Trolling Scholars Debunk the Idea That the Alt-Right’s Shitposters Have Magic Powers - Motherboard
It is certainly true that the alt-right's pro-Trump "shitposting"—the act of flooding social media with memes and commentary designed to bolster their "God Emperor" Trump—raised the public visibility of the alt-right and its memetic handiwork.
4chan  election  trolling  conservatism  memes 
5 days ago
Flashback: The People's Net - Rushkoff (2001)
There was a whole new world out there, unlimited by the constraints of time and space, appearance and prejudice, gender and power.
Now that the Internet’s role in business has faded into the background, the many great applications developed to make our lives better are taking center stage. They are compelling, and surpass some of our wildest dreams of what the Internet might someday achieve. ... have a look at Blogger. It’s not just a Web site; it’s also a set of publishing tools that allows even a novice to create a Weblog, automatically add content to a Web site, or organize links, commentary, and open discussions. In the short time Blogger has been available, it has fostered an interconnected community of tens of thousands of users. These people don’t simply surf the Web; they are now empowered to create it.
1990s  internet  participation  democracy  blogs  cyberspace  web2.0 
14 days ago
The Years In Retrospect: How Photoshop Has Shaped The World Of Graphic Design | The Huffington Post
Soon enough, people realized that Photoshop could be used to manipulate any kind of graphic content to make the impossible seem possible. Eventually, the word Photoshop became almost synonymous with all things fake and modified, pictures, places and even people.
photoshop  fakenews  hoaxes  photography 
14 days ago
Material Literacy and Visual Design (lester faigley 1999)
Thousands of teenagers now have personal Web pages, many of which display the multimedia capabilities of the Web.
1990s  webdesign  design  visualrhetoric  internet  rhetoric 
15 days ago
Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds - The New Yorker
“This is how a community of knowledge can become dangerous,” Sloman and Fernbach observe.
psychology  knowledge  news  journalism  election  filterbubble  bias 
5 weeks ago
Internet Guru: Google Evangelist Vint Cerf
Many people, including you, are credited with inventing the Internet. What’s the truth? “There were three critical phases.
cerf  internet  media_history  bernerslee 
5 weeks ago
Learning to See – iA
The way that you accomplish tasks with a product—what you do and how it responds—that’s the interface —Jef Raskin
And again, using “interface” in the sense of only what you see on the screen or the surface of a product is not bad or wrong, it’s just the non-expert use. As interface designers we need to be careful. Our definition of “interface” is, again, not just what you see, but for better or worse how it works.
raskin  interface  design  visualculture 
6 weeks ago
Why Are Upworthy Headlines Suddenly Everywhere? - The Atlantic (2013)
And this, too, is what a mature social ecosystem looks like—or, at least, a stagnant one. These big networks aren’t fighting over how to be the best darling for journalists for the sake of journalists. They’re doing it for the sake of user engagement numbers, advertisers, and investors.
facebook  algorithm  clickbait  news 
6 weeks ago
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Headers contain tracking information for an individual email, detailing the path a message took as it crossed mail servers. Select your webmail provider or email client below for instructions on finding headers for a message
email  google  tools  privacy  server 
7 weeks ago
One of the greatest threats to free expression is censorship you can’t see. Unfiltered.News maps what important news stories might not be covered in your country, using the Google News corpus to allow internet users to discover which stories are being covered in certain locations, how different countries cover stories differently, and how issue coverage changes over time.
news  filterbubble  data  visualization  google  censorship 
7 weeks ago
InCoding — In The Beginning – MIT MEDIA LAB – Medium (may 2016)
Whoever codes the system embeds her views. Limited views create limited systems. Let’s code with a universal gaze
race  code  criticalcode  bias  software  face  diversity 
8 weeks ago
Most engineers are white — and so are the faces they use to train software - Recode
“A lack of diversity in the training set leads to an inability to easily characterize faces that do not fit the normal face derived from the training set,” wrote Buolamwini.

She wrote that to cope with limitations in one project involving facial recognition technology, she had to wear a white mask so that her face could “be detected in a variety of lighting conditions,” she said.
race  face  code  bias  software  criticalcode 
8 weeks ago
Why Marketers Fear The Female Geek - Howtonotsuckatgamedesign
lots of connections here to the Bic pens for women thing on Ellen
feminism  gender  marketing  sexism  gaming  games  advertising  women 
11 weeks ago
The Real Name Fallacy – The Coral Project (1/17)
Our concerns about anonymity are overly-simplistic; system design can’t solve social problems without actual social change.
harassment  twitter  facebook  anonymous  design  virtualcommunity  identity 
11 weeks ago
The World is Designed for Men – HH Design – Medium
designing for the extremes often yields disproportionate rewards which benefit the general use case as well
design  accessibility  hci  feministhci  diversity  users  userfriendliness 
11 weeks ago
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