What’s In It For Me? Turning Citizens Into Customers

How Will Capitalism End? (excerpt) by Michael Welton edited by O Society October 4, 2019 Sociation by consumption Wolfgang Streeck, author of How will capitalism end? [2016], provides us with a compelling and provocative analysis of how capitalism, slammed against the ropes and almost down for the count of ten, found a way out of its … Continue reading What’s In It For Me? Turning Citizens Into Customers

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?

Reading In All Media

by Ben Steele edited by O Society August 12, 2019 There is no end to people complaining about technology and new media. It isn’t limited to luddites and other varieties of reactionaries. One hears all kinds of views why the world is going down the crapper, from high-minded critiques from academics to your mother’s nagging … Continue reading Reading In All Media

Why Unmoderated Online Forums Always Degenerate Into Fascism

8chan is not unique: selection biases and online psychology mean all unmoderated forums will devolve by Keith Spencer edited by O Society August 10, 2019 he website 8chan, an image and message board modeled after 4chan but committed to even less moderation, is in the news again after the revelation that the El Paso shooter used … Continue reading Why Unmoderated Online Forums Always Degenerate Into Fascism

Athleisure, barre and kale: the tyranny of the ideal woman

How we became suckers for the hard labor of self-optimization. by Jia Tolentino edited by O Society August 2, 2019 The ideal woman is always generic. I bet you can picture the version of her that runs the show today. She’s of indeterminate age but resolutely youthful presentation. She’s got glossy hair and the clean, shameless … Continue reading Athleisure, barre and kale: the tyranny of the ideal woman

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

1500 Posts Later: My Experience Getting FaceBooked

Congratulations! You've made 1,500 posts on WordPress! Happy Anniversary with WordPress! You registered on WordPress.com 6 years ago. Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good work! ^ Message received ^ this week by O Society July 31, 2019 Got the above saying 1500 posts in a year, which is what, about 5 posts … Continue reading 1500 Posts Later: My Experience Getting FaceBooked