“But what shall we dream of when everything becomes visible
?” Virilio replies: “We’ll dream of being blind."
What I think we forget–or worse, never even realized—is the extreme privilege often inherent in “digital literacy.”
Yes, much of the Internet is free. But it takes time and energy to develop the skills and habits necessary to successfully derive value from today’s media. Knowing how to tell a troll from a serious thinker, spotting linkbait, understanding a meme, cross checking articles against each other, even posting a comment to disagree with something–these are skills. They might not feel like it, but they are. And they’re easier to acquire the higher your tax bracket.
- The New Digital Divide: Privilege, Misinformation and Outright B.S. in Modern Media
How The Economic Machine Works by Ray Dalio
 actually makes a case against austerity
 and for redistribution, but also for money printing
(and, arguably, for bailouts), while stressing the need to keep making productivity-improving public
investments. However, it could be equally entitled: How The Industrial Age Political-Economy Doesn't Work Anymore
, viz. Surviving Progress (2011)
... [more inside]
The universe (which others call The Twitter) is composed of every word
in the English language; Shakespeare's folios
, line-by-line-by-line; the Exegesis of Philip K. Dick
, exploded; Constantine XI
, in 140 character chunks; Sun Tzu's Art of War
, in its entirety; the chapter headings of JG Ballard
, in abundance; and definitive discographies
of Every. Artist. Ever...
All this, I repeat
, is true, but one hundred forty characters of inalterable wwwtext
cannot correspond to any language, no matter how dialectical or rudimentary it may be. [more inside]
A treatise on fungibility, or, a framework for understanding the mess the news industry is in and the opportunities that lie ahead. The younger the person you ask, the less likely it is you’ll find that link between wanting to know what’s going on and grabbing a paper or opening up a news website. They use Pinterest to figure out what’s fashionable and Facebook to see if there’s anything fun going on next weekend. They use Facebook just the same to figure out whether there’s anything they need to be upset about and need to protest against.
Is SEO killing America?
Clay Johnson about how media gives us what we want, not what we need, and how it's destroying democracy. If you don't have time or can't watch a 17 minute video, read this article
discussing and summarizing the video.
Artist and film-maker
, Hito Steyerl
, asks us to stand shoulder to shoulder with our digital equivalents. Digital images are Things (like you and me)
- a plethora of compressed, corrupted representations
pushed and pulled through increasingly policed and capitalised information networks. If 80% of all internet traffic*
- a liberated excess withdrawn**
from accepted channels of communication - perhaps it is in The Poor Image
we find our closest kin? [more inside]
The Nieman Journalism Lab
is a collaborative attempt to figure out how quality journalism can survive and thrive in the Internet age. At Harvard they are working with the Business School on new business models, the Berkman Center for Internet and Society
on understanding online life, and the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations
on one potential path for news organizations.
How Google Is Making Us Smarter:
Humans are "natural-born cyborgs," and the Internet is our giant "extended mind."
100+ authoritative research sources that are available online.
Various topics, real info. Think of it as a kind of do-it-yourself AskMe, or you know, a research library.(via Making Light)
Forget Jeeves. For $25 a month, you can soon call a googling "angel" from your mobile phone with questions
. According to the press release (pdf)
: "Soon, with the coming of Ask God, the prayers of all the data-starved will be answered
and the prophecy of information on-demand will be fulfilled." In a country caught in the grips of religious mania, is this smart marketing or tone deaf? And with the web increasingly on our phones already, who's going to pay for this?
The memespread project.
How does a meme spread? What part does MetaFilter play in the process? [via waxy.org]
An attempt by developing countries to put management of the Internet under United Nations
auspices is likely to be shelved at next month's world information summit in Geneva - but the issue is now firmly on the international agenda.
Information gods amongst mortals
is the first in a series of three blog entries (so far, anyway) by Brad Wardell
on the topic of the growing knowledge gap between the net-savvy and the non-wired.
I found the link in a newsletter from WinCustomize
today. They plugged all three:
- Information gods amongst mortals
Information Gods respond
Gods Srike Back
He explores the theory that those who are net savvy are quickly leaping ahead of the non-wired among us: "You know the situation. Someone has told you something you want to know more about and within a few minutes you have gotten yourself up to speed on it. You did it through the use of the Internet. A combination of search engines and helpful websites have educated you on that topic."
It is not a crime to look at bomb-making websites...
or so says Lieutenant Jason Ciaschini, police spokesman in Punta Gorda, where a Briton who was using a computer to look at bomb-making websites is now being held at Charlotte County Jail on immigration violations.
Florida police had evacuated the library and arrested him after he looked at bomb-making websites, and found suspicious liquids in his backpack.
"Looking up stuff on the Internet - everybody has freedom to do that,
" he also said.
Sign up to fight the filters.
As filters get piled upon filters it gets difficult to tell whether the document requests fail due to technical problems or due to active denial. These folk are developing a distributed application which will use idle cycles to map out the boundaries of filter space and help fight the cantonization of the Net
"The Web, left to its own devices, would be the exact opposite of that: It's like a giant city with no neighborhoods; it needs these kind of meta-filters
, these second-level kind of things, whether it is Yahoo or Google or Slashdot, to rein in that chaos and turn it to something more organized." From the second page
of an interview
with the author of Emergence
, Steven Johnson (also co-founder of Feed
is a magazine about information visualization and navigation with a focus on the web. What similar sites are out there? A second related question is when why are tools for finding stuff on the web so primitive? More inside.
Clinton Holds Online "Fireside Chat" While Being Serviced By White House Intern.
The Prez took this "historic occasion" to unveil a new federal web site - firstgov.gov, a sort-of government portal that would link up to all federal web sites. Firstgov.gov will begin a multi-city advertising blitz once it secures $254 million in venture capital funding. And just wait for the IPO.