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  • 10:10 pm on April 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    It’s unfortunate that the real fake news (and no, I don’t mean Fox News.. i mean, the real, original fake news.. fake news *sites*) is not surfacing to the public attention anymore, because it’s been suspected to be one of the factors leading up to 45*’s election.

    It would be unfortunate that just because we have a biased right wing media, and Dems are picking up on the incorrect adoption of the term to attack Fox News, we give this issue a blind eye when fake news sites are alive and well:

    • Websites created with the sole purpose of generating clicks and ad revenue (a link farm on steroids, if you will)
    • Masquerading as news sites with some fancy name
    • Existing across the political spectrum, but with an overwhelming majority with headlines biased in favor of Trump, because let’s face it, everyone is dumb to an extent but Trump supporters are a special kind of stupid. The progressive base’s ROI with fake news sites can’t ever hope to compete with the i’m-swimming-in-cash level ROI with Trump.
    • Where the header is 90% of the content, with the remaining article body being either arbitrarily cut & pasted from other sources, or seemingly procedurally generated from click-baity content formats
    • Prospers from an internet culture where users don’t read the article they see from a friend, but simply re-share it in their timeline to make a political statement (usually in the form of “I hate Clinton”)
    • Is initially “seeded” by the site creators, but later acquires a life of its own after going viral
    • With 99% of traffic being generated from social media link shares, and having its biggest client in Facebook. And Facebook is suspected to have let it fester, because it still meant more business for Facebook in terms of user engagement

    Mid-term elections season is approaching – are we going to do anything about this?

  • 6:11 pm on March 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    facebook is running a survey that pops up and takes over the entire screen (you can’t click on anything else until you respond or close it) where it literally asks “do you agree with the following statement: facebook is good for the world”

    fuck you facebook. manipulative piece of shit

  • 6:43 pm on November 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Mobile Facebook feed today:

    • Legitimate post from former colleague about travel plans
    • Ad from Microsoft as “Sponsored post”
    • Legitimate one line update from former colleague
    • A fucking GIF/vid and I’m pretty sure the person listed as sharer didn’t actually mean to share that in their friends’ timeline. Followed by 2 comments posted by ppl in my network
    • Another fucking vid (AFV)
    • AFV
    • AFV
    • A little comment and link from high school friend
    • Legitimate post from former colleague

    Facebook. The Post-Monetization Discovery Channel.

  • 10:51 pm on August 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Seriously Facebook suggests I follow Zuckerberg now? It’d be hilarious if this was hard coded.


  • 10:55 pm on July 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    That will do, facebook. That will do. Nicely done.

    Group description: “A group dedicated to all avant-garde sound and visual arts. In association with Aries Slant Recordings and the György Ligeti Tribute.” https://www.facebook.com/groups/90067631888/?notif_t=group_name_change

    2015-07-30 02.51.54

  • 3:44 pm on August 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    some people are just not endowed with an… 

    some people are just not endowed with an engaging writing style. that’s fine, people are good at different things. unfortunately the low-bandwidth early period of the internet, heavily reliant on the most simply digitizable format – plain text, rendered those people speechless, without an opportunity to shine. things like video editing and youtube is still light years away from true parity between writer-thinkers and performers-social types. that’s why facebook created the “like” button.

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