Thursday Thoughts: baking in hyperbole and outrage in western culture

In Canada, why is snow in Winter considered a special weather statement?

Nowadays, weather sites like theweathernetwork.com feel like they need to constantly issue a giant red warning icon to remind all of us that we do indeed live in Canada, and sometimes it snows in Winter.

We live in peak clickbait times. Everything is breaking news. Everything … Read more

Defeating search engine bias: it’s time to treat the new media like the old media

If you are old enough to remember the days of print media, newspapers had the reputation of leaning politically in one direction and it was considered unwise to isolate yourself to a single paper and one point of view. You were encouraged to read several papers to get a well-rounded picture of current events.

In the Toronto region, that would mean reading the S… Read more

#TwitterLockOut shows everything wrong with social media and more

First and foremost, let’s get out of the way what I think about the suspension of the alleged “bots”.

If a developer wants to stop automated posts, it can do so by the means of captcha (or other human verification systems) when it detects a pattern of abnormal activity. Abnormal activity may include but is not limited to rapid posting in suc… 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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GOTCHA! Jordan Peterson leaves Cathy Newman speechless on the topic of free speech



Here is the relevant clip that details why not to stifle free speech just because one may find it offensive (here’s looking at you, Bill C-16):


Newman: Let me move on to another debate that ha

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YouTube demonetization algorithm leaks: Google’s artificial intelligence is artificially biased

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

YouTube’s termination glitch shows its focus on censorship

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

“Our minds can be hijacked” Part 3: to regulate or not to regulate?

This article follows Parts 1 and 2 of a four part commentary on The Guardian’s article “Our minds can be hijacked”.

The widespread negative social ramifications of smart phones and social media gives way to the question: to regulate or not to regulate? Should we trust people with weaponized legislation to be moral arbiters?

The inven… Read more

Project Veritas confirms the manipulation of YouTube’s trending algorithms

One James confirms the suspicion of another James.

James O’Keefe III and his team at Project Veritas has verified what many other rational thinkers, including James Damore, have long theorized about big tech companies. Companies such as Alphabet (YouTube, Google) and Facebook have had their internal offices infiltrated with postmodernist zeal… Read more

Exploiting the “big data” monopoly: YouTube, Google and Facebook are vulnerable in ways small startups are not

“Big data” is a relatively new domain in software. Programming languages such as Python and R have sharply risen in popularity as they specialize in statistical analysis of large data sets.  Fluency in these languages is a requirement for aspiring employees of Alphabet (YouTube/Google) and Facebook.

“Big data” only exist… Read more