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Reddit bans impersonation on its platform | The Verge

Today, Reddit updated its policies about impersonation to no longer allow impersonation of an individual or entity in a misleading or deceptive manner. That means the new policies won’t just affect things like misleadingly altered videos (like deepfakes), but could implicate simple lies made by people impersonating others online.
The good news is that Reddit can no longer keep pretending to be Reddit, and has to go back to being Google+ 😉

#technology #tech #internet #forums #SocialMedia #Reddit
 

Twitter will finally let you control who can reply to your tweets | TechRadar

At CES 2020, Twitter has revealed that it's introducing a feature that will allow you to control who can reply to your tweets.

Mashable's Karissa Bell tweeted from an event held by the company that this new feature will finally allow users to control who replies to their tweets by granting them the ability to limit replies to specific users, for example, followers or those mentioned in the tweet.

Don't want any replies at all? Apparently that option will be also be made available.
#technology #tech #Internet #SocialMedia #Twitter #WhatTookYouSoLong
 

Twitter will finally let you control who can reply to your tweets | TechRadar

At CES 2020, Twitter has revealed that it's introducing a feature that will allow you to control who can reply to your tweets.

Mashable's Karissa Bell tweeted from an event held by the company that this new feature will finally allow users to control who replies to their tweets by granting them the ability to limit replies to specific users, for example, followers or those mentioned in the tweet.

Don't want any replies at all? Apparently that option will be also be made available.
#technology #tech #Internet #SocialMedia #Twitter #WhatTookYouSoLong
 
"'The documents reveal a much clearer idea of what actually happened in the 2016 US presidential election, which has a huge bearing on what will happen in 2020. It’s the same people involved who we know are building on these same techniques', she said."

"'There’s evidence of really quite disturbing experiments on American voters, manipulating them with fear-based messaging, targeting the most vulnerable, that seems to be continuing. This is an entire global industry that’s out of controlbut what this does is lay out what was happening with this one company'."

#disinformation #propaganda #socialmedia #CambridgeAnalytica

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Oh look, I just published my retrospective of social media (and the internet) in the 2010s. It's a bit ranty, and a bit negative, but I needed to write that.

The 2010s and alternative Social Media: A decade full of work, hope, and disappointment
https://schub.wtf/blog/2020/01/01/2010s-alternative-social-media.html

(caution, ~3500 words)
#diaspora #privacy #socialmedia #standards and stuff
 

Designing a Well Lived Life: Checking In (December 2019)


Checking in for December, and the end of 2019 for my "Designing a
Well-Lived Life" blogging. This is about making small changes during the
year to make larger changes.
  • Administrative focus: Some slight progress here. I've gotten better
    about putting things into my phone and having them sync elsewhere,
    but for the most part I've been a bit rubbish about keeping my
    physical inboxes and computer inbox empty (not email though, which
    I'm better at keeping cleaned out once a day). I think I need to
    schedule more time for this each day.
  • Writing more: I've been progressing with editing on my book, and
    have published several blog posts over the year that weren't related
    to this challenge. Still some improvement to be had but overall
    calling this a success.
  • Design more: Going to tackle this in 2020. I really let this one
    slip more than I would have liked.
  • Programming more: I let my expectations get in the way of progress
    here. Most of my programming was for work with the occasional detour
    into Godot and Rust, but that was about it. Need to take my own
    advice and give myself 10 minutes each day to work on this.
  • Getting out of debt: Small steps here, but still progressing. I'm
    committing to making more of a dent in our finances and keeping on
    top of things for 2020.
  • Physical Health: Absolute rubbish here, but I'm going to be kind to
    myself and give myself more opportunities in 2020 to do exercise.
    I'm hitting that age where not exercising is going to cause serious
    issues and its high time that I stopped coasting.
  • Mindfulness: Calling this a success even though I had spates where I
    wasn't as mindful as I could be. My meditation was also sporadic,
    but have find myself pausing and being more mindful when stressed or
    frustrated.
  • Deeper work: Early on this year I wasn't good at this, but with a
    large project I've gotten much better at getting into deeper work. I
    still allow myself way more distractions than I should but overall
    I've improved a great deal with this.
For 2020 I'm looking to tackle the following:
  • Dropping expectations: I tend to make expectations about how things
    will proceed and how the day should be. This leads to
    disappointment, guilt, and anxiety. I want to work with dropping
    these as much as I can.
  • Physical Health: This desperately needs attention.
  • Writing more: I've been meaning to keep a journal of my thoughts, so
    perhaps I can work with that intention in mind. Would also help with
    my mindfulness.
  • Programming more: Ostensibly I should enjoy programming more, but I
    have expectations of how far I should be with this. I'm going to
    instead try to work with this as though I'm a beginner again with no
    expectations to find the joy in learning and being a programmer. I
    have joy in my work, now let's find it in my leisure programming.
  • Mindfulness: Continuing with being mindful in my day-to-day
    practice.
  • Decluttering: I've accumulated a lot of shit over the years, and I
    need to pare down the things that I have and the things that have
    stuck to me over the years. This also ties in to the administrative
    focus, but from a more runway perspective.
  • Deeper work: More focus is the order of the day.
  • Getting out of debt: This is going to be a constant refrain, and is
    part of the decluttering.
Happy new year!

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#Adayinthelife #Seachange #ZenHabits #SocialMedia #Computers
 
Oh look, I just published my retrospective of social media (and the internet) in the 2010s. It's a bit ranty, and a bit negative, but I needed to write that.

The 2010s and alternative Social Media: A decade full of work, hope, and disappointment
https://schub.wtf/blog/2020/01/01/2010s-alternative-social-media.html

(caution, ~3500 words)
#diaspora #privacy #socialmedia #standards and stuff
 
"Emails sent by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials expose how ICE used social media and information gleaned by for-profit data brokers to track down and arrest an immigrant in Southern California. In the emails, which were disclosed in federal court filings, officials discussed the relationship status of the person, noting that he was 'broken hearted', according to Facebook posts, and confirmed his identity through pictures posted at his father’s birthday party."

"ICE ultimately arrested the person after he 'checked in' to a Home Depot on Facebook."

"The emails are a rare glimpse into the ever-widening surveillance dragnet ICE uses to track down immigrants who are subject to possible deportation. In this case, ICE used Thomson Reuters’s controversial CLEAR database, part of a growing industry of commercial data brokers that contract with government agencies, essentially circumventing barriers that might prevent the government from collecting certain types of information."

#ICE #Gestapo #immigration #socialmedia #surveillance
 

Why the Global South should nationalise its data


Big Tech corporations are extracting data from users across the world without paying for it. It is time to change that.
Why the Global South should nationalise its data
#Science&Technology #Socialmedia #Data #Business&Economy
 

Why the Global South should nationalise its data


Big Tech corporations are extracting data from users across the world without paying for it. It is time to change that.
Why the Global South should nationalise its data
#Science&Technology #Socialmedia #Data #Business&Economy
 

Designing a Well Lived Life: Checking In (November 2019)


Checking in for Nobember for my "Designing a Well-Lived Life" blogging.
This is about making small changes during the year to make larger
changes.
  • Administrative focus: My inbox is my nemesis at the moment. I have a
    lot of crap in there that hasn't been processed. I feel like I'm
    just accruing crap in there without managing to process it more.
    I've taken to digitizing them in the hopes that it'll manage to get
    me to look at it better, but all that seems to do is just get me a
    directory of files that I never look at. Also I've grown numb to my
    next actions lists so things are on there that are now celebrating
    birthdays. That's not great at all. I need to put some focus back
    into working my lists and working them more than "here's the
    recurring things that I need to do for today" levels, and literally
    spend some time each day addressing the items on those lists.
  • Writing more: I've been putting in 10 minutes each day (most days)
    to writing and editing two books (The Mediocre Programmer and the
    Pepper&Carrot RPG). Unfortunately I'm finding my attention is split
    between the two so I need to put my focus more toward one or the
    other. Perhaps I just need to spend a week working on the edits for
    The Mediocre Programmer so I can call it done for the year. I was
    hoping that I would have a playable version of The Pepper&Carrot RPG
    by year's end but that is turning out to be more aggressive than I
    realized.
  • Design more: See above re: The Pepper&Carrot RPG.
  • Programming more: Most of my programming has been work-related, so
    by the time I'm done with work I don't want to do any more
    programming. I've set a mini-goal for working through Eloquent
    JavaScript again, but I'm feeling major resistance there. When I'm
    at Coffee House Coders the last thing I want to do is program; most
    of the time I'm cleaning up email or reading RSS feeds. Not good.
  • Getting out of debt: Slow progress here, but still some progress.
  • Physical Health: I've managed to do even less exercise and walking
    than I normally do. That's in part because I've been glued to the
    computer for work.
  • Mindfulness: Had some good epiphanies related to mindfulness and
    working with mindfulness lately. Mostly I've been using it for focus
    and to help keep myself on task and recognizing the times when I'm
    not on task.
  • Deeper work: Middling success with this. I'm still
    distraction-prone, but I have had moments where time has disappeared
    and I've been "in the zone" with my work.
I also did some decluttering in the basement prior to Thanksgiving, so
I've been concentrating on getting the basement back into some semblance
of order. Also clearing out old books (digital and physical) that are no
longer relevant or are severely out of date.

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#Adayinthelife #Seachange #ZenHabits #SocialMedia #Computers
 
" After news broke that Peter Thiel and Mark Zuckerberg had consumed a secret White House dinner with Donald Trump, Elizabeth Warren characterised it as part of Facebook's 'charm offensive with Republican lawmakers' in response to her call to use antitrust law to break up Facebook, calling the move 'corruption, plain and simple...how the government keeps working for giant corporations and the wealthy and well-connected'."

#SocialMedia #surveillance #privacy
Elizabeth Warren calls Zuck and Thiel's secret Trump White House dinner "corrupt"
 

‘The Anti-Facebook’: #Wikipedia co-founder launches ad-free #social #media platform

Fed up with #Facebook and #Twitter? If so, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales hopes you'll join WT:Social, a new social media platform that promises not to run advertisements or sell user data.

WT:Social features a Facebook-like feed on which users can share news or other content. But unlike Facebook, whose algorithms prioritize content that's sponsored or receiving a lot of engagement, WT:Social simply shows new content first.

About 160,000 people have signed up for WT:Social since it launched in October. The platform is free to join, but new users are put on a wait-list, which can be instantly bypassed if you donate money. WT:Social hopes to survive only on donations.
So why isn't he championing #Diaspora* / the #Federation? Hmmm...

#SocialMedia
 

Thousands flock to Wikipedia founder's 'Facebook rival' | BBC News

The founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, says his new social network, WT:Social, now has more than 160,000 members.
"Facebook rival"?!

#technology #internet #SocialMedia #WTSocial
 

Wikipedia's co-founder takes on Facebook with ad-free social network | TNW

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales thinks he can create a better social network. Called WT:Social, the network has no financial association with Wikipedia, but operates on a similar business model: donations, not advertising.

WT:Social went live last month and is currently nearing 50,000 users. The company is rolling out access slowly; when I signed up, I was approximately number 28,000 on the waitlist. Alternatively, you can pay 13 bucks a month or 100 a year to get access right away.
#technology #SocialMedia #WTSocial
 

Designing a Well Lived Life: Checking In (October 2019)


Checking in for October for my "Designing a Well-Lived Life" blogging.
This is about making small changes during the year to make larger
changes.
  • Administrative focus: Erm, this month wasn't great for that. Work
    has been pretty hot-and-heavy for me so anything else has been
    taking a back seat during this time. My lists are stale at best and
    I need to take some time to go through them and clean them up. This
    is one area that I'm feeling pretty out of whack.
  • Writing more: Started OK but haven't given this any time. I'm going
    to have to improve my focus on this more.
  • Design more: See above. Not much focus here, Not sure what I want to
    do to change that. Feeling rather over-extended at the moment.
  • Programming more: The only programming I've been doing at the moment
    is work-related programming. Not sure if this will get more focus in
    the coming weeks, but definitely feeling like I need to give this
    more attention.
  • Getting out of debt: Making small progress here, but mostly because
    I haven't been spending as much money. Need to get our budget back
    online. Oddly enough this was a focus area for one of the programs
    that I'm working through, but I've not given it any focus at all.
  • Physical Health: No change. Feeling like this needs some more focus
    in the coming month.
  • Mindfulness: Sporadic at best, though I have been practicing with my
    work.
  • Deeper work: Funnily enough this has gotten more attention because
    I've been allowing myself more focus while working. This has taken
    the form of shutting down social media, which has worked to a point
    (sadly I've also gotten to where I'll start binging on social media
    to compensate or feel like I'm catching up for lost time. Need to
    work on letting things be more ephemeral.
Hoping to give more focus to my writing and design in November, and to
give myself more chances to write in this blog about my progress. But
for now I'm not feeling that great about what I haven't worked on. That
said I am practicing with being more mindful about being kind to myself
when I feel like beating myself up over these things, and understanding
the groundlessness that even the best laid plans aren't necessarily how
things will work out.

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#Adayinthelife #Seachange #ZenHabits #SocialMedia #Computers
 
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The Modern Flasher


Today's words is: "Coat." (yes, I am behind).

You can read about the Inktober challenge on this page: Inktober

#Inktober #inktober19 #coat #flasher #exhibitionist #facebook #socialmedia #mywork #Krita
 

MediaLab acquisition saves Kik messenger from shutdown | iMore

MediaLab has announced the acquisition of Kik Messenger from Kik Interactive, and the news that it plans to keep Kik Messenger running! Kik's parent company had previously announced plans to shut down the app to focus on cryptocurrency. Now it seems, Kik is here to stay.
Thousands of Kik users flooded over to MeWe when they heard the news. I hope MeWe didn't spend too much on new infrastructure, as they're possibly going to go back.

#technology #internet #social #SocialMedia #Kik
 

Twitter just turned lists into multiple timelines you can swipe between | The Verge

Twitter is now letting users add up to five lists as alternative timelines in the main Twitter app, allowing you to quickly swipe between different groups of accounts directly from your home screen.

The company tested the feature back in June, but it’s rolling it out to everyone on iOS starting today. Check the tweet here for a better look at how the multiple lists actually work in practice.
iOS only so far.

#technology #SocialMedia #social #Twitter
 

Anti-extremism group run by social media giants becomes independent | Engadget

A group formed by Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube to combat terrorist abuse and online extremism on social media is becoming a separate organization. The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism has announced today that it plans on hiring an executive director and separate staff to lead the initiative, which was formed a little more than two years ago. Also joining the initiative will be Amazon, Whatsapp and Linkedin.
#technology #SocialMedia #security #extremism #GIFCT #Facebook #Microsoft #Twitter #YouTube #Amazon #WhatsApp #LinkedIn
 
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# Marteron - patron saint of internet socialising #


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#art #krita #madewithkrita #drawing #internet #socialmedia #beer #hammer
#mywork #ownwork #cc #creativecommons #cc-by
 

Designing a Well Lived Life: Checking In (August 2019)


Checking in for August for my "Designing a Well-Lived Life" blogging.
This is about making small changes during the year to make larger
changes.
  • Administrative focus: I've continued to let this slip a bit. I've
    not been nearly as focused on my next actions lists as I would like.
    I've let things pile up over several days / weeks and then had to
    make a large event to process it. This has been most notable in
    emptying my inbox where things will pile up over the course of a few
    days / weeks and not move in that timeframe. I'm not sure what I can
    do to help with that, but for now it's something that has been
    giving me a sense of guilt and grief. I have been working more on
    keeping my lists current though, so that's a small win.
  • Writing more: I've been working on the Pepper&Carrot RPG, which has
    sparked some of my writing thoughts. It hasn't been as consistent as
    I would like (that's the theme for this month) but at least I can
    say that I've done some work in this area.
  • Design more: See above. I'd like to thank Michael Lucas' Gatecrasher
    and the Fudge RPG system for uncorking this and getting my head back
    into the design space.
  • Programming more: Work-wise I've been programming, but otherwise I
    haven't given this the attention it deserves. Pity too because I
    would like to do some more of this (especially with Django and
    Rust). Perhaps that will get some attention next month.
  • Getting out of debt: What's the opposite of progress? Regress? I've
    made a lot of regress in this area. If anyone would like to help
    contribute to the pay down my damn debts fund I would be grateful. I
    have a Liberapay account.
  • Physical Health: No significant change here.
  • Mindfulness: I've been working on my mental awareness as I struggle,
    but reminding myself to do this is a challenge.
  • Deeper work: I made some progress with this. I've been asking myself
    if I need to take that social media hit or the email hit in order to
    distract myself. Sometimes the answer is "no", but there have been a
    few times where I've really fallen off the wagon in looking for
    comfort.
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#Adayinthelife #Seachange #ZenHabits #SocialMedia #Computers
 

Twitter’s latest test lets users subscribe to a tweet’s replies | TechCrunch

The company’s latest test, announced via a tweet ahead of the weekend, will allow users to subscribe to replies to a particularly interesting tweet they want to follow, too, in order to see how the conversation progresses. The feature is designed to complement the existing notifications feature you may have turned on for your “must-follow” accounts.
#technology #internet #SocialMedia #Twitter
Twitter’s latest test lets users subscribe to a tweet’s replies
 

Reports say White House has drafted an order putting the FCC in charge of monitoring social media | TechCrunch

The White House has prepared an executive order called “Protecting Americans from Online Censorship” that would give the Federal Communications Commission oversight of how Facebook, Twitter and other tech companies monitor and manage their social networks, according to a CNN report.
Is it really about censorship?

#technology #politics #FCC #SocialMedia #censorship
Reports say White House has drafted an order putting the FCC in charge of monitoring social media
 
Stay tuned on this...

White House drafting order on tech industry 'censorship'

"The White House is circulating drafts of a proposed executive order that would address allegations of anti-conservative bias by social media companies, according to a White House official and two other people familiar with the matter — a month after President Donald Trump pledged to explore 'all regulatory and legislative solutions' on the issue."

"None of the three would describe the contents of the order, which one person cautioned has already taken many different forms and remains in flux. But its existence, and the deliberations surrounding it, are evidence that the administration is taking a serious look at wielding the federal government’s power against Silicon Valley."

#Trump #GOP #socialmedia #censorship
 
Poor Facebook.... couldn't happen to a less altruistic, more privacy-averse, data-mining company!

Under $5B FTC Settlement, Facebook Must Disclose Health Data Use


#socialmedia #privacy #facebook #healthcare #HIPPA #datamining #FTC #healthdata
 

Designing a Well Lived Life: Checking In (July 2019)


Checking in for July for my "Designing a Well-Lived Life" blogging. This
is about making small changes during the year to make larger changes.
  • Administrative focus: My administrative focus went completely out
    the window this past month. I felt like I was always behind and
    struggling. Things kept on my task lists for way too long. I didn't
    review them like I felt I should, so stuff stayed on those lists for
    far too long. I'm going to make more of an effort to review these
    lists and keeping them current. Also putting in the effort to do
    some of these not-as-important things to get them off of my mind and
    out of my lists.
  • Writing more: I hope blogging counts, because I haven't really
    written much. I'm going to do more blogging in the coming weeks, but
    I'd also like to get back into a journaling habit. Not sure if I
    want to do this on the computer or with pen and paper, but that may
    be a focus later in the month.
  • Design more: Had a bit of an epiphany about my inhibitions to design
    things this morning. I'm scared that what I will design won't
    measure up to my standards, so I have avoided doing any designs.
    That's a pattern that I've noticed in other parts of my life
    (programming, writings, etc.). So I'm going to spend some time this
    month pushing into that discomfort of designing even if it does
    suck, because the only way to get better at this is to do it.
  • Programming more: Had some success with this. I worked through The
    Rust Programming book (the first few chapters) and have started up
    with The Django for Professionals book by W. S. Vincent. I'll have
    more on these in the coming weeks.
  • Getting out of debt: I've made the opposite of progress on this
    (regress?). I think this contributed in part to my lack of
    administrative focus as well. Currently working through the
    discomfort of not being where I want to be with our finances, and
    feeling better about it.
  • Physical Health: Let it ride is not a good long-term strategy here,
    but it's what I'm using.
  • Mindfulness: Still practicing with this throughout the day, though
    it's not something I've been active with this past month.
  • Deeper work: Had some moments of deeper work this past month with
    the slides for my presentation. Will focus on this with the design
    and programming work that I want to achieve this month.
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Right? (Waiting for the knock on the door.)
Why yes, I'd be happy to join the Google+ team as restorer-in-chief of good will towards #evilgoogle
Or maybe not... you tell me what I' thinking, Google....

#google #privacy #socialmedia #googleisevil #gplusrefugee
 
O.K. then.... (I won't say how many here I've never heard of! Or wish I hadn't. But hey... They're all social phenoms, so that's on me.

The 25 Most Influential People on the Internet


#socialinfluence #socialmedia #popularmedia #media #celebrity #timemagazine #influential #popularculture
 
Guess who was not there? Anyone from a social media company. This was just a right-wing snowflake bitchfest.

Trump's Social Media Summit Was a Brain-Melting Horror Show

"Wormed-brained attendees at Donald Trump’s Social Media Summit were treated to nearly an hour of him complaining about not getting enough engagement on his tweets, slamming the media for reporting on his spelling and grammar errors, and a flurry of other grievances about socialism, antifa, and much, much more. In short: It was hell!!!!"

"Among the attendees were Donald Trump Jr., his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle, the Trump-loving YouTube starts Diamond & Silk, Joy Villa, the singer who wears MAGA dresses, plagiarist Benny Johnson, and Toilet Paper USA’s Charlie Kirk. Trump also shouted out some of the lawmakers in attendances, among them, Dan Crenshaw, Josh Hawley, and Matt Gaetz, easily some of the worst people on Twitter."

#Trump #GOP #socialmedia
 

Designing a Well Lived Life: Checking In (June 2019)


It's a little early, but it's close enough to the end of the month that
I'm checking in for June for my "Designing a Well-Lived Life" blogging.
This is about making small changes during the year to make larger
changes.
  • Administrative focus: This month felt like a real struggle. Part of
    it was settling in to the summer months, and part of it was not
    doing as many weekly reviews as I would like. I had days where I
    felt like i was going directly from work to something else with
    little down-time. I found myself wanting more distractions to
    alleviate the discomfort, and my lists grew to over 200 next actions
    and projects (139 next actions, 64 projects). That's way too much
    for me to handle, and I've been struggling taking them all in.
    Habits that I had before have disappeared. I've been trying to
    recommit myself to working through these lists but I'm more repulsed
    with them than I should be. Definitely been on the procrastination
    wagon.
  • Writing more: I've been editing my book slowly over the last month.
    Most of my writing has been on social media. I'm hoping to change
    that ratio, even if it's just through blog posts.
  • Design more: I listened to a few "Think Like a Game Designer"
    podcasts that got me inspired with a few designs, but have felt
    grown down (see "Administrative focus") so I haven't focused on this
    area.
  • Programming more: I've toyed with learning Rust a bit, but haven't
    given it the focus it needs.
  • Getting out of debt: Some large bills have slid us further into
    debt, but have been more focused on keeping our outtake as minimal
    as possible.
  • Physical Health: This is on auto-pilot. I haven't focused on this.
  • Mindfulness: I could go with the obvious joke that I haven't focused
    on this (thank you, tip your server), but I have been working with
    noticing when I am stressed or overloaded. The problem is my next
    reaction is "so what?". I had a lot of "so what?" moments this past
    month. My next course of action is to explore the "so what?"
    feelings and notice where they're coming from.
  • Deeper work: Bits and spurts. See "Mindfulness" above for some of
    the reasons.
This coming month I'm looking to focus outside of myself and find more
of the "why" of what I am doing.

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#Adayinthelife #Seachange #ZenHabits #SocialMedia #Computers
 

Non-participation


My friends know that I have a real problem with supporting the Walt
Disney Company. They know that the main thing that bugs me about Disney
is their use of copyright and trademarks as a means of ensuring that
nobody else can even think about a Disney character without Disney
somehow getting a cut of that. They've been responsible for changing our
culture such that a movie of theirs that was released over 90 years ago
is still not in the public domain (yes, there was a time when books,
movies, and recorded works went into the public domain). My friends know
that I will not see the Disney Star Wars movies, and that asking me to
see the Marvel Cinematic Universe is pretty much a moot point. I've
taken a stance of non-participation with as many Disney products as I
possibly can. It's not that I think the products are inferior, it's that
I find the company's overall goals are not aligned with a world that I
want to live in.

You might wonder, then, why I bought an album from them yesterday?

I couldn't cut out Disney completely from my life. There are certain
franchises they have that still stir up feelings today (Don't tell them
this but if they ever had the intestinal fortitude to make a "The Black
Hole" remake I might, might have to see that, if for no other reason
than morbid curiosity).

So does that make me an unprincipled hypocrite? Should I don my
lightsaber and Mickey Mouse ears and catch up on everything that I
missed?

For me non-participation isn't quite the same as a boycott. A boycott is
when you completely try to remove yourself from purchasing the products
of a company. With a company like Disney that's near impossible -- they
have acquired so many companies over the years that it would be like
playing minesweeper on an 80x80 grid with one non-mined square. For me
non-participation is about actively removing myself from the marketing
conversation of Disney. When someone asks me what I thought about the
latest Disney product I tell them that I haven't seen it. If they ask
why then I give them my reasons for non-participation. I'm an insulator
to Disney's marketing. Disney wants to be so ubiquitous in our culture
that you can't help but be sucked in to talking about their products. My
non-participation is a reminder that Disney's lock on our culture is
harmful and hopefully gets people to think about their own
participation.

Now, I have no illusions that I'm somehow damaging Disney's bottom line.
But I hope folks will have that conversation and be aware that Disney's
actions in our culture have had a significant negative impact for how we
are able to use our culture. The same laws that allowed Disney to use
fairy tales and folklore without paying the original authors have been
corrupted to where it would be difficult to release any animation or
movie of these same fairy tales and culture.

This non-participation also applies to Facebook and Twitter. I've
decided I'm no longer OK with how either of those platforms treat their
users, so I've chosen not to participate on those platforms. I've
removed my accounts (as much as I am able) and chosen other platforms to
engage with. Unfortunately this can lead to being rather insular,
especially in the developer and game designer communities. Just about
every developer and game designer I know has a Twitter account. Most of
them also have a Facebook account. Whether they like or use the accounts
is immaterial; they still have a means of participating on the platform.

Part of the reason these accounts are valuable is because they allow us
to communicate within our communities. They offer a quick and easy way
to reach an audience of like-minded folks who share our values and
interests. But these platforms have also determined that their
engagement goes up when we are introduced to folks who don't share our
beliefs and interests. They create a climate where our emotions are used
to keep us addicted to their platform. They create a potent algorithmic
mix between content we enjoy, content that is promoted, and content that
enrages us.

I've mentioned alternative platforms in the past (Mastodon, Pleroma,
Diaspora, et al). These are platforms that you can use instead of
Twitter and Facebook. They have their own advantages and disadvantages,
but the main disadvantage they have is that people don't tend to find
the same communities they had on other platforms. On Mastodon I don't
have the same friends that I might on Twitter. Folks that I used to
engage with on Google+ and Twitter are not on Mastodon or Diaspora. And
those that do make the jump tend not to stick around, in part because
the other platforms are so addictive.

So, what do we do? Do we just accept that Twitter and Facebook are now
stewards of our social media conversations?

Non-participation is how we break free of these platforms. If we tell
our communities that we're only interested in participating on platforms
that aren't Twitter or Facebook (and our reasons for not participating)
then we start the conversation of how we want to participate. We can
choose if we want a culture in which algorithms dictate what we get to
see. We can set our own terms for how we wish to engage with others.

For me that decision is clear: I'm not on Facebook and Twitter, and have
no plans to be on those platforms. I choose not to participate on those
platforms. Others might feel the need to be on Facebook and Twitter to
promote their work. That's fine. You can choose your own nuances in
this. If you're still on Facebook and Twitter I'd recommend taking a
step where you make it clear that you're keeping your account as a
placeholder so people can get in contact with you but your primary
location is on a different platform (whether that's Mastodon, Pleroma,
Diaspora, or what-have-you). Much like choosing how much you'll engage
with a company that you don't agree with you can choose how much you are
willing to participate.

I invite you to explore your options related to these companies. The
deals they are making are rotten to our culture. It's up to us to
renegotiate the terms and conditions.

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#Adayinthelife #SocialMedia #Disney
 
Hm... OK.....
Facebook Purges Are More Extensive Than You Think

#facebook #socialmedia #freespeech
 

Designing a Well Lived Life: Checking In (May 2019)


Checking in for August for my "Designing a Well-Lived Life" blogging.
This is about making small changes during the year to make larger
changes.

Before I get started there is a pretty common theme here. Once Penguicon
2019 was over I have felt rather drained from making any progress on any
of these. Many different things happened over this month. From my
uncle's passing to helping friends through some difficult times, to
personal setbacks; this has been a year that I've termed the year of
breaking and mending. As a result a lot of my focus on these areas have
gone completely out the window.

But I'm still committed to posting about these and post I shall. Here's
the results from this month.
  • Administrative focus: Not great. I could barely get any focus this
    month at all. My lists ballooned under the strain of things not
    getting done. I've been slowly trying to get them back into shape
    but it's been a bit of a struggle making time. I've found myself
    procrastinating more this month than in previous months. Even my
    podcast has taken a back seat during this time, but will elaborate
    that more in other sections.
  • Writing more: Stalled. I haven't had the will to really edit my
    book, or even write simple blog posts.
  • Design more: I started reading Think Like a Game Designer some more,
    but I got sidetracked and haven't had the will to pick things back
    up again.
  • Programming more: If it isn't related to work then I haven't done
    anything related to programming. Again, feeling stalled and stuck.
  • Getting out of debt: I've been working on cutting back as much as we
    can, but it seems that every little thing needs attention; from
    having to ship my phone to get it repaired, to taking my car in to
    have the brakes looked at. But I knew this was going to happen so
    I've prepared as best I can for the moment.
  • Physical Health: No progress.
  • Mindfulness: Some moments of mindfulness here and there, but my
    meditation has gone out the window in the interim. Have been working
    on finding small windows to be mindful.
  • Deeper work: I haven't been able to concentrate on the small things
    so the larger things have taken it in the teeth.
I understand sometimes things will be a struggle, but it's frustrating
to see the progress that I made go completely out the window. I'm trying
to be gentle with myself through all of this and realize that I won't be
perfect all of the time, and sometimes I'll need to rebuild my habits.
Letting go of the feeling that I've had a setback is key to all of this.
Instead I'm thinking of this as a checkpoint on the journey, and it's up
to me to keep making progress.

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#Adayinthelife #Seachange #ZenHabits #SocialMedia #Computers
 
"Federal government agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have dramatically expanded their social media monitoring programs in recent years, collecting a vast amount of user information in the process — including political and religious views, data about physical and mental health, and the identity of family and friends. DHS increasingly uses this information for vetting and analysis, including for individuals seeking to enter the United States and for both U.S. and international travelers."

"But while the government has justified its expansion in the name of national security, there is little indication that social media monitoring programs — or the algorithms that sometimes power them — are effective in achieving their stated goals. Additionally, there is evidence that DHS is using personal information extracted from social media posts to target protestors and religious and ethnic minorities for increased vetting and surveillance. In a new report, Social Media Monitoring, the Brennan Center provides an overview of DHS social media monitoring programs and the new set of challenges that they are surfacing."

#surveillance #socialmedia
 

Trust Google (or evil-twin Facebook) with privacy? Hahaha...


I remember when their credo was "don't be evil". Now revoked, it seems more like, don't miss opportunities to scrape & screw users. :(

Google Says it Has Found Religion on Privacy


#privacy #socialmedia #google #googleisevil #gplusrefugee #gplusrefugees #cyberpsychology #digitalmorality

The New York Times: Google Says It Has Found Religion on Privacy (By DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI and BRIAN X. CHEN)

 
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