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Guilty until proven innocent: does reverse SEO exist?

In the wake of the demonetization fiasco on YouTube and the erosion of due process due to unrestrained “wrong-think” detection algorithms, one has to wonder whether these algorithms are being exploited by malicious users intent on destroying their competition.

Google supposedly is credited with effective algorithms preventing click fr… Read more

How much is social media group-think fueling financial bubbles like BitCoin? #HODL

I think now is as appropriate of a time as any to tie together two topics I’ve written about extensively on this blog: anti-social media and cryptocurrencies.

It’s hard to ignore the financial news from yesterday: cryptocurrencies with another double-digit percentage drop, stock markets dropping about 5%, volatility up 100%.

With regards … Read more

Thursday Thoughts: cryptocurrency hype is dead, enough with Russia

Thursday Thoughts are a series of recent observations too short to merit their own article, but still important when analyzing today’s technological, economic and psychological trends.

A moment of silence for cryptocurrencies

Another 10% rout today brings the total drop-off over 50% within the span of six weeks for BitCoin and many other cryptos.  T… Read more

Facebook Messenger Kids App gets deserved pushback, but what about the parents?

Two months ago I wrote an article outlining the dangers of Facebook’s new app aimed at kids, “The new Facebook messaging app for kids is another step back for families and society“.

My article just points out what should be obvious, not needing in-depth studies from watchdog or advocacy groups. But we are living in an age where most parent… Read more

Netflix and BitCoin have disturbing similarities

Netflix is poised to pop 10% or more at the opening bell today after reports of subscriber growth beating estimates.  6.36 million new subscribers signed up in the fourth quarter, better than the 5.1 million expectation from analysts.

Yippee.

I don’t have anything against Netflix as a company.  I am not a Netflix subscriber, but I think it is great t… Read more

Debunking more BitCoin propaganda: down 50% in 10 days, up 1000% in 10 months

Who cares that BitCoin dropped 50% in 10 days. It has gone up 1,000% in the past 10 months!

This persuasive line is not specific to cryptocurrencies, but to any pyramid scheme.  For the impatient and greedy, the statement reads like “get in now and join the party or miss out forever”. For anyone that stops and thinks about it critically, it tells y… Read more

Thursday Thoughts: shadowbanning and Cathy Newman’s tells for cognitive dissonance

Thursday Thoughts are a series of recent observations too short to merit their own article, but still important when analyzing today’s technological, economic and psychological trends.

Shadowbanning is not just a Twitter Thing — Google does it too
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Debunking more BitCoin propaganda: blockchain “revolutionizes trust”

In this edition of DBP (Debunking BitCoin Propaganda), I am not going to attack the premise that the blockchain algorithm solves a decentralization problem.  It does.  By distributing the information among millions of clients it becomes very difficult to manipulate the ledger, thus all “coins” that exist in the ecosystem utilizing any o… Read more

The Internet is accelerating the decay of personal relationships

Patience.

It is probably the top requirement to make interpersonal relationships last.

While certainly not the only factor given the gradual destruction of family values via legislation (e.g. no-fault divorce), media and education (e.g. promotion of promiscuity, degeneracy, and neo-Marxist doctrine in general), the Internet doesn’t help in … Read more

DogeCoin? Such wow! When an Internet meme has a $2 billion valuation

Simultaneous tears of laughter and tears of sadness were shed when readers of Business Insider and Yahoo! Finance were graced with the doge:

An Internet meme’s lifespan is usually pretty short before its comedic effect wears off, but somehow this five-year old joke has made a comeback because of the cryptocurrency surrounding the meme.

If that isn&… Read more