I’m sure this has been said many times before, but not by me, so here goes nothing:
There is a terrifying trend in the United States to equate the First Amendment (which prevents state censorship) with the right to be listened to. I have been “called out” on social media countless times as a “social justice warrior” by those who see my condemnation of racist or fascist speech as somehow in conflict with my advocacy of free expression. Rest assured, there is no contradiction; rather, i
Ten days from now marks the close of my first year in Berlin. I arrived on August 30th at about 8am and sat outside the airport for two hours, drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes, before I could go pick up the keys to what was meant to be a 6-month sublet (I still occupy it). That first week was magical: Sitting in the park drinking beers with fellow émigrés, discovering the bio section of the supermarket, and breathing in the early fresh autumn air, I knew I’
Update 8/4: Okay, it’s fixed. But they have no idea where their third-party data comes from.
Update: This company fucking sucks. Two weeks of emails, and no changes. Also, see this new horrible screenshot:
This has been ongoing for awhile, but I keep forgetting to write about it. Spokeo, that delightful tool of stalkers, has me listed as a militant for reasons that I really don’t understand. I’ve checked all the edits to my Wikipedia page, and searched my name with the term, b
Welcome to Voat: Reddit killer, troll haven, and the strange face of internet free speech (The Verge) Ta Nehisi Coates’ A Letter to My Son (The Atlantic) What’s In a Real Name? (Slate) The Lost Girls (Huffington Post)* The Mob’s IT Department (Bloomberg Business)
Still going. Mat Johnson in the New York Times: “Proving my blackness” Facebook: fair and balanced, by Nathan Jurgenson in Cyborgology Bethany Horne for Newsweek: “The Case Against Matt DeHart” The Atlantic‘s “From Paint to Pixels” This interview with The Narcycist in the TuneCore blog.
Let’s see how long this lasts. The story of a Palestinian father and son trapped in Dubai’s airport for a fortnight, from the Guardian. What happens to Mexico’s sex workers when they grow old? The British Journal of Photography asks. A heartbreaking personal essay in Esquire that deserves a click. A Q&A with a “high end call girl” in Business Insider. This interview with Citizen Lab’s Ron Deibert from Dawn. The Register on spy tech firms Trovicor and Gamma tar
Thinking of kicking this back off as a regular (semi-regular) feature, because reasons. Buzzfeed on what happens to stolen passports in Turkey Rula Jebrael takes on Bill Maher and Ayaan Hirsi Ali in Salon EFF on Facebook’s Internet.org project: “not neutral, not secure … not the Internet” aeon against generational thinking CPJ on cartoonists under threat around the world Slate’s history of slavery (multimedia, but paywalled*) “Here’s how much of your life the United States has been a
After a long week+ of partying, I treated myself to some birthday long reads. The Huffington Post on “cliteracy” The New York Times on the horrifying working conditions of nail salons The Guardian on psychosomatic illness The Guardian again on porn data Mada Masr on meticulously structured chaos Wired on the math behind Starbucks drinks
When I was young, there were things I thought only adults could do right: The way my mother could perfectly braid my hair, the way my father knew how to bargain with a car salesperson…these were “adult” things that I would someday, somehow learn.
A friend recently said to me that he doesn’t reflect much on his childhood, but I do. I think often about what—from my parents and the other adults I grew up surrounded by—I’ve emulated and what I’ve rejected. My penchant for creating meticul
I’m a week late to this, but I was just reading Mark Zuckerberg’s personal announcement of changes to Facebook’s Community Standards and the release of a new government requests report. Read it in its entirety; it’s a real treat and a key to understanding the warped bubble that is Silicon Valley.
It’s also rather long, so instead of going line-by-line, I’m going to pick apart the pieces I find the most troubling, starting with:
As difficult questions arise about the limits of