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The big lessons of political advertising in 2018
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As co-directors of the Wesleyan Media Project, which has tracked and analyzed campaign advertising since 2010, we spend a lot of time assessing trends in the volume and content of political advertising.
Teaching  polarization 
3 days ago by scritic
An Amazon revolt could be brewing as the tech giant exerts more control over brands - Recode
100j

The recent tension marks the latest chapter in what is an often-tumultuous relationship between Amazon and the brands that stock its digital shelves. Last year, Amazon began engaging in a fierce pricing battle with Walmart that put a profit squeeze on some of the biggest consumer-packaged goods makers in the country. Brands also have to face the fact that Amazon is increasingly using the insights from the brands’ sales on Amazon to create Amazon-owned product lines that get prime real estate on product search result pages.
Teaching  platformization  amazon 
6 days ago by scritic
The Trouble With White Women: An Interview With Kyla Schuller | The Nation
100g
NA: One of the fiercest arguments you make in the book is that womanhood is a very recent fiction created for very specific purposes. You write, “‘Woman’ represents a tactic of risk management”—can you explain what you mean by that?

KS: I’m building on arguments that black feminist theorists made in the 1980s that gender is a racial structure. Womanhood is not a universal category, but instead is an aspect of whiteness that was positioned by definition as unobtainable for nonwhite women, specifically black women. I looked at the scientists who were inventing and codifying the idea of sex difference in the 19th century—not just the cultural role of gender, but the idea of physiological and anatomical sex difference, the binary of a male and female body. These folks argued that full sex differentiation was only achieved by whites. No other races have achieved the level of evolutionary specification where they were able to differentiate between the distinct roles of men and women.

This is super-surprising, because we assume that the idea of male and female as two opposing categories is universal—at least in Western thought. But before the 19th century, male and female bodies were described as more alike than different. Fo
teaching 
9 days ago by scritic
What if the Placebo Effect Isn’t a Trick? - The New York Times
100g But as many of the talks at the conference indicated, this might be about to change. Aided by functional magnetic resonance imaging (f.M.R.I.) and other precise surveillance techniques, Kaptchuk and his colleagues have begun to elucidate an ensemble of biochemical processes that may finally account for how placebos work and why they are more effective for some people, and some disorders, than others. The molecules, in other words, appear to be emerging. And their emergence may reveal fundamental flaws in the way we understand the body’s healing mechanisms, and the way we evaluate whether more standard medical interventions in those processes work, or don’t. Long a useful foil for medical science, the placebo effect might soon represent a more fundamental challenge to it.
Teaching 
4 weeks ago by scritic
Richard Stallman: Talking to the Mailman. New Left Review 113, September-October 2018.
100j great interview with stallmans on the promise of free software and what went wrong
Teaching 
4 weeks ago by scritic
DSHR's Blog: It Isn't About The Technology
What is the centralization that decentralized Web advocates are reacting against? Clearly, it is the domination of the Web by the FANG (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google) and a few other large companies such as the cable oligopoly.

These companies came to dominate the Web for economic not technological reasons.

100j
Teaching  platformization 
4 weeks ago by scritic
Twenty-First Century Victorians
100a social theory - how people use virtue signals to show that they are responsible for their own success
teaching 
5 weeks ago by scritic
Did Uber Steal Google’s Intellectual Property? | The New Yorker
He is a brilliant mercenary, a visionary opportunist, a man seemingly without loyalty. He has helped build a technology that might transform how the world functions, and he seems inclined to personally profit from that transformation as much as possible. In other words, he is an exemplar of Silicon Valley ethics. 100j
Teaching 
5 weeks ago by scritic
Why science can’t replace religion
100g. Really nice statement of post modernism. See the part about how science validates the values that prevail.
Teaching 
5 weeks ago by scritic
It Started as an Online Gaming Prank. Then It Turned Deadly | WIRED
Racist policing and swatting come together in a tragedy 100j
Teaching 
6 weeks ago by scritic
London Review of Books
100g. Very comprehensive. Aids.
Teaching 
6 weeks ago by scritic
To Curb Terrorist Propaganda Online, Look to YouTube. No, Really. | WIRED
Bolstering that point, SITE’s latest study identified 16,219 URLs specifically for video and audio files by ISIS, al-Qaeda, and their supporters. Of those, nearly 2,000 were created using Google Photos and Google Drive. Based on that data, Google Photos, Dropbox, and Google Drive are the three top platforms used by ISIS and al-Qaeda to share audio and video with their affiliates and supporters.

While major platforms like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook are often widely cited as platforms that have been exploited in ISIS and al-Qaeda’s outreach, it is often understated how far these terrorist groups’ tentacles reach. SITE’s five-month study documented the use of over 100 platforms, from major players like OneDrive, Google Photos, and Dropbox to those you’d be forgiven for having never heard of.
Teaching 
6 weeks ago by scritic
Can technocracy be saved? An interview with Cass Sunstein.
100g great interview on quantification and cost benefit analysis
Teaching 
6 weeks ago by scritic
Five Artificial Intelligence Insiders in Their Own Words - The New York Times
Computer scientists thinking they invented everything...

For millenniums Western philosophy took for granted the absolute distinction between the living and the nonliving, between nature and artifice, between non-sentient and sentient beings. We presumed that we — we humans — were the only thinking things in a world of mere things, subjects in a world of objects. We believed that human nature, whatever it may be, was fundamentally stable.
teaching 
6 weeks ago by scritic
The Big Blockchain Lie by Nouriel Roubini - Project Syndicate
The language could be tempered but it's a nice take on why a gift economy won't work when stakes are high. 100j, 100g
teaching 
7 weeks ago by scritic
A Genocide Incited on Facebook, With Posts From Myanmar’s Military - The New York Times
100j misinformation

They began by setting up what appeared to be news pages and pages on Facebook that were devoted to Burmese pop stars, models and other celebrities, like a beauty queen with a penchant for parroting military propaganda. They then tended the pages to attract large numbers of followers, said the people. They took over one Facebook page devoted to a military sniper, Ohn Maung, who had won national acclaim after being wounded in battle. They also ran a popular blog, called Opposite Eyes, that had no outward ties to the military, the people said.

Those then became distribution channels for lurid photos, false news and inflammatory posts, often aimed at Myanmar’s Muslims, the people said. Troll accounts run by the military helped spread the content, shout down critics and fuel arguments between commenters to rile people up. Often, they posted sham photos of corpses that they said were evidence of Rohingya-perpetrated massacres, said one of the people.

Digital fingerprints showed that one major source of the Facebook content came from areas outside Naypyidaw, where the military keeps compounds, some of the people said.
teaching  misinformation 
7 weeks ago by scritic
Friction-Free Racism — Real Life
100j; has links to many articles about algorithmic bias
teaching 
7 weeks ago by scritic
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