Bookmarks on Januar 14th, 2018

  • Day 358 | What The Fuck Just Hap­pened Today?
  • Wash­ing­ton Month­ly | How to Fix Facebook—Before It Fix­es Us — “Thanks to the U.S. government’s lais­sez-faire approach to reg­u­la­tion, the inter­net plat­forms were able to pur­sue busi­ness strate­gies that would not have been allowed in pri­or decades. No one stopped them from using free prod­ucts to cen­tral­ize the inter­net and then replace its core func­tions. No one stopped them from siphon­ing off the prof­its of con­tent cre­ators. No one stopped them from gath­er­ing data on every aspect of every user’s inter­net life. No one stopped them from amass­ing mar­ket share not seen since the days of Stan­dard Oil. No one stopped them from run­ning mas­sive social and psy­cho­log­i­cal exper­i­ments on their users. No one demand­ed that they police their plat­forms. It has been a sweet deal.”<br>
  • Is There Some­thing Neu­ro­log­i­cal­ly Wrong With Don­ald Trump? — The Atlantic
  • Humans of New York — “My mother’s friends say that I’m just like her. She died of breast can­cer when I was two years old. (…) one year at Thanks­giv­ing, my aunt told me that my moth­er had left me a let­ter and a video. She got so angry when I told her I’d nev­er got­ten it.”<br>
  • Humans of New York — ““I’m pret­ty sure I’m a sociopath. (…) By the time I got to high school, I was a mon­ster. I only cared about being the best. I was a bul­ly. I’d argue just for the sake of argu­ing. I would destroy any belief, just to be right. (…) I’m not sure I feel empa­thy. But I do always try to make the empa­thet­ic choice. It’s an intel­lec­tu­al thing for me. I’m intel­lec­tu­al­ly con­vinced of the need for empathy.<br>

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