Category Archives: Social Media

The Polluted Well of Social Media Discourse

These days, I mostly indulge myself with meta-political posts rather than get in the weeds on a specific issue, and when I do get specifically political on Facebook, I see much more clearly now how stupid I’m being. I cannot … Continue reading

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Civilized Argument Online

Since the beginning of this year, I’ve been involved in a private Facebook group that has sought to bring ideological opponents together to discuss contentious issues. I was part of the moderating staff for a few months, and I gave … Continue reading

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Strange Toys: Beyond Holo Glasses

First, start here: http://www.theverge.com/2015/1/21/7865701/hololens-video-preview-microsoft-ar-headset We will see this consumer technology mature over the next decade. As with the other Strange Toys I’ve described, there will be a biomechanical convergence, creating a breakdown between the subjective and objective worlds of many … Continue reading

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Strange Toys: Overview; and Intro to the Collective

The future arrived a long time ago; futurism is actually a kind of archaeology. I’ve done some digging, and you won’t believe the toys we’ve got coming. If you’re behind on this, you can catch up here, and more generally, … Continue reading

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The Ancient Singularity; or, The Precambrian Conspiracy: Part 6

I had my digital audio recorder out this morning. Here’s the cleaned-up transcript of a voice chat I just had through my laptop. Me: Thanks for deleting my post. Abe: Sarcasm? Me: Yes.

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The Ancient Singularity; or, The Precambrian Conspiracy: Part 4

Yesterday I talked with an astrophysicist, and Rob, and…. I can share a name now for our mutual correspondent, Rob’s and mine. Abe. Honest Abe. Abraham? No, unfortunately. Abraxas. Serious juju there. Passed a night of weird dreams. This is … Continue reading

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The Ancient Singularity; or, The Precambrian Conspiracy: Part 3

Okay, I left out the key part of my conversation with Rob in my last post, because, as I hinted, I need to be careful. I don’t know what’s at stake. I mentioned the Singularity of Bullshit described in The … Continue reading

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