Sapiens author Yuval Noah Harari discusses the features of technologies, once thought to be friendly towards democracy, as tools of the tyrants. In the Atlantic here.
Carey says advertising-dependent web publishers remind him of Buzz Lightyear in “Toy Story” — and that’s not a compliment.
Recode Media podcast (listen)
Ted Talk from Tristan Harris
Can social media conversations contribute to productive outcomes? Yale students tried. (Vanity Fair)
But this being 2017, a familiar drama began. A student posted an image of the flyer on Overheard at Yale, an intra-college Facebook group with over 20,000 members and one of the grand student hubs on campus. The “Reform the Savages” announcement was peppered with inane jokes about colonialism, and capped with a picture of a generic Native American chieftain in a headdress. The Party’s chairman, Quinn Shepherd, attempted to apologize, in private, to the Association of Native Americans at Yale, but the overture was rejected, according to a screenshot of the conversation posted by the student.(“So can we apologize…. but like in /private/[?]” The student described the interaction.) Within minutes, the comments section exploded.
NYT writer, Jesse Singal, uses the purposeful misuse by the right and the left of Steven Pinker’s talk on the alt-right and ideologies. She argued that it is a case-study in how social media is making society gleefully misinformed.
Bloomberg article about how the seemingly always innovative Snapchat swims upstream against the tide of automation and algorithms.
The secret? “Humans,” says Nick Bell, Snap’s vice president for content. “We only work with authoritative and credible media companies, and we unashamedly have a significant team of producers, creators, and journalists.”