Tag Archives: online culture

“Don’t cry. Disney owns the rights to that emotion.”

[Audio: German? Or none.; Subtitles: English] Another take on the famous Hitler meme. This one is utterly brilliant. Like 0

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google plus

Well, I have added a new google plus feed on the sidebar to the right (near the bottom). As you may or may not know, I am extremely ambivalent about Google Plus, due to it’s so-called “Real (or Wallet) Name” … Continue reading

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identity politics

There has been a lot going on with nymwars. In case you’ve been hiding under a rock :-), this controversy revolves around Google’s latest offered service, Google Plus. In a departure from most of its social services to date, Google … Continue reading

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Rebecca MacKinnon: Let’s take back the Internet!

[Audio: English; Captions: English (+ 4 more languages)] Very interesting talk. NB: I think I have managed to embed this with English subtitles! If I haven’t, or you’d prefer another language (Arabic, Czech, Dutch, Portuguese), you can click thru to … Continue reading

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privacy, anonymity, pseudonymity, and google plus

[Audio: English; Captions: English (more available at TED)] Well worth watching. People have many very wrong assumptions about “real” names, pseudonymity, and anonymity online. As Matthew Ingram points out, “As a number of users have pointed out, Google and Facebook … Continue reading

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the filter bubble

[Audio: English; Captions: Arabic, Chinese (2), English, Italian, Romanian (see link below)] I love TED’s videos, but I find it very frustrating they don’t appear to make the subtitles available via embedding! The talk, with its captions, is available here: … Continue reading

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late night humor: crowdsourcing around domain seizures

I love this: Firefox Add-on ‘Undoes’ U.S. Government Domain Seizures The seizure of file-sharing related domain names by the US Government hasn’t been as effective as the entertainment industries had hoped since many of them simply continued their operations under … Continue reading

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and another possible GOP candidate adds to the froth…

So let’s see… we have exploratory committees / campaign paperwork filed for Mitt Romney (boring), Michele Bachmann (scary), Newt Gingrich (SRSLY?!?1!), Tim Pawlenty (*singsong* I have a bridge for yooouuu!), and a couple other relative unknowns (eg Herman Cain). Interestingly, … Continue reading

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why do I use facebook when it is evil?

Facebook is notoriously insecure. It has flipflopped — more often then McCain — on privacy settings, policies. It keeps rolling out “new” features that undermine old settings. And given the business facebook is in, it WILL be using and harvesting … Continue reading

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from #wikileaks to #wikiwitness ?

This article makes an extraordinarily good point, and one I’ve sort of thought about but not to its logical conclusion. In terms of demanding transparency, the rise of “citizen journalism” has been critical, and duly noted by many. But as … Continue reading

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this n that

Privacy invasion, yes, but this is downright silly: Searching for Details Online, Lawyers Facebook the Jury. I mean, most people try to get out of jury duty, yes? Post all kinds of crap to your facebook account and get out … Continue reading

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#anonymous past and future

(By the way, I selected this morning’s picture last week — so it’s pure serendipity that I wrote this article last night, scheduled it, and then noticed it got placed right after it. Wow. Pretty cool coincidence.) I thought this … Continue reading

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toppling methods of discourse, communication, & collective action

In The “Twitter Can’t Topple Dictators” Article, Jay Rosen says It’s hard to know how much weight to assign to the Internet and its social media tools–Facebook and Twitter–in recent uprisings like Iran and Moldova in 2009, Tunisia this year … Continue reading

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pwnd by #anonymous — a conspiracy writ large

I was never a child of Watergate (I came of age during Reagan’s tenure), but my mother was and so I grew up listening to her hold forth on Nixon, Liddy, the CIA and many others. So to me, conspiracies … Continue reading

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Hell, yes: Taxes are the membership fees for a civilized society

Take a look at this: Vision: Everyday Brits Are in Revolt Against Wealthy Tax Cheats — Can We Do That Here? Imagine a parallel universe where the Great Crash of 2008 was followed by a Tea Party of a very … Continue reading

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