Hypothes.is Notebook

As I use my domain here as a commonplace book of sorts, below is a list of my highlights and comments across the web using the Hypothes.is annotation tool. It’s made possible by a plugin made by Kris Shaffer and discussed at Hypothes.is Aggregator ― a WordPress plugin and Hypothes.is as a public research notebook.

Chris Aldrich | Hypothes.is “Notebook”

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How Facebook Is Killing Comedy

Facebook is the great de-contextualizer.

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How Facebook Is Killing Comedy

the internet was a better place 3-4 years ago. It used to be fruitful, but it’s like a desert now.

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How Facebook Is Killing Comedy

Recommending things for people is a personal act, and there are people who are good at it. There are critics. There are blogs. It’s not beneficial to us to turn content recommendations over to an algorithm, especially one that’s been optimized for garbage.

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How Facebook Is Killing Comedy

Here’s another analogy, and I learned this in an ecology class: In the 1800s (or something), there were big lords, or kings or something, who had giant estates with these large forests. And there were these foresters who had this whole notion of how to make a perfectly designed forest, where the trees would be pristinely manicured and in these perfect rows, and they would get rid of all the gross stuff and dirt. It was just trees in a perfect, human-devised formation that you could walk through. Within a generation, these trees were emaciated and dying. Because that’s how a forest works — it needs to be chaotic. It needs bugs and leaves, it makes the whole thriving ecosystem possible. That’s what this new internet should be. It won’t survive as this human-designed, top-down thing that is optimized for programmatic ads. It feels like a desert. There’s no nutrition, there’s no opportunity to do anything cool.

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How Facebook Is Killing Comedy

And then it becomes impossible to know what a good thing to make is anymore.

This is where webmentions on sites can become valuable. People posting "read" posts or "watch" posts (or even comments) indicating that they saw something could be the indicator to the originating site that something is interesting/valuable and could be displayed by that site. (This is kind of like follower counts, but for individual pieces of content, so naturally one would need to be careful about gaming.)

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How Facebook Is Killing Comedy

It’s like if The New York Times had their own subscriber base, but you had to pay the paperboy for every article you wanted to see.

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How Facebook Is Killing Comedy

Facebook is essentially running a payola scam where you have to pay them if you want your own fans to see your content.

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How Facebook Is Killing Comedy

And I want it to feel that way to other people so that when they go to a cool website, they are inspired: They see human beings putting love and care into something.  

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How Facebook Is Killing Comedy

If someone at Facebook sees this, I want them to know, if they care at all about the idea that was the internet, they need to start thinking through what they are doing. Otherwise, then you’re just like Lennie from Of Mice and Men — a big dumb oaf crushing the little mouse of the internet over and over and not realizing it.

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How Facebook Is Killing Comedy

The EU has a bunch of laws kicking in to keep this in check — one is algorithmic transparency, where these places need to tell me why they are showing me something.

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How Facebook Is Killing Comedy

Facebook has created a centrally designed internet. It’s a lamer, shittier looking internet.

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How Facebook Is Killing Comedy

The whole story is basically that Facebook gets so much traffic that they started convincing publishers to post things on Facebook. For a long time, that was fine. People posted things on Facebook, then you would click those links and go to their websites. But then, gradually, Facebook started exerting more and more control of what was being seen, to the point that they, not our website, essentially became the main publishers of everyone’s content. Today, there’s no reason to go to a comedy website that has a video if that video is just right on Facebook. And that would be fine if Facebook compensated those companies for the ad revenue that was generated from those videos, but because Facebook does not pay publishers, there quickly became no money in making high-quality content for the internet.

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How Facebook Is Killing Comedy

“Mark Zuckerberg just walked into Funny or Die and laid off all my friends.”

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How Facebook Is Killing Comedy

eliminated its entire editorial team following a trend of comedy websites scaling back, shutting down, or restructuring their business model away from original online content.  Hours after CEO Mike Farah delivered the news via an internal memo, Matt Klinman took to Twitter, writing, “Mark Zuckerberg just walked into Funny or Die and laid off all my friends.” It was a strong sentiment for the longtime comedy creator, who started out at UCB and The Onion before launching Pitch, the Funny or Die-incubated joke-writing app, in 2017.

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Amazon patents wristband that tracks warehouse workers' movements

Amazon has patented designs for a wristband that can precisely track where warehouse employees are placing their hands and use vibrations to nudge them in a different direction.

The biomedical engineer in me sees this and thinks, "This sounds like it might also be a greatest sex toy invention ever. Thousands of women will be buying them for clueless boyfriends for their birthdays and the holidays. Amazon wins again!"

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Microblogging

Small Pieces, Loosely Joined

A subtle reference to http://www.smallpieces.com/

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Introducing HuffPost Opinion And HuffPost Personal

we are ending the HuffPost contributor platform

Just another site-death... [Ben Walsh]([http://palewi.re/who-is-ben-welsh/ ) of the LA Times Data Desk has created a simple web interface at [www.SaveMy.News](http://www.savemy.news/) that journalists can use to archive their stories to The Internet Archive and [WebCite](http://webcitation.org/). One can log into the service via Twitter and later download a .csv file with a running list of all their works with links to the archived copies.

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Introducing HuffPost Opinion And HuffPost Personal

Perhaps a few too many: One of the biggest challenges we all face, in an era where everyone has a platform, is figuring out whom to listen to. Open platforms that once seemed radically democratizing now threaten, with the tsunami of false information we all face daily, to undermine democracy. When everyone has a megaphone, no one can be heard.

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Introducing HuffPost Opinion And HuffPost Personal

Now, there are many places where people can share and exchange ideas.

Notably on their own websites!

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Creating simple bookmarklets on your Android phone with URL Forwarder

Creating simple bookmarklets on your Android phone with URL Forwarder

I’d run across this wonder of an app a couple of years back too. I’ve been using it for a while, but to post to my WordPress and WithKnown based websites. WordPress and some of it’s subsidiary plugins utilize URL parameters in such a way that URL Forwarder can be easily configured for them as well.  Details can be found at http://boffosocko.com/2017/01/10/browser-bookmarklets-and-mobile-sharing-with-post-kinds-plugin-for-wordpress/#A%20Post%20Kinds%20%E2%80%9CBookmarklet%E2%80%9D%20for%20Mobile

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