wow. just.... wow.
And now for our regularly scheduled "scare your pants" off segment featuring the age-old conundrum of privacy vs security and "who you gonna trust" writ *very* large:
It's kind of astonishing to read this 2014 Deadspin article today. It's as if Trump took his playbook directly from gamergate. A prescient, considered, insightful prediction of the ethos and tools of today's vicious culture wars.
Another great one from Ezra, this time with Varshini Prakash of the Sunrise Movement. If we are to have a livable future, it's people like Prakash and AOC who will make it happen. All respect.
Worth reading. Overview of origins of neoliberalism, focusing on Mises and Hayek.
A fitting tribute to a great author. I remember how moved I was when I first read Beloved.
Is there any chance we can get more friends to use Mastodon? Doesn't seem likely, given entrenched network effects.
Frankly (no pun intended), I think Al's downfall represents the low point of #metoo and the danger of trial by social media. There was no due process here. We lost a champion while Trump still rages on.
So hard. How are going to not try to escape to the US when you face daily threats of extortion, violence, and murder?
To me, underlines the importance of supporting and promoting democratically accountable good governance. Otherwise the thugs end up either covertly (Honduras) or overtly (China) controlling state and society.
Nice profile of Birchbark Books in NYT.
Goodbye, Chrome: Google’s web browser has become spy software
Our latest privacy experiment found Chrome ushered more than 11,000 tracker cookies into our browser — in a single week. Here’s why Firefox is better.
Cool update if you use a browser to access social.lux.blue: Go into your preferences and *deselect* "enable advanced web interface" and you will switch to a single column view. Much nicer and less cluttered IMHO. You can also select between light and dark themes, if you like.
Seems like only Andres and myself care much about using this, but maybe interface improvements will be more encouraging?
I love this kind of experiment in meta-view -- in this case modeling diffusion in networks. How much can be drawn by analogy is up for debate, but it's fun to play around with the data modeling in any case.
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