Message to my history teacher, whom I once asked why no one stopped concentration camps: NEVER MIND

Exact mijn sentiment van de laatste jaren, deze post op Daily Kos:

It’s all about learning to hate.

It’s about learning to dehumanize.

The change isn’t sudden, it’s gradual.

And now we have a dominant national party that has entirely devoted itself to fostering hatred towards different kinds of people.

George Lucas reveals his plan for Star Wars 7 through 9—and it was awful

Oh. Mijn. God.

[The next three ‘Star Wars’ films] were going to get into a microbiotic world. But there’s this world of creatures that operate differently than we do. I call them the Whills. And the Whills are the ones who actually control the universe. They feed off the Force.

Een soort mash-up van ‘The Phantom Menace’ met ‘Zo werkt je lichaam’… 🙄

Facebook accused of conducting mass surveillance through its apps

The Guardian:

It also collected information sent by non-subscribers to friends or contacts who had Facebook apps installed on their phones, the court documents claim. Because these people would not have been Facebook users, it would have been impossible for them to have consented to Facebook’s collection of their data.

En:

Facebook has not fully disclosed the manner in which it pre-processes photos on the iOS camera roll, meaning if a user has any Facebook app installed on their iPhone, then Facebook accesses and analyses the photos the user takes and/or stores on the iPhone, the complainant alleges.

Erger dan Cambridge Analytica, als je het mij vraagt…

In Praise of Extreme Moderation

Aviva Wittenberg-Cox op HBR:

Wherever you look, whatever you do, performance has gone extreme, often policed by a tracking app or a competitive peer (sometimes masquerading as a friend). Moderation, in any form, is seen as nothing but amateurism, the habit of a slacker who won’t commit 10,000 hours of practice to master something.

#whatwebelievein

My Tamagotchi is everything that went wrong with our future

Sarah Jeong bij The Verge:

My smartphone, I’ve realized, is also a Tamagotchi. My laptop is a Tamagotchi. My tablet is a Tamagotchi. These new Tamagotchis have nicer screens and more than three buttons, but more importantly, they’re hooked into much more elaborate guilt trips. Now it‘s not just a virtual pet at stake; it’s my friends, my family, and my work being held hostage in order to keep me pressing these stupid buttons.

Digital Wellness for Grown Ups

Cal Newport:

My sense is that more and more people in our current culture of digital excess are hungry for this type of strong challenge.

They don’t want to depend on Apple to tweak their OS to be slightly less intrusive, or need to download an app that provides a fun reminder about disconnecting; they want instead to be so wrapped up in doing things that are hard and important and meaningful that they forgot where they left their phone in the first place.

Elon Musk and the Unnerving Influence of Twitter’s Power Users

Felix Salmon van Wired:

Twitter is becoming increasingly concentrated on a tiny core of power users. It’s less and less a distributed mode of many-to-many communication, and more and more a broadcasting hub for the elite—a highly unequal place where their least-considered, Ambien-addled opinions get amplified to a global audience of millions.

Twitter, as a company, has encouraged this development. It goes out of its way to coddle the elite: It broadcasts their impressive follower counts, it serves them up a lovely ad-free experience, it showers them with blue checkmarks.