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Your smartphone is making you stupid, antisocial and unhealthy. So why can’t you put it down? - The Globe and Mail

The makers of smartphone apps rightly believe that part of the reason we're so curious about those notifications is that people are desperately insecure and crave positive feedback with a kneejerk desperation. Matt Mayberry, who works at a California startup called Dopamine Labs, says it's common knowledge in the industry that Instagram exploits this craving by strategically withholding "likes" from certain users. If the photo-sharing app decides you need to use the service more often, it'll show only a fraction of the likes you've received on a given post at first, hoping you'll be disappointed with your haul and check back again in a minute or two. "They're tying in to your greatest insecurities," Mr. Mayberry said.

 

Washington Monthly | How to Fix Facebook—Before It Fixes Us

Die Horror-Vorstellung schlechthin: mit relative wenig Geld können zukünftig nationale Entscheidungen manipuliert werden.

When citizens of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in June 2016, most observers were stunned. The polls had predicted a victory for the “Remain” campaign. And common sense made it hard to believe that Britons would do something so obviously contrary to their self-interest. But neither common sense nor the polling data fully accounted for a crucial factor: the new power of social platforms to amplify negative messages.

The most important tool used by Facebook and Google to hold user attention is filter bubbles. The use of algorithms to give consumers “what they want” leads to an unending stream of posts that confirm each user’s existing beliefs. On Facebook, it’s your news feed, while on Google it’s your individually customized search results. The result is that everyone sees a different version of the internet tailored to create the illusion that everyone else agrees with them. Continuous reinforcement of existing beliefs tends to entrench those beliefs more deeply, while also making them more extreme and resistant to contrary facts. Facebook takes the concept one step further with its “groups” feature, which encourages like-minded users to congregate around shared interests or beliefs. While this ostensibly provides a benefit to users, the larger benefit goes to advertisers, who can target audiences even more effectively.

... we should consider that the time has come to revive the country’s traditional approach to monopoly. Since the Reagan era, antitrust law has operated under the principle that monopoly is not a problem so long as it doesn’t result in higher prices for consumers. Under that framework, Facebook and Google have been allowed to dominate several industries—not just search and social media but also email, video, photos, and digital ad sales, among others—increasing their monopolies by buying potential rivals like YouTube and Instagram. While superficially appealing, this approach ignores costs that don’t show up in a price tag. Addiction to Facebook, YouTube, and other platforms has a cost. Election manipulation has a cost. Reduced innovation and shrinkage of the entrepreneurial economy has a cost. All of these costs are evident today. We can quantify them well enough to appreciate that the costs to consumers of concentration on the internet are unacceptably high.

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People voting for Brexit or Trump were already favorable to Brexit or Trump BEFORE they were presented some link to click on. They clicked because they were actually interested into the content. They were not forced against there will to click on the link and read the content and then react to that content by actually voting for Brexit or Trump.

This article is a big piece of shit full of sophisms in the search of a big bad wolf narrative.

 
 

Seele der Kunst

schläft am schönsten und häßlichsten Platz der Stadt: Platz am Kaisersteg in Schöneweide.

 

Schöneweide über Wasser

Ein Spaziergang in der alten Heimat hat mich über den Kaisersteg geführt. Den hat es zu DDR-Zeiten nicht gegeben. Es ist erstaunlich. Brücken ohne Straßen dienen wirklich den Menschen. Kein Transit mit Lärm und Gestank möglich.

 

Der Vater mit dem Sohne

in den Herbstferien bei Kranichfeld, Thüringen. Da entreißt der HERR mir die Kamera und macht aus der Hüfte einfach mal Kunst.

 

Guter Jahrgang

Innovativ 1966 - Antiquiert 1989. Aber ein guter Jahrgang ist das schon: 1966. Der HEER und ich im Wartburg-Museum der AWE-Stiftung.

 

Coupé im Camping

Eisenach heißt Wartburg, also auch die auf vier Rädern. Der HERR und ich waren im Wartburg-Museum AWE. Wir hatten unseren Spaß.

 

Es gibt immer was zu tun

Nach der Wartburg-Besteigung waren wir noch in Eisenach. Ein Haus wurde noch nicht saniert und hatte so einen gewissen Charme. Aber nur, weil es eben nur ein Haus war. Eine ganze Stadt wünscht man sich so nicht.

 

Es waren zwei Winkel

in Erfurt, die konnten nicht zueinander finden.