You’ll Never Be Lonely Again

by Helen Buyniski edited by O Society September 10, 2019 The pathologization of emotion has been on the march for decades, especially in the US, where fully one sixth of the adult population takes an antidepressant or other psychiatric drug. But with depression “conquered” by medication - even as both diagnosis rates and suicides are at … Continue reading You’ll Never Be Lonely Again

The Machine Always Wins: What Drives Our Addiction to Social Media?

The Twittering Machine by Richard Seymour edited by O Society September 10, 2019 We are swimming in writing. Our lives have become, in the words of the author and academic Shoshana Zuboff, an “electronic text”. Social media platforms have created a machine for us to write to. The bait is that we are interacting with other … Continue reading The Machine Always Wins: What Drives Our Addiction to Social Media?

Privacy is Power

https://youtu.be/GMMurru_M4k by Carissa Véliz edited by O Society August 2, 2019 Imagine having a master key for your life. A key or password that gives access to the front door to your home, your bedroom, your diary, your computer, your phone, your car, your safe deposit, your health records. Would you go around making copies of … Continue reading Privacy is Power

The Rise of the Automagicians

by John Steppling edited by O Society August 29, 2019 “In the case of both Big Tech and governmental surveillance agencies, undergirding a commitment to the inevitable and imminent time after-Earth is the appeal of science fiction aesthetics, concepts and projects, all aimed toward the new goal of having new places and opportunities to conquer, colonize … Continue reading The Rise of the Automagicians

Judge’s ruling throws huge spanner into US extradition proceedings against Assange

by Tom Coburg edited by O Society August 5, 2019 A US judge rules WikiLeaks is fully entitled to publish the Democratic National Congress (DNC) emails, which means no law was broken. The ruling is highly significant as it could impact upon the US extradition proceedings against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, as well as the ongoing imprisonment of whistleblower Chelsea … Continue reading Judge’s ruling throws huge spanner into US extradition proceedings against Assange

How Technology Hijacks Your Mind — from a Magician and Google Design Ethicist

Now this magic fellow tells us how the social media people make regular people more stoopider on purpose. by Tristan Harris edited by O Society August 1, 2019 “It is far easier to fool people than to convince them they’ve been fooled.” ~  Unknown. I’m an expert on how technology hijacks our psychological vulnerabilities. That’s why I … Continue reading How Technology Hijacks Your Mind — from a Magician and Google Design Ethicist

The Great Hack: film goes behind the scenes of the Facebook data scandal

This week, a Netflix documentary on Cambridge Analytica sheds light on one of the most complex scandals of our time. Carole Cadwalladr, who broke the story and appears in the film, looks at the fallout – and finds ‘surveillance capitalism’ out of control by Carole Cadwalladr edited by O Society July 22, 2019 Cambridge Analytica became the … Continue reading The Great Hack: film goes behind the scenes of the Facebook data scandal