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Medium
Douglas Rushkoff:
"Today, the bottom-up techniques of guerrilla media activists are in the hands of the world’s wealthiest corporations, politicians, and propagandists. To them, viral media is no longer about revealing inequality or environmental threats. It’s simply an effective means of generating a response, even if that response is automatic, unthinking, and brutish."
This is a great point about the nature of meme culture. It used to be a counterculture code language. Now it’s being used by billionaires to influence.
Building at OSU with blue sky above
Looking Up
Ferns
"But if folks make more money off of customers when they reduce latency, there has to be some power in increasing latency."
This is a hack I can get behind. If you can't slow down the velocity of information on social networks at least you can physically slow down the social networks on the piece of the network you control.
The Atlantic
"The Trump campaign is planning to spend more than $1 billion, and it will be aided by a vast coalition of partisan media, outside political groups, and enterprising freelance operatives. These pro-Trump forces are poised to wage what could be the most extensive disinformation campaign in U.S. history."
That’s a lot of economic incentive to allow lying on your platform.
mailchi.mp
Are movies getting more divisive? Rex shows that Rotten Tomatoes audience vs. critics scores are getting further apart.
"Many films from the past year saw huge disparities between audience and critic ratings. For instance, Gemini Man, a deepfake doppelganger thriller starring Will Smith, scored 83% fresh with audiences, but a paltry 26% fresh with critics."
Click through to see many more examples.

I’m enjoying the Recs reboot. I assume you already subscribe because I made subscribing mandatory last year. If not, now is the time!
neh.gov
This is a fascinating story about the rise of radio.
In the early days of broadcast development and regulation, Crosley and WLW sparked debate about what radio should and could be. Could a few clear-channel stations adequately serve—and acculturate—entire regions of listeners? Or would a national network system with local affiliates better target listener needs and interests?
As we reinvent everything with software I feel like there's a lesson for how we might think about public interest. Centralized social media websites consider themselves The World's Network but there might be better options.
github.com
I keep trying to switch to Firefox because it's not managed by an advertising company. It has been hard breaking the Chrome habit. But this browser theme for Firefox makes it look exactly like Chrome. I wasn't happy with the compact design for tabs and the bookmarks bar in Firefox. Now I have no excuse. I will switch.

Update: A trick that has helped me remember I want to switch is setting my Chrome homepage to the Firefox download page.
The Verge
My guess is that no one could figure out how to set up a job in Windows Task Scheduler so they do cert renewals by hand and their cert renewal person was sick on renewal day. (Sorry to joke, but this gives me real flashbacks and it's nice to know even corporations can make basic mistakes.)
cbc.ca
"Rogers Communications said a landslide damaged a fibre cable and caused the outage."
Amazing that one cable could be that critical to such a wide geographic region.
merriam-webster.com
Darkest timeline continues. I’m just going to get news via the dictionary now.
rsms.me
Speaking of fonts, Inter is nice. In fact, if you're reading this at my website you're reading this text in Inter right now.
jetbrains.com
This is a free typeface for developers that looks niiiiice. Consolas is my preferred font for programming but I will give JetBrains Mono a try. Similarly, I'm enjoying the Dracula color theme in console windows and VSCode. It's similar to my usual preferred theme Solarized (dark), but sometimes you just have to throw caution to the wind and try a new font and color theme, you know?
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