I’ve repeatedly written about how Facebook and Twitter “likes” cultivate mob mentality, while also being the primary feedback loop retaining users addicted to the tiny doses of affirmation.
A macro-scale consequence of “likes” is that facts and logic have taken a back seat to popular opinion. It doesn’t necessa… Read more
Recently leaked screenshots show YouTube’s questionnaires that subjectively determine what videos are acceptable for monetization, and consequently, what videos would appear higher in search and on trending lists. There’s no money after all if a video has no ads, so demonetized videos will generally be suppressed by the search and tre… Read more
Here’s my conspiracy theory in a nutshell:
The hype of cryptocurrencies is backed by governments and banks (Russia and China are explicitly doing so). Global market psychology is manipulated by driving up cryptocurrencies with an injection of capital (on the scale of 70%+ of the market cap). The sharp rise in the price of cryptos garners widespre… Read more
As of the time of the writing of this article, BitCoin has eclipsed $15,000 USD/BTC, nearly double its value from a month ago. Similarly, another cryptocurrency which I tout as technologically better than BitCoin due to its more privacy friendly transactions, Monero, has nearly tripled in the same timeframe.
Parents, if you are not yet informed about all the damage social media causes already to grown adults and teenagers, be sure to check out the dozens of articles I have already written on the subject. The plethora of evidence from psychological studies and the admissions of guilt from the tech founders themselves, all indicate social media being a leading c… Read more
When Windows 10 stealthily pushes an update on to my machine, I get anxious.
The unexpected restart closes all my active incognito (thus irrecoverable) browser tabs, my open documents and unsaved work, leaving it up to my own memory to restore everything prior to the reboot.
But the worse thing is that I have no immediate idea what got installed on my machine w… Read more
It is no secret that Mark Zuckerberg did more hacking of the human psyche than he did hacking of code to make Facebook as big as it is today. There isn’t anything particularly technologically innovative about Facebook (in fact, almost any high school programmer can make a rough prototype of it within a day or two), but as Sean Parker revealed, Faceboo… Read more
Global housing markets, stock markets, cryptocurrency markets, you name it — everything is at record highs today.
What else is at record highs? Debt.
It is still folly to think any market is primarily operating under fundamentals rather than leverage-fueled speculation.
The cryptocurrency bubble is interesting because it has the persuasive pro… Read more
Yesterday, many prolific YouTube accounts were momentarily “terminated” due to violation of “Community Guidelines”:
The accounts have since been reinstated.
While this may be an honest mistake on YouTube’s part, it does reveal one thing: they are certainly devoting a lot more time censoring content than improving us… Read more
With the FCC chief planning to repeal Net Neutrality, the Internet is debating whether or not this is a good move by the current U.S. administration.
On one hand, deregulating allows for smaller government, leaving it to free market principles to regulate the behaviour of telecom companies.
On the other hand, this opens up the possibility of the big telecom … Read more