To be honest, I really didn’t like it. I didn’t like what I had done."
Facebook  like  experiment  manipulation  algorithms  bots  filtering  advertising  FacebookLike 
august 2014 by petej
No Life Stories – The New Inquiry
"By trading narratives for Big Data, emotions are left with no basis in any belief system. You won’t need a reason to feel anything, and feeling can’t serve as a reliable guide to action. Instead we will experience the fluctuation of feeling passively, a spectator to the spectacle of our own emotional life, which is now contained in an elaborate spreadsheet and updated as the data changes. You can’t know yourself through introspection or social engagement, but only by finding technological mirrors, whose reflection is systematically distorted in real time by their administrators. Let’s hope we don’t like what we see."
surveillance  bigData  algorithms  filtering  profiling  control  policing  marketing  normalisation  ideology  identity  authenticity  dctagged  dc:creator=HorningRob 
july 2014 by petej
Free to Choose A or B – The New Inquiry
"A/B testing, the method used in the mood-manipulation study, is a matter of slotting consumers into control groups without telling them and varying some key variables to see if it instigates sales or prompts some other profitable behavior. It is a way of harvesting users’ preferences as uncompensated market research. A/B testing enacts an obligation to choose by essentially choosing for you and tracking how you respond to your forced choice. It lays bare the phoniness of the rhetoric of consumer empowerment through customization — in the end companies like Facebook treat choice not as an expression of autonomy but as a product input that can be voluntary or forced, and the meaning of choice is not your pleasure but the company’s profit. If your preferences about Facebook’s interface compromise its profitability, you will be forced to make different choices and reap what “autonomy” you can from those.

That would seem to run against the neoliberal strategy of using subjects’ consciousness of “free” choice to control them. But as Laval and Dardot point out, “the expansion of evaluative technology as a disciplinary mode rests on the fact that the more individual calculators are supposed to be free to choose, the more they must be monitored and evaluated to obviate their fundamental opportunism and compel them to identify their interests with the organizations employing them.” Hopefully the revelation of the mood-manipulation study will remind everyone that Facebook employs its users in the guise of catering to them."
Facebook  socialMedia  manipulation  filtering  algorithms  communication  neoliberalism  choice  subjectivity  competition  power  control  unwagedLabour  unpaidLabour  digitalLabour  dctagged  dc:creator=HorningRob  research  experiment  unpaidWork 
july 2014 by petej
Facebook’s algorithm — why our assumptions are wrong, and our concerns are right // Culture Digitally
" does Facebook have an obligation to be fair-minded, or impartial, or representative, or exhaustive, in its selection of posts that address public concerns?
The answers to these questions, I believe, are not clear. And this goes well beyond one research study, it is a much broader question about Facebook’s responsibility. But the intense response to this research, on the part of press, academics, and Facebook users, should speak to them. Maybe we latch onto specific incidents like a research intervention, maybe we grab onto scary bogeymen like the NSA, maybe we get hooked on critical angles on the problem like the debate about “free labor,” maybe we lash out only when the opportunity is provided like when Facebook tries to use our posts as advertising. But together, I think these represent a deeper discomfort about an information environment where the content is ours but the selection is theirs."
Facebook  socialMedia  emotion  manipulation  filtering  algorithms  research  communication  trust  control  power  experiment 
july 2014 by petej
Facebook's Psychological Experiments Connected to Department of Defense Research on Civil Unrest | SCG News
"The U.S. government is militarizing social media through a combination of technology and social sciences, and Facebook is helping them"
Facebook  socialMedia  emotion  manipulation  control  research  military  Cornell  filtering  algorithms  experiment 
july 2014 by petej
the Empire strikes back - Text Patterns - The New Atlantis
"One last point from Yarkoni, and this one is the real doozy: “The mere fact that Facebook, Google, and Amazon run experiments intended to alter your emotional experience in a revenue-increasing way is not necessarily a bad thing if in the process of making more money off you, those companies also improve your quality of life.” Get that? In Yarkoni’s ethical cosmos, Facebook, Google, and Amazon — and presumably every other company you do business with, and for all I know the government (why not?) — can manipulate you all they want as long as they “improve your quality of life” according to their understanding, not yours, of what makes for improved quality of life."
Facebook  socialMedia  emotion  manipulation  ethics  business  power  control  consent  algorithms  bigData  filtering  research  experiment 
july 2014 by petej
UK Sliding into Something Worse than Censorship - Open Enterprise
"In other words, the opt-in scheme threatens to move us beyond creeping censorship - bad enough in itself - to something far worse, because not so visible: creeping self-censorship. That is truly the Chinese model, where online users know that there are certain lines that cannot be crossed, and who therefore never write or discuss certain forbidden topics because they have interiorised the government's restrictions.

So, the question has to be: is this really the society we want to create here in the UK - a bunch of cowering people constantly worried about how their online choices might be used against them one day, and changing their actions drastically as a result? Maybe for some politicians (no names, no packdrill) it is, but I seriously doubt most of us are happy with that vision. In which case, we need to fight this idiotic and dangerous opt-in scheme now, regardless of what we think about porn and its online availability."
UK  filtering  blocking  ISP  censorship 
july 2013 by petej
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