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Looking back it's quite possible to see that everything said in 2018 about Facebook was pretty obvious more than a decade ago. There's a great deal of wishful thinking about social media and the Internet generally, especially regarding its supposed emancipatory potential. And the problem is deeper than one corporation, however dominant. It hinges on … Continue reading Facebook in 2008
You should probably know, dear readers, that a journalist information warrant to secure data retention for this website does not exist and is not currently being applied for. This statement may now render me liable to two years in an Australian prison. Sorry to any regular readers who don't like partisan rants. Leave the page now. Normal service … Continue reading Data retention: an unworkable law devised in bad faith
Image via Wikipedia It is not obvious whether the world is analogue or binary, continuous or discrete. It’s a live question and the subject of a recent essay contest set up by the Foundational Questions Institute. That said it seems clear that much or our social lives revolves around the assumption that the world is … Continue reading A two-bit theory of social reality
Twitter, Facebook, and social activism: newyorker.com. This article by Malcolm Gladwell makes a useful distinction between strong ties activism and weak ties activism. The former was always possible, the latter only really viable with the coming of the social web. Activists with strong ties have real, face to face friends. Online activism has to make … Continue reading Twitter, Facebook, and social activism: newyorker.com
Behavioural psychologist Dan Ariely’s interesting website has a question about why we seem to care so much about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, when we don’t seem to care as much about other big environmental disasters such as the ongoing destruction of the Amazonian rainforest. Some good points are raised, including some fairly obvious … Continue reading BP Oil Spill – why we care
at the if:book blog, of the Centre for the Future of the Book, Dan Visel has been reading Claude Lévi-Strauss's Tristes Tropiques and noting his link between the invention of writing and improved social control. Dan's 'wish that someone would present a cogent argument against reading' rang a bell and I remembered Douglas Rushkoff's argument … Continue reading The a href= test
An Fourcultures investigation into the so-called Endian holy war in computer architecture.
‘No planes fell from the sky, but a lot happened to keep them from doing so’. http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/y2k/notebook.html This is a common view of the Y2K bug among software engineers and IT professionals in Anglo-American societies. For them it may be true that their hard work saved civilization from digitally-challenged-date Armageddon, but everywhere else … Continue reading That was the Y2K that wasn’t
Games have several important effects. One is that they train us to accept the premise of the game. If I don’t accept that a knight moves two spaces forwards and one sideways, I simply can’t play chess. If I don’t accept that mass murder is necessary, I simply can’t play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare … Continue reading What kind of duty is called for in Call of Duty?