Archive for the ‘Social Network’ Category

Twitterati Go Nuts over Suggestion that Bible is Badly Written


( – Valerie Tarico:

God forbid we should talk about the fact that the Bible, despite some wise and lyrical passages, is a boring tangled mess.

After a storm of protest on Twitter and in comment threads, Salon retracted and removed my recent article, “Why the Bible is So Badly Written,” saying that it failed to meet their editorial standards. But which standards were those? Notwithstanding its provocative title and lede, the article summarized a series of well-known flaws in the Bible along with facts about how the book was constructed. It proposed (as did Thomas Jefferson) that the Good Book could use a good edit. Reviewed before publication by a retired religion professor and a professional editor, and errata corrected, the analysis was factually defensible and reasonably clear.

What the article definitely violated were the sensibilities of many Christians and orthodox Jews, and an array of literature lovers from Christianized cultures. …

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Twitter thunderstorm


Why Is Donald Trump So Obsessed With LaVar Ball?


(The Intercept) – Shaun King:

Have you ever done a good deed for someone? Can you think of something particularly generous you did to help someone who really needed it? I’m not just asking rhetorically: Put that deed in your mind.

Now imagine, after doing that good deed, you go on Twitter and say how grateful the person you helped should be — and even ask publicly if they are going to thank you for it.

That’s gross, right? …

theintercept 2017/11/23 lavar-ball

Donald Trump venting

Google and Facebook Have Failed Us


(Atlantic Tech) – Alexis Madrigal:

The world’s most powerful information gatekeepers neglected their duties in Las Vegas. Again. …

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A. Paul Weber: Das Gerücht

Is There Any Hope for Facebook’s Fact-Checking Efforts?


(Atlantic Tech) – Jon Christian:

Research is making clear just how hard it is to stop people from believing false stories on social media. …

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A. Paul Weber: Das Gerücht

Email Reply


(xkcd) – Randall Munroe:

Dear Kevin, I’m sorry it’s taken me two years to reply to your email.” …

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Randall Munroe: xkcd 1873: Email Reply

The Right to be Forgotten


(Guardian Comments) – Suzanne Moore:

The data protection bill is about refusing to give ownership of our identity to the likes of Facebook and Google – because we all make mistakes when young. …

theguardian 2017/aug/07 data-protection-bill

smartphone users

The Future of Trolling


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

Charles Stross’ book Accellerando has a large number of absolutely brilliant projections of the future of trolling.

This posting will not contain spoilers, so don’t worry. There are weaponizable ideas in this posting that I am not encouraging you to do, because not all things that can be done are worth doing. …

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Charles Stross: Accelerando

Alarmist Blowhard Tweets


(The Intercept) – Robert Mackey:

Every day, a new low. As Britons turned to social networks to try to get credible information about an unfolding terrorist attack in central London on Saturday night, the President of the United States enraged many by injecting himself into the conversation, and trying to turn the wave of anxiety and fear to his political advantage. …

theintercept 2017/06/04 president-awful

J.K. Rowling‏: It's called 'leadership', Donald. The terrorists were dead 8 minutes after police got the call. If we need an alarmist blowhard, we'll call.

Trolling GCHQ


(indy100) – Harriet Marsden:

While the effects were felt all over the world in almost 100 countries, the NHS was the most terrifyingly significant target for us in Britain – literally, the lifeline of the UK.

Malicious ransomware called ‘WannaCry‘ infected thousands of computers, holding patients’ medical records captive via encryption and demanding a BitCoin payment for their release.

In other equally important news, it was also National Limerick Day. …

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Twitter trolling GCHQ

Quit Social Media. Your Career May Depend on It.


(NYTimes::Preoccupations) – Cal Newport:

I’m a millennial computer scientist who also writes books and runs a blog. Demographically speaking I should be a heavy social media user, but that is not the case. I’ve never had a social media account.

At the moment, this makes me an outlier, but I think many more people should follow my lead and quit these services. There are many issues with social media, from its corrosion of civic life to its cultural shallowness, but the argument I want to make here is more pragmatic: You should quit social media because it can hurt your career. …

nytimes 2016/11/20 quit-social-media

David Saracino: Social media blinders