Following my latest four-part series on social media’s psychologically damaging effects, Wired’s Jesse Hempel coincidentally releases an article about the problems with social media. It is a rare moment of self-reflection. It almost recognizes the root problem but just doesn’t quite get there.
One of the conclusions of the… Read more
Narcissism is in, humility is out. Social media and the coddled generation have cultivated a culture of blaming others for their own failings and perceived injustices.
Politics is downstream from culture. Politics has taken o… Read more
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
A common joke on the Internet goes something like this:
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1980: “I bet there will be flying cars in the future!”
2017: Twitter increases 140 character limit on messages to 280 [or other mundane social media “in
I have long ranted about the negative social ramifications of Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and other forms of social media.
This opinion is slowly making its way into the mainstream. The Guardian released an article this month “Our minds can be hijacked”: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia.
Aside from the political bias that is d… Read more
1. You don’t really care about anyone but you and your self image, but you like giving the impression to your social network that you’re such a caring person:
2. Your first inclination at a nice dinner or momentous occasion is to take a picture rather than soak in the experience.
3. You struggle to read up to this point. Your attenti… Read more
- Social media encourages hyperbole to attract superficial “likes”. Everyone on Facebook is eternally in high school and every day is a popularity contest.
- Facebook statuses and Twitter messages allow only a couple of sentences to get a message across. Forget meaningful content, well-thought out proofs or expositions. Instead, use witty p
“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
In yesterday’s post about the Equifax hack, I referenced a video by Computing Forever that describes the technocratic dystopia where the information users voluntarily put in to “free” online services like Facebook is nefariously being used against the users.
Facebook and Google own a large market share of the Internet user base beca… Read more
For the first time in my life I received a call from scammers posing as Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The call originated from a newly released area code — an immediate sign of a fake. In case they contacted you too, the number is 289-855-2982. The caller’s voice was a text-to-speech engine — another sign of a fake. The impostors were trying to hide the… Read more