Archive for the ‘Digital media’ Category

Why Silicon Valley can’t fix itself

May 7, 2018

www.theguardian.com/news/2018/may/03/why-silicon-valley-cant-fix-itself-tech-humanism

This article is about the ethical issues that face Silicon Valley, but I think by the end it’s clear that these are no different from the issues endemic to any for-profit sector. If your goal is to make a profit from people, whether through payment or data, then your goal is to get people to buy or use your product or service at an ever-increasing rate. This is true whether you’re selling organic, vegan, reusable nappies or porn films. That companies use lessons learned from psychology to achieve this is hardly a revelation. It is the new ways in which this is done on social media in particular that is perhaps of concern, but new ways of marketing don’t make social media unique.

One of the charges levelled at Silicon Valley is that their products and services are purposefully designed to be addictive…but so is tobacco, gambling, alcohol, porn, sugar, caffeine and some prescription drugs. These are all regulated to some degree or another, but are legal in most countries. So, while legislators might look at regulating tech practices more, I don’t see them consigning digital enterprise to the realm of hard drugs.

Neither do the article’s authors, but their suggestion that Silicon Valley should be publicly run could be applied legitimately to any for-profits, using more or less the same arguments.

Or have I just gone full Marxist?

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Recognition Is Futile: Why Checklist Approaches to Information Literacy Fail and What To Do About It | Hapgood

March 23, 2018

Recognition Is Futile: Why Checklist Approaches to Information Literacy Fail and What To Do About It
— Read on hapgood.us/2018/02/18/recognition-is-futile-why-checklist-approaches-to-information-literacy-fail-and-what-to-do-about-it/

We’re building a dystopia just to make people click on ads

March 22, 2018

www.youtube.com/watch

Extremism pays. That’s why Silicon Valley isn’t shutting it down

March 18, 2018

www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/18/extremism-pays-why-silicon-valley-not-shutting-it-down-youtube

Power, Polarization, and Tech – Hypervisible Exchanges

March 14, 2018

Power, Polarization, and Tech – Hypervisible Exchanges by Chris Gilliard
— Read on hypervisible.com/polarization/power-technology/

You Think You Want Media Literacy… Do You? – Data and Society: Points

March 13, 2018

The below original text was the basis for Data & Society Founder and President danah boyd’s March 2018 SXSW Edu keynote,“What Hath We Wrought?” — Ed.
— Read on points.datasociety.net/you-think-you-want-media-literacy-do-you-7cad6af18ec2

Fake news sharing in US is a rightwing thing, says study

February 6, 2018

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/feb/06/sharing-fake-news-us-rightwing-study-trump-university-of-oxford?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

A Field Guide to “Fake News” and Other Information Disorders

February 4, 2018

A Field Guide to “Fake News” and Other Information Disorders

http://fakenews.publicdatalab.org/

In this age of propaganda, we must defend ourselves. Here’s how

January 31, 2018

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/31/propaganda-defend-russia-technology?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Facebook’s war on free will

September 19, 2017

Facebook’s war on free will

Great article, but funny he never mentions all the cash these algorithms generate…perhaps that’s well-worn territory.