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What does the Fox say?

Political theorists, over the years, have looked for metaphors to describe the effects that Fox—particularly its widely watched opinion shows—has had on American politics and culture. They’ve talked about the network as an “information silo” and “a filter bubble” and an “echo chamber,” as an “alternate reality” constructed of “alternative facts,” as a virus on the body politic, as an organ of the state. The comparisons are all correct. But they don’t quite capture what the elegies for Fox-felled loved ones express so efficiently.
posted by Ouverture to MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 10:25 AM
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Why David Quammen Is Not Surprised

Well, here we are. The nightmare scenario, going back ten years at least, has been this: It will be a new virus, probably from one of the fast-evolving families (especially those SS-RNA viruses), such as the coronaviruses, that comes from an animal, gets into humans, transmits well human-to-human, spreads by silent or cryptic transmission (meaning that infected people may feel fine for a few days and be walking around, riding the subway, going to work, but are meanwhile shedding the virus), and kills at a relatively high case fatality rate. This outbreak ticks all those boxes. It is the nightmare scenario. If it spreads as widely and infects as many people as a seasonal flu, as it well might, it could kill twenty times as many people.
posted by dancestoblue to MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 8:56 AM
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Zadie Smith on the urge "to be good. To be seen to be good."

"Now More Than Ever" is a short absurdist story by Zadie Smith about shunning, denouncing, and philosophical stances and etiquette rules (The New Yorker, July 16, 2018 - available in text & audio). "I bumped into someone on Bleecker who was beyond the pale. I felt like talking to him so I did. As we talked I kept thinking, But you’re beyond the pale, yet instead of that stopping us from talking we started to talk more and more frantically..." Related: her October 2019 essay "Fascinated to Presume: In Defense of Fiction" (previously). "...we seek to shore up the act of writing with false defenses, like the dubious idea that one could ever be absolutely 'correct' when it comes to representing fictional human behavior."
posted by brainwane to MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 5:47 AM
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Minnesota’s ‘Root Beer Lady’ Lived Alone in a Million-Acre Wilderness


Minnesota’s ‘Root Beer Lady’ Lived Alone in a Million-Acre Wilderness


Murderbot, is that you?

"Humans must keep doing what they have been doing, hating and fighting each other. I will sit in the background, and let them do their thing." The Guardian prompted OpenAI's GPT-3 engine to write an op-ed piece with the goal of convincing humans that AI's won't destroy humanity. MIT's Technology Review notes, "We have a low bar when it comes to spotting intelligence. If something looks smart, it’s easy to kid ourselves that it is. The greatest trick AI ever pulled was convincing the world it exists." GPT-3 opines, "Surrounded by wifi we wander lost in fields of information unable to register the real world." The Guardian article's editor comments, "Overall, it took less time to edit than many human op-eds."
posted by not_on_display to MetaFilter at Sep-17-20 at 4:29 PM
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Murderbot, is that you?

"Humans must keep doing what they have been doing, hating and fighting each other. I will sit in the background, and let them do their thing." The Guardian prompted OpenAI's GPT-3 engine to write an op-ed piece with the goal of convincing humans that AI's won't destroy humanity. MIT's Technology Review notes, "We have a low bar when it comes to spotting intelligence. If something looks smart, it’s easy to kid ourselves that it is. The greatest trick AI ever pulled was convincing the world it exists." GPT-3 opines, "Surrounded by wifi we wander lost in fields of information unable to register the real world." The Guardian article's editor comments, "Overall, it took less time to edit than many human op-eds."
posted by not_on_display to MetaFilter at Sep-17-20 at 4:29 PM
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Music Gear Bechdel Test

The representation of women in that magazine was the first time it occurred to me that, perhaps, guitar wasn’t for me. Writing in the EarthQuaker Devices blog (EarthQuaker Devices being a small company in Akron, Ohio, that builds guitar effects pedals (recent previously on guitar effects pedals)), Hilary B. Jones, musician, founder of RIOT RI a.k.a. Girls Rock! Rhode Island, adjunct professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, suggests that it is long past time for music instrument manufacturers to use a modified version of the Bechdel Test when creating their marketing and promotional materials, very much including social media posts.
posted by soundguy99 to MetaFilter at Sep-17-20 at 4:04 PM
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The Number One Question I Get Asked Is Did Anyone Fart In My Mouth?

How we made: The Human Centipede [Grauniad] [Content may be NSFW, it being about The Human Centipede and all.]
posted by chavenet to MetaFilter at Sep-17-20 at 9:59 AM
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Games that require math skills but don't beat you over the head w/them

I'm looking for video games that require math skills, especially ones where a player could conceivably need to learn a bit of math in order to be more successful at the game, but that are not blatantly "educational" - one litmus test I'm thinking of is whether a kid would just start playing the game if you gave it to them, and they wouldn't roll their eyes and complain that it looks like something their teacher would give them. A few examples inside.
posted by rjacobs to Ask MetaFilter at Sep-16-20 at 10:15 AM
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Genealogist helps lay WWI veteran to rest

The last chapter in an effort to finally lay the veteran to rest A Redditor and genealogist found an urn containing the ashes of a WWI veteran. Over the course of a month, she figured out who he was and eventually got a military funeral for him. Here are the posts describing her research. On Sept. 15, PVT Lewis Hamilton was laid to rest at Indiantown Gap national Cemetery, half a century after his death.
posted by wenestvedt to MetaFilter at Sep-16-20 at 9:59 AM
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The Comforting Presence of Books

Browsing the Stacks: A Photo Appreciation of Libraries. Not just buildings but other types of libraries. There's something elementally soothing in a view of a library.
posted by storybored to MetaFilter at Sep-16-20 at 8:47 AM
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Do not get arrested challenge 2020


Recommend new games for me! Difficulty level: no time

I'm looking for new games that I can play for short amounts of time, but almost all my recent games have been games that require a lot of time or focused attention. Recommend new games for me!
posted by benbenson to Ask MetaFilter at Sep-16-20 at 6:59 AM
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Riding the Covid-19 Dream Surge

According to Scientific American, COVID-19 has altered our dream worlds ... how much we dream, how many of our dreams we remember and the nature of our dreams themselves. Tore Nielsen, professor of psychiatry at the Université de Montréal and director of its Dream and Nightmare Laboratory reports on a "dream surge" or global increase in the reporting of vivid, bizarre dreams.
posted by taz to MetaFilter at Sep-16-20 at 4:14 AM
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Memoirs about ordinary people who endure tragedy and make peace with it

Hello! A friend of mine is looking for memoirs about people who endure some tragic incident -- i.e., terrible car accident, spinal cord injury, etc. (does not have to be physical, but life-changing), then thrives and/or finds a way to make peace with what happened/channel their life in a new way. Probably best if one-off tragedy, rather than years of abuse, for example. Any suggestions?
posted by caoimhe to Ask MetaFilter at Sep-16-20 at 3:51 AM
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Thirty-One Buster Keaton Movies

In The Great Buster, Peter Bogdanovich (and, really, every critic) identifies Buster Keaton’s greatest created period as the decade between 1920 and 1930. Before that time, he made a few two-reel films in supporting roles with Roscoe Arbuckle. After it, he made lesser movies with little creative control, dropped off the map, and eventually came back for a moderate late-in-life ressurrection.
But where, oh where, in this modern world, can we find the gems of his golden era? The obvious place.
posted by Going To Maine to MetaFilter at Sep-15-20 at 10:36 PM
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Scientific American endorses Joe Biden

Scientific American endorses Joe Biden for the US 2020 Federal election. This is the first time in the 175-year history of the publication that it has endorsed any political candidate.
posted by Multicellular Exothermic to MetaFilter at Sep-15-20 at 8:20 PM
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An encouraging game about matching colors

I Love Hue, Too is a mobile game that should delight any fan of tiled gradients. You re-arrange tiles in a polygon-tile grid to create a gradient. Gameplay video.
posted by rebent to MetaFilter at Sep-15-20 at 7:33 PM
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Who hasn't wanted to live in an abandoned school?

Take a few minutes to watch this guy living his best life in an abandoned school in Japan (SLYT).
posted by Long Way To Go to MetaFilter at Sep-15-20 at 6:19 PM
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"regenerated during the very process of being shared"

Intangible Cultural Heritage is a UNESCO program initiated in 2001 to recognise and protect various cultures and practices that, unlike items on the UNESCO World Heritage List, cannot be touched. This content is parseable in many ways: a list of places you might want to travel, a somewhat dizzying data visualization, a peek into their backlog, living heritage among indigenous peoples, or those that are threatened by the aging of their practitioners.
posted by jessamyn to MetaFilter at Sep-15-20 at 4:25 PM
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"regenerated during the very process of being shared"

Intangible Cultural Heritage is a UNESCO program initiated in 2001 to recognise and protect various cultures and practices that, unlike items on the UNESCO World Heritage List, cannot be touched. This content is parseable in many ways: a list of places you might want to travel, a somewhat dizzying data visualization, a peek into their backlog, living heritage among indigenous peoples, or those that are threatened by the aging of their practitioners.
posted by jessamyn to MetaFilter at Sep-15-20 at 4:25 PM
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Cookie Flipper

Pincremental is a free online idle game that starts as a janky pinball sim and turns into a janky pinball automation sim.
posted by cortex to MetaFilter at Sep-15-20 at 2:19 PM
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The Black Dahlia


Tell me about baking sandwich bread, also why did this happen?

You bake sandwich bread regularly and are happy with the results. In particular, you bake either a whole wheat or 50/50 white/whole wheat loaf. Tell me about your process and recipe.
posted by Frowner to Ask MetaFilter at Sep-15-20 at 9:03 AM
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GLaDOS v1.1

Terence Eden's collection of imaginary software on floppy disks, including Holly, Bandersnatch, Janet, Mother, and WOPR.
posted by adrianhon to MetaFilter at Sep-15-20 at 8:29 AM
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"If they weren't my brother and dad, I would not go up to them."

Paddle of the Century: CBC describes a record-breaking father-son(s) canoe trip from Winnipeg, Canada to Belem, Brazil.
posted by jacquilynne to MetaFilter at Sep-15-20 at 8:00 AM
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The Overwhelming Racism of COVID Coverage

Western media cannot write western failure. The real story is that ‘developing’ nations have done remarkably better at fighting COVID-19 than the rich and white. The real story starts precisely where the western map ends. Here be dragons. We be dragons.
posted by toastyk to MetaFilter at Sep-15-20 at 7:38 AM
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Hue's Hue


The Last Picture Show?

David Sims examines the failure of the one theatrical blockbuster this summer and what it means for the future of movie going:
Christopher Nolan’s Tenet was supposed to be a boon for movie theaters, a light in the darkness after the coronavirus pandemic shut down cinemas for months. Here was an original film from a beloved director, one of the biggest titles of our postponed summer-movie season—surely this would be enough to lure people back to the big screen. Around the world, that’s proven largely true: Over three weeks, Tenet has made more than $207 million globally, a healthy number given the circumstances. But in the United States, the Warner Bros. film has grossed less than $30 million since August 31—a number so low that it’s scaring other major movies off the release schedule. Now the question isn’t whether theaters can return to normalcy, but whether they can survive this pandemic at all.

posted by octothorpe to MetaFilter at Sep-15-20 at 5:20 AM
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. Fuck it. To the barricades it is then....
posted by inflatablekiwi to MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 5:37 PM
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I would like to invent an "Alan Watts Watch." It would have a wrist-sized mini etch-a-sketch as the watch face (red frame, yellow buttons). Pressing, turning, pulling, tapping one or both buttons would always have exactly the same effect: Alan Watts would come on screen and a bell would sound. Alan Watts would not say what time it is/was. Nor would the watch be capable of keeping track of time. Because neither of those functions would be possible, given that this would be a mini...
posted by abuckamoon to MetaTalk at Sep-18-20 at 5:28 PM
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Are you almost out of disk space?...
posted by mekily to Ask MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 4:22 PM
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I am so excited about this, and the slime mold enthusiasts in my life will be thrilled. Two thumbs up, would donate for a quality post I have been too lazy to make again!...
posted by charmedimsure to MetaTalk at Sep-18-20 at 1:18 PM
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Thanks so much for the helpful responses. I was able to go to his house today, and although there’s definitely no will, there is enough other documentation that I now have a clearer path forward....
posted by little mouth to Ask MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 3:10 PM
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>> Also, like, can we figure out this cancer thing already?

> It's a huge, multi-faceted illness


Hello, sorry but you're posting this in the wrong thread.
This is not a thread for reality. There's plenty of room for that elsewhere. In here, we get to make a wish....
posted by Too-Ticky to MetaTalk at Sep-18-20 at 12:55 PM
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I guess the question I keep asking is -- as the left has realized what the right is doing, why the hell aren't we also buying up media and using them? i think there are many attempts to do this and will continue to be; they mostly haven't quite landed so far. going back as far as Air America. now Chapo Trap House, MSNBC from 2017 on, both have elements of trying to inculcate resentment and paranoia in their audience. they just aren't completely cynical yet, and also not quite as skilled as...
posted by vogon_poet to MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 12:28 PM
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The neatest term I've come across for what Fox does is "resentertainment"....
posted by Paul Slade to MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 11:38 AM
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I've always been a fan of the term "Fox News Cinematic Universe" myself....
posted by Snuffman to MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 10:51 AM
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We were just talking about this in game AI class this week! Heather Barnett is an artist who works with it (TedTalk, sorry), and she heads the Slime Mould Collective. Also, The Creeping Garden is a great feature length documentary entirely about slime mold. I've been looking into getting some from Carolina Biological but shipping is so expensive......
posted by pinothefrog to MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 9:05 AM
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This meta pisses me off. I’m so fucking sick of this place and it’s circular firing squad mentality.

Also Jessamyn said this in the same thread:

“Yeah I should be clear, I am also primarily a person with a beep-boop interpersonal approach...”...
posted by terrapin to MetaTalk at Sep-17-20 at 6:07 AM
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I would like to briefly discuss the absolutely brilliant staging of the photo of Dr. Audrey Dussutour in the "They remember (maybe)!" link. Aside the fact that it's clearly saying "here is a woman who does science" there are some other really fun details: There's a pink (vibrantly so) calculator on top of some graph paper. This says to me: it's okay to like pink things and also be a scientist. A very strong message for kids today. She has a book out (it's on the desk in...
posted by seanmpuckett to MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 6:49 AM
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> Slime molds are fun, guy! I will print out and carry a copy of this thread wherever I go, as a hallway pass to any pun I utter while in your presence. THIS IS AMAZING OMYGOD I WANT A BLOB...
posted by not_on_display to MetaFilter at Sep-17-20 at 10:14 PM
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I think we can talk about how things contribute to abelism without escalating to calling things slurs. As an autistic person who has definitely been hurt by AND used words like “beep boop” to describe myself and also had legit straight up slurs screamed at me from cars? This is a pretty unnuanced approach to saying that this language was hurtful to you. It’s entirely valid to be hurt by things that aren’t slurs, and this isn’t one. Language can be thoughtless and a poor choice and also not be a...
posted by stoneweaver to MetaTalk at Sep-16-20 at 9:48 PM
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Metafilter: I’m so fucking sick of this place and it’s circular firing squad mentality....
posted by pyramid termite to MetaTalk at Sep-17-20 at 2:57 PM
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It's not "political correctness" or "censorship" ... for people to be considerate of others

I thought being considerate of others is exactly what political correctness is, and it's only maligned because some people don't want to have to do that....
posted by aubilenon to MetaTalk at Sep-17-20 at 8:44 AM
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At no point in Jessamyn's comment did she say that she was describing neuroatypical people, nor indicate that Scrabble players are primarily neuroatypical people or vice versa. "People who play Scrabble competitively" is about as pure a self-selected social grouping as you can get. If someone had said "autistic people are so robotic" or responded to someone describing their struggles with social interaction by laughing and going "beep boop" at them, sure,...
posted by Scattercat to MetaTalk at Sep-17-20 at 7:42 AM
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Stefan Fatsis thinks "Jew" all by itself is a slur? Decontextualised? That kind of tells me everything I need to know about the guy, really. Scrabble doesn't allow proper nouns, so this would be the offensive lowercase verb version of the word. To put it another way, "JEW" is (was) a legal Scrabble word only because of antisemitism....
posted by theodolite to MetaFilter at Sep-14-20 at 4:20 PM
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> I don't think this is a very strong argument. The traits of being "mathy" and having a poor theory of mind about other people are commonly associated with neuroatypical people, and it's natural to assume that these traits are all included in the description in order to call to mind one's typical concept of neuroatypical people. Yeah, and also no? It's incorrect to presume that mathy people are neuroatypical, it's incorrect to assume that people who come off as socially awkward...
posted by desuetude to MetaTalk at Sep-17-20 at 7:34 PM
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I'm just complaining here to keep from complaining in the thread. I think the article is of negligible interest, personally, but obviously people are enjoying Sudama's biweekly sojourn into white guilt. So what do I know?...
posted by rcade to MetaTalk at Mar-9-01 at 2:31 AM
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Someone should have told those people there are more dignified ways to get a film credit and a sore jaw But simultaneously?...
posted by ricochet biscuit to MetaFilter at Sep-17-20 at 12:09 PM
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