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We Can Be Heroes – [thenewinquiry.com]

By associating itself with the selfish pleasures of visibility, the wearable camera GoPro has staved off criticism for how it enhances surveillance

In On Photography, Susan Sontag laments the disconnected voyeurism photography produces. “Photographs are a way of imprisoning reality,” she declared. Watching people stare at their phones rather than the world around them suggests that she was spot on. Capitalizing on that widely held impression, the thriving camera company GoPro sells a different view: Cameras don’t have to imprison reality; they can encourage you to engage with the world as fully as possible — all while documenting it, of course.

via We Can Be Heroes – The New Inquiry.

What Can We Learn From The Wealth of Virtual Nations? – [CityLab.com]

My friend is exasperated with her younger sister, who’s been crashing on her couch. Recently she asked her sibling to get up early to let the electrician in, but the sister slept through the appointed hour. She’d been up until dawn, playing World of Warcraft.

What was she doing for so long inside the game?, I wondered. She might have been counting out bloody coins for a nice new tabard, or sifting through Silverpines in search of spellbooks. Maybe she was extracting a gas cloud for raw motes a kind of raw resource, or taming sporewalkers a type of beast. Or maybe she’d been chatting with some other player, one encountered among the 6.8 million that inhabit the Warcraft universe. These are all things you can do to develop your character, build relationships, and make money there.

When will she learn?” my friend groaned. But some researchers are asking an inverse question: What can the real world learn from what’s happening in virtual ones?

Massively multi-player online games MMOs like Warcraft, EVE Online, or Everquest are synthetic environments, but they function in ways that parallel real ones, socially and economically.

via What Can We Learn From The Wealth of Virtual Nations? – CityLab.

What Happens to #Ferguson Affects Ferguson: — [medium.com]

What Happens to #Ferguson Affects Ferguson: — The Message — Medium

Ferguson is about many things, starting first with race and policing in America.

But it’s also about internet, net neutrality and algorithmic filtering.

It’s a clear example of why “saving the Internet”, as it often phrased, is not an abstract issue of concern only to nerds, Silicon Valley bosses, and few NGOs. It’s why “algorithmic filtering” is not a vague concern.

It’s a clear example why net neutrality is a human rights issue; a free speech issue; and an issue of the voiceless being heard, on their own terms.

I saw this play out in multiple countries — my home country of Turkey included — but last night, it became even more heartbreakingly apparent in the United States as well.

For me, last night’s Ferguson “coverage” began when people started retweeting pictures of armored vehicles with heavily armored “robocops” on top of them, aiming their nuzzle at the protesters, who seemed to number a few hundred.

via What Happens to #Ferguson Affects Ferguson: — The Message — Medium.

i think, therefore i instagram. cyberpunk novelist j.g. ballard, predicted social media in i-D 27 years ago [i-d.vice.com]

 

i think, therefore i instagram. cyberpunk novelist j.g. ballard, predicted social media in i-D 27 years ago | i-D Magazine

2014 may not resemble the sinister visions conjured by the dystopian literature of the mid to late 20th century, but that’s not to say none of its dark futurism has come true. Society may not have become as brutal and amoral as Burgess conceived, or as tyrannically governed as the picture Orwell painted, but our ever-growing obsession with documenting and curating every aspect of our lives online was something predicted on the very pages of i-D by esteemed and controversial cyberpunk author J. G. Ballard in The Fear Issue, No. 53, November 1987.

Psychologist and Noble Prize winner Professor Daniel Kahneman has made the claim that we, the ‘Instagram generation’ now “experience the present as an anticipated memory.” How many of us now construct situations purely for the purposes of exhibiting it to others, writing ourselves favourable scenes purely for the sake of the audience? Furthermore, as a result are we losing sight of how to enjoy ourselves in the moment, more concerned with a desire to give a good show? 

i think, therefore i instagram. cyberpunk novelist j.g. ballard, predicted social media in i-D 27 years ago | i-D Magazine.

How Yammer is killing enterprise social networking [techrepublic.com]

When approaching this retail franchise scenario from a technology implementation standpoint, the enterprise social networking tools may need to be modified or customized to ensure managers use the systems effectively. In concept, all social business software applications are similar enough. However, the lack of capability to respond to Operational Objectives is where Yammer and similar off-the-shelf products fails to address the requirements in large organizations. Matching a social networking tool to an Operational Objective and ensuring it becomes useful and sticky often requires ongoing configuration and customization throughout the adoption process.

via How Yammer is killing enterprise social networking – TechRepublic.

Antisocial networks: how to avoid Facebook friends and irritate people [theguardian.com]

Think that Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and their ilk are out of control, and you would like to regain some of the privacy you once enjoyed? Help may be at hand in the form of “antisocial networking” – a clutch of new apps and websites designed to hide you from the seemingly irresistible march of technological intrusion.

Proudly billing itself as “the antisocial network”, Cloak works by turning social media against itself, mining real-time geographical location data from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Foursquare accounts to warn you if your “friends” are nearby.

via Antisocial networks: how to avoid Facebook friends and irritate people | Media | The Observer.

Ill Tell You A Secret: Anonymous Apps Matter [readwrite.com]

Ill Tell You A Secret: Anonymous Apps Matter – ReadWrite

Until recently, I kept all my secrets to myself.Sometimes I want to share my thoughts online, but find them too personal for Twitter, and not necessarily appropriate for Facebook. I want to share these thoughts anonymously, either because they’re raw emotions, or because I find them embarrassing for some reason, even if theyre funny and true.

But then theres Secret, the anonymous social networking app. Its notes and rumors have led technology reporters like me on wild goose chases, trying to confirm bits of gossip, from the true “Nike is shutting down their wearables division” to the false “Evernote is getting acquired”, sparking heated debates among entrepreneurs and investors.

Secret is a bit like a high school bathroom stall, where anonymous comments are etched with the tips of sharp pens, but carry questionable legitimacy.

When Secret launched in January, early adopters were mainly the tech elite, journalists, startup founders and Facebook or Google employees seeking an outlet for gossip, snark and the occasional lie. My Secret feed—formed by posts from friends in my phone book, posts they had liked, or posts near me—was an endless stream of garbage about funding rounds, sexual conquests, or outright character assassinations and even gossip about some of my good friends. But then something happened.

via Ill Tell You A Secret: Anonymous Apps Matter – ReadWrite.

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