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How Facebook’s Political Ad System Is Designed to Polarize

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By optimizing for what it defines as “relevance,” Facebook puts its thumb on the scale in favor of a certain kind of political communication, the kind that focuses on engaging with people who are already on your side. Polarization, in other words, is part of the business model.

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I asked my students to turn in their cell phones and write about living without them.

Interessant experiment met (voor mij) enkele verrassende bevindingen.

But after just two weeks, the majority began to think that their cell phones were in fact limiting their relationships with other people, compromising their own lives, and somehow cutting them off from the “real” world.

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I Loved Bike Touring—Until I Got Paid to Do It

Deze quote van Caitlin Giddings is pijnlijk herkenbaar:

Getting paid to do what I loved made me realize that I needed to find something new to love.

Ik maakte ook al enkele keren van mijn hobby mijn beroep. En da’s eigenlijk al elke keer pijnlijk en eindig geweest. Nu zit ik voor de eerste keer in een rol die ik zo niet zou omschrijven, en op een bepaalde manier is mijn leven daardoor net rijker geworden. Who would’ve thunk?

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It’s 2020 and you’re in the future

Tim Urban van het fantastische Wait But Why:

We’re now in charge of making this a cool decade so when people 100 years from now are thinking about how incredibly old-timey the 2020s were, it’s old-timey in a cool appealing way and not a boring shitty way.

En ook deze:

When World War 2 started, the Civil War felt as far away to Americans as WW2 feels to us now.

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What obligation do social media platforms have to the greater good?

Geweldige TED Talk van Eli Pariser, de man die zoveel jaar geleden het visionaire “The Filter Bubble” schreef:

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Facebook Moves to Block Ad Transparency Tools — Including Ours

Pro Publica:

The latest move comes a few months after Facebook executives urged ProPublica to shut down its ad transparency project. In August, Facebook ads product management director Rob Leathern acknowledged ProPublica’s project “serves an important purpose.” But he said, “We’re going to start enforcing on the existing terms of service that we have.” He said Facebook would soon “transition” ProPublica away from its tool.

Dick move.

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(Luistertip) You Are Not So Smart – 145 – Team Human

Douglas Rushkoff, die hier ook al enkele keren voorbij kwam, stelt zijn nieuwe boek voor in deze uitstekende podcast. Een boek dat ik onmiddellijk kocht.

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The Covington Scissor

Interessante omschrijving van een gekend concept:

When you start arguing with someone over a Scissor statement, Alexander’s narrator explains, “at first you just think they’re an imbecile. Then they call you an imbecile, and you want to defend yourself. … You notice all the little ways they’re lying to you and themselves and their audience every time they open their mouth to defend their imbecilic opinion. Then you notice how all the lies are connected, that in order to keep getting the little things like the Scissor statement wrong, they have to drag in everything else. Eventually even that doesn’t work; they’ve just got to make everybody hate you so that nobody will even listen to your argument no matter how obviously true it is.”

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Meet the man behind a third of what’s on Wikipedia

Zotjes:

The idea of making it all free fascinates me. My mother grew up in the Soviet Union … So I’m very conscious of what, what it can mean to make knowledge free, to make information free.

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A Grand Plan to Clean the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Carolyn Kormann voor The New Yorker:

Of all the plastic waste ever created, only about nine per cent has been recycled.