MED 9.15.18


– Mediaeater Digest Sat. 15th September 2018  –
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STUDY:  Trends in the Diffusion of Misinformation on Social Media [Stanford]

We measure trends in the diffusion of misinformation on Facebook and Twitter between Jan- uary 2015 and July 2018. We focus on stories from 570 sites that have been identified as producers of false stories. Interactions with these sites on both Facebook and Twitter rose steadily through the end of 2016. Interactions then fell sharply on Facebook while they con- tinued to rise on Twitter, with the ratio of Facebook engagements to Twitter shares falling by approximately 60 percent.

ART: Agnès Varda on inequality, Godard and working with JR [FT]

The meeting of old and new is a recurring theme, and often made manifest in the ways technology has affected country life. “We’re slowly changing our whole way of living, especially in big cities, the way we interconnect,” says JR. “We actually disconnect with each other in a much bigger way than people in villages. They keep a real connection, a more physical connection.”

PRIVACY:  How Game Apps That Captivate Kids Have Been Collecting Their Data [NYT]

The study this spring showed not only that more than half of children’s apps on Android were sharing tracking ID numbers but also that 5 percent collected children’s location or contact information without their parents’ permission.

PRIVACY: Report: Anonymity could be the answer to feeling happier online [TNW]

What I learned is that while many people believe that social media has a largely negative impact, the majority believe that these issues aren’t being addressed. Additionally, two-thirds of social media users said that they wish social media was a more positive place.  (Good news is a business model] -ed)

PRIVACY: Google china prototype links searches to phone numbers [theintercept.com]

A censored search engine for China that links users’ searches to their personal phone numbers, thus making it easier for the Chinese government to monitor people’s queries, The Intercept can reveal.

The search engine, codenamed Dragonfly, was designed for Android devices, and would remove content deemed sensitive by China’s ruling Communist Party regime, such as information about political dissidents, free speech, democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest.

PROGRAMING: Whispering Pines 10 [wisperingpines]

An episodic internet soap opera, with original music and libretto by Hallett.  The latest episode in Shana Moulton’s cult video series is an internet soap opera, with music by Nick Hallett.

PROGRAMING:   Data Space: The Architecture and Impact of Data Centres Podcast [failedarchitecture.com]

This episode was triggered by our encounter with the first data centre to be fully embraced as Architecture. Designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects, the AM4 data tower in Amsterdam only recently appeared on the city’s skyline. Being taller than most buildings in the city, and cutting an impressively slick, windowless appearance, the data skyscraper is hard to miss. Does this design treatment for data architecture signal a tipping point of data centres becoming more visible and acceptable elements of cities? For the podcast, we got inside the heavily secured AM4 data tower to see, hear and feel the internet, and talked to several people about data space.

TOOL: Guitar Dashboard [guitardashboard.com]

An interactive music theory dashboard, including a circle of fifths for guitarists.

CITY:  The Unbearable Sameness of Cities [NewYorker] 

There’s no solution to the problem of this soul-dissipating uniformity, if problem is even the correct description. Yet you’ll still feel, walking into that cozy-looking bistro in Utica, a tugging in your gut, a whisper in the back of your mind that this somehow is all too familiar. Maybe you’ll shrug it off as déjà vu. But you’ll know different, deep in your soul: You’ve seen those fucking lights at Ikea.

CITY: America’s Art Scenes Off the Beaten Track [WSJ]

Yet beyond these global hubs, there exist smaller, self-sustaining art scenes that appear to thrive in good markets and bad. Santa Fe, N.M., is one such “microclimate.” Aspen, Colo., is another.  Some hot spots, like Palm Springs, Calif., benefit from vacation-worthy vistas or cheery climates, but other settings may come as a surprise.

LIVE: Code Commerce Sept. 17 and 18 [ReCode]

Part of our live stream program guide each week

TREND: Cord-Cutters Beware: Streaming TV Prices Are Marching Higher [WSJ]

The higher prices have also narrowed the value gap between new and traditional TV, since cord-cutters must still pay for broadband service. Cable-TV packages still cost more than their online imitators, though cable companies often charge higher rates for standalone broadband service as an enticement to bundle internet and video.

ARCHIVE:  Bjork – Unravel Radio City Music Hall .mpg 6th October 2001 “He’ll never return it“  MOV00031

(had posted this to youtube but somehow that account and videos have gone MIA.  Thankfully I maintain an archive. The web has no memory, contrary to popular belief.  It was in response to 911 this year and how music and art led nyc back to itself again.  Was Twittering on about and went to link to it and bam it was gone from the interweb.  (this clip on loop would be just fine for me forever)

banner photo – series of frame grabs of Miguel Almague reporting on Florence.