- Mar 2021
Manipulate how? Primarily to spend your hard earned pennies on shit you don't need. Secondly to force you to think and act like they want you to. And it's working! Kind, loving, good people have turned into these hateful monstrocities.
i agree that in some cases people on social media have been radicalized, have become terrible. but i do not blame the platform, and don't think there's anything inherently rotten about them.
almost sorry to say it, but i think big social is kind of ok? mostly it's pretty harmless. use protection, some tracking blocking software. but a lot of people have very fine, very enjoyable or very ok experiences, connecting reasonably in many cases primarily or mostly with people they know. big social has been incredibly valuable at connecting us.
its not "all toxic as fuck." i think there is good & good uses we have to acknowledge. focusing only on the bad of things delegitimizes the things we have to say. i believe strongly that we're missing a lot of good, but overall, i think the bad being done is fairly mild, that toxic-leaning people are going to mis-use and abuse most systems, that the personal-data is often significantly oversold & overrated. i have a lot of technical hopes for what i hope & think might be on the frontiers, what we might do, and i want to replace big social. let the good compel us. let's think of what we want. let's not fall to despair. resist radicalizing yourself but immerse yourself in practice, in trying things, in understanding connecting with people.
- Feb 2021
This task force could also meet regularly with tech platforms, and push for structural changes that could help those companies tackle their own extremism and misinformation problems
there's a solid enough conceptual idea here, that society ought be able to voice some sense, direct & govern the platforms forward & along & upwards. there is something lacking, certainly, in that the companies have nothing to listen to, are so alone. (oh yes there are voices but it's a chaos of voices, there's no scheme for guiding oneself through, so the entity must keep picking for itself what to do.)
It sounds a little dystopian, I’ll grant.
no. it sounds a lot dystopian. very very dystopian.
society could use means to weave together coherence, to establish a democratic growth, proclaim the unity it does have. celebrates, accepts & socializes core things to itself.
- Jun 2020
Just as journalists should be able to write about anything they want, comedians should be able to do the same and tell jokes about anything they please
where's the line though? every output generates a feedback loop with the hivemind, turning into input to ourselves with our cracking, overwhelmed, filters
it's unrealistic to wish everyone to see jokes are jokes, to rely on journalists to generate unbiased facts, and politicians as self serving leeches, err that's my bias speaking
- collective intelligence
- information overload
- extended noosphere
- content platforms
- signal x noise
- extended brain
- global social brain in the cloud
- feedback loop
- free speech
- fake news
- filter failure