The Rebirth of MTV News
Illustration by Michael Xiao. (Logo courtesy of MTV) EDITOR’S NOTE: We regret to inform our readers that this article contains some factual errors. It…
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A Whimsical Wordsmith Charts a Course Beyond Twitter
"“I was able to be funny and natural through the keyboard and awkward and quiet and weird in person,” he told me. “I wonder how many writers of this generation figured out how to write through chat.”"
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A weekend in Texas with ZeroHedge readers, Part 1
This is Part 1 of a three-post series about the ‘ZeroHedge Live Fight Club and Symposium’ in Marfa, Texas. Just travelling from New York to Marfa is an…
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The Crucible of the Application Process - Quillette
"Instead of promoting a notion of caring characterized by universality and impartiality, the far-Left seems to be pushing a localized and deeply partial notion of caring which extends only to those with whom we can personally identify."
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Extremely Secret Excerpt | ctrlcreep on Patreon
"The algorithm has been kind, has granted me a strong body and a violent disposition."
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How Twitter Is Being Gamed to Feed Misinformation
"If you can get something big on Twitter, you’re almost guaranteed coverage everywhere."
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To Understand Polarization, Understand Conservativism’s Failures
"The more our hopes diverge from the possible, the more we’ll reject all existing governments in favor of stronger and stronger forms of extremism."
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Against Murderism
"I want this country to survive long enough to be killed by something awesome, like AI or some kind of genetically engineered superplague."
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29 days ago
Hungarian Education III: Mastering The Core Teachings Of The Budapestians
[Previously in series: The Atomic Bomb Considered As A Hungarian High School Science Fair Project , Four Nobel Truths ] I. Someone summed up my previous post as…
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Hungarian Education II: Four Nobel Truths
1. Israel historically has only a moderate number of Nobels per capita On Friday, I discussed the phenomenon of Hungarian science geniuses , and conjectured it…
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Is Pharma Research Worse Than Chance?
[Epistemic status: very speculative] The two most exciting developments in psychopharmacology in the 21st century so far have been ketamine for depression and…
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To Understand Polarization, Understand Conservativism’s Failures
Earlier today I talked about one reason for increased polarization on the Democratic side. Now I want to match it with one reason the Republicans have even more…
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29 days ago
A Gentle Introduction to Counter.Fund
"Counter-cultural content creators are trapped into funneling income streams through platforms owned by their ideological enemies."
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4 weeks ago
Podcasts, Analytics, and Centralization
"Remember, the web was thought to be a wasteland for advertising until Google provided a centralized point that aggregated users and could be sold to advertisers. Similarly, mobile was thought to monetize even worse than the (desktop) web until Facebook provided a centralized point that aggregated users and could be sold to advertisers."
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Podcasts, Analytics, and Centralization
"Centralized platforms win because they make things easier for the user; producers willingly follow."
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Podcasts, Analytics, and Centralization
"Centralization occurs in industry after industry for a reason: everyone benefits, at least in the short term."
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The Governing Philosophy of Counter.Fund
How is Counter.Fund going to be governed? What are the principles behind its governance structure? By Pax Dickinson and Anthony Demarco . In Part 1 of this…
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A Gentle Introduction to Counter.Fund
The other day I was tinkering in my garage and I decided to build a new kind of political organization. Counter.Fund I. What is Counter.Fund ? The problem of…
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The Paradox of American Restaurants
For restaurants in America, it is the best of times, and it is the worst of times. Last century’s dystopians imagined that mediocre fast-food chains would take…
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Funsultants, gamification, and work as play | Mark J. Nelson
For over a century, leftists have debated how to replace the notion of "work",in the sense of wage-labor, with something else, perhaps less alienating."Play"…
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Podcasts, Analytics, and Centralization
Tucked into the last day of WWDC was a session on podcasting , and it contained some big news for the burgeoning industry. Before getting into the specific…
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How Twitter Is Being Gamed to Feed Misinformation
Doug Chayka After last year’s election, Facebook came in for a drubbing for its role in propagating misinformation — or “fake news,” as we called it back then,…
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Why a NASCAR reporter left USA Today and launched a Patreon account
Jeff Gluck didn’t leave USA Today for the typical reasons one would leave a cushy reporting job at a national newspaper. He didn’t get an offer at another…
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A Manifesto of Human-Centered Work – Praxis
Links lead to articles on the topic. Some of them require an active membership to view, which you can learn more about here . I believe in work. As a means of…
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Gradatim Ferociter
One of my favorite phrases is gradatim ferociter , the motto of Blue Origin . It means "step by step, ferociously." The phrase helped me figure out why, despite…
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Serial Murder
Serial Murder View printable version (pdf) Behavioral Analysis Unit-2 National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime Critical Incident Response Group Federal…
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Dear SEC: ICOs & ‘Tokens’ are killing innovation – Hacker Noon
Initial Coin Offerings have raised $200 million dollars in 2017. Here is a short list of recent ICOs, and their fundraising results: Basic Attention Token — $35…
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Political Violence Is A Game The Right Can’t Win
If there’s one thing righties believe, it’s that they could beat lefties in a fight. You see this attitude reflected over and over again, to the point that it’s…
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Lessons I've Learned from Three Million Downloads
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Intravenous saline drips, celebrity healers, and crystal therapy: Inside the first Goop summit
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Analyzing Token Sale Models
Note: I mention the names of various projects below only to compare and contrast their token sale mechanisms; this should NOT be taken as an endorsement or…
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The Cyberpaleo Ethic and the Spirit of Postcapitalism
The challenge of avoiding burnout reminds me of that old witticism, "It's easy to quit smoking. I've done it thousands of times" (the provenance is unclear ).…
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The Bounty Hunter of Wall Street
A month after the 2016 election, the stock trader Andrew Left went out to the Madison Club in La Quinta, Calif., to lick his wounds and play golf. The way Left…
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How GOOD Magazine grew its online audience by 844 percent
In May of 2012, GOOD Magazine shocked the media world when it laid off most of its editorial staff. The magazine, launched in 2006 with the stated goal of…
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Roadmapping for Flatlanders
People who are bad at dealing with uncertainty, but lucky enough to be well-shielded from it, tend to be aggressively low-margin in their decision-making. They…
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Faceless Publishers, Take 2; Internet Trends 2017
Good morning, It was great to meet so many of you over the past few days. If I missed anyone, my apologies! On to the update: Faceless Publishers, Take 2 I feel…
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Faceless Publishers
When I first worked for a (student) newspaper, the job of a publisher seemed odd to me; as far as I and my editorial colleagues were concerned, the publisher…
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Trans Porn Stars Take On The Mainstream In Groundbreaking Shoot
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Venus Lux, a porn star wearing fishnets and an elaborate black bustier, is sipping water through a straw while waiting to perform — and,…
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The Story Behind Mass Effect: Andromeda's Troubled Five-Year Development
In 2012, as work on Mass Effect 3 came to a close, a small group of top BioWare employees huddled to talk about the next entry in their epic sci-fi franchise.…
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A Brief History of Who Ruined Burning Man
In 1986 , at the very first Burn, a crowd of complete strangers gathered around the Man once it was lit it on fire. Nobody had invited them. They didn’t know…
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Double Blind
I first met the man now called Kevin Fulton in London, on Platform 13 at Victoria Station. We almost missed each other in the crowd; he didn’t look at all like…
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Thingness and Thereness
For months now, I’ve been thinking about a whole mess of related ideas with the aid of a Penrose triangle visualization of three key, interconnected loci that…
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How The Media Mishandled The Ghost Ship Fire – The Awl
The ghoulish motive of being the first to document grief. Image: Sharon Hahn Darlin A few minutes after 11 p.m. on a Friday night in December 2016, a fire…
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6 weeks ago
What Really Happened with Vista – Hacker Noon
I generally have posted about things that I have been directly involved with — either code I wrote or projects I managed. In this post I am taking a different…
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Cryptoeconomics 101 – The Control
M uch has been discussed about blockchain-based tokens lately. We hosted the inaugural Token Summit in New York on May 25th. Prices of tokens have soared,…
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Twitter's Pro-Trump Bot Crisis Is Really A Human Crisis
Share Share BuzzFeed News / Getty Images On May 30th, Empty Lighthouse Magazine published an article with an alarming headline: “Why Did Trump Get Millions Of…
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Paranoid Paleoconservatives - Quillette
On Saturday 19 November 2016, less than two weeks after Donald Trump’s presidential election victory, the National Policy Institute held its annual conference…
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Prometheans and Pastoralists
The unique characteristics of software as a technological medium have an impact beyond the profession itself. To understand the broader impact of software…
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Gamer Gate Analysis
I've been trying to figure out how to start this post andhave repeatedly failed. The best I cando, by way of introduction, is this: Iam horrified every day that…
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Y Tribenator
I once saw a tourist with a shirt that said, in big letters on the back, “BOMB TECHNICIAN”. Then in smaller type underneath, “If you see me running, try to keep…
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ICOs and VCs – AVC
The Brave browser team concluded an ICO for their Basic Attention Token yesterday in about thirty seconds. This led to this tweet: Of course folks will see ICOs…
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Why ICOs are Very Different than Seed Capital
Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) are all the rage these days and though I’ve written already about how altcoins differ from Bitcoins , ICOs are a separate topic…
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Airbnb Is Popular, but Renting Out Your Car? That’s Another Story
Robert Neubecker On any given holiday weekend, there might be a million people paying to stay in rooms in somebody’s house or putting their whole family up at…
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6 weeks ago
Downloading a Nightmare
Illustrations by Alex Tatusian The Raid J ust two hours before the SWAT team surrounded their home on a quiet Midwestern suburban street, Joseph’s parents were…
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Crypto Tokens: A Breakthrough in Open Network Design
It is a wonderful accident of history that the internet and web were created as open platforms that anyone — users, developers, organizations — could access…
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Dear SEC: ICOs & ‘Tokens’ are killing innovation – Chris DeRose – Medium
Initial Coin Offerings have raised $200 million dollars in 2017. Here is a short list of recent ICOs, and their fundraising results: Basic Attention Token — $35…
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7 weeks ago
How the Trendiest Grilled Cheese Venture Got Burnt – Backchannel
The Melt had cash, technology, and some of Silicon Valley’s finest minds — yet it failed to disrupt the humble sandwich. (Illustration by Tom Humberstone) In…
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Rebecca Solnit: The Loneliness of Donald Trump
Once upon a time, a child was born into wealth and wanted for nothing, but he was possessed by bottomless, endless, grating, grasping wanting, and wanted more,…
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