Escape The Matrix | Wired

Escape The Matrix: The Internet is the Uncanniest Valley, Don’t Get Trapped There; Virginia Heffernan; In Wired; 2017-09.
Teaser: The Great Tech Panic: The Internet is The Uncanniest Valley
Virginia Heffernan performs the tweeting at @page88.

tl;dr → The techno panic is discursive: internet life is not A Life Well Lived; as such, and wrapped in 2125 words.
and → Computers are a fetish (just like any other).

Series

The Great Tech Publishing Panic of 2017.

Book

Virginia Heffernan; Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art; Simon & Schuster; 2017-06-027; 272 pages; ASIN:1501132679: kindle: $13, paper: $2+SHT.

Mentions

  • Amazon
    • Alexa, of Amazon
    • Echo, of Amazon
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Instagram
  • Snapchat
  • Snopes
  • Spotify
  • Twitter
  • YouTube

Who

  • Elaine Scarry, a philosoph.
    • Professor of English and American Literature and Language, the Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University; via Jimi Wales’ Wiki
  • David Kessler
    • this guy
      David Kessler, expert, popularizer

      • grief counseling
      • adviser to the stars of Hollywood.
    • not this guy
      David Aaron Kessler. In Jimi Wales’ Wiki.

      • pediatrics
      • law
      • Commissioner of the Food &amp Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Masahiro Mori, professor, robtics.

Quotes

<quote>The same anxiety turned contempt attends much of today’s social media, notably Twitter and Snapchat, where the sheen of fatuousness, cryptic UX, and clubhouse jargon appears designed to humiliate and enfeeble.</quote>

<quote>David Kessler has written about mental illness, thoughts, ideologies, and persistent images of past or future can “capture” a person and stall their mental freedom.</quote>

<quote>Paradoxically, framing the internet as a text to be read, not a life to be led, tends to break, without effort, its spell. Conscious reading, after all, is a demanding ocular and mental activity that satisfies specific intellectual reward centers. And it’s also a workout; at the right time, brain sated, a reader tends to become starved for the sensory, bodily, three-dimensional experience of mortality, nature, textures, and sounds—and flees the thin gruel of text.</quote>
Challenge to the reader: edit this down to ten words, but retain the metaphor of “breaks the spell” and the (physical) “workout” concept.

Referenced

  • Elaine Scarry, Dreaming by the Book, 1999
    tl;dr → <quote>a manifesto on literature and the imagination.</quote>
  • Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat,, a movie, 1896.
  • The Polar Express, a movie, 2010+ (recent)

Argot

The Suitcase Words

Oh my, lots of them…
  • Acela
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • blockchain
  • Coke
    Diet Coke
  • James Comey
  • cyber, the cyber
    • cyberattack
    • cyberwarefare
  • Diet Coke
  • drones
  • digitization
  • GIF
  • GPS
  • McModern design
  • Mentos
  • OGG (sic)
    Ogg, definition
  • Barack Obama
  • PGP
  • Pokémon Go
  • Redit
    • reditor
    • subredditor
  • Russia
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • web metropolis
  • UX
  • vapors
    suffering the vapors
  • YouTube

Who Owns the Internet? — What Big Tech’s Monopoly Powers Mean for our Culture | The New Yorker

Who Owns the Internet? — What Big Tech’s Monopoly Powers Mean for our Culture, also appearing in non-clickbait non-machine readable settings (i.e. in paper-print) as “The Content of No Content”; Elizabeth Kolbert (bio); In The New Yorker; 2017-08-28.
Teaser: What Big Tech’s monopoly powers mean for our culture.

tl;dr → a paean to the two jeremiads.

Occasion

Book Promotion

Irony

Each reference in the original article points at Amazon.
Why?
Because she can; because it is easy. And, most importantly: what else could she do?

Does this obviate the argument presented?
Of course.

Scope

GAFA, attributed to “the Europeans”
  • Google
  • Amazon
  • Facebook
  • Apple

Mentions

The Victorian Internet

By way of convention in these things, requisite throat clearing: a story, a parable, concerning the election of 1876 wherein the Republicans, once before had lost the popular vote but “stole” the election with subtrefuge, misdirection, technical trickery and outright dishonesty. To wit:

  • 1876-11-07,
  • Lucy Hayes, Mrs. Rutherford B Hayes.
  • Rutherford B. Hayes, President of the United States
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Samuel J. Tilden, Democrat, candidate for President (he lost).
  • Electoral College.
  • William Henry Smith
    “ran” the “western arm” Associated Press
  • Collusion, there was.
  • Western Union
    a “monopoly” over telgraph lines
  • The election is thrown into dispute.
  • “Hayesociated Press”
  • 1877-03-05, the New York Sun appeared with a black border on the front page.
  • 1877-03-07, Rutherford B. Hayes is inaugurated.
  • <quote>History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.</quote>, attributed to Mark Twain.

Offenders

  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Facebook
  • Google
    • Google Books
    • YouTube
  • Napster, deceased

Pantheon

Moguls
  • Jeff Bezos
  • Dale Andrew Carnegie
  • Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer, Facebook.
  • Mark Zuckerberg
Entertainers
  • Judy Collins
  • Bob Dylan
  • Levon Helm, drummer, The Band
  • George Harrison, sponsor, The Concert for Bangladesh.

Legislation

  • Digital Media Copyright Act
  • Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)
    • Jimi Wales’ Wiki
    • 2011-Fall
    • Sponsors
      • Senator Marco Rubio, FL
      • Someone else
    • Backers
      • National District Attorneys Association
      • National League of Cities,
      • Association of Talent Agencies
      • International Brotherhood of Teamsters
    • 2012-02, Google acts: the black search page.

Offenses

  • “The Koch brothers” are bad, per Jonathan Taplin.
  • Google is bad, like “The Koch brothers”, per Jonathan Taplin.
  • The Huffington Post (a.k.a. HuffPost) stands accused of pilfering aggregating “content” by Franklin Foer.
  • Newspapers are good,
    exemplars of such goodness:
  • The Washington Times
  • The Washington Post.
  • Big Tech
  • Facebook, is bad
  • paywalls, are good.

Stolley’s Law

  • Attributed to Dick Stolley, in “the nineteen-eighties.”
  • Dick Stolley, was founding editor of People
  • A formula for magazine cover images
    • Young is better than old.
    • Pretty is better than ugly.
    • Rich is better than poor.
    • Movies are better than music.
    • Music is better than television.
    • Television is better than sports.
    • And anything is better than politics.

On “Virality”

  • Chartbeat,
    automates Stolley’s Law.
  • Cecil The Lion, 2015, shot, arrow, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, a dentist, from Minnesota.
  • Donald Trump
  • <quote>Trump began as Cecil the Lion, and then ended up president of the United States</quote>, attributed to Franklin Foer.

Recitation

  • Stewart Brand
  • Ken Kesey
    dropping a lot of acid
  • The Whole Earth Catalog
  • Whole Earth ’Lectronic Link (WELL)
  • Rolling Stone, 1972
  • a prediction of “no more [need for] editors”, attributed to Stewart Brand
Vignette on the “Virality”
Something about politics and money…
  • Silicon Valley
  • Hillary Clinton.
  • Democratic National Committee
  • e-mails (But her emails? No, their emails, via Russia)
  • Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer, Facebook.
  • John Podesta, campaign chairman, Hilary Clinton 2016.
  • listicles
  • fake news
  • Beqa Latsabidze
    • age 22
    • undergraduate, computer-science
    • Tbilisi
  • A traffic generation scheme
    • Pro-Hillary Clinton generates revenue.
    • Pro-Donald Trunp generates revenue.
    • <quote>For me, this is all about income<quote>, attributed to Beqa Latsabidze.

Anti-Trust Action

  • European Union
  • Google
  • $2.7-billion fine.
  • United States, Department of Justice
  • A.T. & T.,
  • Alleged
    Violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act.
  • Result
    • Consent decree
    • Signed 1956
    • A.T. & T. to license all the patents of Bell Labs, for a small fee.
Recital
  • The transistor.
  • The salubrious effect.
Claimed

Google in 2016 is like A.T.&T . in 1956.

Remediation

  • The craft workers must seize the means of production, attributed to Jonathan Like.
  • The parable of the artisanal cheesemakers, <quote>The culture industries need to present themselves as the organic alternative, a symbol of status and aspiration. Subscriptions are the route away from the aisles of clickbait. <snip>admonition to read a book</snip> If the tech companies hope to absorb the totality of human existence, then reading on paper is one of the few slivers of life that they can’t fully integrate”, attributed to Franklin Foer.

Exemplars

  • Magnum Photos
    • founded 1947
    • Robert Capa
    • Henri Cartier-Bresson
    • and others.

Contra Getty Images and Corbis.

Previously

In The New Yorker

 

He’s at that awkward age—too old to be cute, but not dead yet.

“He’s at that awkward age—too old to be cute, but not dead yet.”

 

The Internet Isn’t Optimized For Meritocracy | MediaPost

The Internet Isn’t Optimized For Meritocracy; ; In MediaPost; 2017-09-01.
Kaila Colbin is co-founder, Ministry of Awesome, an NGO, a community booster club for Christchurch, NZ
“Ministry of Awesome is the starting point for making things happen in Christchurch, NZ”

tl;dr → Kaila Colbin is unhappy, in some unspecified way.
and → Amazon, Facebook, Google, Netflix, YouTube are bad.

Scope

  • Amazon
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Netflix
  • YouTube

Mentions

  • Her point, and she does have one…
    The references are helpful.

Referenced

  • “On the Internet, no one knows you’re a dog”, In The New Yorker, 1993-07; cartoon.
  • Network Effect; In Jimi Wales; Wiki.
  • Ben Thompson; Aggregation Theory; In His Blog; WHEN?
  • Benedict Evans (A16z); Winner Take All; In His Blog; 2017-08-20.
    tl;dr → there is a Network Effect (“winner take all” effect) in the industry supporting autonomous automobiles; e.g. LIDAR units are a commodity, anyone and everyone makes them could make them.
    Thusly, The Salubrious Effect accrues unto

    1. [businesses selling] software
    2. [businesses selling] city-wide optimization and routing [services]
    3. [businesses operating] on-demand fleets.

Google, Facebook, Yahoo And Verizon (And Comcast, AT&T And Twitter) Have Chosen Their New Battleground | TechCrunch

Google, Facebook, Yahoo And Verizon (And Comcast, AT&T And Twitter) Have Chosen Their New Battleground; ; In TechCrunch; 2015-10-30.
Jeff Segal is the director of strategy consulting at Magid Associates.

tl;dr →”battleground” is a metaphor for competition; a Grand Strategy is announced; Display Advertising becomes Over-The-Top (OTT) against (linear) Big Television.

Mentions

  • Over The Top (OTT)
  • Distributors
    • AOL
    • AT&T
    • Comcast
    • Facebook
    • Google
    • Twitter
    • Verizon
    • Yahoo
  • Producers
    • Portals
      • Facebook
      • YouTube
    • Sports
      • CNN
      • ESPN
      • Fox Sports
  • Claims
    • Display Advertising
      • 35 display ad sellers account for roughly 85 percent of total digital advertising revenues.
    • Video Advertising
      • very few pure-play video publishers.
      • the majority of time spent is the mid-to-long tail.
      • the mid-to-long tail has almost no video.
      • (online) video generates a 6-8X premium over display advertising.
  • YouTube
    • a video syndication product extension
    • is “AdSense for Video”
    • DoubleClick for Publishers (DFP)
    • something about <quote>programmatically creating new video inventory for publishers that don’t necessarily create any video content</quote>
    • YouTube is User-Generated Content (UGC)
      i.e. trash supply, not brand-safe.
  • Business Structure
    three-legged stool, a metaphor

    • a content network
    • ad platform
    • first-party data (for targeting).
  • Facebook
    • Distribution
      • LiveRail, a video SSP
      • The New York Times (via Facebook Instant Articles)
    • Ad System: sure.
    • Party Date: yes
  • Verizon
    • AOL On Network
      • 4,000 sites
    • Adap.TV
    • Party Data: Something about <quote>extensive first-party data</quote>.
  • Yahoo
    • BrightRoll, an ad platform
    • Party Data: yes.
    • missing: a publisher network
  • Unclear
    • AT&T
    • Comcast
    • Twitter
      • Twitter Amplify (is what, exactly?)

Fusion Preps Five New Shows for Snapchat Discover Channel | Advertising Age

Fusion Preps Five New Shows for Snapchat Discover Channel; ; In Advertising Age; 2015-04-17.
Teaser: All Five Series Will Air Vertically in Fullscreen, Which Is Unique to Snapchat

 

Tool Called Dataminr Hunts for News in the Din of Twitter | NYT

Tool Called Dataminr Hunts for News in the Din of Twitter; Leslie Kaufman; In The New York Times (NYT); 2014-09-23.

Mentions

  • Ted Bailey, founder, CEO
  • Developed in cooperation with Twitter
  • Competitors
    • Vocativ
      • watches YouTube
    • Storyful
      • purchased by News Corporation, 2013-12.
  • Reference Customers
    • CNN
    • Gannett (USA Today)

The Fourth Revolution: How the infosphere is reshaping human reality | Luciano Floridi

Luciano Floridi; The Fourth Revolution: How the infosphere is reshaping human reality; Oxford Unniversity Press, 1st edition; 2014-09-01; 272 pages; kindle: $10, paper: $22.

Luciano Floridi is at least

  • Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford,
  • Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute,
  • Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford.

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