Phenomenology of Mastodon
. By having a federated interface, users prioritize their experiences with a given community while being able to participate in the broader culture of the website. Recognition is the process of establishing the Other as a self, and the recognition of the self from others facilitates self-development. This paper is interested in how users recognize each other through in the specific servers, called “instances.”
work in progress but I feel good
Phenomenology of Mastodon
How do users recognize one another in social media? This paper focuses specifically on the phenomenological experience of using the website “Mastodon.” Mastodon is an open source social media platform. Its format is similar to Twitter; however, users can create their own servers for specific groups of people and continue to see posts from the main Mastodon server. Mastodon users refer to this as the “fediverse”, short for federated universe.
amazon, echo, ai
This exploration of Amazon Echo details how the simple "Alexa, please turn on the lights" requires vast infrastructures of human labour -- and exploitation.
My list of recommendations in Sci-Fi and Fantasy, containing only non-(white,male) authors. 14 authors I genuinely like or love, who have moved me or my worldview with their writing: https://rixx.de/blog/sff-perspectives/
WhatsApp is next - and it's been coming for a while
Facebook is rolling messaging between WhatsApp Instagram and Facebook messenger into one.
While they claim to add end-to-end encryption (let's see about that), the silent part is about profiles, contact lists and access.
Internally, the founders of WhatsApp left over this and employees are rebelling. That tells you a lot about how user-hostile these changes will be.
Zuck wants more data. #DeleteWhatsApp.
I resent this! My gender is linguine dammit! https://www.today.com/parents/gender-reveal-lasagna-now-thing-t147196
The "special drawer reserved for disappointing surprise presents for the children of people you don't like." I have one of these! I didn't know that's what it was called.
Trans Internet Security Risk
Big scary security side eye at the new Trans Browser Extension "Shinigami Eyes" which encourages trans people to tag pages as "trans friendly" and "anti trans".
Have already seen trans friends on social media have their pages on like facebook etc tagged. This can be done by anyone. It turns text links green or red respectively. So basically we're outting each other? Surely a huge dataset of trans people is incredibly stupid and dangerous?
There's a beautiful beautiful beautiful postcard book on kickstarter right now. I'm not sure if I want/need it... if I got it, I think I'd send them all as actual postcards. Trying to do more writing-writing. Shing Yin Khor paints lovely and creative otherworldy creatures.
A clean-out of a lecture hall at the University of St Andrews in Scotland led to a discovery of what may be the oldest surviving wall chart of periodic table, which appears to date back to 1885.
Be aware when spreading data and pictures. Here again is why. https://www.wired.com/story/facebook-10-year-meme-challenge
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