The tech predictions by Jefferson Graham on the USA Today website include a couple of tidbits about the possibility of users going over the new Google limits, and thus paying to keep their Gmail accounts, and the possibility of paid … Read More
It’s looking more and more like the Twitter Bitcoin scam was an inside job, or at least aided quite a bit by someone inside of Twitter who had access to do all of that. But, the interesting part, to me, … Read More
One of the most popular arguments we hear, and one I’ve made myself, is that to truly stay informed, and avoid living in the bubble of our own political bias, we need to make sure we are getting information from a variety of sources, including ones we may not agree with.
This study seems to be telling us that isn’t enough, and it can easily be manipulated. If I read an opposing viewpoint, and there’s no reward for doing so, I’m unlikely to really be influenced by it, but if I read an opposing viewpoint and get rewarded for it, I’m more likely to change my mind.
Now, remember that emotional contagion we might get from social media? What if I shared one side of a political view, and got rewarded by the algorithms or whomever with lots of likes and comments, and the post got shared a whole bunch, but posts from the other side, got none of that? Which side am I more likely to agree with? Right, the one that I got better grades on. Not because it’s true, better, or more accurate, but because I am rewarded for thinking that way. Rewarded the way I’ve been my whole life, since I was a little boy, from the first time my parents wanted me to behave a certain way, all the way through my school years, and for all of my career.
How hard would that be to fight against? Almost impossible, I’d say. How easy would it be for social media to do it, either the companies themselves, or large groups of users?
How does that influence what we do see on social media?… Read More
It seems like someone I know, or know about, is sharing their experience of layoffs or salary cuts, or just finding some other reason to be looking for a job at least once a week now. So, naturally I’ve been … Read More
“Who said it? Why do I trust them? Have they been wrong in the past?” Once upon a time, in the blogging world, the idea of curation was an important one. The idea was that while we wanted to be … Read More
On-Premise Tech’s Swan Song? Pandemic Places Greater Emphasis on the Cloud Zoom needs to clean up its privacy act What You Don’t Know Will Hurt You: Technology Competence in the Time of COVID-19 Privacy Tip #232 – Spam Phone Calls … Read More
I think, statistically speaking, there’s no way that it won’t. I’m listening to a recent episode of Seth Godin’s podcast entitled Sample Size http://aca.st/0d21e1. Go listen to it, really. What struck me from some of the examples that he gave, … Read More