How snide algorithms and social media marketing can be

This was taken from the video of Matt Damon reading a Howard Zinn quote. I don’t think many people realize that he was reading someone elses words and were just cheering him on for who he is.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m very glad that he uses his position to bring social injustice and social challenges to our attention, but he could have also read who the quote was from. Because this way, a lot of people who don’t really know just think: oh, he’s a cool guy and he does intelligent social commentary.

Anyway, the point really is that at the end of the video, the little rider slides in from the right, which I thought was just a farce in and of itself. I did not click it although I hate corruption.

Google würde grün wählen. Und Du? | Der Musikpartisane

Mein ganz persönliches Gefühl, gut ausgedrückt:

Für dich, wie für viele Künstler, waren die Grünen immer eine politische Heimat, und auch der Musikpartisane hat, seit er denken kann, immer grün gewählt. Vergessen wir mal, dass der  grüne Minister Michael Vesper in NRW  unter Rot-Grün von 1995 bis 2005 breitbeinig den Kulturbereich zusammengekürzt hat. Vergessen wir mal, dass die grüne baden-württembergische Ministerin Theresia Bauer ein paar Musikschulen zum Systemabsturz bringt, um das gewonnene Geld dann in irgendeine Studienberatung zu stecken. Vergessen wir mal, dass die Grünen die Neufassung des Urhebervertragsrechts 2002 mitgetragen haben, das nach massivem Druck von Verlegerseite zu Ungunsten der Urheber aufgeweicht wurde. Das wollen die Grünen jetzt im Sinne der Urheber wieder etwas aufpimpen, womit nur die bittere Pille versüßt werden soll, die du als Künstler zu schlucken hast: im Netz sind deine Rechte nicht durchsetztbar, komm klar damit!

Ich bin frustriert, hilf- und ratlos.

Google würde grün wählen. Und Du? | Der Musikpartisane.

Startups: Innovation Through Inferiority!

I know I write this too often, but I’ve been thinking exactly what this article puts into the right words. Disruption is all fine and dandy, but what does it really do for a society and especially the middle class?

What this means is that Silicon Valley venture-backed startup companies generally make worse, not better products. Their main advantage is that they are cheaper and therefore more accessible to the average person, which enables populist-sounding marketing. So Airbnb is cheaper but worse than a hotel; blogs are cheaper but worse than newspapers; user-generated content in general is free but worse than professionally produced content.

Startups: Innovation Through Inferiority!.

Interview with the Guardian editors who broke the PRISM news

This interview raises a couple of discussion points that are central in the debate about government surveillance and that are really the issues we as a society have to talk about and balance with our need for security.

– oversight

– the ability of citizens to dissent (a central element in a democracy) without going into self-censoring

– journalists ability to privately communicate with sources and in doing so protecting those sources

It’s worth watching:

Internet, media, marketing and honesty

Over the past 15 years of using the internet, one of the memes that always comes up is that of “connecting people” and that of getting to the bottom of things, the “spreading of knowledge”.

My experience is a different one: it used to be this way. I remember when researching about my canoo trip in northern Canada, I found lots of really useful pages of people who had done these trips before or who lived in the area and took pleasure in informing. This sort of research has pretty much disappeared from my life, because it’s almost impossible to find valuable information. SEO and bland content farming created a worthless web of information (pardon the pun).

Going hand in hand with this is the delusion of democratizing relationships because you can now directly “connect with your fans”. As this latest story on Mashable about George Takei’s ghostwriter shows, it’s the same as it used to be: the audience is falling for manufactured publicity from professional media creators, only now it’s even harder to recognize and the audience is actively helping to promote it.

I’m sorry, but this doesn’t strike me as a free thinking society but more of a blatant display of how sheepish humans can be and how important it is to be alert and observant.

BBC poll: Germany most popular country in the world

I truly wonder how the f this happened:

Germany is the most positively viewed nation in the world in this year’s annual Country Ratings Poll for the BBC World Service.

via BBC News – BBC poll: Germany most popular country in the world.

… and it’s not even April fools day or anything. What a strange headline 73 years after some of the worst atrocities the world has ever seen committed by Germans.

But let’s not be complacent, there’s still a lot to be done:

  • turning Germany into a true immigration country
  • fixing the worlds energy/co2 problems through smart new technology
  • elevating the education system to even higher standards
  • focusing on raising children as true world citizens not just engineers
  • oh and better cookies.

BR Spacenight

ASCII Network
Wie man nun lesen kann, wird die Spacenight auf BR wohl doch nicht eingestellt, sondern soll im Herbst weiterlaufen, dann aber mit Musik unterlegt sein, die unter CC-Lizenz steht. Der BR scheint davon auszugehen, dass diese Musik “frei” im englischen Sinne von “free” also umsonst ist. Dem ist aber mitnichten so.

Urheber (auch Künstler, die sich für die Lizensierung unter dem Creative Commons Modell entschieden haben!) haben einen gesetzlichen Anspruch auf angemessene Vergütung und gerade im Falle eines öffentlich-rechtlichen Senders ist es  nicht nachvollziehbar, dass Redakteure, Editoren (Schnitt), Techniker, Stromversorger etc. pp alle durch  die GEZ den Rundfunkbeitrag mit öffentlichen Geldern finanziert werden, aber Rohstofflieferanten (als nichts anderes ist der Content zu betrachten) davon ausgenommen sein sollen.

Ich kann den Künstlern, die sich für Creative Commons Lizensierung entscheiden nur dringend ans Herz legen:

  • achtet auf Eure Rechte
  • laßt Euch nicht über den Tisch ziehen
  • vom Promotioneffekt allein kann man keine Miete bezahlen

How the Internet really works – and it’s not pretty

When the tech pundits talk about free speech then they easily forget the power structures of the “new world”

This article is worth a read If you have little experience and understanding of what is going on under the hood.

And to the people over at EFF and netzpolitik.org I shout: why don’t you work on democratically based tools and mechanisms to keep forces balanced instead of moving over the currently broken equilibrium of the Internet to the real world?

When it comes to mods, the political model of Reddit is not so much a vast digital democracy, as it’s often framed by fans and users, as online feudalism. Moderators like Violentacrez are given absolute control over their turf in exchange for keeping the kingdom of Reddit strong. Moderators become more or less powerful in direct relation to the number and popularity of the subreddits they moderate, so they try to take over other subreddits to boost their profile in the community. Inevitably, Reddit’s administrators develop relationships with the most influential moderators. Like feuding medieval lords vying for the king’s favor, moderators form alliances or wage epic flame wars over power struggles.