Why a Stranded Barge Has Become a Popular Vancouver Photo Spot

Washed ashore during a fierce November storm, a massive barge has become both a popular sightseeing spot and meme in Vancouver.

#art, #photography, #social-media, #travel-and-vacations, #vancouver-british-columbia

How I Freed Up Time to Daydream

An unexpected perk of quitting Twitter.

#internal-sub-only-nl, #jesus-christ, #politics-and-government, #senses-and-sensation, #social-media, #twitter

Australia Wants Novak Djokovic Out. Australians Are Thrilled.

An otherwise skilled sportsman has recruited himself as a cack-handed symbol of everything presently enraging Australians.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #djokovic-novak, #melbourne-australia, #serbia, #social-media, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization

Novak Djokovic Is Out of Australia. It Couldn’t Have Happened Fast Enough.

An otherwise skilled sportsman has recruited himself as a cack-handed symbol of everything presently enraging Australians.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #djokovic-novak, #melbourne-australia, #serbia, #social-media, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization

Is Interning for an Influencer Worth It?

Young fans are messaging social media creators and entrepreneurs seeking experience. But the terms of the arrangements can vary widely.

#internships, #social-media

A Library the Internet Can’t Get Enough Of

Why does this image keep resurfacing on social media?

#books-and-literature, #collectors-and-collections, #johns-hopkins-university, #libraries-and-librarians, #macksey-richard-1931-2019, #photography, #social-media

Everyone Wants to Be Wordle

Wordle went from a gift to an internet sensation, and now everyone wants in.

#computers-and-the-internet, #social-media, #wardle-josh

Jan. 6 Committee Subpoenas Twitter, Meta, Alphabet and Reddit

The panel investigating the attack on the Capitol is demanding information from Alphabet, Meta, Reddit and Twitter.

#alphabet-inc, #facebook-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #presidential-election-of-2020, #reddit-inc, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #thompson-bennie-g, #twitter, #youtube-com

Boom! Go the (Tech) Subpoenas

A reckoning for Big Tech over its role in the Jan. 6 Capitol attack

#freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #internal-sub-only-nl, #mckay-adam, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Contouring Is Back. It’s Not What You Remember.

A lot of women who once avoided contouring because of its unnatural, made-for-Instagram effect, are now gravitating toward it.

#beauty-concept, #content-type-service, #cosmetics-and-toiletries, #nineteen-hundred-nineties, #skin, #social-media

Nigeria Lifts Twitter Ban

The social media site had been blocked after it deleted a post from President Muhammadu Buhari about secessionist groups that was widely seen as threatening.

#buhari-muhammadu, #censorship, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #nigeria, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #twitter

‘Softbois,’ ‘Nice Guys’ and Incels: Petulant Vulnerability Is the New Toxic Masculinity

From bad boyfriends to Jan. 6 rioters, men are using the language of vulnerability as a cudgel, feigning emotional fragility to retain power and dominance.

#crying, #men-and-boys, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

Facebook Rejected Ads From 60 Women’s Sexual Health Companies According to New Report

A new report found that the social network has rejected ads from 60 companies focused on women’s sexual health, citing policies on “adult products and services.”

#center-for-intimacy-justice, #discrimination, #facebook-inc, #online-advertising, #social-media, #women-and-girls

The Army of Millions Who Enforce China’s Zero-Covid Policy

As the troubled lockdown in Xi’an has shown, many Chinese people remain willing to work diligently toward the government’s goal of eliminating the virus, no matter the consequences.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #social-media, #xian-china

When Axel Webber Was Rejected from Juilliard, TikTok Stepped In

The 22-year-old actor documented his audition process for the world to see and became a star along the way.

#atlanta-ga, #east-village-manhattan-ny, #harris-jeremy-o, #juilliard-school, #puth-charlie-1991, #social-media, #theater

How Big Can a TikTok Duet Get?

The singer-songwriter Sadie Jean performed a lovelorn track and left room for a response. Lil Yachty took the bait. But their duet isn’t the track available for streaming.

#jean-sadie, #lil-yachty-rapper, #pop-and-rock-music, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #wyd-now-song

The Rise and Fall of the Golden Globes

For eight decades, the awards and the organization behind them played an outsized role in Hollywood. Here’s what changed.

#audio-neutral-immersive, #boycotts, #celebrities, #golden-globes-awards, #hollywood-foreign-press-assn, #national-broadcasting-co, #social-media, #television

Covid Test Misinformation Spikes Along With Spread of Omicron

The added demand for testing and the higher prevalence of breakthrough cases have created an “opportune moment” to exploit.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #tests-medical

Elmo’s Unhinged Rant About a Pet Rock Resonates With the Exasperated

A 2004 clip from “Sesame Street” surfaced on social media this week, drawing thousands of responses from viewers expressing that they could relate to Elmo’s sense of frustration.

#cookies, #elmo-fictional-character, #pet-rocks, #rocco, #rock-and-stone, #sesame-street-tv-program, #social-media, #zoe

Who Is Annie Hamilton?

Annie Hamilton may be the most well-known, unknown actor in New York.

#actors-and-actresses, #content-type-personal-profile, #hamilton-annie-actor, #movies, #new-york-city, #social-media, #television

Novak Djokovic, Kyrie Irving, Aaron Rodgers and the Problem With Anti-Vax Star Athletes

Some star athletes seem to think you don’t have to follow public health policy — as long as you win.

#australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #french-open-tennis, #medicine-and-health, #osaka-naomi-1997, #social-media, #tennis, #travel-warnings, #vaccination-and-immunization

Let Marjorie Taylor Greene Keep Her Social Media Accounts

We’ve ceded too much control over our speech to Big Tech.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #google-inc, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #internal-sub-only-nl, #social-media, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government

One Year After the Jan. 6 Attack, Parler’s C.E.O Grapples With Big Tech and Trump

George Farmer doubles down on his efforts to revive a right-leaning social media company that was taken offline a year ago.

#computers-and-the-internet, #parler-llc, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j

Right-Wing Calls to Celebrate Jan. 6 Anniversary Draw a Muted Response

Online chatter about holding rallies has grown, but sizable real-world gatherings on Thursday are unlikely to materialize.

#braynard-matt, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #gab-ai-inc, #gettr-usa-inc, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #telegram-llc, #three-percenters, #twitter

In a Race to Shape the Future, History Is Under New Pressure

A wave of misleading revisionism has become epidemic in both autocracies and democracies. It has been notably effective — and contagious.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #communist-party-of-china, #history-academic-subject, #modi-narendra, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #neo-nazi-groups, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #xi-jinping

As Beijing Takes Control, Chinese Tech Companies Lose Jobs and Hope

The crackdown is killing the entrepreneurial drive that made China a tech power and destroying jobs that used to attract the country’s brightest.

#china, #computers-and-the-internet, #entrepreneurship, #iqiyi-com-inc, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #unemployment, #xi-jinping

Social Media Needs Better Solutions Than Just Banning Bad Actors

Rule breakers just claim censorship, censorship, censorship.

#censorship, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #haugen-frances, #internal-sub-only-nl, #rogan-joe, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #trump-donald-j

What We Got Wrong About Tech

Looking back at tech misjudgments so we can better look ahead.

#computers-and-the-internet, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #internal-sub-only-nl, #social-media

The Viral Lies About Covid That Keep Killing Us

Why 2021 wasn’t the year we beat the pandemic.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #republican-party, #rubio-marco, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Twitter’s Former C.E.O. Has a ‘Too Bad, So Sad’ Approach to Content Moderation

Dick Costolo discusses the unique difficulties of heading the social media platform.

#agrawal-parag, #audio-neutral-informative, #blockchain-technology, #computers-and-the-internet, #costolo-dick, #dorsey-jack, #facebook-inc, #social-media, #twitter

Founder of CrowdTangle Hopes to Bring Transparency to Social Media

The co-founder of CrowdTangle has been working with Congress on legislation to make tech companies disclose their inner workings.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coons-christopher-a, #crowdtangle-inc, #facebook-inc, #law-and-legislation, #portman-rob, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #silverman-brandon-technology-executive, #social-media, #whistle-blowers

Betty White Recalled as a Trailblazer With a Love for Life

“The world looks a little different now,” said the actor Ryan Reynolds, who was one of many to pay tribute to the actress who died on Friday.

#actors-and-actresses, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #deaths-obituaries, #reynolds-ryan, #saget-bob, #social-media, #takei-george, #white-betty

Chinese Police Hunt Overseas Critics With Advanced Tech

Authorities in China have turned to sophisticated investigative software to track and silence obscure critics on overseas social media. Their targets include college students and non-Chinese nationals.

#censorship, #china, #chinese-americans, #computers-and-the-internet, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #politics-and-government, #social-media

Trump’s Social Media Return — and What Else to Expect in 2022

But don’t expect Congress to get its act together on tech legislation.

#facebook-inc, #internal-sub-only-nl, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #virtual-reality-computers

Is the Human Impulse to Tell Stories Dangerous?

In “The Story Paradox,” Jonathan Gottschall explores how narrative shapes reality and our own actions.

#books-and-literature, #gottschall-jonathan, #psychology-and-psychologists, #social-media, #the-story-paradox-how-our-love-of-storytelling-builds-societies-and-tears-them-down-book

The Metaverse’s Dark Side: Here Come Harassment and Assaults

As Meta and other companies bet big on an immersive digital world, questions about its harms are rising.

#children-and-childhood, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #cyberharassment, #facebook-inc, #innovation, #meta-platforms-inc, #oculus-vr-inc, #sexual-harassment, #social-media, #virtual-reality-computers, #women-and-girls, #zuckerberg-mark-e

28 Row, a New App for College Women and Influencers

A new social app called 28 Row aims to connect college-age women, both for business opportunities and emotional support.

#28-row-mobile-app, #colleges-and-universities, #mobile-applications, #social-media, #women-and-girls

A Conversation With a Dogecoin Millionaire: An Update

It was once a parody — then he turned the cryptocurrency into profit.

#audio-neutral-informative, #contessoto-glauber, #social-media, #virtual-currency

5 Ways Young People Are Using Discord

Discord users from 12 to 23 years old describe how they use the messaging site, which has boomed during the pandemic.

#computer-and-video-games, #discord-inc, #e-learning, #instant-messaging, #social-media

Tech Won. Now What?

We’re grappling with how to handle the tech we have, and imagining what to make of the tech of our future.

#computers-and-the-internet, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #internal-sub-only-nl, #smartphones, #social-media

The 2021 Good Tech Awards

This year, technology companies stepped up on housing and criminal justice — with a dash of whistle-blowers mixed in.

#3-d-devices-and-effects, #3-d-printers, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #criminal-justice, #deepmind-technologies-ltd, #haugen-frances, #meat, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #scott-mackenzie, #social-media, #start-ups, #whistle-blowers

How Hillary Clinton’s MasterClass Shows a Very 2021 Way to Be

Hillary Clinton delivered an unused election speech. Jennifer Aniston cried at Central Perk. It was a year for watching celebrities reinhabit their past selves.

#aniston-jennifer, #celebrities, #clinton-hillary-rodham, #fearless-taylors-version-album, #friends-tv-program, #friends-the-reunion-tv-program, #procession-movie, #social-media, #swift-taylor, #television, #the-real-world-homecoming-tv-program, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

2021 was the year the world finally turned on Facebook

2021 was the year the world finally turned on Facebook

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Wish 2021 had been a better year? Facebook probably does, too. The company has long been maligned by politicians, media observers, and consumer advocates, but it wasn’t until 2021 that it felt like the tide truly began to turn.

Though Facebook had faced scandals in the past, from Cambridge Analytica to the Myanmar genocide, this year’s string of missteps and revelations may have tipped the company and its reputation past the point of no return.

For Facebook, trouble started shortly after the new year. On January 6, the company found itself enmeshed in the insurrection at the US Capitol. Both Facebook and Instagram played a key role in radicalizing users who later attended the deadly rally. While the company had acted swiftly in November 2020 to shutter the “Stop the Steal” group formed to undermine the results of the presidential election, it let splinter groups and individuals spawn a “harmful movement” that spread across its platforms. For two months, those groups operated more or less unfettered.

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#facebook, #features, #frances-haugen, #mark-zuckerberg, #meta, #policy, #social-media, #whistleblower

TikTok Made Them Famous. Figuring Out What’s Next Is Tough.

This year, the app’s biggest stars — Charli and Dixie D’Amelio, Noah Beck, Addison Rae and others — leapt from the phone screen to other platforms in the pop culture universe, with mixed results.

#beck-noah, #content-type-personal-profile, #damelio-charli, #damelio-dixie, #hossler-jaden, #hudson-chase-lilhuddy-2002, #movies, #pop-and-rock-music, #rae-addison, #social-media, #teenage-heartbreak-album, #television, #tiktok-bytedance

The Latest High School Prank? Students Sleeping.

Instagram accounts featuring photos of students slouching, nodding off and parking badly took off this past semester at schools around the country.

#education-k-12, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #sleep, #social-media

How Gen Z is Channeling 1990s Fashion

The icons and fashions of the fin de siecle are objects of fascination for those who didn’t experience them the first time around. Here’s what they say about why.

#beckham-victoria, #celebrities, #fashion-and-apparel, #generation-z, #hilton-paris, #moss-kate, #nineteen-hundred-nineties, #social-media, #your-feed-fashion

Why Uber Won’t Call the Police

Ride-sharing rests on a promise of safety. What if one side isn’t keeping up their end of the bargain?

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #customer-relations, #labor-and-jobs, #mobile-applications, #social-media, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Parenting in 2021? ‘Not Great, Bob!’

But we can still find ways to cackle with our kids.

#internal-sub-only-nl, #mad-men-tv-program, #parenting, #social-media, #vaccination-and-immunization

“The Matrix Resurrections” and the Dark Timeline Humanity Is on

The original Matrix trilogy imagined a future more hopeful than the one conjured up by Silicon Valley today.

#computers-and-the-internet, #e-commerce, #moss-carrie-anne, #movies, #reeves-keanu, #social-media, #the-matrix-movie, #the-matrix-resurrections-movie, #the-matrix-revolutions-movie, #turkle-sherry, #wachowski-lilly, #zuckerberg-mark-e

How the Sexy Grinch Spiced Up Christmas

A genre of content that recasts the holiday antihero as a sex symbol has grown from niche into a new kind of Christmastime ritual.

#christmas, #dr-seussthe-grinch-movie, #geisel-theodor-seuss, #grinch-movie, #how-the-grinch-stole-christmas-movie, #how-the-grinch-stole-christmas-book, #social-media