‘Why a focus on “fake news” and Facebook misses the internet's real problems - and solutions’
“The biggest oversight… is in diagnosing disinformation as essentially a problem with Facebook, rather than a systemic issue emerging in part from the pollution of online spaces by the business model that Facebook shares with others: the surveillance and modification of human behaviour for profit.”
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one of the hardest things to learn as a depressed former Gifted Kid™ is that half-assed is better than nothing. take the 50%, 40%, even 20% job. scrubbing your face is better than not taking a shower at all. picking up your clothes is better than never cleaning. nibbIing on some bread is better than starving.
DO THINGS HALFWAY. NOW YOU'RE 100% BETTER OFF THAN YOU
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One of my college professors used to say "anything worth doing is worth doing poorly." I didn't understand that for years because I didn't do anything poorly. I couldn't do anything poorly. I had to Do Everything Perfectly.
But brushing your teeth for 30 seconds is better than not brushing them at all when that 2 minutes seems exhausting. Doing ten minutes of yoga is better than 10 minutes of sitting when 30 minutes of cardio sounds impossible. Changing my clothes is good when a whole shower is impossible. Standing on the porch for a few minutes is worth it after being in the house for three straight days because l don't have the energy to go anywhere.
Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly... because doing it poorly is better than not doing it.
Twitter, drama (cont.) Show more
I find Jaron Lanier very insightful here. He points out that algorithmic social media tends to split people into two teams, then shows the most extreme/outrageous version of one team to the other so that they can whip themselves up into a frenzy.
"And it just turns out as a matter of course, that the same data that is a positive, constructive process for the people who generated it […] can be used to irritate other groups."
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There is no holy war; there is only Twitter whipping up controversy for engagement. If you think the "other side" is some cartoonish caricature of evil, ask yourself who benefits from presenting that worldview to you.
For a Black Mathematician, What It’s Like to Be the ‘Only One’
Fewer than 1 percent of doctorates in math are awarded to African-Americans. Edray Goins, who earned one of them, found the upper reaches of the math world a challenging place.
Before the rise of industry, it was normal for people to sleep in two phases each night.
People had no set bedtimes. Sleeping was determined by whether or not there were things to do. Most people would have a first and second sleep, with a couple of hours awake inbetween. This is probably the way humans are supposed to sleep.
Modern schedules don't really let us do that. Perhaps we should think about changing that.
Blog Post about Racism Show more
Took me a while to finish writing this (over a month). But here it is. My personal perspective on Racism, as a Swede.
If you still, for some reason, believe that racism is individual acts of meanness, this post may be for you.
Beekeeping isn't the only way to #SaveTheBees - solitary #bees are just as important. Building a bee hotel can offer shelter for wild bees, and as a bonus they'll pollinate your garden for you #permaculture style
"Can Anyone Live in Full Software Freedom Today? Confessions of Activists Who Try But Fail to Avoid Proprietary Software" by Bradley M. Kuhn and Karen Sandler (FOSDEM 2019 video) https://fosdem.org/2019/schedule/event/full_software_freedom/
Thought-provoking talk. I'm not sure if it gives me relief (that I'm not the only one who struggles with this) or despair (at the impossibility/absurdity of the whole struggle).
Does this assume you are aware of all existing DRM and won't be surprised by, say, DRM'd printer ink? Or DRM'd OBD codes in a car?
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Algorithms promoting engagement kill people:
"Over a several-day span, dozens of mosques and Muslim-owned shops and homes were burned down across multiple towns."
"On Facebook in Sri Lanka, posts with incendiary rumors had among the highest engagement rates, and so were among the most highly promoted content on the platform. Similar cases of mob violence have taken place in India, Myanmar, Mexico, and elsewhere..."
(via @doctorow )
Probably one of the biggest unacknowledged impacts of capitalism on our life is the artificial scarcity of time.
Without capitalism, we could all work less. We could rest more. We could let selfcare, play and creation come intuitively. A lot of things don’t need to be scheduled.
We could just let time happen without any obligation to make a particular use of it.
You know that a monopoly has been attained when people refer to a generic practice with a specific name.
For example asking how gmail works instead of how email works; search in Google instead of search the web; asking for WhatsApp number instead of phone number, etc.,
It is also when we realize the dangers of it and sense the need to fight back the monopolies.
Today the Spanish Supreme court trials begin against 12 Catalan political leaders for:
* allowing a debate in parliament
* defending a vote on independence
* organising peaceful demonstrations
They each face potentially 25 years in prison. These *innocent* people have already been held in prison for up to 14 months.
In Europe. In 2019.
Every man profits from institutionalized sexism in one way or another, saying "notallmen" really just shows how little they understand about this society - and how badly they want to pretend their privilege doesn't exist so they don't have to face the fact that they are part of the problem.
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