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The Web Is Dead. Long Live the Internet | Wired Magazine | Wired.com

The Web Is Dead? A Debate How the Web Wins How Do Native Apps and Web Apps Compare?

Over the past few years, one of the most important shifts in the digital world has been the move from the wide-open Web to semiclosed platforms that use the Internet for transport but not the browser for display.

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Douglas Rushkoff: 'I’m thinking it may be good to be off social media altogether'

Douglas Rushkoff: 'I’m thinking it may be good to be off social media altogether' | New media environment | Scoop.it

...will digital media ‘networkise’ capitalism or will capitalism commodify and destroy the internet?
...Corporations are like these obese people, they suck money out of our economy and store it in the fat of share price. That’s not business, that’s value extraction. They take all the chips off the board.
...I’m sure there is a way of using Facebook as a ladder to get to somewhere else. But also knowing what Facebook does behind the scenes, I thought it was bad digital hygiene to encourage people to “like” me and make them more vulnerable to nasty things.
...Facebook will market you your future before you’ve even gotten there, they’ll use predictive algorithms to figure out what’s your likely future and then try to make that even more likely. They’ll get better at programming you – they’ll reduce your spontaneity.
...I came up with this thing which I now don’t like: the digital sabbath. It feels a little forced and arbitrary, and it frames digital detox as a deprivation. I would much rather help people learn to value looking into other people’s eyes. To sit in a room talking to people – I want people to value that, not because they aren’t being interrupted by digital media but because it’s valuable in its own right.

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What was fake on the Internet this week: Why this is the final column

The 82nd (and final!) column in a series that debunks the Web's hoaxes, rumors and exagerations.

"Institutional distrust is so high right now, and cognitive bias so strong always, that the people who fall for hoax news stories are frequently only interested in consuming information that conforms with their views — even when it’s demonstrably fake."

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Streaming TV Isn’t Just a New Way to Watch. It’s a New Genre.

Streaming TV Isn’t Just a New Way to Watch. It’s a New Genre. | New media environment | Scoop.it
Full seasons, released all at once, are something genuinely new. And we’re just starting to figure out their conventions and aesthetics.
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With those new mechanics comes a new relationship with the audience. Traditional television — what the jargonmeisters now call “linear TV” — assumes that your time is scarce and it has you for a few precious hours before bed. The streaming services assume they own your free time, whenever it comes — travel, holidays, weekends — to fill with five- and 10-hour entertainments.

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Decoding Daesh: Why is the new name for ISIS so hard to understand? | Free Word Centre

Decoding Daesh: Why is the new name for ISIS so hard to understand? | Free Word Centre | New media environment | Scoop.it

They want to be addressed as exactly what they claim to be, by people so in awe of them that they use the pompous, long and delusional name created by the group, not some funny-sounding made-up word. And here is the very simple key point that has been overlooked in all the anglophone press coverage I’ve seen: in Arabic, acronyms are not anything like as widely used as they are in English, and so arabophones are not as used to hearing them as anglophones are. Thus, the creation and use of a title that stands out as a nonsense neologism for an organisation like this one is inherently funny, disrespectful, and ultimately threatening of the organisation’s status.

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How Luther went viral

How Luther went viral | New media environment | Scoop.it
Five centuries before Facebook and the Arab spring, social media helped bring about the Reformation
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Don’t Panic: Why Technophobes Have Been Getting It Wrong Since Gutenberg

Don’t Panic: Why Technophobes Have Been Getting It Wrong Since Gutenberg | New media environment | Scoop.it

Today, we’re all too familiar with the knee-jerk reactions that accompany every advance in modern technology

When humans first developed the wheel, there were surely some naysayers who bemoaned the jobs it would eliminate, the unsafe speeds of newfa...

 

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Ray Kurzweil's Wildest Prediction: Nanobots Will Plug Our Brains Into the Web by the 2030s - Singularity HUB

Ray Kurzweil's Wildest Prediction: Nanobots Will Plug Our Brains Into the Web by the 2030s - Singularity HUB | New media environment | Scoop.it
"In the 2030s," said Ray, "we are going to send nano-robots into the brain (via capillaries) that will provide full immersion virtual reality from within the nervous system and will connect our neocortex to the cloud. Just like how we can wirelessly expand the power of our smartphones 10,000-fold in the cloud today, we'll be able to expand our neocortex in the cloud."
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Intelligent machines: Call for a ban on robots designed as sex toys - BBC News

Intelligent machines: Call for a ban on robots designed as sex toys - BBC News | New media environment | Scoop.it

"Sex robots seem to be a growing focus in the robotics industry and the models that they draw on - how they will look, what roles they would play - are very disturbing indeed," she told the BBC.

She believes that they reinforce traditional stereotypes of women and the view that a relationship need be nothing more than physical.

..... become a self-learning engine that is able to talk to her owner and learn his likes or dislikes.

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You Think You're Taking Great Notes With Your Laptop, But You're Not

You Think You're Taking Great Notes With Your Laptop, But You're Not | New media environment | Scoop.it
Students do worse on quizzes when they use keyboards in class.
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Robot Journalism, the Third Threat

Robot Journalism, the Third Threat | New media environment | Scoop.it
Classical journalism is being forced out by: - Guerrilla Journalism, driven by the Viral Editor; - Brand Journalism, driven by content marketing; - Robot Journalism, driven by news algorithms; The ...
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How Bots Took Over Twitter

How Bots Took Over Twitter | New media environment | Scoop.it
But the robots that are really ruining Twitter aren’t these wholly automated fakers. They’re the semi-automated fakers: us. Many of us have long used tools that allow us to expedite our social media posting; for example, I’ve used Buffer and HootSuite for several years to pace my tweets and keep my social media presence active. But now these companies not only offer the ability to schedule tweets; they also can suggest tweets for you to post.
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These 5 jobs already are being taken by robots

These 5 jobs already are being taken by robots | New media environment | Scoop.it
Artificial intelligence, robotics and new disruptive technology are challenging white-collar professions that previously seemed invulnerable.
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Associated Press has run an experiment of automatically creating corporate earnings reports since June 2014 with software from Automated Insights and data from Zacks Investment Research. After working through problems at the outset, the process is virtually error-free, which likely beats what humans would do.

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Censorship V3.1 by Derek E. Bambauer :: SSRN

Censorship V3.1 by Derek E. Bambauer :: SSRN | New media environment | Scoop.it

Internet censorship has evolved. In Version 1.0, censorship was impossible; in Version 2.0, it was a characteristic of repressive regimes; and in Version 3.0, it spread to democracies who desired to use technology to restrain unwanted information. Its latest iteration, Version 3.1, involves near-ubiquitous censorship by democratic and authoritarian countries alike. This Article argues that the new censorship model involves four changes: a shift in implementation to private parties; a hybrid approach mixing promotion of favored viewpoints with suppression of disfavored ones; a blend of formal mandates with informal pressures; and a framing of censorship using uncontroversial labels. It suggests a set of responses to censorship that cabin its abuses and push it towards more legitimate methods: focusing on governmental restrictions, insisting on labeling censorship as such, supporting distributed Internet governance, demanding a default right of access to information, and addressing corporate involvement.

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On the Viability of Conspiratorial Beliefs

On the Viability of Conspiratorial Beliefs | New media environment | Scoop.it
Conspiratorial ideation is the tendency of individuals to believe that events and power relations are secretly manipulated by certain clandestine groups and organisations. Many of these ostensibly explanatory conjectures are non-falsifiable, lacking in evidence or demonstrably false, yet public acceptance remains high. Efforts to convince the general public of the validity of medical and scientific findings can be hampered by such narratives, which can create the impression of doubt or disagreement in areas where the science is well established. Conversely, historical examples of exposed conspiracies do exist and it may be difficult for people to differentiate between reasonable and dubious assertions. In this work, we establish a simple mathematical model for conspiracies involving multiple actors with time, which yields failure probability for any given conspiracy. Parameters for the model are estimated from literature examples of known scandals, and the factors influencing conspiracy success and failure are explored. The model is also used to estimate the likelihood of claims from some commonly-held conspiratorial beliefs; these are namely that the moon-landings were faked, climate-change is a hoax, vaccination is dangerous and that a cure for cancer is being suppressed by vested interests. Simulations of these claims predict that intrinsic failure would be imminent even with the most generous estimates for the secret-keeping ability of active participants—the results of this model suggest that large conspiracies (≥1000 agents) quickly become untenable and prone to failure. The theory presented here might be useful in counteracting the potentially deleterious consequences of bogus and anti-science narratives, and examining the hypothetical conditions under which sustainable conspiracy might be possible.
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Физик доказал невозможность скрывать правду от народа http://lenta.ru/news/2016/01/27/conspiracy/

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The Future of Work: Rebooting Work—Programming the Economy for People

The Future of Work: Rebooting Work—Programming the Economy for People | New media environment | Scoop.it
The Crusaders had just returned from their global treks, having established trade routes through which the goods of many lands could travel. They also returned with new technologies for agriculture and trade, including the bazaar—a marketplace for the exchange of crafts, crops, grain, and meat that used new financial instruments such as grain receipts and market money.

But as the peasants got wealthy exchanging goods and services, the aristocracy got relatively poorer. So they re-established control over the economy by outlawing market moneys and chartering monopolies with dominion over particular industries. So now, instead of making shoes himself, the local cobbler had to get a job at the officially chartered monopoly company. Thus what we think of as “employment” was born—less an opportunity than a restriction on creating value.
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Data size estimates

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How much data is processed daily and stored by Facebook, Google, NSA and others? Estimates

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The State of Social Media in China

The State of Social Media in China | New media environment | Scoop.it
As we dive into the new year, here's a rundown of the top five social media platforms in China.
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How The Ballpoint Pen Killed Cursive

How The Ballpoint Pen Killed Cursive | New media environment | Scoop.it
Thicker ink meant it didn't smudge as easily as its predecessor, the fountain pen—but it also made writing by hand more physically demanding.
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The internet is eating your memory, but something better is taking its place

The internet is eating your memory, but something better is taking its place | New media environment | Scoop.it
So it is possible that the lack of technology made The Beatles better songwriters.
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Why Getting It Wrong Is the Future of Design

Why Getting It Wrong Is the Future of Design | New media environment | Scoop.it
We have figured out the rules of creating sleek sophistication. We know, more or less, how to get it right. Now, we need a shift in perspective that allows us to move forward. We need a pole right through a horse's head. We need to enter the third stage of this cycle. It's time to stop figuring out how to do things the right way, and start getting it wrong.

A good piece on the Wrong Theory

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Take Notes by Hand for Better Long-Term Comprehension - Association for Psychological Science

Take Notes by Hand for Better Long-Term Comprehension - Association for Psychological Science | New media environment | Scoop.it
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The 4 Worst Arguments for Teaching Cursive in Schools

The 4 Worst Arguments for Teaching Cursive in Schools | New media environment | Scoop.it
Yep: the original Declaration was typeset – under the direct supervision of Thomas Jefferson, in fact. Kids not taught cursive would have no trouble reading this.
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Russia and China want to radically change how the internet is used

Russia and China want to radically change how the internet is used | New media environment | Scoop.it
The efforts of Russia and China to fundamentally alter the internet's current governing model or wrest its architecture from Western influence is not likely to succeed in the foreseeable future. Opposition to any future domestic network-security policies could also hamper such measures. China already has had to backpedal on some policies, such as forcing its banking institutions to abandon foreign technologies, in the past year.

But their calls for multilateral internet governance and government control over network security likely will find some measure of success. China's attempt to resist Western influence will certainly continue; that strategy is tied to Beijing's economic ambitions to expand into high-tech industries. Russia will likely feel a growing need to control the exchange of information over networks in its territory as it prepares for potential unrest amid a steep economic decline. Global concerns about network security will provide both countries with a pretext to pursue their efforts.
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The Campus Crusaders

The Campus Crusaders | New media environment | Scoop.it
They want to police social norms so that hurtful comments are no longer tolerated and so that real bigotry is given no tacit support. Of course, at some level, they are right. Callous statements in the mainstream can lead to hostile behavior on the edge. That’s why we don’t tolerate Holocaust denial.

But when you witness how this movement is actually being felt on campus, you can’t help noticing that it sometimes slides into a form of zealotry. If you read the website of the group FIRE, which defends free speech on campus, if you read Kirsten Powers’s book, “The Silencing,” if you read Judith Shulevitz’s essay “In College and Hiding From Scary Ideas” that was published in The Times in Sunday Review on March 22, you come across tales of professors whose lives are ruined because they made innocent remarks; you see speech codes that inhibit free expression; you see reputations unfairly scarred by charges of racism and sexism.
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2015 Internet Trends Report

KPCB’s Mary Meeker presents the 2015 Internet Trends report, 20 years after the inaugural “The Internet Report” was first published in 1995. Since then, the number of Internet users has risen from 35 million in 1995 to more than 2.8 billion today.

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