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  • SkepticTank
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Today is an excellent day
... to stay as far away from Facebook, Twitter, etc. as possible.


That is all.

Re: Today is an excellent day
Reply #1
So it's a normal day then?

  • MikeS
Re: Today is an excellent day
Reply #2
Actual conversation this morning with a contractor crew.
Me: "Did you see the Dallas shooting news?"
Guy: "Yeah, and Obama comes out immediately and wants to take away everyone's guns"
Other Guy:  "Someone should go and shoot that S.O.B."

I don't need Facebook, I have my own real life crew for that.

ETA: And 10 minutes later the guy in the office across from mine starts a false flag discussion.

  • SkepticTank
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Re: Today is an excellent day
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So it's a normal day then?
Good point, but today more than other days.

Re: Today is an excellent day
Reply #4
Actual conversation this morning with a contractor crew.
Me: "Did you see the Dallas shooting news?"
Guy: "Yeah, and Obama comes out immediately and wants to take away everyone's guns"
Other Guy:  "Someone should go and shoot that S.O.B."

I don't need Facebook, I have my own real life crew for that.

ETA: And 10 minutes later the guy in the office across from mine starts a false flag discussion.
Florida
Love is like a magic penny
 if you hold it tight you won't have any
if you give it away you'll have so many
they'll be rolling all over the floor

  • MikeS
Re: Today is an excellent day
Reply #5
Georgia actually.

Re: Today is an excellent day
Reply #6
I was about to say, 'same thing', but it really isn't. I guess it's the same racism though.
Love is like a magic penny
 if you hold it tight you won't have any
if you give it away you'll have so many
they'll be rolling all over the floor

  • MikeS
Re: Today is an excellent day
Reply #7
I guess now we could call it the same Trump voter block.

Re: Today is an excellent day
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Ugh
Love is like a magic penny
 if you hold it tight you won't have any
if you give it away you'll have so many
they'll be rolling all over the floor

  • MikeS
Re: Today is an excellent day
Reply #9
And reality smacks Testy in the face again.  :D

  • ravenscape
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Re: Today is an excellent day
Reply #10
... to stay as far away from Facebook, Twitter, etc. as possible.


That is all.

To do otherwise is to have opportunities to exercise block functionality.

Re: Today is an excellent day
Reply #11
And reality smacks Testy in the face again.  :D
like a wet carp.
Love is like a magic penny
 if you hold it tight you won't have any
if you give it away you'll have so many
they'll be rolling all over the floor

  • osmanthus
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Re: Today is an excellent day
Reply #12
... to stay as far away from Facebook, Twitter, etc. as possible.


That is all.
IMO, every day is an excellent day to stay away from Farcebook and Shitter.
Truth is out of style

  • SkepticTank
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Re: Today is an excellent day
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IMO, every day is an excellent day to stay away from Farcebook and Shitter.
Good point, but today more than other days.

  • ravenscape
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Re: Today is an excellent day
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My wall, but for the Bernie posts.


  • osmanthus
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Re: Today is an excellent day
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Just read this: How technology disrupted the truth

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On the day after the EU referendum, in a Facebook post, the British internet activist and mySociety founder, Tom Steinberg, provided a vivid illustration of the power of the filter bubble - and the serious civic consequences for a world where information flows largely through social networks:

    I am actively searching through Facebook for people celebrating the Brexit leave victory, but the filter bubble is SO strong, and extends SO far into things like Facebook's custom search that I can't find anyone who is happy *despite the fact that over half the country is clearly jubilant today* and despite the fact that I'm *actively* looking to hear what they are saying.

    This echo-chamber problem is now SO severe and SO chronic that I can only beg any friends I have who actually work for Facebook and other major social media and technology to urgently tell their leaders that to not act on this problem now is tantamount to actively supporting and funding the tearing apart of the fabric of our societies ... We're getting countries where one half just doesn't know anything at all about the other.


But asking technology companies to "do something" about the filter bubble presumes that this is a problem that can be easily fixed - rather than one baked into the very idea of social networks that are designed to give you what you and your friends want to see.

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Facebook, which launched only in 2004, now has 1.6bn users worldwide. It has become the dominant way for people to find news on the internet - and in fact it is dominant in ways that would have been impossible to imagine in the newspaper era. As Emily Bell has written: "Social media hasn't just swallowed journalism, it has swallowed everything. It has swallowed political campaigns, banking systems, personal histories, the leisure industry, retail, even government and security."

Bell, the director of the Tow Centre for Digital Journalism at Columbia University - and a board member of the Scott Trust, which owns the Guardian - has outlined the seismic impact of social media for journalism. "Our news ecosystem has changed more dramatically in the past five years," she wrote in March, "than perhaps at any time in the past 500." The future of publishing is being put into the "hands of the few, who now control the destiny of the many". News publishers have lost control over the distribution of their journalism, which for many readers is now "filtered through algorithms and platforms which are opaque and unpredictable". This means that social media companies have become overwhelmingly powerful in determining what we read - and enormously profitable from the monetisation of other people's work. As Bell notes: "There is a far greater concentration of power in this respect than there has ever been in the past."

Publications curated by editors have in many cases been replaced by a stream of information chosen by friends, contacts and family, processed by secret algorithms. The old idea of a wide-open web - where hyperlinks from site to site created a non-hierarchical and decentralised network of information - has been largely supplanted by platforms designed to maximise your time within their walls, some of which (such as Instagram and Snapchat) do not allow outward links at all.
And people try to tell me I should get a Farcebook account. :p
Truth is out of style

  • RAFH
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Re: Today is an excellent day
Reply #16
Don't use Facebook. Never have. Not interested in doing so.
Are we there yet?

  • Old Dan
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  • SkepticTank
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Re: Today is an excellent day
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Just read this: How technology disrupted the truth
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
And people try to tell me I should get a Farcebook account. :p

Well that's weird.  I guess Facebook hasn't set up my filters correctly. It's probably because the one or two friends that share tons of far right memes and news stories (from fringe sources usually) I comment on them so Facebook thinks I like that crap.