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The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Neat articles on racist AI, real-style ghostwriting, The Flintstones and more interesting stuff.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week, Josh and Chuck read tons of great articles, some of them really good. Here are the best of the bunch for your enjoyment.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week, Josh and Chuck read a ton of great articles. Here are the best of the bunch.

How Manhunts Work

When a suspect or prisoner goes on the lam there are plenty of ways to hide: in plain sight, in the mountains, in another country. There are as many types of ways law enforcement uses to track wanted people as their are ways to go on the lam, but there are some founding principles to carrying out a successful manhunt and they actually include you. Learn about how the fuzz tracks down fugitives and how it's evolving in the age of social media in this episode.

Persona Management Software: A little birdie created your opinion

A Daily Kos post by Happy Rockefeller about the recent tearing back of the flesh of the media that has revealed the very real propaganda that makes up much of its sinew and tissue -- the result of the work of WikiLeaks, Anonymous, mainstream media stories about the Koch Brothers, prank calls by alt-weekly editors to state governors and the like -- worries that it poses a real threat to social stability and the well-being of the general public.

TechCrunch ran an op-ed piece a couple weeks ago (thanks for the link, LOML) prognosticating that the relentless push of social media will soon be accountable for erasure of the line between business reputation and real life reputation. The bottom line, says the article's author, Michael Arrington, is that reputation is dead. In the near future, there will be nothing but reality. And is that such a bad thing? How horrible is reality? The guy who is ever chipper when you see him in the break room weekday mornings has been drunk at a wedding before. You know this because you've seen photos of him in suspenders, cigar dangling inexpertly between clenched teeth and all.

So I'm definitely not the tech writer around here, which is why I'll write about the sociological implications of Twitter rather than any technology behind it. That and I'm afraid of Chris Pollette and Jonathan Strickland following me into the bathroom and locking the door behind them. For being so pasty, those two know how to wield bicycle chains and car radio antennae with surprising effectiveness. I do not, in fact, have a Twitter account. I'll probably be a member of the 26th wave (coming up two from now), but I am fascinated by the ideal Web 2.0 model our society's faithfully followed, as established by MySpace and perfected by Facebook, wherein a clever new social media technology is unrolled, early adopters figure out even cleverer novel uses for it, these new uses are picked up by the aged media, which disseminates news of the tech to everybody else who, in turn, take up use of the service, which leads to more media exposure, even further use and the final stage, complete and utter entrenchment in said society.