I’m still here. I mostly blog and post of Facebook these days, but am thinking of ways to revive the blog. More later.
“Describing it as a “game-changer,” Ogilvy Labs today announced a deal to begin using a new mobile-based technology enabling brands to quickly and simply develop incredibly intricate profiles for targeting consumers. The technology, dubbed Autograph, utilizes a simple flashcard-style interface that captures 5,500 attributes about a consumer in about 30 seconds.”
This technology strikes me as a voluntary kind of totalitarianism. Click the headline to read the whole story.
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Just a few hours after anti-pension billionaire John Arnold responded to Pando’s exclusive story about media corruption, public broadcasting officials have now issued their own response – and like …
So this is what happens as a byproduct of neoliberal policies: defund public media and open the door to private interests that invariably influence content. Click the headline to read the story.
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Welcome to Antiviral, an occasional column in which we run down the worst hoaxes, pranks, Photoshops and straight-out lies blowing up on the internet.
A bit like Snopes with lots of examples of why you should think twice about sharing.
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The conservative news channel’s only real power is in riling up liberals, who by this point should know better.
A pithy analysis full of zingers (for example, comparing Fox prez Roger Aile’s obsession with blond anchors to Alfred Hitchcock’s use and abuse of lead women), this article ponders the unthinkable: Is Fox News really the big bad wolf that deserves the obsessiveness of the left? His answer is, no. With an average viewership age of 64, Fox, the article argues, is more isolated and out of touch with America as ever. Furthermore, it claims that during the news network’s tenure, the Democrats have been far more successful than the "good old days" of mainstream TV when Republicans dominated national elections. But this also ignores the damaging role it had in the post-9/11 era by propelling the Afgan and Iraq invasions.
The article concurs with feelings that I have long held: that Fox’s influence is overblown and that the attention the left gives it only makes it stronger. However, I think the network’s influence is underplayed in the article’s analysis. While it is true that Democrats are making gains in national elections and our demographics are going the opposite direction of Fox’s core audience, the network manages to influence the other news programs in how they cover the news and talk about the issues. Fox lowers the bar, so-to-speak, which is really evident with climate change coverage. Fox has done more damage to muddy this issue than on almost every other key point, and for that reason, Fox News remains very dangerous.
I do agree that people need to stop feeding the Fox troll, and to just deny attention to the likes of drag queen Ann Coulter and Bill Scrooge O’Reilly. They are contrarians who feed off of people’s ire, so let them be as Fox’s anti-pot, anti-gay Titanic sinks. Nonetheless, to say that Fox doesn’t set the news agenda would be naive and wrong. Fox still has the strategic role of spreading disinformation, and on this count it remains quite successful.
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Why are there so many nature metaphors – clouds, rivers, streams, viruses, and bugs – in the language of the internet? Why do we adorn our screens with exotic images of forests, waterfalls, animals and beaches? In Technobiophilia: Nature and Cyberspace, Sue Thomas interrogates the prevalence online of nature-derived metaphors and imagery and comes to a surprising conclusion. The root of this trend, she believes, lies in biophilia, defined by biologist E.O. Wilson as ‘the innate attraction to life and lifelike processes’. In this wide-ranging transdisciplinary study she explores the strong thread of biophilia which runs through our online lives, a phenomenon she calls ‘technobiophilia’, or, the ‘innate attraction to life and lifelike processes as they appear in technology’. The restorative qualities of biophilia can alleviate mental fatigue and enhance our capacity for directed attention, soothing our connected minds and easing our relationship with computers.
Technobiophilia: Nature and Cyberspace offers new insights on what is commonly known as ‘work-life balance’. It explores ways to make our peace with technology-induced anxiety and achieve a ‘tech-nature balance’ through practical experiments designed to enhance our digital lives indoors, outdoors, and online.
The book draws on a long history of literature on nature and technology and breaks new ground as the first to link the two. Its accessible style will attract the general reader, whilst the clear definition of key terms and concepts throughout should appeal to undergraduates and postgraduates of new media and communication studies, internet studies, environmental psychology, and human-computer interaction.
I haven’t had a chance to read this book yet, but I’m very interested in the prevailance of nature metaphors to describe media. I look forward to checking it out.
See on www.bloomsbury.com
From presidential selfies to never-ending Instagram feeds, the world is now drowning in images. Celebrated photographers debate the impact of this mass democratisation on their craft
Some interesting insights into how ubiquitous cameras are transforming photography. While I think the term "destruction" is a bit shrill, I do think the point about people substituting picture taking for experience is a valid one, although Susan Sontag already said this a long time ago.
See on www.theguardian.com
Buycott helps you to organize your everyday consumer spending so that it reflects your principles.
Looks like there is at least one app that allows people to check the ethics of the products they buy. I haven’t tried it, but it looks promising.
See on www.buycott.com
Produced by the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme and Globaia and funded by the UN Foundation. The data visualization summarises and visualizes sev…
A visualization of how Earth will look in 100 years if we don’t make drastic changes now. This is one kind of media that can have a postive impact on the environment.
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With questions being asked about its treatment of employees, what is it like to work at Amazon? Carole Cadwalladr lands a job in one of its giant warehouses
It’s increasingly clear that we should be mindful consumers of media based on labor conditions. The more I read about Amazon, the more I seek out alternative book suppliers.
See on www.theguardian.com
As technologies that facilitate State surveillance of communications advance, States are failing to ensure that laws and regulations related to communications surveillance adhere to international human rights and adequately protect the rights to privacy and freedom of expression. This document attempts to explain how international human rights law applies in the current digital environment, particularly in light of the increase in and changes to communications surveillance technologies and techniques. These principles can provide civil society groups, industry, States and others with a framework to evaluate whether current or proposed surveillance laws and practices are consistent with human rights.
These principles are the outcome of a global consultation with civil society groups, industry and international experts in communications surveillance law, policy and technology.
This manifesto is an important step towards reclaiming the human dimension of the net. Please read the whole thing and share with others.
In honor of the land and those who are trying to preserve/save it from agribusiness, I’d like to give thanks to all those who treat soil, water, air and animals ethically. Along these lines, I’m posting a trailer for this nice little documentary, Land Awakening, about farmers in the Mediterranean who grow food sustainably.
“Land Awakening” is my personal journey to experience hands-on organic sustainable agriculture, turning into the discovering of alternative technologies and approaches to producing and gathering food. The experience resolves to a spiritual reflection into our deep and sacred relationship with the Land.
Inspired by his son’s voyage to learn about organic farming in Spain, Mexican-Canadian filmmaker Raúl Álvarez embarks on his own quest finding how chemical agriculture creates deserts, and Wild Nature provides far more nutritious foods when we stop controlling it.
Raúl’s odyssey expands around the Mediterranean and Canada, warmly portraying compelling characters living sustainably. He meets experts breaking paradigms and taboos on agriculture, wild plants and marketing food, making his journey deeply inspiring.
Imbued with a beautiful scenery “Land Awakening” proposes a spiritual, timely and concrete message of change in our relationship to the Land where our food comes from.
Fort McMoney, a documentary game by David Dufresne. Take control of Fort McMurray, Canada, the third largest oil reserve in the world, and make your worldview triumph.
Fascinating experiment: a hybrid game and documentary that takes you into the real lives of the petrol economy.
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I’m a big fan of developing mindfulness for how our brains work. This simple test helps us determine which hemisphere dominates our thought patterns. Media are closely linked to the hemispheres. Print is largely left-brained and TV is predominately right-brained. I came out 50/50.
See on en.sommer-sommer.com