On Twitter, who’s bot and who’s not? Who’s a person and who’s a company? Where will Facebook’s tracking end? Why are secret identities hot? Who is working on decentralization? And more.
Jefferson Pooley’s essay “The Consuming Self” provides some key concepts for unlocking the paradoxes of “calculated authenticity” on Facebook and everywhere online.
Whisper and Secret promise short-cuts to authentic self-expression online, unencumbered by your signature. But genuine intimacy doesn’t come so easy.
“The social web was a proof of concept.” “The brain is doing what it’s always done.” “What percentage of people who click BuzzFeed’s ad posts remember who the advertiser was?” Plus: “Passion is No Ordinary Word.”
The botnet did it! It’s all a socialist plot! It was the naps! And other ideas why AOL’s flagship news site abandoned its own carefully nurtured base.
As Apple merges iOS and OSX, it should keep providing non-technical people with ways to create things that delight one another.
Google is going to be calling the shots on the EU’s new “right to be forgotten.” Can it summon the maturity and humanity to do a good job?