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Science Fiction Is Not Social Reality
"Gadgets, services, and technologies work in Science Fiction because it is fiction. They work because it is a narrative, and as such, their authors or filmmakers showed them working. They work because in fiction, it is very easy to make things work, because they aren’t real and don’t need to actually work."
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Science Fiction Is Not Social Reality
"To understand why, it is important to understand who the people that are developing these devices are, and why they are building what they are building. Their wealth, resources, and reach surpass that of governments. Additionally, regulations take time to form when new technology is introduced. This is why there have been so many calls to action from scholars, ethicists, and some tech employees. We’re worried, and rightly so."
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8 weeks ago
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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8 weeks ago
How to beat LinkedIn: The Game
"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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8 weeks ago
Nintendo to ROM sites: Forget cease-and-desist, now we’re suing
"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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8 weeks ago
Nintendo to ROM sites: Forget cease-and-desist, now we’re suing
"The Arizona suit, as reported by TorrentFreak, alleges "brazen and mass-scale infringement of Nintendo’s intellectual property rights" by the sites LoveROMs and LoveRetro. These sites combine ROM downloads and in-browser emulators to deliver one-stop gaming access, and the lawsuit includes screenshots and interface explanations to demonstrate exactly how the sites' users can gain access to "thousands of [Nintendo] video games, related copyrighted works, and images.""
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8 weeks ago
Orwell knew: we willingly buy the screens that are used against us – Henry Cowles | 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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8 weeks ago
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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8 weeks ago
Leaked Documents Show Facebook’s ‘Threshold’ for Deleting Pages and Groups
"One Facebook moderator training document for hate speech says that for Pages—Facebook’s feature for sections dedicated to, say, a band, organization, public figure, or business—the Page admin has to receive 5 “strikes” within 90 days for the Page itself to be deleted.

Alternatively, Facebook moderators are told to remove a Page if at least 30 percent of the content posted by other people within 90 days violates Facebook’s community standards. A similar 30 percent-or-over policy exists for Facebook Groups, according to the document."
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9 weeks ago
Subprime Day
"Earlier today, the New York Times explained “how to make the most of Amazon Prime Day 2018.” This corrupt exhortation is as clear a sign as any that Prime Day is now a national holiday—a triumph of branding. While the Times urged its readers to buy a carry-on suitcase and Amazon’s own surveillance-enabling smart speakers, Amazon workers in Europe were striking to protest inhumane working conditions. In March, Business Insider reported that in 2017 Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and CEO, made $107 million every day. That same year, Amazon paid no federal income taxes."
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9 weeks ago
Netflix’s fortunes are still won and lost on subscriber growth. And it just lost
"Netflix’s stock lives and dies on subscriber growth and it has now missed on its forecast three times in the last 10 quarters. The company added 5.15 million new members in the quarter ending June 30, it announced (pdf) today, after saying in April that it expected to add 6.2 million subscribers during that period. It missed its own estimates for both domestic and international subscriber growth. Netflix now boasts 130 million subscribers worldwide."
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9 weeks ago
Netflix’s stock crash won’t make the Big Media moguls feel any better
"That’s what happened this afternoon, when Reed Hastings and company missed their second-quarter numbers by delivering 5.2 million new subscribers instead of the 6.2 million they had forecast.

Wall Street reacted by pushing shares down 14 percent, wiping out more than $25 billion in market cap. Netflix investors are used to big price swings, but still. That’s a big price swing."
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9 weeks ago
Netflix’s stock crash won’t make the Big Media moguls feel any better
"Wall Street reacted by pushing shares down 14 percent, wiping out more than $25 billion in market cap. Netflix investors are used to big price swings, but still. That’s a big price swing."
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9 weeks ago
Instapaper leaves Pinterest
"A couple of years ago, online read-it-later darling Instapaper got sold to Pinterest. Then, in the lousiest possible way, nothing happened. No real updates, tweaks or refinements for Instapaper the service or the app. It was frozen in time!"
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9 weeks ago
There's only 1 Blockbuster store left
"Most pundits assumed Blockbuster locations in Alaska would remain open due to poor broadband coverage. But, it turns out, progress is inevitable. Despite the fact both locations are still pulling a profit, owner Alan Payne says it no longer makes sense to renew either store’s leases, which expire in August."
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9 weeks ago
Is Instagram changing the way we design the world?
"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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9 weeks ago
Amazon’s Curious Case of the $2,630.52 Used Paperback
"Supersonic Truck recently marketed copies of “Kitchen Confidential” for $614, which is $608 more than what Amazon itself is asking. According to Amazon, Supersonic Truck has 100 percent positive ratings."
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9 weeks ago
Netflix, the Stock Market’s Big Hope, Disappoints
"Still, the company’s stock shows that Netflix has a lot to live up to. The company’s share price, after Monday’s plunge, is equivalent to 107 times the per-share earnings that analysts expect Netflix to make this year. This price-to-earnings ratio is far higher than it is on the stocks of many other technology companies."
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10 weeks ago
Peterson’s Complaint
"Idiots will believe anything; fools will believe anything that makes them feel better."
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10 weeks ago
Peterson’s Complaint
"Angry white male entitlement is the elevator music of our age."
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10 weeks ago
Peterson’s Complaint
"There is nothing morally wrong with recognizing that young white guys are not coping terribly well in this frightening and uncertain world they suddenly find they have to share. The problem comes when you announce, as men like Peterson do, that the way white men feel about things is the way things are. Feelings are not facts. Just because young white men are experiencing hurt feelings does not make those hurt feelings rational, or reasonable, or a sound basis for policy-making. It certainly doesn’t oblige anyone to dignify those hurt feelings with the status of cosmic wisdom."
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10 weeks ago
Peterson’s Complaint
"The mistake that so many critics and commentators have made is to try to defeat Peterson in formal debate. It’s not that his ideas cannot be defeated — it’s that taking them seriously gives them a credence they do not deserve."
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10 weeks ago
Two years after buying, Univision wants to sell its Gawker, Onion portfolios
"Univision (UCI) "determined that pursuing a sale of GMG and The Onion collectively will allow UCI to focus on its core assets and further strengthen UCI's position as the No. 1 media company serving US Hispanics, while enabling both GMG and The Onion even greater opportunities to grow under new ownership," the company wrote in a Tuesday statement. This announcement of a "potential sale" comes with the caveat that a transaction may not take place."
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10 weeks ago
The App Store turns 10
"While there have been many notable moments since apps first came to iPhone and later iPad, the milestones and testimonials below reflect some of the most significant over the past 10 years — defining how the App Store democratized software distribution and transformed how we live every day."
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10 weeks ago
How Wattpad Is Rewriting the Rules of Hollywood
"To wit: the success of The Kissing Booth, a 2011 story turned book series written by then 15-year-old Beth Reekles that was read 19 million times on Wattpad before being adapted into an original film by Netflix. In May, the dismally reviewed movie exploded across popular culture, ranking on IMDb as the fourth most popular film in the country (behind Deadpool 2, Avengers: Infinity War, and Solo: A Star Wars Story), subjected to numerous published “explainers” (calling The Kissing Booth, variously, a “sensation” and “Everyone’s Obsession”) and touted by Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos, in an interview with Vulture, as “one of the most-watched movies in the country, and maybe the world.”"
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10 weeks ago
Peterson’s Complaint
"The context is despair. The context is cultural civil war. The context is two thousand years of violent religious patriarchy, five centuries of brutal capitalist biopolitics, and a decade of punishing austerity that has left a great many young men quaking in the ruins of their own promised glory, drowning in unmet expectations. The context is a profoundly impoverished intellectual and political climate where the feeling of truth is more meaningful than truth itself. That’s the context in which Peterson’s ascendency was as predictable as it is humiliating for anyone clinging on to the idea that there might be a few drops left at the bottom of the barrel of moderate conservative thought. Outside that context, it would make no sense."
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10 weeks ago
Peterson’s Complaint
"Point any of this out, however, and watch a grown man who makes a living telling other people to toughen up rebound into spasms of outrage, threaten to sue you, threaten to punch you, and whip up his followers into such a storm of harassment that a great many critics are now nervous to push back on his ideas at all.

And this is the great free-speech defender."
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10 weeks ago
Peterson’s Complaint
"The fact that this is being taken seriously, that it demands to be taken seriously, is frankly embarrassing to converts and critics alike; a symptom of an intellectual and political culture running on fumes."
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10 weeks ago
Peterson’s Complaint
"If every generation gets the intellectuals it deserves, we’re in serious trouble."
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10 weeks ago
Hi, we’re The A.V. Club, and we’re for sale
"The news comes shortly after a number of consultant-dictated budget (and personnel)-reducing buyouts at the GMG sites, and reports from The Daily Beast that a similar process was happening at Onion Inc. Which is to say, potential digital media moguls: We’re lean, mean, and ready to knowingly skewer and analyze the pop culture landscape… for you."
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10 weeks ago
Hi, we’re The A.V. Club, and we’re for sale
"Well today, we’re happy to announce that all those caps-locked, spittle-flecked screeds have finally come true, folks: The A.V. Club is for sale, and it could be yours for the low, low price of whatever our parent company, Univision Inc., can get."
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10 weeks ago
REDEF ORIGINAL: Netflix Isn’t Being Reckless, It’s Just Playing a Game No O
"The company doesn’t want to be a leader in video, or even the leader in video – it wants to monopolize the consumption of video; to become TV. This ambition has several important consequences, especially relating to the company’s spend."
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10 weeks ago
Stop Live-Tweeting Strangers Flirting
"Blair and Hardaway are just the latest case of people projecting romantic narratives onto strangers for the sake of content."
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10 weeks ago
Stop Live-Tweeting Strangers Flirting
"Some on the internet praised it as an adorable love story. But as more information came out, the saga began to seem disturbing. Secretly photographing people or live tweeting their every word to exploit them for content (and, maybe, viral fame) is gross, but the depths to which Blair and Hardaway sank were particularly troublesome."
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10 weeks ago
Battling Fake Accounts, Twitter to Slash Millions of Followers
"While Twitter declined to provide an exact number of affected users, the company said it would strip tens of millions of questionable accounts from users’ followers. The move would reduce the total combined follower count on Twitter by about 6 percent — a substantial drop."
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10 weeks ago
Netflix Is Shutting Down User Reviews This Summer
"Ultimately, Netflix’s decision to eliminate user reviews likely boiled down to one thing: They probably did not, on balance, drive people to watch more content on the service."
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11 weeks ago
Did blogs ruin the web? Or did the web ruin blogs?
"There are some cases where a greater visibility and intercommunication is exactly what you want, and some where you want the exact opposite. But we’re also riding the wave of dozens if not hundreds of subtly shaping decisions that are not ours, and maybe were never ours. We can only change them if we understand them first."
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11 weeks ago
Ding Dong, the Feed Is Dead – Track Changes
"These smaller, temporary spaces produce a similar effect to traditional social media — a space to vent and laugh and care — but without the downsides of a public forum."
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11 weeks ago
Ding Dong, the Feed Is Dead – Track Changes
"What happens next is probably not the overthrow of Facebook or Twitter— especially now that those platforms are making a lot of noise about how they want to change. The need for an online presence, even if it’s just LinkedIn, is a big historical shift, not just a fad. But instead of a handful of big, public platforms, I wonder if we can expect a proliferation of smaller, more private platforms to find their place."
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11 weeks ago
How Social Networks Set the Limits of What We Can Say Online
"Even so, we have handed to private companies the power to set and enforce the boundaries of appropriate public speech. That is an enormous cultural power to be held by so few, and it is largely wielded behind closed doors, making it difficult for outsiders to inspect or challenge. Platforms frequently, and conspicuously, fail to live up to our expectations—in fact, given the enormity of the undertaking, most platforms’ own definition of success includes failing users on a regular basis."
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11 weeks ago
The iconic Fountain (1917) is not created by Marcel Duchamp - See All This
"Why did Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven never claim Fountain as her work? She never had the chance. While she lived the urinal was thrown out, became lost and quickly forgotten. She died in 1927, eight years before Bréton attributed Fountain to Duchamp for the first time. Decades after her death Duchamp began to commission the first replica of Fountain. While he rose to superstardom, she ended as a footnote in the history of modern art. Her artist career is exemplary for what has happened to countless other female artists who were ignored, marginalized and ostracized from the canon."
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11 weeks ago
The iconic Fountain (1917) is not created by Marcel Duchamp - See All This
"Over time Duchamp had told two different stories of how he had created Fountain, but both turned out to be untrue. An art historian who knew Duchamp admitted that he had never asked him about Fountain, he had published a standard-work on Fountain nevertheless. The place from where Fountain was sent raised more questions. That place was Philadelphia, but Duchamp had been living in New York."
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11 weeks ago
Hello Fresh: The World's Most Ruthless Food Startup | Inc.com
The World's Most Ruthless Food Startup: The Inside Story of How HelloFresh Clawed Its Way to the Top

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11 weeks ago
Nanette Rewrites the History of Art
"I’m talking about work that makes instant evangelists of those who behold it, that has people rushing to their social channels to urge strangers to watch this now, it changed my life and it will change yours too. When it happens, that kind of swooning tends to pass into legend; we roll our eyes when we hear about people passing out in front of Impressionist nudes at Parisian salons as if they’d never seen cellulite before. But every now and then, a work by a new voice breaks through, and sharing it with others becomes a compulsion, even a kind of moral duty. This is what has happened in recent weeks with Hannah Gadsby’s revelatory hour-long comedy special which started airing on Netflix in late June."
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11 weeks ago
Nanette Rewrites the History of Art
"I would call Gadsby a genius, but she would likely push back against that term. The idea of genius gets us into trouble, she warns; it allows certain people to gain power and wield it over others. Gadsby, I think, would rather just be known as a human, full-hearted and flawed, full of bravery and grace."
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11 weeks ago
How Twitter Became Home to the Teen Status Update
"The mostly white, well-adjusted suburban teens who share stale platitudes of the kind that some internet users might call “basic” are part of a tribe known as local Twitter."
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11 weeks ago
“I Was Devastated”: The Man Who Created the World Wide Web Has Some Regrets
"While Silicon Valley started ride-share apps and social-media networks without profoundly considering the consequences, Berners-Lee has spent the past three decades thinking about little else. From the beginning, in fact, Berners-Lee understood how the epic power of the Web would radically transform governments, businesses, societies. He also envisioned that his invention could, in the wrong hands, become a destroyer of worlds, as Robert Oppenheimer once infamously observed of his own creation."
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11 weeks ago
A Work of Art
"A reviewer of my book, one who did not like it and was particularly irked by the “Diana and Nikon” essay, singled out the Botsford picture as a demonstration of my wrongheadedness, my pathetic inability to differentiate a work of art from an artless snapshot."
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11 weeks ago
‘Local Twitter’ finally gives a name to being performatively basic online
"Providing a hard-stop definition of “local Twitter” is tricky; much like obscenity, you know it when you see it. Local is tweeting about how much you love pizza and Target, fawning over dogs, or posting Drake lyrics, especially with the caption “mood.” Local is having to ask whether your Twitter feed is local. Justin Belloli, a 17-year-old from California, says via DM that you’ve encountered local if you’ve ever surfed by a basic tweet that is inexplicably popular, like “rt or else.” “They basically take the leftover trends from other parts of twitter and use them until they’re too annoying to get retweets and likes,” he says."
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11 weeks ago
500px will no longer allow photographers to license their photos under Creative Commons
"Photography platform 500px will no longer allow photographers to license their photos under a Creative Commons license, and is removing the functionality to search and download such images. The site also closed down its stock photo platform, 500px Marketplace yesterday, replacing it with distribution partnerships with Getty Images and Visual China Group."
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11 weeks ago
Academics Gathered to Share Emoji Research, and It Was 🔥
"Most agree that the icons are not quite a language—the emoji vocabulary is made up almost entirely of nouns, and there’s no real grammar or syntax to govern their use—but their influence on internet communication is massive. By 2015, half of all comments on Instagram included an emoji. On Messenger, Facebook’s messaging app, over 5 billion emoji are sent and received every day. From an academic point of view, that presents a wealth of data to understand communication, behavior, and language online."
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11 weeks ago
Are Instagram stars facing a brand backlash?
"We've all heard about vloggers and bloggers earning big bucks promoting brands' products on their social media pages.

Some of these "millennial influencers" with a million or more followers can earn $20,000 per post, says social insights firm Captiv8. A few have become minor celebrities in their own right."
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11 weeks ago
Netflix Is No. 1 Choice for TV Viewing, Beating Broadcast, Cable and YouTube (Study)
"The subscription-video service is now the most popular platform for watching entertainment on TV, ahead of traditional cable and broadcast television networks as well as YouTube and Hulu, according to a recent survey of U.S. consumers by Wall Street firm Cowen & Co."
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11 weeks ago
Netflix is moving television beyond time-slots and national markets
"One of the reasons that Netflix is spending in such haste is that Netflixonomics is a winner-takes-most proposition. People can only spend so much time being entertained by television. If you can provide them with entertainment they genuinely enjoy for that length of time, they will have little reason to pay anyone else for further screen-based entertainment—though they may splash out more for sport, and put up with adverts for news, real or fake. Being big early thus constitutes a first-mover advantage. And the dash towards size has the helpful side-effect of driving up rivals’ production costs at the same time as it eats into their revenues. Netflix is “intentionally trying to destroy us, the existing ecosystem,” says one Hollywood executive."
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11 weeks ago
Netflix is moving television beyond time-slots and national markets
"Mr Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, and his colleagues will spend $12bn-13bn this year—more than any studio spends on films, or any television company lays out on stuff that isn’t sport. Their viewers will get 82 feature films in a year when Warner Brothers, the Hollywood studio with the biggest slate, will send cinemas only 23. (Disney, the most profitable studio, is putting out just ten.) Netflix is producing or procuring 700 new or exclusively licensed television shows, including more than 100 scripted dramas and comedies, dozens of documentaries and children’s shows, stand-up comedy specials and unscripted reality and talk shows. And its ambitions go far beyond Hollywood. It is currently making programmes in 21 countries, including Brazil, Germany, India and South Korea."
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11 weeks ago
Welcome to the New Rolling Stone
"Each issue will feature more new music, more political coverage, more of the best and brightest in pop culture. Our logo has also undergone a subtle but significant update – for more on that, watch the video above. What isn’t changing is our commitment to deep reporting, unforgettable interviews, criticism you can trust and political journalism that speaks truth to power."
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11 weeks ago
Juggalos figured out how to beat facial recognition
"As if they weren’t already doing the absolute most, the die-hard fans of the rap group Insane Clown Posse have become accidental heroes for people concerned about facial recognition tech: According to Twitter user @tahkion, a computer science blogger for WonderHowTo, Juggalo makeup outmatches the machine learning algorithms that govern facial recognition technology."
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11 weeks ago
Disgraced Donkey Kong Champ Billy Mitchell’s Redemption Is a Sloppy Soliloquy
"Mitchell tells the crowd of nearly 150 people to be bold. “You’re here,” he says. “Don’t leave and say something silly. Ask me anything.” At this point, a man in front of me raises his hand. Mitchell continues to talk. The man slowly lowers his hand."
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12 weeks ago
Why Is There a ‘Gaming Disorder’ But No ‘Smartphone Disorder?’
"Can people truly be addicted to games, like they can to gambling, or to heroin? And even if they can, why is gaming the only official computer-related behavioral addiction? Why not internet or smartphone addiction? Perhaps the issue isn’t that gaming should or shouldn’t be a mental disorder, but that the public is so willing to assume negative behaviors are the result of individual mental defects, rather than more complex social, political, and economic factors."
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12 weeks ago
The Future of TV
"When the finale of M*A*S*H was broadcast, in 1983, it was a cultural event that drew more than 100 million viewers. Last year, even the much-talked-about Girls struggled to draw a million viewers a week. Television, which was always the most democratic of forms, has fractured into thousands of insular audiences, and it’s likely that, in the coming years, this divergence will only increase. Even Neil Postman, who in 1985 wrote the famous anti-TV treatise Amusing Ourselves to Death, assumed the shared experience of television was both part of its appeal and of its danger. Back then, when it came to TV audiences, there was still a collective “ourselves” to talk about."
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june 2018
The Future of TV
"My daughter’s relationship with television is not just different from my own experience growing up—it is completely alien. This is part of the reason I’ve come to think that consuming television has changed more dramatically in the last forty years than any other kind of cultural consumption—more than movies, more than books, even more than post-Napster pop music."
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june 2018
The Rise of Racist Porn
"When asked to use hate speech on set Price refuses—but also offers different types of dialogue to appease the producer, playing up the racial aspects. “I personally don’t like racism in porn. I’ll play it up nicely and be flirtatious about it,” says Price. “I’ll say things like ‘hot chocolate daddy’ but I won’t say the N-word. It’s degrading in my opinion.”"
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june 2018
Want to Understand What Ails the Modern Internet? Look at eBay
"None of this is to say that eBay has gone away — in 2017, more merchandise changed hands over the platform than in any earlier year. It’s just ancient in tech terms. It went public in 1998. But perhaps more than any other tech giant of its era — excluding Amazon — eBay has shaped the tech industry of 2018. Depending on how you look at it, this is an assignation of credit or blame. EBay’s influence can be felt in both trivial and fundamental ways in companies like Facebook, Google and Uber."
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june 2018
Instagram can’t be the new TV until it figures out how to pay for its TV shows
"There are some obvious ways IGTV could try to make this work. The most likely is that Instagram will put mid-roll or pre-roll video ads inside these long form videos and split the revenue with creators, the same strategy it’s using for Facebook’s new video section, Watch."
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june 2018
Instagram now has 1 billion users worldwide
"Instagram announced at an in-office event today that it now has 1 billion users worldwide. It had 800 million users in September of last year, which was 200 million more than that same time the year before. The app just keeps steadily adding 200 million users a year, it seems."
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june 2018
With IGTV, Instagram Takes Aim at YouTube
"From a content-creation perspective, IGTV feels like Instagram's version of YouTube, a place for creators to distribute the sort of long-form video historically associated with the Google-owned giant. Instagram hopes the platform will be used by already-popular creators, like former Vine star Lele Pons, who has more than 25 million Instagram followers and who also appeared on stage at Wednesday’s event. The app is launching with a group of pre-selected video stars, including publishers like National Geographic, which has more than 88 million followers on Instagram, and brands like Benefit cosmetics. It will be open to anyone who uses Instagram over the coming weeks."
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june 2018
The House Unanimously Passed a Bill to Make Child Sex Robots Illegal
"It’s probably not the worst idea to ban child sex robots, but the bill makes a few claims that would seem to be impossible to prove, namely that “dolls and robots not only lead to rape, but they make rape easier by teaching the rapist how to overcome resistance and subdue the victim.”"
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june 2018
The Lifespan of a Lie – Trust Issues – Medium
The Lifespan of a Lie – Trust Issues – Medium

It was late in the evening of August 16th, 1971, and twenty-two-year-old Douglas Korpi, a slim, short-statured Berkeley graduate with a mop of pale, shaggy…
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june 2018
What an iPhone notification dot told me last night – UX Collective
"I am just a tiny red dot humanity created,

You were actually born to fall in love with me.

Soon this is the only love you’ll be left with,

You know it deep down, when you randomly start feeling lonely."
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june 2018
Monologue: Angela Chase from My So-Called Life, 39, Announces Bid for Congress
"Sometimes, I look at this country like the sleeve of a sweater. A worn sweater. That, like, shows we’ve forgotten what we’re even doing here. Or whatever. And like, our country is becoming this unraveled yarn. Or fabric, even. That we need to fix because, if we don’t, the world would grind to like a halt."
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june 2018
Remember Pandora Radio?
"Today, Spotify’s algorithmic recommendations are integrated into the service’s interface in such an understated fashion that if you didn’t look hard enough at the recommended music at the end of your manually curated playlist, or if you weren’t sufficiently curious about exploring the service’s Discover Weekly feature, you could go about your week, even your entire year of music-listening without being aware of them. But what I find thrilling about Spotify’s automatically generated weekly mixtape is its tolerance for riskier, wider-ranging recommendations; the misses are worth the statistical gamble for the hits. While Pandora’s algorithm relied on preferences broadly stated and slowly fine-tuned through trial and error, Spotify’s recommendations are based on arguably clearer and more specific signals, notably songs that you’ve actually listened to through their on-demand service — when, how much of each, how frequently."
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june 2018
Remember Pandora Radio?
"When I first heard about Pandora, before algorithmically driven recommendations like Netflix’s Cinematch became commonplace, I loved the idea that something as inscrutable as the ontology of taste could be demystified, broken down into its essential elements, and used to predict future sources of enjoyment."
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june 2018
My Tamagotchi is everything that went wrong with our future
"The Tamagotchi offers the option to turn off the sound. But if I turn it off, I’ll miss the notifications and accidentally kill my hateful son. At this point, I’ve kept him alive for so long, I’d feel too guilty to pull the plug on my virtual spawn.

And anyway, what’s one more beeping annoyance in my life? The Tamagotchi is just another red dot for me to clear off yet another screen. At least this one doesn’t monetize my engagement through targeted advertising."
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june 2018
The “Facebook Nevers” – 500ish Words
"The fall of Facebook was never going to be people quitting the service en masse — it’s too interwoven into the fabric of the way many of us use the web these days — it was always going to be the people who never really use the service in the first place. Kids."
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june 2018
The “Facebook Nevers” – 500ish Words
"The numbers are in and the trend is clear. That is, there is no trend. Despite months of controversy, users don’t seem to be leaving Facebook. Certainly not in any meaningful way.

This shouldn’t be surprising to anyone because this has been the story of Facebook since nearly the beginning of the network. It goes like this: There’s some outrage around something. There’s a lot of talk about and stories written about people quitting Facebook. Then no one actually quits."
from instapaper
june 2018
Looking back at Chuck Klosterman’s ‘Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs’
"Cocoa Puffs’ immediate appeal stemmed from some combination of the looseness of the writing, a proto-blog conversational style that would come to dominate the internet, and the subject material: pop culture framed in a loosely academic tone. He took dumb shit — The Real World, the Lakers-Celtics rivalry, semi-incoherent Tom Cruise passion project Vanilla Sky — seriously."
from instapaper
june 2018
Pokémon Go is finally the game it should’ve been
"It’s remarkable that it took two years for social features to be added, particularly for a product which is aimed to be integrated in the real world and its users’ lives. Previous updates improved how the game functions, but this one feels like the first one to move it closer to the goal of being a more socially engaging game. The real question is; is anyone even still playing it?"
from instapaper
june 2018
The Future of Sex
"It’s like Apple’s Siri, if she had a body and were prone to dirty talk. These “sexbots” can’t move around on their own, but they can give compliments and moan on command. As they interact with their owner (or partner) over time, they adapt their sexual preferences and responses. Within the next century, these robots may be woven into the fabric of our sexual culture—as common as Playboy in the sixties or the vibrator today."
from instapaper
june 2018
How alt-right Twitter tricks the media into panicking
"We ascribe real-world meaning and importance to digital metrics regardless of the fact that they’re so easily manipulatable they are practically meaningless. Likes, eyeballs, retweets, you name it — it can all be bought. Yet we blindly insist on their worth as a genuine form of social currency anyway, inflation be damned."
from instapaper
june 2018
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