It is no longer appropriate for search to be under the thumb of private industry. It's a critical part of the national infrastructure. So if I were a real pinko, I'd be advocating for the nationalization of Google, à la Chavez—but I'm not a real pinko. Besides, the American people have already bought and paid for an ideal alternative to Google. That's right: we have the means in hand to create a public, ad-free, totally fair and reasonably transparent search engine with a legal mandate to operate in the public interest, and most of the work is already done. We have also a huge staff of engineers to conclude what [...]
The website Elite Daily is "the premier online destination for aspiring men and women alike." It is the first true editorial product of the post-sex-tape era. It specializes in two kinds of attention-trawling: Luxurious images of beautiful people doing things that require a lot of money, like looking at each other on yachts and driving along cliffs and also frank and sexist outrage trolling. One article informs the reader, "How To Always Get What You Want," while another offers "The 10 Signs She’s The Perfect Mistress." The site's original slogan was "How much is enough?" The undeclared nouns there were things like money, women, cars, boats, sex.[...]
Meet The Photographer Who Wants $3.6 Million From BuzzFeeᴅ But Who Won't Restore Your Faith In Humanity
Spoiler: he won't get it. (Maybe he'll get a little settlement?) Above: a screenshot of the post in which BuzzFeeᴅ included a ("a"!) copyrighted photograph.
But you just can't stop top BuzzFeeᴅer Matt Stopera! He'll do whatever he wants, whenever he wants. He's an artist and a machine.
Litigant and photographer Kai Eiselein lives near the Washington-Idaho border—great part of the world! His top wedding package rate is $3,000. He has some very nice bird photos.
The photographer is… representing himself. (Oh well!)
I still maintain that whatever lawyer told BuzzFeeᴅ honcho Jonah Peretti that "assembling a photo into a list of other photos" is "transformative use" got [...]
"Web start-up companies are like play-companies. They stand in relation to real companies the way those cute little make-believe baking stations stand in relation to kitchens."
Here is a pretty epic and accurate description of the hubris of the new Internet-rich. Now that a small group of people has accumulated vast amounts of money, employing desperately few Americans, paying very little in taxes, isolating itself in wealthy bubbles while the rest of America slowly smolders, what will we do when they try to take over the government? Nope, not in some hypothetical far future; pretty much it all starts right now. First one off the Internet wins.
"The information economy that we are currently building doesn't really embrace capitalism, but rather a new form of feudalism," writes Jaron Lanier, in Who Owns the Future? That book is published today, and you can order it from all the usual places. (Indiebound; Amazon; McNally Jackson; Barnes & Noble; Powell's. See what I did there?)
Jaron Lanier is the author of You Are Not a Gadget, and is a "scholar-at-large" at Microsoft Research. LOL he's also working on an alternative to the space elevator.
But right now, he's looking at how things have come to work on the web. "The primary business of [...]
"It's a trend—thanks to peer pressure, and the Internet."
My mom is always saying things like “Oh, Theresa, oh no, I don’t think she is on Facebook.” Or, “All of my college friends have thankfully joined Facebook!” and it drives me crazy because Facebook is a noun that you possess, not a noun with which you engage. The word “Facebook” requires an indefinite article (a, an) or a possessive adjective (my, hers), not a preposition (on, in, above).
• "All of my friends have a Facebook."
• "No, he's too cool for Facebook, he doesn't have a Facebook."
• "She finally gave in and got a Facebook, but ugh, she restricts her viewable photos to profile [...]
Former Salon editor-in-chief Kerry Lauerman's secret Lerer-supported "content plus commerce" startup has been revealed—they were waiting for their Techcrunch exclusive blog post, which they now have. Because that's how you get readers! OH WE KID. Anyway, it's about kittens and hamburgers, and which one you should eat or not! Money quote: "Look at the front of The New York Times — they have a significant animal story on the front page every week. It’s our plan to launch a site to try to own that topic." (Well, not this week, there isn't one trending, but that's just because they went so big with their recent People DO IT [...]
1. Which do you find more exciting during a storm—the lightning or the thunder?
2. Would you be able to live alone if you were the last person on this earth?
3. If all of the possibilities were in place, would you eat the fish half of a mermaid?
4. Does violent punishment actually solve anything?
5. If you were to live in an isolated area, what would you want to have?
6. What is the shortest time you've gone from meeting someone to making up a story about having sex with them?
7. Do you tend to have many short-term relationships but never any meaningful long-term ones?
8. What [...]
The absolute WORST thing about the web is the way everyone is so determined to declare that they are being ripped off, that they had an idea first and their fashion is being masticated by someone else. It is also just as annoying when someone claims credit for a concept or format that has been around forever. You know the first person to do a list? God, whose CMS was stone tablets. You know where the original slideshow happened? On some cave wall in France. (This also counts as the first "animals doing wacky things" post.) There is absolutely nothing new, and it's beyond ludicrous to try and assert ownership [...]
Internet, yay! Internet, oh no!—surely, it’s obvious by now that there is as much reason for hope as there is for fear from our technological future. A rational and nuanced criticism will seek to define our true circumstances, identify dangers, and encourage beneficial progress. Thus far, however, tech critics have tended to extremes, either for or against the Internet: wringing their hands á la Nicholas Carr (The Shallows), or busting out the pompoms in the manner of Jeff Jarvis (What Would Google Do?). This simple-minded stuff will no longer do. It's into the vacuum of a powerfully felt need that contemporary theorists like Evgeny Morozov and Jaron Lanier have been [...]
Highly educated Americans tell the world that young people are increasingly distracted or emotionally incompetent due to incessant pointer-clicking and unrelenting thumb-pressing. From the stuffed genre of airport-friendly socio-criticism, we’ve learned that networked technologies are making us lonely and small-minded. Apparently no one has ever sent Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains, or Sherry Turkle, of Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology And Less From Each Other, a tastefully brief Snapchat. In their best-selling sermons, "the Net" is the devil. Search engines, hyperlinks, and texts ensnare our intellect with the seductive fork tongue of reptilian temptation.
From these admired [...]
In real life, William Gibson looks like you would imagine. A little older than the Gibson you imagine, but he was born in 1948, so it only stands to reason. He is gaunt and affable, clothes black, smart looking frames on his eyeglasses, more avuncular than professorial. And he really talks like that! Those neologisms and the sizzling chrome-finished turns of phrase? They fall out of his mouth in the course of conversation. He lives the gimmick.
"If everything had gone according to plan, the Internet as we know it would never have sprung up." I clicked 'close tab' just because, you know what, I would like to savor the fantasy of a world with no Internet as we know if for just a little while longer this afternoon; you should feel free to click through if you like. I'm just going to stay here dream a little longer, if it's alright with you.
If you spot a Chiver, he’s probably wearing Bill Murray’s face on a t-shirt, or the phrase “Keep Calm and Chive On” somewhere on his body or social media profile. Likely he has a "KCCO" phone case, towel, beer cozy, or bumper sticker. Chive gear is how Chivers—and Chivettes, their female counterparts—identify each other in the wild.
The Chive, if you don't know it, is bigger than NPR, Salon, Jezebel, or The Onion (no relation). It received more than 8 million global unique visitors in June, according to Quantcast—more than 9 million by internal numbers. The Chive is, on its face, a collection of funny pictures culled from around [...]
"The moonwalking Shetland pony who became a worldwide internet sensation has found himself at the centre of a paternity battle."
This is amazing. I wish it was sponsored by the Kochs though.
A few months back, Mike Hayes, who's a senior reporter at BuzzFeed and who also runs the official BuzzFeed Twitter account, sent around an email to the office. Twitter, he reported, was going to be verifying the whole staff at once. To be eligible, employees just needed to attach their work email addresses to their Twitter accounts.
And so then one day in March, poof. Scores of BuzzFeeders with blue checkboxes on their Twitter profiles. Other companies, like The Verge, followed.
so many buzzfeed writers, verified. heads need to roll over this. verify me @twitter
— max read (@max_read) March 12, 2013
There's sort of nothing funnier [...]
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— Heritage Foundation (@Heritage) April 29, 2013
Ladies, finally there is an advocacy thinktank that thinks like you, believes like you, hates gay marriage and abortion like you—and pins hot guys on the Internet like you! Hubba hubba, etc.