The Rise in Self-Proclaimed Time Travelers
They’ve come from the future for two reasons: 1) To save us from ourselves; and 2) to make YouTube confessionals
Notes From An Emergency
Speaking of Maciej Cegłowski, here is the text of a recent talk. Lots here on the rise of the nationalist right and its use of tech, the “feudal internet” of huge tech companies that dominate our online lives, and what can be done about it.
Mary Meeker’s 2017 internet trends report: All the slides, plus analysis
How Congress dismantled federal Internet privacy rules
After lobbying from nice organizations like the major telecoms, advertisers, Facebook and Google, while everyone else was distracted by the Trump shitshow, Republicans gutted Obama-era laws preventing ISPs from selling your browsing history. Because clearly what the world needs is more creepy microtargeted psychometric manipulation
How I Got My Attention Back
Certainly the present day online environment is not conducive to sustained attention, but it’s a hard trick at the best of times (see: concept of monkey mind). Going offline helps! But the attention muscle must also be exercised.