Daily Nexus: BeReal is the False Heir of Social Media and Casual Authenticity

Daily Nexus: BeReal is the False Heir of Social Media and Casual Authenticity. “Before a camera, users are bound to perform. The deception lies in the frame we show the audience. The problem is that these intentional moments — parties, concerts and outings — are simply framed as everyday life. To be warped into this deception is to confront online inauthenticity all over again. And once again I ask myself, ‘What’s the point?'”

The Splinternet is Here: How to Make the Most of it (Center for European Policy Analysis)

Center for European Policy Analysis: The Splinternet is Here: How to Make the Most of it. “The Open Internet turned out to be an illusion. Tech giants created a commercial space, not a public commons, more like a shopping mall than a public park. In this ‘space,’ the public discourse is owned by corporations accountable to a different set of interests than democratically elected governments. In countries such as Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India, and Ethiopia, social media has had bad, and in some cases, tragic side effects.”

Washington College: New social media guidelines are hindering student voices

Washington College: New social media guidelines are hindering student voices. “Students should have the right to post the school as they see fit. While some comments may reflect negatively on WC, they should be used as a basis for change. The voice of student life should be uplifted and heard instead of silenced in shame. The new social media guidelines are intended to stop harassment in its tracks and maintain a good image for the College, but students should be allowed to have fun with each other and make comments about their school.”

The Verge: I tried replacing Google with TikTok, and it worked better than I thought

The Verge: I tried replacing Google with TikTok, and it worked better than I thought. “What I found was, in a sense, not terribly surprising: there are things for which TikTok is an absolutely useful search engine, even if TikTok’s algorithm and content aren’t quite tuned for that yet. But for what Google does best, there’s no competition. Ultimately, I don’t think Google is actually nervous about TikTok’s growing search prowess. But YouTube probably should be.”

PC Magazine: We Must Save Streaming Video Before It’s Too Late

PC Magazine: We Must Save Streaming Video Before It’s Too Late. “The core problem, of course, is capitalism’s inherent antagonism toward art. Companies commission movies primarily for their ability to make money. Preserving them is also largely about profit, making more money by selling them again.”

The Verge: It sure seems like Google is struggling to invent the future

The Verge: It sure seems like Google is struggling to invent the future. “If companies want to attract the sort of people who are going to build the future, they have to be the type of place where people can actually go out on limbs and not be worried about getting in trouble for barking up the wrong tree. It’d be a shame if Google became a company where that wasn’t the case.”

It’s not me, it’s you: Why I’m breaking up with Otter.ai (KnowTechie)

KnowTechie: It’s not me, it’s you: Why I’m breaking up with Otter.ai. “Otter.ai is an automated service. Unlike other industries, it isn’t battling rampant wage inflation. The biggest variable that influences the cost-per-transaction is computing power, which is unbelievably cheap. Sure, the big three cloud providers (Microsoft, Google, and Amazon) have all recently hiked their prices in light of supply chain woes and soaring energy costs. But not by that much.”

Tech Policy Press: It’s Time to Stop Platforming the “Big Lie” Playbook

Tech Policy Press: It’s Time to Stop Platforming the “Big Lie” Playbook. “With Truth Social emerging as a megaphone for misinformation and extremism, tech companies that are serious about upholding their publicly professed commitments to prevent the promotion of violent content must ban Truth Social from their online stores.”

WIRED: How I Learned Confidence From Online Posers

WIRED: How I Learned Confidence From Online Posers. “I learned that quite a few dating app users ignore posted filters and explicit preferences. They insist that if you just meet them, you’ll love them…. I, on the other hand, was looking for a connection. I’d never once considered misrepresenting myself. I know that I’m not perfect, but I felt dejected after wasting my time and energy (as well as theirs). Ultimately, I decided to do some research to find out what I was missing.”

Harvard Business Review: It’s Time for the U.S. to Tackle Patent Trolls

Harvard Business Review: It’s Time for the U.S. to Tackle Patent Trolls. “Patent trolls are a major economic problem in the U.S., slowing growth and innovation, and costing companies time and money. Director of the USPTO, Kathi Vidal, also has an opportunity to take immediate action that will substantially improve how our patent system functions and advance U.S. innovation. It involves repealing a rule instituted by their predecessor that made it harder for firms being sued by patent trolls to take advantage of special expert judges.”

NewScientist: Stop calling it social media – these firms don’t care what we want

NewScientist: Stop calling it social media – these firms don’t care what we want. “ANOTHER month, another algorithm change on a social media platform that has everybody peeved online. This time it is Instagram, the photo-sharing service owned by Facebook. Instead of showing us the cat photos and wedding pictures we want, the app is clogging up our friend feeds with tons of ‘reels’: autoplaying mini-movies. The problem? Nobody asked for this.”

Globe and Mail: Justin Trudeau, Google and Canada’s loophole-filled lobbying rules

Globe and Mail: Justin Trudeau, Google and Canada’s loophole-filled lobbying rules. “The PM’s lobbying-that-wasn’t-lobbying chat doesn’t mean Google’s win was preordained. Waterfront Toronto has always said the process was fair. But what’s certain is Ottawa spent years withholding salient details about its role in a major public project. And the system to hold Ottawa accountable was once more exposed as filled with loopholes.”

CNET: The Bizarre Way Kids Use Memes Is Melting My Brain

CNET: The Bizarre Way Kids Use Memes Is Melting My Brain. “Much like the olden days, where urban legends spread from older sibling to savvy younger brother and beyond, children are constantly proliferating preexisting memes utterly divorced from the context of their origins. They’re consumed by osmosis, via a family member or YouTube streamer, then rapidly co-opted. Quickly they become part of a bizarre shared language. Nonsensical words that are simply shouted on the playground yet make no literal sense.”

Thumbsticks: Preserving games media is as important as preserving the games themselves

Thumbsticks: Preserving games media is as important as preserving the games themselves. “Another video game website will soon disappear, along with nearly a decade of articles. In the digital age, more has to be done to preserve video games coverage and criticism.”

Fielding Graduate University: Ring Camera Security Videos as Entertainment

Fielding Graduate University: Ring Camera Security Videos as Entertainment. “The use of Ring camera videos for a TV program is a clever marketing move by the company. It challenges existing social norms about security monitoring by classifying it as entertainment. What used to be invasive and creepy is now not only socially acceptable but downright fun stuff. Although scholarly evidence has shown that widespread surveillance leads to greater public approval, despite the rising threat to privacy, autonomy, and civil liberties, researchers have not yet examined the effect of surveillance as entertainment programming.”