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  • PSYCHOLOGY, Human condition, Technology, Internet

    Megan McArdle, "We Live in Fear of the Online Mobs"

    Bloomberg View - 22 Aug 2017

    The columnist worries about the fact that Internet shaming lives forever and is spreading everywhere. Fuelled by the power of social media, it makes us suspicious of everything we say, write and do. As a result, it now exercises a form of both private and social coercion. How to fight it? There is no obvious solution (reads in 4-6 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 25 August 2017

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  • Technology, Innovation, Internet

    Elizabeth Kolbert, "Who Owns the Internet?"

    The New Yorker - 28 Aug 2017

    This is an important article based on the review of several books critical of big tech. The crux of its argument: we are in the midst of a technological revolution that has altered the flow of information. Just a few companies have taken control, and this concentration of power is subverting US democracy. To back this up with numbers: Google now controls nearly 90% of search advertising, Facebook almost 80% of mobile social traffic, and Amazon about 75% of e-book sale (reads in 8-10 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 25 August 2017

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  • Technology, Innovation, Internet

    John Lanchester, "You Are the Product"

    London Review of Books - 17 Aug 2017

    The novelist / essayist reviews three books about social media and its impact on our lives. A company like Facebook is not only in the business of capturing and selling attention: it is in the advertising and surveillance business. Its interest is in the targeting, not in the content, hence its customers aren’t the people who are on the site, but the advertisers who relish their ability to direct ads to a receptive audience. The three books warn about ‘filter bubbles’ and the severe impact they are having on our increasingly fragmented polity. Dense and long (more than 20 min read) but essential to understand how these companies work and their effect on us.

    Published in Weekly selection 11 August 2017

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