Aaron and Shawn explore our growing dependency on social media in light of the rise of the smartphone, the neurochemistry of compulsive behaviors, and their own detrimental habits.
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Over the weekend, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s recent Kickstarter campaign made its goal of $300,000 and was closing in on $385,000 with three days to go at the time of this posting. It looks to me like it might end up just beyond the $400,000 mark.
My girlfriend and I supported the campaign to make Endless Poetry a reality, and I’ve been posting to the film’s poetry archive via Twitter. I don’t write poetry as often as I do critical writing, songwriting, blogging etc. I usually feel moved to actually practice poetry with more attention in the fall, but this year that didn’t really happen.
I’m really happy that this Jodorowsky archive has popped up as its given me a framework and a set of rules for writing poems and I’ve found it to be completely engaging. People think writer’s block denotes a lack of ideas, but, in fact it’s usually an abundance of ideas that stops the process, and it’s often limits and lacking that finally stoke the fires again.… Read the rest
Rania Khalek writes at Alternet:
— Winston (@winstoncdn) December 31, 2014
Michelle Malkin’s rightwing rag, Twitchy, published a post yesterday highlighting my criticism of the late American military sniper Chris Kyle, who published a book bragging that he enjoyed killing 160 to 250 Iraqis during his deployments to Iraq at the height of the illegal US invasion and occupation.
Days earlier, Twitchy posted an even more inflammatory rant denouncing @MaxBlumenthal‘s critique of Kyle’s lust for murder.
— DonnaAlphaBitchateer (@izzyjsmom) December 30, 2014
Read on for more Twitter rampages.
Every 6 months, Twitter releases a statement that outlines government requests for information on its users. They’ve released their latest report, though it has been heavily redacted.
In October, Twitter sued the US government “to allow it to release more information (the case is still pending), and today, the government allowed Twitter to publish a heavily redacted version of a letter the company drafted to inform its users about surveillance requests.”
All Your #FFs are belong to science.
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Five hundred million tweets are broadcast worldwide every day on Twitter. With so many details about personal lives, the social media site is a data trove for scientists looking to find patterns in human behaviors, tease out risk factors for health conditions and track the spread of infectious diseases. By analyzing emotional cues found in the tweets of pregnant women, for instance, Microsoft researchers developed an algorithm that predicts those at risk for postpartum depression. And the U.S. Geological Survey uses Twitter to track the location of earthquakes as people tweet about tremors.
Until now, most interested scientists have been working with a limited number of tweets. Although a majority of tweets are public, if scientists want to freely search the lot, they do it through Twitter’s application programming interface, which currently scours only 1 percent of the archive. But that is about to change: in February the company announced that it will make all its tweets, dating back to 2006, freely available to researchers.
Abby Martin calls out an NYPD Twitter campaign that massively backfired when twitter users got police brutality pictures trending instead of the nice police photos the department was hoping for.
The NYPD asked New Yorkers to tweet images of themselves with NYPD officers, but what they got was not exactly what they expected.
See Molly Crabapple’s tweet at right and search #MYNYPD on Twitter.
Abby Martin goes over of an Associated Press article which exposes USAID’s secret attempt to monitor and influence dissent in Cuba through a social messaging service called ZunZuneo.
More than once I’ve been struck with the desire to abandon Facebook, and at least one of those times I actually deactivated my account. The reasons for my frustration have varied over the last six years or so, from their sudden formatting changes to prioritize business interests, to the way they mine user data regardless of privacy settings. Other reasons have been more personal, like not having a sufficient method for determining who gets to see the more eccentric or extreme parts of my personality, or simply feeling like I waste too much time on the site.
At the end of 2013, a new kind of Facebook frustration began creeping over me. My attempts to explain it to people only seemed to make it worse, especially because – as I realized – I was creating a paradox by using Facebook to denounce Facebook. Then in late December, I simply stopped posting.… Read the rest