#Love: My First Experience With Internet Porn

Screenshot 2014-07-20 16.38.54 Pornographic media has existed since the dawn of time, but it has never been as widely available and accessible as it is today. That’s largely due to the internet, which provides a launch pad for our curiosity no matter the topic. But with sex, a topic relatively more private and intimate, the internet can serve as an important resource for sexual exploration, understanding, and yes… Read More

Eigenmorality and the Dark Enlightenment

TheyLive1 This is a post about good vs. evil and right vs. wrong, but don’t worry, it’s highly technical.
Let’s start with Stormfront, the white-supremacist hate site that attracts circa 300,000 unique American visitors per month, and the recent analysis of its members (and follow-up) by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz in the New York Times. Some numbers you probably didn’t expect: Read More

The Great Fragmentation: We Are All Weirdos Now

automatic-subconscious “Technology isn’t a section in the newspaper any more. It’s the culture,” quoth Buzzfeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith, prompting some eyebrow-raising by Guardian and New York Times columnists. And here’s some more from TechCrunch…but my stance is a bit different. “The culture”? That’s an oxymoron. There is no such thing as majority… Read More

Who Watches The Watchmen?

watchmen-banner In honor of the Fourth of July, let’s talk just a little about how horrifically paranoid and counterproductive the US government has become. And I’m not even talking about Congress! Instead I mean our old friend the No Such Agency, who, it turns out, have been singling out for special treatment anyone who displays any interest in tools which might make the NSA’s life more… Read More

Everyone Has Seen Fireworks, No One Needs Your Photos

Fireworks Handy Photograph Guide Here’s a novel idea for watching the fireworks: use your eyes. See, the Fourth Of July is when we celebrate the birth of our nation by blowing up a small part of it. But when the urge to pull out your camera phone strikes you, instead, leave it in your pocket, throw your arm around the person next to you, and just be present in the moment. You’re never going to look at those… Read More

Stop The JerkTech

JerkTech “Go disr*pt yourself” is what I have to say to founders of startups like ReservationHop and Parking Monkey. They’re emblematic of a compassionless new wave of self-serving startups that exploit small businesses and public infrastructure to make a buck and aid the wealthy. Let’s call these parasites #JerkTech. It’s one thing to outcompete a big, stagnant company… Read More

Facebook’s Head Of Policy On Emotion Experiment: “That’s Innovation”

Facebook Head Of Global Policy Management Monika Bickert speaking at the Aspen Ideas Festiva, 7/1/2014 While Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg today apologized for its controversial emotion manipulation experiment being “poorly communicated”, another executive said this kind of research makes the product better, and “it’s concerning when we see legislation that could possibly stifle that sort of creativity and that innovation.”
Facebook’s head of global policy… Read More