Live from La Farine: Google Deep Dream http://psychic-vr-lab.com/deepdream/pics/402479.html
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Let's start with Jonathan Martin of the New York Times:
Jonathan Martin: Forget What I Said. That Scott Walker Call? Never Happened http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/07/06/forget-what-i-said-that-scott-walker-call-never-happened: "Last Wednesday, Stephen Moore, a scholar at the Heritage Foundation who is an outspoken supporter of an immigration overhaul...
...described a recent telephone call with Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, in which he said Mr. Walker had assured him he had not completely renounced his earlier support for a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. "I’m not going nativist, I’m pro-immigration," Mr. Walker said, according to Mr. Moore’s account.... On Sunday... Moore said... that the call had never actually taken place...
Crystal clear, right? Stephen Moore (whom I distrust immensely) is here a liar, right?
Let's go down the story a few paragraphs:
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Think are intellectual property protections are insufficiently strong?
Five years ago I put a tickler in to see what would happen to this. Glad to see that sanity reigned after all:
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Over at Equitable Growth: The Past Two Decades: The Coming of the Information Economy Looks to Have Doubled Our True Rate of Economic Growth
Over at Bloomberg View, smart young whippersnapper Noah Smith weighs in on the relationship between measured GDP at factor cost and societal well-being--including consumer surplus--in the information age:
Over at Equitable Growth: Can somebody please tell me what is going on? What happened with the Obama administration and its making the case for the TPP?
I am what Paul Krugman calls "Davos Man" to a substantial degree--a card-carrying neoliberal, a believer in globalization and free trade, someone who has seen more than enough of the stupidities of places like Berkeley and so doesn't mind hippy-punching now and then. As a believer in free-trade, in the importance of harmonizing global economic regulation, and in getting intellectual and general property rights right, I ought to be a very strong technocratic advocate for the TPP. Yet I found myself having major questions about it: READ MOAR
It is very nice to see the Financial Times correction of Niall Ferguson--although it does not, in my opinion, go far enough.
A word, however, to Lionel Barber, Gillian Tett, and company: The Financial Times's only current assets are an incredibly skilled and hard-working journalistic team and a reputation as a trusted information intermediary. You are not going to be able to out-pander the Spectator, the Wall Street Journal, the Torygraph, and Fox News as a place where the rich feel comforted rather than afflicted by the news. That means you cannot risk your reputation as a trusted information intermediary by routinely publishing pieces that undermine it.
Jonathan Chait: Niall Ferguson Claims Smeared by Facts, Fights Back: "[Ferguson's] most recent example of ‘correct politicalness’ is the humiliation Ferguson suffered when...
Over at Medium Letters: Ah. So Medium http://medium.com is getting into the Tinyletter http://tinyletter.com business, as well as or in addition to or as part of its core mission, whatever its core mission is going to turn out to be.
I like this. I like the fact that very good programmers and designers are focusing on ease-of-writing, reader-experience, and the social dynamics of aggregation. I like the fact that they are trying to turn the Medium platform--is it a platform?--into a thing, or some thing, or something. READ MOAR
Over on the Twitter Device the very sharp Tim Noah trolls me by writing 33 tweets about how "things went sour" for The Old New Republic when Richard Just got fired:
And following up with:
Live from La Farine: Sam Thielman and Valerie Lapinski**: Darpa: These Robots Will Save Your Life (Once They Learn to Walk): "Tech reporter Sam Thielman visited the Darpa Robotics Challenge in Pomona, California...
The very, very sharp Ben Thompson smacks down the not-sharp-at-all Michael Massing:
We see what Michael Massing did there...
The reason for Michael Massing to fail to write "Ben Thompson" and "Stratechery" and provide the link: https://stratechery.com/2015/buzzfeed-important-news-organization-world/? That Michael Massing is, and wants to be perceived as, an asshole. Failure-to-properly-cite syndrome is an old disease, an old move in pseudo-intellectual discourse.
And it is a weak one.
I wonder why nobody at the New York Review of Books bothered to edit him, or even to tell Massing that this was not the way to introduce himself to readers searching for trusted information intermediaries?
Ben Thompson's point was:
The world needs great journalism, but great journalism needs a great business model. That’s exactly what BuzzFeed seems to have, and it’s for that reason the company is the most important news organization in the world...
Does Massing engage that point--acknowledge its existence, argue against it, or provide support for it--anywhere in his piece? No.
Must-Read: If you are going to read only one tech newsletter... I believe this is the one you should read:
Ben Thompson: The Funnel Framework: "The post-Internet Microsoft was the proverbial emperor with no clothes...
Is This "Fold" Possibly Going to Be a Useful Thing?
Is this "Fold" possibly going to be a useful thing?
Google keep? No thanks, I'll pay for Evernote lest you Google Reader me. @clippingsio charges $2 to format my kindle notes? Take my money.— Zeynep Tufekci (@zeynep) May 19, 2015
Must-Read: Ben Thompson: Vox Acquires Recode; Stars, Money, and Reach; The Apple Car and Jony Ive - Stratechery: " Recode has sold to Vox, and while everyone involved is putting a happy face on the matter...
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And, once again, I wish that Apple Hypercard were still a thing...
Live from La Farine: I have long had a Facebook account, but I have never done much with it except plug my Twitter account into it. My feeling was that with the World Wide Web weblogging and Twitter, I had enough Internet media on my plate to try to master.
Now, however, it looks increasingly likely that it will be The Facebook that wins the Internet ThunderDome cage match. Which means that I need to figure out how to use and be a presence on The Facebook.
Any suggestions as to how to do this quickly and painlessly?
Live from The Roasterie: Do Americans no longer buy non-Apple laptops? Or is it just that Americans whose jobs allow them to sit in cafes that sell $4 espresso drinks in the morning no longer buy non-Apple laptops?
Twitter... knows exactly... what I’m interested in... from what I tweet about... [and] who I follow. If an advertiser wants to reach someone like me... Twitter is by far the best way to find me.... What makes Twitter the company valuable is... the interest graph that is nearly priceless.... If one starts with that sort of understanding... the graph, not the app... the clear priority would not be increasing ad inventory on the Twitter timeline... but rather ensuring as many people as possible have and use a Twitter identity. And what would be the best way to do that? Through 3rd-parties, of course! And by no means should those 3rd-parties be limited to recreating the Twitter timeline: they should build all kinds of apps that have a need to connect people with common interests: publishers would be an obvious candidate, and maybe even an app that streams live video... anything to get more people using the Twitter identity and the interest graph...
Live from the Inland Empire: What I really need to do is get out and reread David Brin’s book: The Transparent Society...
...It turns out that, today, the ubiquitous cameras are not or are not exclusively in the hands of the security services. They are also the cellphone video cameras in the hands of ordinary people--and the videos are then our instantly posted and cached on the web.
Sokrates: Internet Media and the Fall of GigaOm
Adeimantos: What? Are you now intellectually flirting with both Hinduism and techno-transhumanism?
Felix Salmon: I told you so. If I may quote myself:
Live from Century City: Josh Barro says: Take panel questions via direct message. He is correct. Requiring questions to be less than 140 characters is a major technological innovation!
Glaukon: So: Blogging...
Hypatia: I would like to start by offering the floor to the Great and Good Felix Salmon:
Felix Salmon: To All the Young Journalists Asking for Advice...: I’m also very flattered by the lovely things you said... about how you’d love to have a career in journalism... do[ing] the kind of thing... I do. You won’t.... By the time you’re my age... you’ll... be doing something... nobody today... foresee[s]....The obstacles facing you are much greater than anything I managed to overcome.... The exact same forces which are good for journalism and good for owners are the forces which are bad for journalists....
J. Bradford DeLong on April 12, 2015 at 12:52 PM in Economics: Information, Information: Internet, Long Form, Philosophy: Moral, Political Economy, Politics, Science: Cognitive, Streams: (BiWeekly) Honest Broker, Streams: Economics, Streams: Highlighted, Web/Tech, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (5)
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Comment of the Day: Graydon: Internet Media and the Fall of GigaOm: The Honest Broker for the Week of March 15, 2015 (Brad DeLong's Grasping Reality...): "Mentor's visualization is missing that there's no feedback in favour of reader value...
Over at Medium: Tap... Tap... Tap...
Is this thing on? I guess it is...
So: very, very happy that the other people here think that I am potentially of high-enough quality to have invited me to be here as an editor. That is very flattering indeed--for they are a very, very good group.
I am very happy not just to be invited but to actually be part of this speculation. Obviously, Medium founders Ev Williams and Biz Stone are NET.GODS of quintessential degree, and the Medium team they have assembled is very good. And there is a chance that something like Medium is the future of the public sphere in the internet age, not just to separate the informational wheat from the chaff but to grow the informational wheat and bake it into...
This metaphor has run away with me...
Live from Underneath the Electric Blanket: When is the MacBook Air refresh going to drop? My now-ancient-in-dog-years machine’s battery life just dropped below two hours…
Nils: Breaking the Web: "The Deane Barker column was touching...
...in its sincerity and simplicity. Of course mobile apps break the web, are isolated from each other, and do not link to anything. You are supposed to PAY for them, not GET them for FREE. Welcome to the Market Based Universe.
Liveblogging from Underneath My Electric Blanket: Yes, the Internet Is a Big Cognitive Science Experiment. Why Did You Ask?
BuzzFeed: What Colors Are This Dress:
Live from La Farine: Izabella Kaminska: "How Nuts Are Markets When the Most Reasonable Analysis of an Asset Class Pumped by the Great and Good in Tech Is a Parody Sub-Reddit Entitled 'Buttcoin'?"
I missed this when it went by last September...
BitCoin's blockchain: wonderful, promising innovation in distributed trustworthy computing. BitCoin: not a safe liquid store of value--hence unlikely to be a durable unit of account, or even medium of exchange...
Sixteen years ago I was told that I really needed to consult and hire a "web designer". Eight years ago I was told I needed to consult and hire a "web content management system wrangler".
Now I am being told I need to consult and hire a "web content strategist".
What is a "web content strategist"?
So how cheap does this make all of the hardware and software needed for all the econometrics and dynamic modeling I might ever ask an undergraduate to do in a class?
Ken Kleiman: RStudio in the Cloud, for Dummies:
You can have your own cloud computing version of R, complete with RStudio. Why should you? It's cool! Plus, there's a lot more power out there than you can easily get on your own hardware. And, it's R in a web page. Run it from your tablet. Run it from work, even if you're not supposed to install software. Run it from your boyfriend's laptop while he's on a beer run.... Louis Alsett... doctoral work at Trinity College, University of Dublin. We had thought that running a cloud compute application was beyond our current technical abilities, but Louis' work makes it pretty easy to do....
It has been my experience that most "QuickStart" guides do not accurately capture the typical experience of the first-time user.
The Zelig Project, however, has a QuickStart guide that does so admirably and completely:
Dear Tampa Airport: Protip: Have a script that checks to be sure your wifi network is not currently wedged before you broadcast the announcement of free wifi over the public address system...
...announced that it is exploring jettisoning its struggling PC business in favor of investing more heavily in software, where it sees better potential for growth. Meanwhile, Google plans to buy up the cellphone handset maker Motorola Mobility. Both moves surprised the tech world. But both moves are also in line with a trend I've observed, one that makes me optimistic about the future growth of the American and world economies, despite the recent turmoil in the stock market.
In short, software is eating the world.
Can someone please tell me why my computer keeps trying to join ATTWiFi rather than AirBears?
...that will push that 1% up to 20% or so and that 10% up to 70% or so' What do you think these experiences ARE, Brad, that the experience machine needs to deliver?
If the experiences are things like:
compelled daily structure--you are expected to wake up at this time, go to classes at this time, spend this time reading
social pressure--everyone around you is behaving the same way. And while some frats at some party schools may be truly atrocious, one hopes that at most schools, most of the time, the expected norm is that you will be spending a limited amount of time watching TV, getting drunk, and chasing tail; and deviating too far from that norm will get people to look down on you and scorn you.
It seems unlikely that any MOOC can enforce either of these very well...
...Bill Cosby has lost a Netflix special, an NBC sitcom, a spot on Temple’s board of trustees and years of accumulated respect as the sexual assault accusations that followed him for 14 years have finally stuck. The beginning of this rapid public shift can be traced to a friend having an extra ticket to a comedy show, a Facebook post and the sometimes random luck of what turns an everyday post into something viral.
With respect to:
...but I still found the story a little bit off from what I've personally experienced.... Shane mentions that she thinks the pendulum is about to swing the other direction and she envisions talking to people at legacy organizations in a few years and saying 'You're still there? Really?!?!' I'd say 'You're still there? Really?!?!' has already probably been the single most common question anyone at a legacy news organization has gotten over the previous decade. The past decade has been a relentless drumbeat of departures....
It's not a pendulum. It's a wrecking ball and it's been swinging ferociously into legacy media and carrying away the rubble for more than a decade. I frankly know nobody in the rank-and-file who isn't taking it seriously. Even within the walls of legacy organizations, the legacy skills of reporting have lost their value compared to internet skills. Maybe it comes across as dismissive--that's one way humans cope with a wide range of existential threats--but make no mistake: the emotion is fear.
The Internet Archive is hosting an Aaron Swartz Day Celebration on what would have been Aaron’s 28th birthday: November 8, 2014, from 6-10:30 pm. Although we are looking ahead, rather than dwelling on the past, this year’s theme is ‘Setting the record straight.’ Now that we have brought people together and shared information with each other, the smoke has cleared a bit, and we can clearly explain to the world exactly what Aaron actually did and did not do.