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Old 11-28-2020, 07:59 AM
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I had a pretty deep theory in a dream one night about how the internet ruined the world. It was all quite true. The only part i remember is the way people dress all the same. Now they express themselves online not so much how they look. Its better to fit in so people dont judge. but online you can be with your people.
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While I donít think I politically agree with Supe I would be thrilled to sit down over a beer and discuss issues, even if I donít agree with him. .... But thatís just my opinion....
Well that's my opinion too. Though I am picking on Matt here, I see many posts in this thread which reflect my perspective as well. You guys have heard me say, before, that I can thoroughly appreciate a chat with one of my conservative friends, over a campfire or a beer. Both, probably. But this can be made impossible or less likely with social media. That is....the respectful conversation might be difficult or impossible with someone who gets their "news" from social media. In those instances, we would be unable to even agree on the facts. If you are working from radically different factual universes, consensus in unreachable.

I am waiting for someone to chime in here after watching The Social Dilemma. Do yourself a favor and watch it. You guys apparently already know much of what you will see. I did. And yet, I was unprepared for certain aspects. The show is, basically, a documentary of the current perspectives of the young people who created the damaging juggernaut(s) we now have, in the dark bowels of those platforms, and who are now revealing the mechanisms out of a sense of remorse and alarm. Everyone should watch this show.
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Tristan Harris, the creator of the documentary,
did a podcast with Joe Rogan that is worth a listen. Episode 1558
Old 11-28-2020, 09:42 AM
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Your comment stood out to me Crowbob. Having worked in the digital advertising space for over 2 decades I have seen these companies arise and crush their competitors, and grow into these giants of their mediums.

They used to not be political. Then, politicians got involved with them. Basically threat of punitive regulation as there is massive amounts of money that flow through these companies. Capitol Hill wants their cut. Basically, if Google/et-al didn't play their game, they would get the stick. Think back to the late 90s with Microsoft and the antitrust suits? Once MS started getting involved with lobbying and playing the political game they're safe.

So no, Google, Facebook, etc. didn't want to be involved in politics. They wanted to build their ecosystems and make profits. Once politicians get a scent of money or power to be brokered, they're on it like a dog in heat.


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Twitter isn’t political?

Google?

These monstrosities may have begun as financial mechanisms but they sure have jumped into politics.
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You guys apparently already know much of what you will see. I did. And yet, I was unprepared for certain aspects.
Interesting one of the "baller" guys got hooked himself on pissing time away on the sites and he knew the inner workings.

I watched about 45 minutes last night and the last ten were with one eye half open so I'll pick it up again tonight.
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Scraping moss from my back patio it occurred to me that the thing Matt and I would like to do is both important and made impossible by social media. SM outrages people through amplification of discord and misinformation. For the purpose of getting clicks. This makes respectful discussion of public policy questions between people with differing perspectives, neigh on impossible. And yet, that conversation is EXACTLY what we need.
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I'll pick it up again tonight.
Wait till you get to the part where political operatives have found a very inexpensive and highly effective way to destabilize democracies.
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i watched it and it was pretty alarming. what stood out to me a bunch was all the 30-something former company executives in the piece that made their millions and now decided to turn on the platforms. if you noticed their titles they are all very rich people now and prolly don't have to work another day in their lives.
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Yes, and they do not allow their kids to use those social platforms. And again, there is the section on the explosion of successful attempts to destabilize Western democracies. Yes, alarming.
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Facebook is a place to keep in touch with friends and see what theyíre up to. Anyone that uses it for news sources is a fool.
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I do this once a year. If youíre not a car guy friend, or family, we better have had a beer together in the last two years. Otherwise I drop them. (Iím making exceptions for 2020)

Liberal use of the 30 day snooze usually is enough time to let people rant it out before I see their baloney again.
+1 (And I get FB's encouragement to "friend" your helmeted head all the time.)

I've been able to keep in touch with HS friends whom I don't see on a regular basis, and it was particularly useful when one of them had a daughter pass away recently.

It's also a nice way to keep up with the myriad of car events in the SoCal area.

On the other hand, I've started to "snooze" anyone who starts posting political garbage, on either side of the coin. It's made for a much more pleasant experience.
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For the purpose of getting clicks.
This ^^ handily summarizes an entire industry which is even bigger than what we usually label "social media." Everything from headlines on CNN and Fox to your search results or your "feed" is designed to get clicks so there can be more ad impressions or to get you to stay tuned through the commercial or... you get the idea, all of these companies make their money through ads. Even the ones that seemingly have a very diverse set of products and marketspaces etc are almost entirely ads on the back end. If you don't click or scroll the companies don't make money on you, simple as that.

Since companies exist to make money for their shareholders, it follows that companies are motivated to do what it takes to keep you clicking or scrolling. None of us should be surprised that the emotions and instincts that capture our attention or keep us engaged are not always wholesome... people are not spurred into action by things that make them feel neutral.
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Nice write-up.

I knew strange things were afoot at the Circle K over ten years ago when I was presented with "Rhino" round ads after watching a Charles Whitman documentary (UT Austin clock tower sniper).

Much more sophistication since.
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TV too. Once this generation that's spending their childhood staring at a TV grows up to be adults we are domed. DOMED. I tell ya. Newfangled BS makes me so angry.....
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FB for me is about fun with real friends and staying in contact with my extended family around the globe.

And I met my current GF through a FB organised event.

I never talk politics and I block the source of a share if one of my friends shares something political and I use the snooze for one month option often.

If you unfriend repeat offenders they rarely notice that you're gone so were they ever a friend? If someone is disrespectful of me or another person for whatever reason? ... Seeya later. I have no time for dramas and I truly believe you can't hide who you really are on FB for long.

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On the other hand, I've started to "snooze" anyone who starts posting political garbage, on either side of the coin. It's made for a much more pleasant experience.
I had to move from "snooze"ing these people to unfollowing a lot of them.

I ran a bicycle training group and most of those people ended up as friends. We shut down the group 5 years ago, but a lot of those people are still connected. Some of them were posting VILE stuff during the election.

I don't care which side of the aisle you're on, I've unfollowed everyone. I had a specific friend post something and "tag" me. I had to have him modify the post, since I do not want to be associated with anything political.

If it were not for the business connections, I would drop all of the Social Media sites and tell them to

"Get off my Lawn!"
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Watched it. Chilling to think of how invasive all this BS is.
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This.

I scroll past 100% of all political posts, and news items. I do enjoy seeing what friends and relatives that live all over the country are doing. 90% of the friends on my Facebook list are actual friends or relatives.

I post very little, and will comment on some posts from friends and relatives.

My nephew just finished a 10 day self supported trip down the Colorado river through the Grand Canyon.



Some really cool photos and they had a great time.

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