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Free speech for me but not for thee: new Twitter rules in effect December 18

Beginning December 18, the postmodern technocrats at the helm, a.k.a. your moral arbiters, are going to double-down on their efforts to shut people up, because apparently they know what’s good for everyone and you don’t.

The good news is that Twitter is being open about their efforts and that you, a possible Twitter user, can preemptively sto… Read more

Twitter’s “Moments” prefaced by “People are”: argumentum ad populum in extremis

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

Jonathan Haidt: Facebook is a social catastrophe

This blog has written on numerous occasions the psychological exploitation and damage Facebook inflicts on its users.

Jonathan Haidt, a psychologist at NYU, reveals findings from studies that demonstrate the negative impact of Facebook, social media and smartphones on the minds of the Internet generation:

 

In addition to Facebook’s cult… Read more

Echo chambers converge on Jordan Peterson’s Twitter, and the sad state of journalism

Social media rears its ugly head again, as it does on a daily basis.  While this blog inadvertently dissects the ideology of the “far-left” due to their prevalence in technology, media, academia and the government, it’s time to analyze the rhetoric from the “far-right”.  It goes without saying that the ideologues of bo… Read more

Verified blue checkmark fiasco: Twitter wants to police your thoughts

In the past few days, Twitter has been working hard to show its bias by selectively removing the “verified” blue checkmarks it initially assigned to users deemed to be authentic and not impostors.

Being verified theoretically needs to meet a single simple, objective criterion: be the person you claim to be.

However, it is obvious Twitter neve… Read more

Founding president Sean Parker exposes Facebook’s psychological exploitation of its users

Considering Mark Zuckerberg has studied psychology and has no remorse in exploiting everyone for his own benefit, Sean Parker’s revelations in a conversation with Axios should come as no surprise to anyone following this blog or other anti-social media trends.

“When Facebook was getting going, I had these people who would come up to me and th

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Bill Gates and Steve Jobs knew about the dangers of smartphones and social media

Business Insider released an article that acknowledges the “anti-social media” phenomenon I’ve been writing about for years.

Most keen technologists, including Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, recognize the social and societal detriment caused by social media. When social media is combined with take-it-anywhere smartphone technolo… Read more

FANG(+T) tech bubble: Twitter loses less money than it thought, jumps 10% pre-market

On Thursday, Twitter reported a third-quarter loss of $21 million, or 3 cents per share. Excluding one-time items, the company earned 10 cents per share in the latest quarter.

The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 6 cents per share.

The company posted re

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Wired article almost admits how it gets brainwashed by social media

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

“Our minds can be hijacked” Part 4: the death of nuance and humility

This article follows Parts 12 and 3 of a four part commentary on The Guardian’s article “Our minds can be hijacked”.

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