Sunday, November 17, 2019

Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow In Corporate-Controlled Speech

The tech investor Marc Andreessen once said that in the future, there will be two types of people:
“People who tell computers what to do, and people who are told by computers what to do.”
(Also that thing about the boot & the human face.)

Kevin Roose / New York Times:
As millions pay for premium subscriptions to have a “clean” digital media experience, privacy and freedom from advertising are gradually becoming luxury goods  —  Photo illustration by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari  —  A decade ago, an internet video start …
Ashkan Soltani / @ashk4n:   How freedom from advertising, not just privacy, is a luxury good ‘in the future, there will be two types of people: “people who tell computers what to do, and people who are told by computers what to do”’
Sam Lessin / @lessin:   It is kinda interesting to watch the idea that privacy is a ‘premium good’ go mainstream in NYT articles. The tech world has been talking about this inversion as obvious for 10+ years.. i.e. this is me making this point in @jeffjarvis book in 2010!
Albert Lloreta / @albertlloreta:   'You've always had Louis Vuitton handbags. Now you have software that makes you feel the same way.'
Rowan Walrath / @rowanwalrath:   “We have not fully appreciated how much of our internet experience is shaped by socioeconomic status, and the magnitude of the tax the internet imposes on lower-income users in the form of data-sucking devices and predatory ads.”
Dwight Silverman / @dsilverman:   “It's not surprising that given the choice between a free, seedy internet and a costly, orderly one, more people are opening their wallets.” The “premium” internet vs. the free one. Via the @NYTmag - behind a paywall, natch.
Bear Braumoeller / @prof_bearb:   I genuinely can't tell whether this is a sincere and profoundly blinkered attempt to portray paid internet services as classist, or a brilliantly subtle attempt to promote them. (Or both.)
David Montgomery / @dhmontgomery:   “Paying for goods and services online used to mean you were an easy mark — someone too lazy or unsophisticated to figure out the necessary hacks and workarounds. Now, subscriptions are a status symbol.” @kevinroose on the New Internet:
Daniel Tunkelang / @dtunkelang:   “Free” was always a lie. If you aren't paying for the product, you are the product — and you're paying with your attention, data, or worse. As Joan Didion said, people with self-respect know the price of things.
Mathew Ingram / @mathewi:   “In the moment, it felt vaguely like extortion — as if $11.99 was the price not just of uninterrupted entertainment but also of fencing off my brain from low-rent scammers and opportunists”
Silvia Pareschi / @silviapareschi2:   The tech investor Marc Andreessen once said that in the future, there will be two types of people: “people who tell computers what to do, and people who are told by computers what to do.”
Frank Pasquale / @frankpasquale:   “Fortnite character skins — they're like costumes for your avatar — have become a source of social cachet for young kids. Poorer kids who use the free, default skin inside the game report being bullied by their peers who can afford to buy rarer ones.”
John Zhu / @jzheel:   This is a pretty crappy take, mainly bc the examples don't back up the premise. Freedom from ads/"online cesspool" is NOT the value proposition for Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, etc.
Parmy Olson / @parmy:   “If privacy becomes an expensive add-on, the rich and the poor will have very different experiences of the internet.” Great write-up of where this trend is going.
Kevin Roose / @kevinroose:   I wrote an essay for the @NYTmag's tech and design issue about the “luxury internet” — a kind of digital farm-to-table movement for people who want to pay to escape the clunky, predatory free internet and inhabit tasteful, private spaces instead.
more at Techmeme »

Also This:

Sam Tabachnik / Denver Post:
Craig Silverman, a talk radio host on the conservative Colorado station KNUS, says he was cut off mid-show and fired after segment criticizing President Trump  —  Craig Silverman, a former chief deputy district attorney in Denver and talk-show host on the conservative 710 KNUS radio station …
Jake Tapper / @jaketapper:   Denver Post: Radio host Craig Silverman cut off mid-show for criticizing President Trump
Jeremy Fuster / The Wrap:   Conservative Denver Radio Host Fired Midshow After Criticizing Trump
Tracy Connor / The Daily Beast:   Denver Radio Host Booted Mid-Show for Trump Criticism
Alex Seitz-Wald / @aseitzwald:   “Silverman's show page appears to have been removed from the station's website. A link to his show gives a “404 Error — NotFound.”
Brian Stelter / @brianstelter:   This host will join me live on Sunday's @ReliableSources on CNN:
Matthew Yglesias / @mattyglesias:   This seems in some ways like a bigger deal than a contretemps at a student newspaper
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:   Radio host taken off air mid-show after replaying clip of him discussing Trump and Roy Cohn
Joe Walsh / @walshfreedom:   Pathetic. @craigscolorado was a great, honest voice on the radio. But @SalemMediaGrp & almost all of conservative talk radio don't want honesty. They want Trump worship. Salem got rid of @MedvedSHOW because he wouldn't worship Trump & they pressured me to worship Trump. Pathetic.
Axe fell quickly, didn't it? Must be the thinner atmosphere of the Mile-High City.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

...that boot face thing might just be Orwell