Something is wrong on the internet – James Bridle – Medium


541 bookmarks. First posted by freerange_inc november 2017.


Someone or something or some combination of people and things is using YouTube to systematically frighten, traumatise, and abuse children, automatically and at scale, and it forces me to question my own beliefs about the internet, at every level. Much of what I am going to describe next has been covered elsewhere, although none of the mainstream coverage I’ve seen has really grasped the implications of what seems to be occurring.
internet  youtube  algorithms  tech 
12 days ago by max_read
What concerns me is that this is just one aspect of a kind of infrastructural violence being done to all of us, all of the time, and we’re still struggling to find a way to even talk about it, to describe its mechanisms and its actions and its effects.
internet  culture  weird  monetisation  dark  youtube  google  video 
22 days ago by markhgn
Something is wrong on the internet – James Bridle – Medium
OMG
Do you know what your children are watching? …
from twitter
23 days ago by worldwidecruiseline
Automated reward systems like YouTube algorithms necessitate exploitation in the same way that capitalism necessitates exploitation, and if you’re someone who bristles at the second half of that equation then maybe this should be what convinces you of its truth. Exploitation is encoded into the systems we are building, making it harder to see, harder to think and explain, harder to counter and defend against. Not in a future of AI overlords and robots in the factories, but right here, now, on yo...
medium  algorithms  internet 
23 days ago by trank928
RT HookedOnMedium : [👏149k] 현대 인터넷의 폭력성과 중독성에 대한 깊은 우려. 트래픽을 얻기 위한 알고리즘 기반의 자동화된 제작은 무의미하고 중독적인 콘텐츠들을 양산. 특히 유튜브에 있는 수많은 중독적이고 뒤틀린 콘텐츠를 유아들에게 노출시키는 것은 학대에 가깝다고. 역대 최다 박수.http://bit.ly/2mVMaBc January 20, 2018 at 09:35AM http://twitter.com/HookedOnMedium/status/954512757289709569
IFTTT  Twitter  ththlink 
29 days ago by seoulrain
I’m James Bridle. I’m a writer and artist concerned with technology and culture. I usually write on my own blog, but frankly I don’t want what I’m talking about here anywhere near my own site.
Archive 
4 weeks ago by ndifford
I’m James Bridle . I’m a writer and artist concerned with technology and culture. I usually write on my own blog, but frankly I don’t want what I’m talking…
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5 weeks ago by dshack
Disturbing YouTube automated kid videos
YouTube  internet  children  culture  algorithms  automation  video  kids 
5 weeks ago by techdan
Something is wrong on the internet – James Bridle – Medium via Instapaper http://ift.tt/2AcsRHV
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5 weeks ago by johnke
Someone or something or some combination of people and things is using YouTube to systematically frighten, traumatise, and abuse children, automatically and at scale, and it forces me to question my own beliefs about the internet, at every level. Much of what I am going to describe next has been covered elsewhere, although none of the mainstream coverage I’ve seen has really grasped the implications of what seems to be occurring.
children  video  YouTube 
6 weeks ago by hp
What concerns me is not just the violence being done to children here, although that concerns me deeply. What concerns me is that this is just one aspect of a kind of infrastructural violence being done to all of us, all of the time, and we’re still struggling to find a way to even talk about it, to describe its mechanisms and its actions and its effects. As I said at the beginning of this essay: this is being done by people and by things and by a combination of things and people. Responsibility for its outcomes is impossible to assign but the damage is very, very real indeed.
computers  meta  rights 
6 weeks ago by kadymae
A friend who works in digital video described to me what it would take to make something like this: a small studio of people (half a dozen, maybe more) making high volumes of low quality content to reap ad revenue by tripping certain requirements of the system (length in particular seems to be a factor). According to my friend, online kids’ content is one of the few alternative ways of making money from 3D animation because the aesthetic standards are lower and independent production can profit through scale. It uses existing and easily available content (such as character models and motion-capture libraries) and it can be repeated and revised endlessly and mostly meaninglessly because the algorithms don’t discriminate — and neither do the kids.
Youtube  children  onlinevideo  algorithms  review  critique  author:JamesBridle  Medium  2017 
7 weeks ago by inspiral
Long article about weird YouTube videos, often generated and disturbing, for kids
YouTube  children  internet  machine-learning 
8 weeks ago by gunsch
I’m James Bridle. I’m a writer and artist concerned with technology and culture. I usually write on my own blog, but frankly I don’t want what I’m talking about here anywhere near my own site. Please…
log  society  technology 
9 weeks ago by endoverse
As someone who grew up on the internet, I credit it as one of the most important influences on who I am today. I had a computer with internet access in my bedroom from the age of 13. It gave me access to a lot of things which were totally inappropriate for a young teenager, but it was OK. The culture, politics, and interpersonal relationships which I consider to be central to my identity were shaped by the internet, in ways that I have always considered to be beneficial to me personally. I have always been a critical proponent of the internet and everything it has brought, and broadly considered it to be emancipatory and beneficial. I state this at the outset because thinking through the implications of the problem I am going to describe troubles my own assumptions and prejudices in significant ways.
Culture  Future  Technology  Content  Philosophy 
9 weeks ago by mikon_nikon
As someone who grew up on the internet, I credit it as one of the most important influences on who I am today. I had a computer with internet access in my bedroom from the age of 13. It gave me access to a lot of things which were totally inappropriate for a young teenager, but it was OK. The culture, politics, and interpersonal relationships which I consider to be central to my identity were shaped by the internet, in ways that I have always considered to be beneficial to me personally. I have always been a critical proponent of the internet and everything it has brought, and broadly considered it to be emancipatory and beneficial. I state this at the outset because thinking through the implications of the problem I am going to describe troubles my own assumptions and prejudices in significant ways.
10 weeks ago by everbigger
Disturbing content aimed at kids...
internetregulation  parentalregulation 
10 weeks ago by mrbennett
I’m James Bridle. I’m a writer and artist concerned with technology and culture. I usually write on my own blog, but frankly I don’t want what I’m talking about here anywhere near my own site. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket 
10 weeks ago by tomconte
I’m James Bridle. I’m a writer and artist concerned with technology and culture. I usually write on my own blog, but frankly I don’t want what I’m talking about here anywhere near my own site.
Pocket 
11 weeks ago by j-l-r
I’m James Bridle. I’m a writer and artist concerned with technology and culture. I usually write on my own blog, but frankly I don’t want what I’m talking about here anywhere near my own site. Please…
11 weeks ago by twleung
“We have built a world which operates at scale, where human oversight is simply impossible”
from twitter
12 weeks ago by noahsussman
Someone or something or some combination of people and things is using YouTube to systematically frighten, traumatise, and abuse children, automatically and at scale, and it forces me to question my own beliefs about the internet, at every level. Much of what I am going to describe next has been covered elsewhere, although none of the mainstream coverage I’ve seen has really grasped the implications of what seems to be occurring.
toxicity  internet_culture  recommendations  recsys_eval  ethical_ai  algorithmic_bias  algorithmic_transparency  hcds 
12 weeks ago by jaimoe
Someone or something or some combination of people and things is using YouTube to systematically frighten, traumatise, and abuse children, automatically and at scale, and it forces me to question my own beliefs about the internet, at every level.
ee  internet  children  youtube  video  filtering 
12 weeks ago by osi_info_program
Something is wrong on the internet via Instapaper http://ift.tt/2AcsRHV
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12 weeks ago by dotimpact
RT : イギリスのアーティストも子供用カラフル動画とかインターネットがおかしいぜって話を書いてる
from twitter
november 2017 by carios
As someone who grew up on the internet, I credit it as one of the most important influences on who I am today. I had a computer with internet access in my bedroom from the age of 13. It gave me access to a lot of things which were totally inappropriate for a young teenager, but it was OK. The culture, politics, and interpersonal relationships which I consider to be central to my identity were shaped by the internet, in ways that I have always considered to be beneficial to me personally. I have always been a critical proponent of the internet and everything it has brought, and broadly considered it to be emancipatory and beneficial. I state this at the outset because thinking through the implications of the problem I am going to describe troubles my own assumptions and prejudices in significant ways.
internet 
november 2017 by grenzreiter
I’m James Bridle . I’m a writer and artist concerned with technology and culture. I usually write on my own blog, but frankly I don’t want what I’m talking…
from instapaper
november 2017 by brew
As someone who grew up on the internet, I credit it as one of the most important influences on who I am today. I had a computer with internet access in my bedroom from the age of 13. It gave me access to a lot of things which were totally inappropriate for a young teenager, but it was OK. The culture, politics, and interpersonal relationships which I consider to be central to my identity were shaped by the internet, in ways that I have always considered to be beneficial to me personally. I have always been a critical proponent of the internet and everything it has brought, and broadly considered it to be emancipatory and beneficial. I state this at the outset because thinking through the implications of the problem I am going to describe troubles my own assumptions and prejudices in significant ways.
internet  children  YouTube  video  algorithms  culture  automation  a:James-Bridle  p:Medium  c:The-Future-Is-Terrifying 
november 2017 by andrewjbates
Someone or something or some combination of people and things is using YouTube to systematically frighten, traumatise, and abuse children, automatically and at scale, and it forces me to question my own beliefs about the internet, at every level.

This is content production in the age of algorithmic discovery — even if you’re a human, you have to end up impersonating the machine.

- level of horror and violence on display.
- levels of exploitation, not of children because they are children but of children because they are powerless

Familiar characters, nursery tropes, keyword salad, full automation, violence, and the very stuff of kids’ worst dreams. What concerns me is that this is just one aspect of a kind of infrastructural violence being done to all of us, all of the time, and we’re still struggling to find a way to even talk about it, to describe its mechanisms and its actions and its effects.
internet  video  dadmatters 
november 2017 by robertocarroll
The rabbit hole is deep.
internet  video  youtube  children 
november 2017 by rcrowley
RT : Super vous pourriez citer vos sources même si vous avez francisé le sujet
from twitter
november 2017 by Vnoel
What concerns me is that this is just one aspect of a kind of infrastructural violence being done to all of us, all of the time, and we’re still struggling to find a way to even talk about it, to describe its mechanisms and its actions and its effects.
technology  society 
november 2017 by lutzray
When was this published? It sounds like they're just reporting on 's article?
from twitter
november 2017 by mildlydiverting
Someone or something or some combination of people and things is using YouTube to systematically frighten, traumatise, and abuse children, automatically and at scale, and it forces me to question my own beliefs about the internet, at every level
november 2017 by olivierthereaux
I’m James Bridle. I’m a writer and artist concerned with technology and culture. I usually write on my own blog, but frankly I don’t want what I’m talking about here anywhere near my own site. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket  parenting 
november 2017 by christos
YouTube Kids being just the tip of an unpleasant iceberg.
youtube  technology  google  video 
november 2017 by pierce
I’m James Bridle . I’m a writer and artist concerned with technology and culture. I usually write on my own blog, but frankly I don’t want what I’m talking…
from instapaper
november 2017 by cspathis
This is a deeply dark time, in which the structures we have built to sustain ourselves are being used against us — all of us — in systematic and automated ways.
writing  from iphone
november 2017 by iagor