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Chamath Palihapitiya: Why Failing Fast Fails | Stanford Graduate School of Business
Former VP of Growth at Facebook (2007-11) doesn't use the platform today... "The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works: no civil discourse, no cooperation, misinformation, mistruth"

"It is eroding the core foundations of how people behave by and between each other. I don't have a good solution. My solution is I just don't use these tools anymore."
social_media  Stanford_GSB 
yesterday by tom.reeder
It's the (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech
By this point, we’ve already seen enough to recognize that the core business model underlying the Big Tech platforms—harvesting attention with a massive surveillance infrastructure to allow for targeted, mostly automated advertising at very large scale—is far too compatible with authoritarianism, propaganda, misinformation, and polarization. The institutional antibodies that humanity has developed to protect against censorship and propaganda thus far—laws, journalistic codes of ethics, independent watchdogs, mass education—all evolved for a world in which choking a few gatekeepers and threatening a few individuals was an effective means to block speech. They are no longer sufficient.
society  social_media  Propaganda  2016USElections  advertising  censorship  surveillance 
4 days ago by elizrael
Saying goodbye to Civil Comments – Aja Bogdanoff – Medium
As much as everyone might like to see higher-quality, less-toxic comments on their favorite news sites, the reality is that the number of sites willing and able to pay for comments software of any quality is not large, or growing.
comments  moderation  community  aja_bogdanoff  social_media  ex_nihilio  publishing 
4 days ago by mreinbold
The End of the Awl and the Vanishing of Freedom and Fun from the Internet | The New Yorker
Jia Tolentino on the blog site the Awl, which announced this week that it will cease operations at the end of January.
jia_tolentino  the_awl  social_media  publishing 
4 days ago by mreinbold

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