Good riddance, Twitter

Thomas Fuchs:

Fuck you Jack Dorsey. Fuck you, all you douchebros and douchesisters running Twitter.

You’re abusers. You ceaselessly optimize Twitter for the most possible abuse of its users to drive “engagement” and keep those eyes on the timelines with a never ending barrage of abusive crap.

I feel this more and more every day. It’s hard to leave behind a place where you’ve been for the past decade, but that moment is looming.

Scientists Warn the UN of Capitalism’s Imminent Demise


Rather, these crises are part of the same fundamental transition to a new era characterized by inefficient fossil fuel production and the escalating costs of climate change. Conventional capitalist economic thinking can no longer explain, predict, or solve the workings of the global economy in this new age, the paper says.

Plastic straw ban? Cigarette butts are the single greatest source of ocean trash

NBC News:

The vast majority of the 5.6 trillion cigarettes manufactured worldwide each year come with filters made of cellulose acetate, a form of plastic that can take a decade or more to decompose. As many as two-thirds of those filters are dumped irresponsibly each year, according to Novotny, who founded the Cigarette Butt Pollution Project.

Zo’n vieze vuiligheid. En vooral die argeloosheid waarmee rokers dat op de grond gooien, soms vanuit de auto uit het raam. Bah.

Tech Industry Pursues a Federal Privacy Law, on Its Own Terms

The New York Times:

“The idea that the companies that violated our privacy for more than a decade will suddenly have a self-regulatory blueprint is ridiculous,” said Jim Steyer, president of Common Sense Media, a privacy and children’s advocacy group that supported the California law.


Who needs democracy when you have data?

Christina Larson voor Technology Review:

How do you effectively govern a country that’s home to one in five people on the planet, with an increasingly complex economy and society, if you don’t allow public debate, civil activism, and electoral feedback? How do you gather enough information to actually make decisions? And how does a government that doesn’t invite its citizens to participate still engender trust and bend public behavior without putting police on every doorstep?

Zoals Churchill ooit zei:

Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.…

Facebook Fueled Anti-Refugee Attacks in Germany, New Research Suggests

The New York Times:

Whenever internet access went down in an area with high Facebook use, attacks on refugees dropped significantly. The drop did not occur in areas with high internet usage but average Facebook usage, suggesting it is specific to social media.

‘Vier vijfde werken moet uitgroeien tot het nieuwe voltijds’

Oliver Pintelon in Knack:

De mismatch tussen onze huidige werkweek en de tweeverdienersrealiteit is een voedingsbodem voor heel wat maatschappelijke kwalen, van de man-vrouwloonkloof tot de burn-outpiek bij dertigers en veertigers. Als klap op de vuurpijl dreigt het probleem in omvang toe te nemen. Informele zorg verdwijnt gestaag uit onze samenleving. Opa en oma rijden nu de gaten dicht, maar zullen in de nabije toekomst steeds vaker zelf nog aan de slag zijn.

Mijn gedacht!

Apple’s secret charm offensive: How an invite-only meeting at Apple’s luxury loft in New York helped transform how software is sold on the iPhone

This Is Insider:

The message was clear: successful apps now focus on getting regular engagement from their users, not one-time sales. For developers, that meant embracing the subscription model.