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2019-07-24 Home Front: Politix
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Posted by 3dc 2019-07-24 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [6486 views ]  Top
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#1 What a colossal waste of time, capital, attention.
Imagine what could have been accomplished with all the investment and effort and technical talent that was sucked up by a stupid timewaster.
Posted by Lex 2019-07-24 01:29||   2019-07-24 01:29|| Front Page Top

#2 Somehow the republic survived several hundred years without the internet. I suspect it will without in the end. No power, no electricity, no internet. It's going to be interesting when a raging civil war shuts down so many things.
Posted by Procopius2k 2019-07-24 07:24||   2019-07-24 07:24|| Front Page Top

#3 This may be old hat, but there was research on developing heuristic vernacular engines that can crawl through a text, and change the wordings to mean something else, inserting alternate perspectives on a subject such that the wording seems consistent with writing styles of the author. The original purpose of it was to create AI driven bots that can watch for and insinuate subtle alterations in medium sized bodies of text, like articles, statements and reports along the publishing pipeline, to assist in destabilization of police regimes and autocracies where an educated elite can be roused to activism, impeachment, revolt and coup. It would supplement efforts of real activists and journos while officials rushed about correcting and apologizing for their "hacked accounts" and over-zealousness.

Of course, the uses for such simple but computationally intensive software are many. Facebook was one of the tech giants that denigrated this research and cried "Fascists !" at the time. I wonder if they appropriated it or carried the idea further ?
Posted by Dron66046 2019-07-24 09:54||   2019-07-24 09:54|| Front Page Top

#4 TLDR. Too much gobbledygook and too many algorithms.

I like Fred's approach better. That is: you set up your own web site and maintain it yourself, or with the help of some friendly mods who use colors like periwinkle :). Oh, you might have to learn HTML but it isn't hard. If you're really into it, you can try some PERL or javascript. That's a little more intense but then you don't need to worry about Zuckerberg and his algorithms.
Posted by Abu Uluque 2019-07-24 10:07||   2019-07-24 10:07|| Front Page Top

#5 And if HTML, PERL and javascript seem like too much trouble then may you should give some thought to whether your content is really worth it.
Posted by Abu Uluque 2019-07-24 10:13||   2019-07-24 10:13|| Front Page Top

#6 I don't wanna fight a civil war over it.
Posted by Abu Uluque 2019-07-24 10:14||   2019-07-24 10:14|| Front Page Top

#7 The source of the problem isn't the tech. It's the absurd giveaway from Congress that allowed stupid boy-men techies to create vast ad-supported publishing platforms and still claim they weren't publishers.

OF COURSE Facebook and Google are publishers.

If you make $$$$ from ads, you are a publisher.

You bear responsibility for the content of the stuff that your ads are placed next to. You cannot print willfully malicious lies: that's called libel. You cannot deliberately suppress content you disagree with: that's called violating the Fairness Rule. Etc etc.

Capitalism requires strong regulation in order not to destroy itself. A stupidly libertarian, Wild West approach to internet publishing is the root cause of this colossal mess.
Posted by Lex 2019-07-24 13:17||   2019-07-24 13:17|| Front Page Top

#8 I won't weep when the Feds go after the big tech companies looking to split them up. In fact I might donate to the cause.
Posted by ruprecht 2019-07-24 15:23||   2019-07-24 15:23|| Front Page Top

#9 If you look at a lot of the people working at these tech giants, you will see they are not Americans.
Posted by Phaick Uneretle6310 2019-07-24 16:39||   2019-07-24 16:39|| Front Page Top

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