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let me think about your offer to "open your front windows while we back a garbage truck up to them"
hmm. Very tempting, but
@natecull when I see of anything like that, I am much more likely to blatantly steal whatever content is there (which is rarely of good quality anyway) and re-use it without attribution (or simply mock it)
TBH if half the ad funded sites run out of money and go away I don't even think it will be that great a loss, a whole bulk of them are relaying press releases of other marketing companies anyway...
@natecull @vfrmedia i’ve had discussions on here with various people about how intractible it now is to build a new browser from scratch due to how huge the html spec is, and its inclusion of patented video tech. i think there’s an unfulfilled niche for browsers that are limited in scope though. e.g a browser that is just a reader mode. a browser that is just good at high performance games and interactive art. etc.
Possibly that bit only happened because there was a war between the intelligence services.
Also because Democrats controlled the Senate and didn't like the Republican president and were able to muscle him out.
But yeah, the American news hounds, eventually, against all their instincts and training and CIA connections, somehow decided to throw in their lot with... the CIA faction vs the post-Hoover FBI faction.
It was a brief moment of light.
@zensaiyuki @natecull @vfrmedia it's not just shocking headlines and outrage. There's no long-term agenda behind topic selections either. The algorithm is just: tune into the ambient noise of the society, amplify the highest peaks to extreme, rake in your ad money, and repeat.
To the extent media controls the society, we're just doing a random walk. I'm not sure this is better than propaganda. At least with propaganda, you could reverse it to get at the truth. What we have today is just bullshit.
with Russians, I've always thought a significant amount of the motivation is from Gen X'ers who remember the collapse of the Soviet Union and want revenge for that (much more so than Mr Putin who is now in late middle age, or the religious chaps in RU) - and these younger lot really don't care if the whole World might burn..
@zensaiyuki @natecull @vfrmedia Also, and I think this is the core point in the context of the original discussion: this problem exists only because of #advertising. The whole capability to easily target arbitrary subsets of a population exists only to deliver advertising.
So don't blame the trolls, blame #adtech that facilitates it.
Did I say yet that advertising is a cancer on modern society?
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