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Reading: Social media notifications of the future

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The Register comments on naming-as-branding.

Choosing a name for one’s offspring can be incredibly difficult. You don’t want them to be the ninth Jaxon in class, but you also don’t want them to be bullied mercilessly for the rest of their lives.

Even so, parents are increasingly pulling appellations out of their arses, in some cases to give their child a “unique” identity on social media.

Seems like a middle-class concern. So it’s good to see the cynical Reg prod the beach rubble to add to the paranoia.

Honestly, who cares? All names are “made up” in one way or another and it’s the parents who end up looking like twats, not the kids. The most disturbing thing is folk getting excited to sign their children’s right to privacy away on social media before they are able to have a say.

As always-the-second-or-third-Michael in the class, I got over it. Along with Greg, Gregory, Kim, Kimmy, Sue, Susie, Jean and Jeanie. The kid two rows in front of me named Alcott? Never heard of him again. 

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Reading: Facebook Executive Bosworth Says Facebook Is Responsible For Trump’s Election

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Sure. The Power of Advertising. What he’s reckoning is that more dish detergents and Alcoa will flog their wares on FB. Return to innocence. As it was for NBC, so it is for FB.

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Reading: The New Wilderness (Idle Words)

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ambient privacy

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What I’m reading 8 Feb 2018 – 9 Mar 2018

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What I’m reading 7 Jan 2017 through 13 Jan 2017

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What I’m reading 26 Jun 2015 through 11 Jul 2015

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What I’m reading 28 May 2015 through 9 Jun 2015

  • Re-imagining Twitter – Example of how making it complex changes its potential. There's nothing intuitive about categories and stories: they are social concepts imported to bootstrap connection. What they do is make contextual information explicit rather than implicit. That adds to what can be carried by 140 characters. Ease of use gives way to augmentation. The link to lowercase capital in the subhead of the article is both a prominent move and a declaration of alignment (calling attention to itself *because* it's in the subhead). If we make it more complex, more people will use it! – (augmentation twitter socialmedia socialpractices erhetoric )
  • What’s Your Algorithmic Citizenship? | Citizen Ex – A Chrome extension that records (locally) the physical location of the servers that hold the sites you visit. We have defined identity by place and origin. What happens when we become visitors? A DH project by James Bridle, co-commissioned by The space and the Southbank Centre. I'm in. – (DH identity geolocation geopsycology )
  • Writing, Unteachable or Mistaught? – – (comp_theory )
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Morgan’s pinboard for 28 Feb 2015 through 2 Mar 2015

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on pinboard for February 10th, 2014 through February 13th, 2014

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bookmarks for November 10th, 2013