- Our Comrade The Electron - Webstock 2014.
What upsets me, what really gets my goat, is that we did it because it was the easiest thing to do. There was no design, forethought, or analysis involved. No one said “hey, this sounds like a great world to live in, let’s make it”. It happened because we couldn’t be bothered.
Making things ephemeral is hard.
Making things distributed is hard.
Making things anonymous is hard.
Coming up with a sane business model is really hard—I get tired just thinking about it.
So let’s take people’s data, throw it on a server, link it to their Facebook profiles, keep it forever, and if we can’t raise another round of venture funding we’ll just slap Google ads on the thing.
Ironically, the more famous the expert, the less accurate his or her predictions tended to be. The less successful forecasters tended to have one big, beautiful idea that they loved to stretch, sometimes to the breaking point. They tended to be articulate and very persuasive as to why their idea explained everything… they are more entertaining… The media loves them… Experts in demand were more overconfident than their colleagues who eked out existences far from the limelight…- Don’t Be An Expert (But if Unavoidable, be a Fox, and Use Models) - Aid on the Edge of Chaos
Instead of treating the new filters as unproblematic and objective, we need to understand what other approaches to conducting the public debate they might be making impossible or less common. Moreover, we want coders and engineers who, refusing to adopt yet another “technocratic pose,” are brave enough to defend their own preferred vision of how public debate should function. Assumptions of such a nature are inevitable—all designers eventually need to endorse at least some weak vision of who will be using their products—but, intoxicated with Internet-centrism, we have let too many designers off the hook far too easily.- To Save Everything, Click Here, by Evgeny Morozov
The argument that we don’t want “such a dysfunctional government” regulating broadband is weak: “the government” isn’t one big coordinated bogeyman that can’t be trusted with anything. That’s just rhetoric that politicians1 use to avoid regulation so corporations can make more money at the expense of the citizens or environment. In practice, governmental regulation works so well in most cases that it’s taken for granted and too boring for most people to even think about.- Netflix And Net Neutrality, Marco Arment
Maintaining a social network requires a lot of heavy cognitive processing. To whom do you owe favors, and who double-crossed whom last? If you grab that fruit from that ape, who will come to his aid, and who can you count on to come to your aid?- A Brief Primer on Human Social Networks, or How To Keep $16 Billion in Your Pocket
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