Why a Toaster's "A Bit More" Button Is a Design Triumph - The Atlantic
The designer’s job is not to please or comfort the user, but to make an object even more what it already is.
design  ux  bogost  objects  users  userfriendliness 
2 days ago
Data Selfie _ Home
Data Selfie is a browser extension that tracks you while you are on Facebook to show you your own data traces and reveal how machine learning algorithms use your data to gain insights about your personality.
chrome  data  facebook  privacy  tracking  com201  com200  algorithm 
4 days ago
The evolution of The Economist’s social media team – Severe Contest – Medium
on platforms changing, having control over your website, and focusing on quality instead of quantity in your social media posts
socialmedia  marketing  data 
16 days ago
Social Web
Social Web
Fall 2010, Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute
University of Madeira
syllabus  courses  moderation  virtualcommunity 
7 weeks ago
The Ghost of Geocities | One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age
Early web designers always had a clear/empty image file in the graphics folder of their projects. Usually it would be called clear.gif. Mine was — 0.gif. And most commonly it would be just 1 pixel of nothing. The one on Geocities is 10×10 pixels.

Clear gifs were irreplaceable in the world of pre-CSS layouts. Invisible and small graphics could be stretched in width and height, keeping visible elements of the page on desirable distance.
CSS  webdesign  1990s  geocities  internet 
7 weeks ago
Tech and the Fake Market tactic – Humane Tech – Medium (by Anil Dash 2017)
This is, by any reasonable definition, no market at all. One might even call Uber a “Fake Market”. Yet, by carefully describing drivers in their system as “entrepreneurs” and appropriating the language of true markets, Uber has been welcomed by communities and policymakers as if they were creating a new marketplace. That has serious implications for policy, regulation and even civil rights.
economics  internet  capitalism  algorithm  civilrights  uber 
7 weeks ago
Why America is Self-Segregating – Data & Society: Points
In “Why America is Self-Segregating,” danah boyd looks back at the unraveling of two historical institutions through which social, racial, and class-based diversification of social networks was achieved — the US military and higher education — and asks how trends towards content personalization on social media continue to fragment Americans along ideological lines.
to_read  boyd  filterbubble  capitalism  diversity 
7 weeks ago
Are There Limits to Online Free Speech ? – Data & Society: Points
What do we do when tools founded on openness and freedom are used by straight-up bad actors? And what do platforms committed to those ideals do when their technologies are used to harass and suppress others?
alt-right defined: a fusion of white nationalists, Russian trolls, meme enthusiasts, men’s rights activists, #gamergaters, libertarians, conspiracy theorists, bored teenagers and hardcore right-wing activists ... the alt-right has been extraordinarily effective at using digital technologies, from Reddit to 8chan to Twitter to Google Docs, to collaborate, mobilize, and organize.
censorship  internet-culture  moderation  marwick 
7 weeks ago
Facebook and the Cost of Monopoly – Stratechery by Ben Thompson (2017)
The problem is that Facebook isn’t simply a social network: the service is a three-sided market — users, content providers, and advertisers — and while the basis of Facebook’s dominance is in the network effects that come from connecting all of those users, said dominance has seeped to those other sides.
... A monopoly, though, doesn’t need that drive to innovate — or, more accurately, doesn’t need to derive a profit from innovation, which leads to lazy spending and prioritizing tech demos over shipping products.
facebook  facebookworldtakeover  advertising  clickbait  economics  platforms 
7 weeks ago
In the Beginning was the Command Line by Neal Stephenson
Back in the days of the command-line interface, users were all Morlocks who had to convert their thoughts into alphanumeric symbols and type them in, a grindingly tedious process that stripped away all ambiguity, laid bare all hidden assumptions, and cruelly punished laziness and imprecision. Then the interface-makers went to work on their GUIs, and introduced a new semiotic layer between people and machines
The division of responsibilities implied by all of this is admirably clean: computers do arithmetic on bits of information. Humans construe the bits as meaningful symbols. But this distinction is now being blurred, or at least complicated, by the advent of modern operating systems that use, and frequently abuse, the power of metaphor to make computers accessible to a larger audience. Along the way--possibly because of those metaphors, which make an operating system a sort of work of art--people start to get emotional, and grow attached to pieces of software in the way that my friend's dad did to his MGB.
Every time your right pinky slams that ENTER key, you are making another try. In some cases the operating system does nothing. In other cases it wipes out all of your files. In most cases it just gives you an error message. In other words, you get many duds.
apple  keyboard  computing_history  gui  timesharing  interface  programming  difficulty 
7 weeks ago
Digital Identities: Six Key Selves of Networked Publics | the theoryblog
I am interested in what we do that makes us who we are in social media spaces, thus my concept of digital identity is practice-based. At the same time, I see identity as a lens through which we can examine the potentialities specific to social networks. I use the concept of identity to explore what it is that social software makes possible in practice.
identity  self  socialmedia  rheingold 
8 weeks ago
Tower of Song | the theoryblog
Junior scholars and grad students and contingent academics can create forms of visibility and legitimacy within the blurred space between media and institutional scholarship that do not match their institutional status, or lack thereof.
profession  twitter  academia  identity 
8 weeks ago
How Reporting and Moderation On Social Media is Failing Marginalized Groups by Donyae Coles | Model View Culture (August 2016)
To get better, platforms must also address how user-generated reports are often weaponized against people of color. Although there’s nothing that can be done about the sheer numbers of majority-White users on platforms, better, clearer policy that helps them question their own bias would likely stop many reports from being generated in the first place. It may also help to implement more controls that would stop targeted mass-reporting of pages and communities by and for marginalized people.
twitter  activism  moderation  racism  violence  facebook  harassment  bias 
10 weeks ago
The Great LOLCat Massacre | Public Books
“Cats give you moments of delight surrounded by years of indifference,” he said. “And that is the quintessential experience of the internet. The internet manages periodically to be fascinating and insightful, but most of the time it’s terrible.”
memes  lolcats  internet-culture 
10 weeks ago
These charts show exactly how racist and radical the alt-right has gotten this year - The Washington Post
Incidentally, jihadist extremists provide a telling model for exactly how online “chatter” can turn into physical violence. That process, in which seemingly normal people become intoxicated with extremist ideology, is often referred to as the “path to radicalization,” and it is characterized by common vulnerabilities: Potential extremists feel ostracized from society, believe themselves to be victimized and are attracted to violence. Islamic State recruiters and propagandists exploit these vulnerabilities with narratives of strength and warmth, simultaneously empathizing with the alienated and disaffected while also promising power and belonging through righteous violence against oppressors.
racism  twitter  virtualcommunity  politics  socialnetworking  networks  election  infographic 
10 weeks ago
Sexual assault in Japan: 'Every girl was a victim' | International Women's Day | Al Jazeera
Apart from making the badges more widely available, Matsunaga also wants offenders to see them and think: "The world is changing, some people have started talking about it."
design  sexualviolence  socialchange  japan 
april 2017
Online Harassment & The Internet Experiment - The Illusion of MoreThe Illusion of More
the belief that cyberspace remains some magical realms beyond the normal boundaries of society continues to delay rational discourse on any number of problems specifically caused or exacerbated by the technology.
harassment  trolling  4chan  internet 
april 2017
The role of memes in misinformation and shaping online and offline conversations | Media news
The 2016 US election has been dubbed as "the meme election", with some people saying they "memed [Trump] into the presidency", Wardle said, so it is important to look at the role they play in misinformation too.
election  memes  cw2017 
april 2017
The awesome power of deep interests. | Gina Bianchini | Pulse | LinkedIn
But Facebook Groups make all of these things harder than they should be in 2017. Mark Zuckerberg’s recent Manifesto aside, Facebook's goal is to keep you coming back to Facebook with updates from people you know, not make new, meaningful connections with new people you don’t.
facebook  networks  community  filterbubble  socialnetworking  virtualcommunity 
april 2017
How the Republicans Sold Your Privacy to Internet Providers - The New York Times
To my Democratic colleagues and me, the digital tracks that a consumer leaves when using a network are the property of that consumer. They contain private information about personal preferences, health problems and financial matters.
privacy  internet  law  data 
april 2017
How Technology Led a Hospital To Give a Patient 38 Times His Dosage
Of course, it was natural for doctors, nurses and pharmacists to expect that, once computers entered our complex, chaotic and often dangerous world, they would make things better. After all, in our off-duty lives we are so thoroughly used to taking out our iPhones, downloading an app, and off we go.
healthcare  ux  interface  medical  usability  design 
april 2017
Why Care About Design? - The Industry
We don’t get excited about half-assing things. We get excited about creating things that are well-considered and thoughtful.
ux  interface  design  usability 
april 2017
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