Sunday, August 17, 2014


TODAY: Journalist @radleybalko, author of "Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces."

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20 min in - radley

23 min - mindset of war zone with camos

End of Turkish tweets. One day ago, lots of people in Turkey were tweeting about #Ferguson, so I needed to update folks a bit.

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Useful! Very similar to what I do. RT @quinnnorton Doing journalism at protests, my guide w/ help from @OaklandElle.

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@terryheick Well, in the end, there is a human on the end of all. Yes, even Justin Bieber. I know hard to empathize but people are people.

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Line Dalile (@LineDalile)
8/16/14 6:42 AM
"You have to stop playing the game in order to change the content"

Al Jazeera America (@ajam)
8/16/14 6:44 AM
As outside groups descend on Ferguson, locals focus on Michael

Walter Isaacson (@WalterIsaacson)
8/16/14 7:01 AM
These guys will save us from Comcast. Root for a thousand of…

"What am I supposed to do/be to be qualified as a human?" Maisam Abumorr, a writer and student in Gaza, asks.

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The telegenically dead via @sarahkendzior

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Take away the strangers I interact with online and you eliminate 98% of my learning. @willrich45 #ELHST14

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8/17/14 7:00 AM
These 4 cities show what federal intervention could look like in

Salvatore Iaconesi (@xdxd_vs_xdxd)
8/17/14 7:01 AM
the power of algoritms…

Facebook’s selection for News Feed is based on previously shown preferences, with the EdgeRank as the malefactor of filtering: “EdgeRank demonstrates the paradox in the race for relevancy. To provide relevance, personalization algorithms need data. But the more data there is, the more sophisticated the filters must become to organize it. It’s a never-ending cycle.”
The 'You-loop,’ as Pariser aptly calls this tendency, makes our world literally and figuratively smaller. It deprives us more and more of encounters with unexpected sites, opinions and people. The online life becomes predictable indeed.
The 'You-loop,’ as Pariser aptly calls this tendency, makes our world literally and figuratively smaller. It deprives us more and more of encounters with unexpected sites, opinions and people. The online life becomes predictable indeed.
imaginary cosmopolitanism

A villainous question: who is interested in Pariser’s book? Perhaps those who believe that it fuels their own opinion and interests? Is the buying behavior of this book thus also the result of a ‘filter bubble’?
Pariser readily points to the following statement by Mark Zuckerberg: “A squirrel dying in your front yard may be more relevant to your interests right now than people dying in Africa.
Daddy Pariser then rushes to the window. His son asks: “Don’t you have to watch the news?” Pariser replies: “No, it’s only about Africa, after all.”
We have been filtering for a long time already. I see this narrowing of information not as a problem, but as a logical reaction. With the advent of the internet, the number of available sources has increased enormously, as well as the speed of news.
the equivalent information and preferences of another billion people. Just think, one billion people with a Facebook passport

what might change with 7 bill... while dancing with ie:  twitter...

The  algorithm formerly known as EdgeRank
Every day, more than 1.5 billion requests for attention (updates, comments, photos) are flooding over Facebook’s pages. Just within the Like economy, 2.5 billion likes assemble and fade away each day in the Facebook universe.
Needless to say, not every expression catches attention, and not every Friend’s posts, or organization’s updates that you are subscribed to, can all make it into your News Feed (otherwise it would be an almost unreadable rapid stream of data).
But the exact codes are kept under wraps by Facebook and Google; otherwise advertisers would exploit and de-legitimize the information aspect of searches, however personalized.
so same.. but to lesser degree by fb and google

Only China and India have more identities registered in one governed space. Here arises the first virtual empire, unless Facebook keeps on making costly mistakes….

Simonite emphasized the holy of research within Facebook in this quote: “Whatever happens, Marlow says, the primary goal of his team is to support the well-being of the people who provide Facebook with their data, using it to make the service smarter. Along the way, he says, he and his colleagues will advance humanity’s understanding of itself.
That echoes Zuckerberg’s often doubted but seemingly genuine belief that Facebook’s job is to improve how the world communicates.” Simonite continued with: “Just don’t ask yet exactly what that will entail.”

To become good 
you have to learn the rules. 
To become great 
you have to break them.

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Sobering piece by the characteristically insightful  Karim Makdisi

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As a black person in America, it's getting exhausting to still have to explain, in the year 2014, your right to exist in this country. To explain that you are a human being whose value sits no lower than anyone else's. To explain our basic humanity. 

"I fully expect that when video footage is found (dashcam or otherwise), Mike Brown will have done nothing that could warrant a reaction with fatal force, but people will still look and nitpick to find some breach of etiquette — seeming disrespectful, not responding quickly enough, jerking away from the cop — and say, "Well, of course he got shot!" A very scary proportion of the population responds to any police killing with logic that seems a lot like "If you're not treating a cop as a demigod, you should expect to die.""

"leave aside the presumption that #Ferguson should be international news (it shouldn't)"

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Image from autopsy report of Michael Brown who appears to have been shot multiple times in head. #Ferguson @nytimes

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I wouldn't have believed this if I hadn't heard it myself. Rewind livestream to 1:04:10 to hear it.

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Our Twitter list of 119 journalists covering #Ferguson:

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Regardless of the specifics of Mike Brown's case its clear that incident was a catalyst for feelings that run much deeper on both sides.

"...shot at least six times, including twice in the head.." Twice in the head. Twice.… #Ferguson

So, yes, part of what's going on is that the only signal you can given of Facebook is "like." How can you "like" a post about a dead boy?