Daily Archives: 12 Dec 17

Doug Jones Pulls It Off!

hfo-alabama-joneswins-master768Thank you to the good people of Alabama for your sense in repudiating racism, misogyny and fascism.

One more nail in Drumpf’s coffin?

via The New York Times


Why Doug Jones’s win in Alabama doesn’t leave me confident in American democracy

“We’re the country that almost elected Roy Moore. We’re the country that did elect Donald Trump.”

Ezra Klein via  Vox

Former Facebook Exec: ‘You Don’t Realize It But You Are Being Programmed’

robw7j7bqhhmubuzkjha‘Last month, Facebook’s first president Sean Parker opened up about his regrets over helping create social media as we know it today. “I don’t know if I really understood the consequences of what I was saying, because of the unintended consequences of a network when it grows to a billion or 2 billion people and it literally changes your relationship with society, with each other,” Parker said. “God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.”

Chamath Palihapitiya, former vice president of user growth, also recently expressed his concerns. During a recent public discussion at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Palihapitiya—who worked at Facebook from 2005 to 2011—told the audience, “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.”

Some of his comments seem to echo Parker’s concern [emphasis ours]. Parker has said that social media creates “a social-validation feedback loop” by giving people “a little dopamine hit every once in a while, because someone liked or commented on a photo or a post or whatever.”

Just days after Parker made those comments, Palihapitiya told the Stanford audience, “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works,” Palihapitiya said. “No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth. And it’s not an American problem—this is not about Russians ads. This is a global problem.” …’

via Gizmodo

Everything Is Broken

Quinn Norton writes:

‘It’s hard to explain to regular people how much technology barely works, how much the infrastructure of our lives is held together by the IT equivalent of baling wire. …’

Source: Medium