— J. Nathan Matias at MIT Center for Civic Media. Uncovering Algorithms: Looking Inside the Facebook Newsfeed
These questions kinda haunt people. Wait until starving mothers start posting pictures of their starving children on the internet. #Soon.— Vinay Gupta (@leashless)July 19, 2014
I passively follow on Twittter, but it seems to me that Vinay Gupta tweets in storms. When he does, I tune in because he very often asks important questions. Today, which the above tweet was a part, he was exploring the question:
Suppose you had a rule: never buy anything that wasn’t made by people you would trade places with in a pinch. Suppose we all did that?
The tweet I singled out, he marked with the hash tag #Soon, but what he’s talking about seems very much #Now to me. And if I, some old white dude in America, is seeing, I know lot of other people are. I know it because sometimes people talk about it.
One of the things that makes this different from “poverty porn” is the images showing up on social media streams now are not really anonymous. They show up as a result of social networks. Even if the images and messages of suffering are from “friends of friends” we’re aware nowadays of being part of a network with those who are suffering.
Gupta’s question would you trade places packs a punch because these other places really aren’t so remote from us.
What do we do when we know the names of the starving mother and child we see on the Internet?
P&I, unfortunately, is protected by paywall, but I and others involved are archiving pre-press versions of our papers. Mine will be up on MIT’s DSpace repository in the near future and is here in the meantime. Other participants have been making their pieces available online as well. If you’ve got access through your university or a library, please check out the whole issue!
"Their pieces available" provide three good links ;)
— Sebastian Deterding at Tumbling Conduct.Frame Clashes, or: Why the Facebook Emotion Experiment Stirs Such Emotion
Zeynep Tufeka at Medium. Facebook and Engineering the Public
It’s not what’s published (or not), but what’s done
Quinn Norton at Medium. The Internet’s Own Boy.
The Internet’s Own Boy documentary
Violet Blue at ZDNet. Quora’s misogyny problem: A cautionary tale
Summary: ’Quora’s misogyny problem’ is a tempest out of the teapot, and its current trolls-gone-wild state is a perfect example of why user-based websites need to change the way they think about targeted users.
The revolution in IT and how it is transforming our world in ways that even economists are struggling to understand.
I’m old enough that pre-Internet memories are still vivid. The Internet is strange and wonderful and raises a host of new issues, challenges, problems and dilemmas. I don’t have much of a clue. And really part of it is we’re all sort of stumbling around trying to figure out and to invent and create.
I want to mash together some links. I’ll probably make a muddle.
Remixes from around the world show that what brings us together is more important than what divides us.