How We Poison Our Own Discourse
No news today, I really didn't have much time to dig into the feeds so you will end up with more links for tomorrow. I did want to think about the continued fervor over the Facebook data schemes at Cambridge Analytica, and the idea that this swung the election. Turns out that the story may have been overblown.
It makes a pleasing part of . . .
This daily-ish feature is comprised entirely of my RSS finds.
Machine Driven Drug Development - Can machines be trained to synthesize drugs just as efficiently as they were taught to play chess? That question is more complicated than it seems.
Get Yourself An RSS Reader - The best thing about RSS is that you choose what you read. No algorithmic surfacing of stuff you might care about. You just select . . .
No Entry Yesterday, I had One Story From Wednesday.
Don’t Launch, Patch - US Gamer has an article on how No Man’s sky typifies the way that game snow launch in shambles and through patches are evolved to be better.
Old Timey Buzz - Cassina was the morning buzz of choice for the Americas before Coffee and Tea. Atlas Obscura investigates why it hasn't survived.
Real-Time Geology - Real . . .
A bit heavy on debunking today
Traditional Fake News - Proliferation of our and out fake news is rare, more often it plays out like this story from Motherboard. Something is taken out of context, most often because someone wants to advance an agenda. Hand-wringing over Russian bots misses the fact they exploit our own tendency to believe before we verify. I think the best . . .
by John Hodegeman
If only know John Hodgeman from his appearances on The Daily Show, or as the PC in the old Apple ads you are missing out. He had a run of fake trivia books. He also has a podcast where he settles your petty social disputes.
Vacationland moves away from Hodgeman’s adopted personas and instead is a straightforward memoir. We start out with him . . .
Greg Ginn And Henry Rollins Still Not Playing Together
The Oracle Isn’t All Knowing - Aeon has an article on how algorithms pick up on their creator’s biases. The idea that algorithms are all knowing perfect mathematical beings is overstated.
Saving Publishing From Itself - The social media advertising model has made almost every site you go to a vacuum for your personal data. Doc Searls looks at . . .
Spot the Buzzcocks reference
A Different Kind Of Bias - We spend a lot of time talking about media bias under the guise of ideology. The data doesn't back that up. On the other hand, you have a cultural bias. On Monday Note Gilles Raymond breaks down the way that news is produced and the way it can distort our perceptions.
Homicidal Negligence - When a water slide . . .