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Comment: Re:Long term effects of filter bubbles/silos (Score 1) 108

by Sir_Eptishous (#48413357) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Malcolm Gladwell a Question

So there are two competing pressures, on to put us into news silos, and the other the pressure of the wide open internet to liberate information. My guess is the second pressure will effectively counteract the first pressure (for the same reason that AOL couldn't keep people in their little content-world, even if they did try to redefine the URL).

As much as I would like to agree with your somewhat outdated view of what "being online" is, balkanization is being aided by FB. The more people interact only via social media(FB), the more of a "crafted" worldview people have, merely by thier likes/friends on FB. They get a mirrored view of things, and unless, like you said, they leave the walled garden and venture out into the "wide open internet", their world views get even more stagnant.

FB is the new AOL.

Comment: Scumbaggery from on high (Score 3, Informative) 297

by Sir_Eptishous (#48411251) Attached to: Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

At the Waverly Inn dinner, it was suggested that a plan like the one Michael floated could become a problem for Uber. Michael responded: “Nobody would know it was us.”

"Emil Michael is the new SVP of Business at Uber. Most recently, Emil was the Chief Operating Officer at Klout (where he continues to serve on the Board of Directors) and before that was SVP of Field Operations at Tellme Networks (sold to Microsoft in 2007). He has been an active investor and advisor in the Silicon Valley since 1999 before which he was an associate in Goldman Sach’s Communications, Media and Entertainment Group in New York City. He also served as a White House Fellow to the Secretary of Defense from 2009 through 2011. He is a graduate of Harvard with an AB degree in Government and Stanford Law School where he received a JD."

Comment: Funded with advertising... (Score 0) 106

by Bob_Who (#48408147) Attached to: NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015
Why does corporate pimping continue to be the dominant paradigm for creating private funding revenue for free public services? And why does it continue to work so effectively? I am convinced that nearly anything that is advertised to me is shit I don't need, for prices too high, with money I don't have. Perhaps that's the catch: If you have the money you'll happily spend it on overpriced crap you don't need, because with wads of cash you don't need anything. Including Free Wi-Fi. Ah the conundrum of consumerism...

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