Quote note (#246)

Mild cynicism from Cowen (on the Zuckerborg):

The cynical underlying reality is that Facebook does not wish to appear heartless, but does not (yet) have the more subtle manipulative institutions that newspapers and TV stations have developed over decades or even centuries. They clumsily act in a politically correct manner, without proper institutional camouflage, and now they are being called on it. They will refine their bias, and make it subtler and harder to criticize, thereby becoming more like most other media outlets.

May 10, 2016admin 6 Comments »


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  • John Says:

    >> without proper institutional camouflage

    They had plenty of institutional camouflage before, when people could at least pretend that trending topics were the organic “voice of the people” and not editorial. Not so much now.

    FB’s problem was ex-employees tattled on their censorship and leftist activism, not that they acted too “clumsily”.

    >> more worried about pervasive ennui and complacency than the political bias per se

    Cowen is such a smarmy cuck.

    The end is nigh on the MSM pointing to social media as the “voice of the people” and using that to sell the narrative.


    Posted on May 10th, 2016 at 3:50 pm Reply | Quote
  • Alrenous Says:

    As always, the lie is not the sin. The sin is to get caught. How clumsy!


    Posted on May 10th, 2016 at 5:50 pm Reply | Quote
  • Thales Says:

    I’m sure they didn’t think they were doing anything wrong, just executing the “everyone to the right of me is wrong” algorithm all progs are programmed with.


    Posted on May 10th, 2016 at 6:29 pm Reply | Quote
  • Brett Stevens Says:

    They’re going to emulate NPR. Most citizens swear that NPR is unbiased (which makes them fools). NPR, like NYT, has found a way to offload its political opinions into culture, science and economy, which allows it to appear unbiased in some articles and then manipulate the clueless through others.

    Yet another reason democracy is a total failure: people, especially smartish people, are easily manipulated.


    wu-wei Reply:

    In a liberal-democracy, the smart (agent-rational) thing to do is actually let yourself be manipulated.


    Posted on May 10th, 2016 at 6:30 pm Reply | Quote
  • TheDividualist Says:

    Tumblr’s Android app is already like that, I only installed it to follow 1-2 interesting ones, yet it keeps recommending me the social justicy stuff.

    Why doesn’t the Deep/Dissident Right already big on Diaspora? OK there will be also Urbit but if we don’t even show interest in something that already works stable (and programmed in nice, easy, human-friendly Ruby on Rails, if you want to add features), then we won’t in that either.

    Seriously. Why are we still directly on Twitter etc. ? Let’s make a Diaspora pod and use Twitter et al. indirectly from it. https://wiki.diasporafoundation.org/Integrating_other_social_networks so you can post to Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook _from_ Diaspora, and if your stuff gets censored on those networks there is always the original.

    This neatly solves the network effect problem i.e. that people are only interested in using Diaspora if other people use it. It seems that it can also be used as a client for other social networks.


    Posted on May 11th, 2016 at 7:00 am Reply | Quote

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