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Facebook Frolics 0

Facebook surfaces the scratches.

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If a Lie Falls on Facebook and No One Is There To Fact-Check It, Is It Really a Lie? 0

Facebook doesn’t want anyone to find the answer.

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The Entitlement Society 0

Words fail me.

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It’s All about the Algorithm 0

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All the News that Fits 0

Methinks Atrios has a point.

A lot of persons hear what they want to hear.

And always have.

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Judging Amy 0

Thom follows the money.

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It’s All about the Algorithm 0

At Psychology Today Blogs, Christine Louise Hohlbaum reflects on the power that we have ceded to technology companies. It is a particularly timely article amongst the swirl of lies and conspiracy theories surrounding the upcoming election.

Here’s a snippet:

(Salesforce CEO Marc–ed.) Benioff claims: “We need to do nothing short of reimagining the social contract for the twenty-first century.” (page 50*) Tech was born to do good. In its evolution, it has started to wreak havoc that is imperiling our democracy. Through false political ads, filter bubbles that reinforce people’s beliefs instead of exposing them to a wide variety of ideas, and a troublesome twenty-six word provision (Section 230 in the Communications Decency Act of 1996) originally intended to protect internet platforms from liability and to incentivize effective moderation of content (and has thus become a free-for-all in which no one is held accountable), we are in dire straits.

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*The citation is from Which Side of History?, a recently published collection of essays.

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Trick Play 0

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution follows the money.

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Facebook Frolics, It’s All about the Benjamins Dept. 0

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Facebook Frolics, Turning a Blind Eye Dept. 0

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While You Watch Your “Smart” TV . . . . 0

. . . . Your “smart” TV is watching you.

Via Harry Shearer.

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The Climates They Are a-Changing 0

At the Hartford Courant, Maxwell Warren warns that we have entered a new age.

Many people may not know that we’ve slipped into a new era: the Anthropocene Age. This new geologic age marks when humans began to permanently change the planet. This age offers the promise and wonders of our creative genius yet also the seeds of civilization’s complete destruction. And we are about to find out which path will prevail.

Our intellect, technology, ambition and desire for a better life have propelled us forward with rapid changes. And for the last 70 years, our unsustainable lifestyle fed on increasingly greater amounts of fossil fuels.

Follow the link for more.

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The Stock Market Is Not the Economy, “The Happiest Place on Earth” Dept. 0

The caller, a Disneyland “cast member,” calls to discuss Disneyland’s laying off 28,000 employees. The caller’s voice fades several times and the hosts have to ask him to repeat himself, but I think, even with the audio issues, his story is worth the few minutes of your time.

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The Return of the Robber Barons 0

Read the transcript.

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The Double-Dipper 0

Aside:

I’ve said many times in these electrons that I choose not to waste two hours watching something on television when I can read about it in ten minutes the next morning. After my ten minutes of reading this morning, it appears that our decision to forego the you-can-hardly-call-it-a debate in favor of Star Trek: TNG on Netflix last night was quite correct.

(I’ve long considered TNG to be the best-written of the Star Trek series, but, when it first aired, I had too much real life to watch it regularly.)

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The Assimilation 0

Lola says,

Click for the original image.

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Flushed with Success 0

Stephanie Hays noted that the mansions of the very rich often have more bathrooms than bedrooms (we’re talking in the teens or more here), so she set out to uncover the reason.

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It’s Deja Vu All Over Again 0

Will Bunch channels Yogi Berra.

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Going for the Gold 0

In a letter to the editor of The Roanoke Times, Robert Roth marvels at the grift of the gold-digger.

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Facebook Frolics 0

Fomentation frolics.

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