*probably* just perfectly normal time zoney things and not Microsoft's own servers being ransomwared in the print spooler by their own spooler, but a result of living in a UTC+12 country is that the USA very often presents itself to us as literally and not just figuratively asleep during global emergencies they've caused.
It must be really amazing to live in a country where the people who make all the decisions that shape your world are at least actually awake during the same hours you are.
I remember visiting NYC in 2002 and being stunned by how deceptively easy it was, being physically in New York, to walk down Times Square and think the TV channels there were just a mirror held up to *you* and were not even media, because people on TV wore the same clothes, spoke in the same accent as people in the street.
On this subject: Jaron Lanier, talking to New York Magazine, April 2021 on "What Went Wrong With The Internet"
<< To me, one of the patterns we see that makes the world go wrong is when somebody acts as if they aren’t powerful when they actually are powerful. So if you’re still reacting against whatever you used to struggle for, but actually you’re in control, then you end up creating great damage in the world. .. . And Silicon Valley’s kind of like that. >>
<< There’s this strange feeling when you just look outside of the tight circle of Silicon Valley, almost like entering another country, where people are less secure. It’s not a good feeling. I don’t think it’s worth it, I think we’re wrong to want that feeling. .. It’s like we’re the people running the casino and everybody else takes the risks and we don’t. .>>
<< lately it kind of feels like both at the start and at the end of the life of a start-up, things are a little bit more constrained. It used to be that you didn’t have to know the right people, but now you do. You have to get in with the right angel investors or incubator or whatever at the start. And they’re just a small number, it’s like a social order, you have to get into them. And then the output on the other side is usually being acquired by one of a very small number of top companies. >>
<< I used to talk about how virtual reality could be a tool for empathy, and then I see Mark Zuckerberg talking about how VR could be a tool for empathy while being profoundly nonempathic, using VR to tour Puerto Rico after the storm, after Maria. One has this feeling of having contributed to something that’s gone very wrong. >>
<< I think the fundamental mistake we made is that we set up the wrong financial incentives, and that’s caused us to turn into jerks and screw around with people too much. Way back in the ’80s, we wanted everything to be free because we were hippie socialists. But we also loved entrepreneurs because we loved Steve Jobs. So you wanna be both a socialist and a libertarian at the same time, and it’s absurd. But that’s the kind of absurdity that Silicon Valley culture has to grapple with. >>
<< It’s this thing that we were warned about. It’s this thing that we knew could happen. Norbert Wiener, who coined the term cybernetics, warned about it as a possibility. And despite all the warnings, and despite all of the cautions, we just walked right into it, and we created mass behavior-modification regimes out of our digital networks. We did it out of this desire to be both cool socialists and cool libertarians at the same time. >>
Man Jaron is so on it.
<< Before Wikipedia, I think it would have been viewed as being this horrible thing to say that there could only be one encyclopedia, and that there would be one dominant entry for a given topic. Instead, there were different encyclopedias. ...
And then we moved to this idea that we have a single dominant encyclopedia that was supposed to be the truth for the global AI or something like that. But there’s something deeply pernicious about that. >>
<< that process of people being put into a global system in which they’re supposed to work together toward some sort of dominating megabrain that’s the one truth didn’t seem to bring out the best in people.. people turned aggressive and mean-spirited when they interacted in that context...
..that seems to bring out this meanness in people, where people get into this kind of mob mentality and they become unkind to each other. >>
Yep! It's so true. The anger is because the stakes are zero/all.
But not just Wikipedia (which is still moderately functional despite ideological wars), very different cultures like 4chan which bought deeply into "from anonymity, brutal honesty, and from conflict, truth" found that.... just wasn't what happened. Conflict didn't breed honesty but its opposite, complete flights of mean-spirited fantasy.
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