Thursday, 17 November 2016

Fascism 2.0

I mistook the rise of 2011 protests using Web 2.0 technology like twitter and facebook as tools to promote more direction engagement.

In reality these tools are highly destructive, and need to be regulated or, most wisely,  banned in their current form.

The problem with them is the ability of people today to get just the reality they want.  When you do a Google or Wikipedia search on a subject you are likely to get stories and views you don't like.  You may disagree but you still are faced with things you don't like.

When you talk to people in a community you are likely get opinions you don't like.  You have to face them.  In the old usenet it was hard to find a community of just echoes so again you would face opinions you don't like.

The problem with social media like twitter and facebook is people build social networks on a pick and choice basis, and mass community can be constructed by a mixture of global selection of the few who agree with you and bots.

In 2016 this has combined to create bubbles.  Around the anti-Brexit and Clinton people there was a sense of massive certainty.  But worse was around the new post-fact neo-fascists which are starting to dominate white culture in the English speaking world.

People promoted total lies, memes presented utterly false narrative.  News items that could raise doubt were edited.

I was see to see my own brother promoting insane memes among his community, ignoring any critical comment and just constructing online an utterly false sense of reality that made the ultimate act of evil, voting for a neo-fascist possible and even, to him and those like him, rational.

People are lazy, they are not using to the web to promote skills, to learn things, to promote art or be creative, what is 2004.  Today everyone is on facebook, and they are using it to convert their aggressive hateful fantasies in to a  reality.

And we need to stop it.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

My Final Judgetment: Social Media is Bad for Politics

After years of looking at these issues, creating technology that monitors social media use and tracking events from Egypt to Bahrain to Turkey and Ukraine to the UK and US my final conclusion is pretty harsh: Social Media does not facilitate democracy, rather it promotes and enables fascism.

The issue is with the Network Society and what kind of message creates identity in the Network Society.  The changes in economics and media has replaced communities with audiences, masses of people with no connection to each other via tradition.

As many Social Theorists have proposed identity plays a key role in this formation, with people creating new community based on a shared identity formed on the Internet.

But what spreads on the Internet, what identity is formed?

The conclusion I cannot escape is that what spreads in all nations via social media is a politics of hate, or racism, of pageant, of simple answers and lies. 

In the rise of ISIS, the Islamic Brotherhood, in Turkey and now with Brexit and the insanity of Trump we see time and time again that the Internets movement into politics, no matter the promise, results in more extreme right wing rule, less personal freedom, more racism and governments that are like the UK and US government now neo-fascist or outright fascist.

We see the rise of people like Putin, Boris Johnson and Trump, neo-fascist or outright fascists. 

I hope that people stop using social media, delete your Twitter and Facebook and Instagram accounts and go back to YouTube videos, blog posts, Google searches, Wikipedia and E-mail.

In short the Web of 2010 was a good instrument of growth and development.  A tool were people could find facts and make meaningful contributions to culture.  Web 2.0 is lazy and hate filled, it is simply a virus that has entered our culture far more negative than TV or processed foods or personal automobiles or any other technology that has been created, adopted and had nothing but negative impacts.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Twitter is Dead

For years I have studied twitter, focusing on the mapping of tweets and working to create mathematical models that identify intensity of tweets, association with other social media like Wikipedia and Yelp, and tracking users and patters of tweeting.


A few years ago it was fun and there seemed to be promise that this could provide a tool for sociological research and even greater free expression.


That promise is over.  Twitter is dead.



To be more precise, the open nature of Twitter, the ease of creating accounts, the wide usage, poor management by staff, and the short length of posts has lead to it being gamed by the worst elements in our society. Twitter is now pretty much a scene of hatred, verbal violence, and disturbing fantasy.

In the bigger picture I have returned right to where I was when I spent years studying Second Life: the dark fantasy nature of people. These dark, anxious and often hateful fantasy side of people is very real, and one when goes online and assumes another identity one still brings all the issues and hatreds one has in life.



Personally not only am I not tracking tweets on this blog, its a waste of time. I am actively trying to quite twitter, not carrying a smart-phone. I have also quite Quora and Facebook. Essentially I use almost no social media and my goal, for my own personal health, is not to use any by the end of the year.

Its not that I have given up on the web, far from it. My day job is working with Office 365, Azure and AWS. I use email as my main contact with everyone, I use Drive to store all my documents since graduate school and I download all the movies, TV shows and music I consume. I use Google a great deal.

But I am returning to constructing my web usage around lines of more traditional consumption: replacing TV, phone, file store and dictionary. But I think we can say with pretty great assurance that the idea that social would work online is a failure.

That is to say Web 2.0 is a bust, a waste of time and people are coming around to see it as such. Without Web 2.0 my research into geo-social web activity becomes a waste of time, and like my Second Life blog and my Flickr blog, its time to end this one.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Goodreads has some bad data.

I am an addictive user of Goodreads.  I record every single book I read and I read serious stuff.  I am a major book snob.  Here are some of my most recent books:


The Lusiads

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The Tale of Kieu: A bilingual edition of Nguyen Du's Truyen Kieu
Poems of the Late T'ang
Tao Te Ching
The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight
Nova
The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow
R.U.R - Rossum's Universal Robots
Babel-17
Ubik
Piers Plowman: A New Translation of the B-Text
Beat Zen, Square Zen and Zen
Howl
The History of the Kings of Britain
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo
The Winter's Tale
Tales of Cu Chulaind: Irish Heroic Myths
The Threepenny Opera
The Quantum Thief (Jean le Flambeur, #1)

There must be something really wrong with Goodreads Big Data because they keep sending me these emails.

Message to Goodreads, email that is not composed by a Big Data analysis of usage patterns is smap. 

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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Super Tuesday tweeting

This is where each of the major candidates will give their victory or whatever speech today on Super Tuesday 2016

Trump


Clinton


Sanders


Cruz


Rubio

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Friday, 5 February 2016

Tweets from the Jungle in Calais

These are tweets geo-tagged to be coming from the Calais 'Jungle' refugee camp.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

#Wireless shows the event is media

These readings were taken from the Wireless festival in London, Sunday July the 5th. Its interesting to see that not only are a many people tweeting, but they are almost all tweeting on message, post




The point here is that today the media message is no longer before the event, in ads, or media coverage of an event, which you might control, an events today is a major media publishing source.  The event speaks to the media in real time via twitter, Facebook, snapchat, Instagram and what ever new thing comes along.  In a case like Wireless this is an impressive show of a united message from a location, but there is also a danger of events losing control of their message via media users.

Again the big picture is well established, social media means you have to communicate your message to your consumer clearer, that you need to keep them happy, and you need to track what is being said about you in real time, and change your message or services as quickly as you can.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Mapping Tweets from Athens in #Greececrisis

Sadly too many people viewed my tool and it has been going down. Try later if its 0

Large body of tweets on Friday night before the vote near OXI happy