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Facebook was never ephemeral, and now its Stories won’t have to be | TechCrunch
At first, the Stories war was a race, to copy functionality and invade new markets. Instagram and now Facebook making ephemerality optional for their Stories signals a second phase of the war. The core idea of broadcasting content that disappears after a day has become commoditized and institutionalized. Now the winner will be declared not as who invented Stories, but who perfected them.
july 2018 by rsms
YouTube Debuts Plan to Promote and Fund 'Authoritative' News | WIRED
According to YouTube executives, the goal is to identify authoritative news sources, bring those videos to the top of users' feeds, and support quality journalism with tools and funding that will help news organizations more effectively reach their audiences. The challenge is deciding what constitutes authority when the public seems more divided than ever on which news sources to trust—or whether to trust the traditional news industry at all.
offentligheten  nätkritik 
july 2018 by rsms
(1) Pit Schultz - there is a strange trend in social media in...
there is a strange trend in social media in increasingly orientating towards the lowest common level, and by that turning into an reincarnation of mass media. by producing formats which incentify the production of socially reproduced redundancy, with a low cognitive threshold and small ranged , image based feedback loops. the new short attention span story feature borrowed from snapchat, tested on instagram and imported to facebook, enforces the bell curve of statistical self-similarity through the selfiefication of the lives of a normative global middle class. it could be attributed to the tested principles in a number of companies with the involvement of facebooks profit manager sheryl sandberg: starbucks, mckinsey, world bank, disney, and the clinton administration. she has been recently applauded and criticized for her model of "trickle down feminism" and stands for the methods of value extraction in facebooks corporate culture.
youtube / google instead puts its focus on the expansion of 'authorative news' to serve the hand of the news hosting companies, which they as well slowly kill not only just by centralizing and portalizing news production but by taking away the ad revenue model, to offer an own paywall gateway hosted by google. in its wide news initiative google has more far reaching plans, than the mere ideology of normative optimisation from the consulting school of mckinsey. google is about the change the infrastructure of news production and turn publishing houses into advertisement partners.
the class of users which would invest into upscaling knowledge production, and free cognitive capital, these platform companies ultimately were thriving on in their phase of expansion, is thinned out this way. the smaller but relevant number of citizen journalists, long form bloggers, podcasters, feed curators and commenters, are rather punished with the absence of new and advanced power user features.
this means that strategically in the mid term facebook, google & co become intermediaries between classica
july 2018 by rsms
Tomas Hemstad: "Vad får man publicera och vem tar ansvar för det?" - Politism
I en eventuell bredare debatt om vad man väljer att publicera, och hur det urvalet sker, hoppas jag att den också ägnas åt de ”låt gå”-plattformar som helt avsagt sig sitt publicistiska, redaktionella och kuratoriska ansvar, där högerextrem press likställs med Aftonbladet, där man köpa nazist-propaganda jämte Barbapappa eller spela spel som heter White Power: Pure Voltage.
nätkritik  offentligheten 
july 2018 by rsms
Personal Data and Political Influence in Italy - Our Data Our Selves
Algorithmically-powered and micro-targetable digital platforms are gaining significance in Italian political campaigning
nätkritik  offentligheten  #italien 
june 2018 by rsms
Ny EU-lag kan förändra allt: "En ödesfråga för internet" - Breakit
Men vem har råd att utveckla ett sådant till sin sajt eller tjänst? Det skulle ta död på många nya aktörer i Sverige och Europa.

Utöver filter-förslaget finns också en artikel i direktivet om en “länkskatt”, som är ett sätt att hjälpa mediehus att tjäna pengar på att deras innehåll blir till stoff för andra sajter, eller syns i sökresultat. Det vill säga: Sajter ska betala för “snippets” från artiklar.
upphovsrättskritik  nätkritik  övervakning  teknikbubblan 
june 2018 by rsms
Re: <nettime> please read - and how can this possibly be combatted?
5. Stop blaming Facebook for everything, be it Brexit, Trump or worse.

6. Collect empirical evidence. It could be that social media do not just
accelerate the spread of conspiracy theories and violence, but just as
well, and maybe even more so, the analysis of and response to conspiracy
theories and violence.

7. Do not participate in the amplification of hysteria. Realize that hysteria
is not a only a tech problem (amplification, "fanning the flames"), but
also a people problem (anger, boredom, setting stuff on fire). Most
importantly, do not fall for the meta-hysteria of the New York Times.

8. Amplification is not causation. Don't shoot the messenger (the "medium").
In case the messenger *is* the message, simply ignore her. Start with
yourself, then help distract others.

9. Facebook is an addiction. Remember "opium for the masses"? This one doesn't
sedate, it makes people nervous. It's more like "crack for the masses":
living from quick fix to quick fix. "Its gamelike interface rewards
engagement, delivering a dopamine boost when users accrue likes and
responses". Remember that "deleting" yourself doesn't change anything (and
doesn't work anyway). If you want to stop but cannot stop, seek help.

10. Finally, a bit of 9/12 2001 wisdom: if you feel stressed about faraway
violence, stop posting on the internet. Turn off your computer. Get out
and take a walk in the park. Be with people, observe animals, go swimming.
april 2018 by rsms
Efter Facebookaffären – nu behöver internet växa upp | Dagens Samhälle
Det är inte Facebook som är problemet - skandalerna som avlöser varandra är i stället symtom på dåligt fungerande regelverk. Staten kan inte enbart delegera åt företag och användare att hantera situationen. Det räcker inte heller med bättre AI-verktyg för upptäckt av otillåtet innehåll eller att hävda att plattformar är neutrala förmedlare av information och att lägga ansvaret på användarna.
april 2018 by rsms

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