Facebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen Promotes Google Search Engine

Keywords: Senate Commerce, Science,and Transportation Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security

Facebook wants to trick you into thinking that privacy protections or changes to Section 230 alone will be sufficient. While important, these will not get to the core of the issue — which is that no one truly understands the destructive choices made by Facebook except Facebook. We can afford nothing less than full transparency. As long as Facebook is operating in the shadows, hiding its research from public scrutiny, it is unaccountable. Until the incentives change, Facebook will not change. Left alone, Facebook will continue to make choices that go against the common good — our common good. […] At other large tech companies like Google, any independent researcher can download from the Internet the company’s search results and write papers about what they find — and they do!

Frances Haugen, Former Facebook Product Manager (via C-SPAN, ca. 10:32 – 10:34 am EST [ https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4980406/whistleblower-frances-haugen-calls-congress-regulate-facebook ] )

For more about recommendation systems, see e.g. Google Campaigns Against Donald Trump’s Re-Election in 2020 Campaign as President of USA (vs Joe Biden) & YouTube Recommendations: Platform for Influencers without Responsibility.

The problem is that the pervasiveness of technology and mass marketing is screwing up a lot of people’s expectations for themselves: the inundation of the exceptional makes people feel worse about themselves, makes them feel that they need to be more extreme, more radical, and more self assured to get noticed or even matter

On Kelsey’s recommendation (and also several others’ recommendations over the past few years), I’ve decided to crack open “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck” (by Mark Manson). I find it odd that this book has lately become so successful — particularly on the heels of Occupy Wall Street. Let me explain by contrasting two quotes taken from a short section of the book near the heading “The Tyranny of Exceptionalism”:

It’s strange that in an age when we are more connected than ever, entitlement seems to be at an alltime high. Something about recent technology seems to allow our insecurities to run amok like never before. The more freedom we’re given to express ourselves, the more we want to be free of having to deal with anyone who may disagree with us or upset us. The more exposed we are to opposing viewpoints, the more we seem to get upset that those other viewpoints exist. The easier and more problem-free our lives become, the more we seem to feel entitled for them to get even better.

vs.

Having the Internet, Google, Facebook, YouTube, and access to five hundred–plus channels of television is amazing. But our attention is limited. There’s no way we can process the tidal waves of information flowing past us constantly. Therefore, the only zeroes and ones that break through and catch our attention are the truly exceptional pieces of information—those in the 99.999th percentile.

I hope the contrast between these two quotes is clear enough — but let me underscore the ridiculous absurdity of the completely opposite arguments, separated by only a few lines of text.

First Mark Manson says we are more connected than ever. Then he follows this by maintaining that only the 0.001% matter. Either we are connected to each other or we are insulated from one another — which one is it?

That largely depends on your level (or perhaps “kind”) of literacy. If you believe in irrational media (based on brand names), you thereby allow such brands to function as gatekeepers, insulating you from the 99.999%. If you believe in rational media (based on natural language) then you will become more connected to other similarly literate people (note that literacy is not an “either / or” switch, but rather a choice to engage with people who use a similar language, a similar dialect, a similar jargon, a similar communication style, a similar manner of speech, a similar mode of expression, understanding, feeling, seeing, believing, and so on).

So-called “social media”, being based on brand names, fall into the irrational media category. The market-leading brands (mainly Google and Facebook) use quite simple algorithms — clearly Google search has one of the most widely respected brand names, and the Google search algorithm is a slightly adapted version of the “Go” “Goto” (see “GoTo is considered to have been an influential pioneer of paid search.” [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yahoo!_Search_Marketing#GoTo_and_Overture ]) algorithm , acquired by Google about 20 years ago: higher bidders get higher rankings (Google has primarily adapted this by preventing users from being shocked by information they might find disagreeable, which Google carefully monitors via their meticulous user tracking throughout all the aspects of a user’s life which the company are able to collect data on). In this context, it remains unclear whether Google’s own media properties (which they appear to obscure under the “Alphabet” corporate body) get a “free ride” or at least reduced (and therfore non-competitive) rates.

Video Hosting Tips from GNU / Linux Community

Keywords: {0}

YouTube recently deleted The Linux Experiment channel. What caused the deletion? Only YouTube knows and good luck getting any information from anyone at YouTube. But increasingly, this is happening more and more. Large channels are getting deleted, either for minor violations, or sometimes for no reason at all. Maybe it’s time to explore alternative video platforms…like Odysee!

http://www.tuxmachines.org/node/155374

Featured image via https://yewtu.be/watch?v=GHeZXkZT_jk

By filming my experience and sharing my knowledge, I can help ease their process towards studying in the United Kingdom

Keywords: branding

I decided to go into the ‘StudyTube’ and vlogging niches. “StudyTube is the community of YouTubers that upload videos revolving around the world of education” (Lockwood, 2019) which I consider the perfect niche to create content for as I am an international student in the UK. In Romania, going to study in another country is a controversial subject. More and more people get the opportunity to study abroad and each faces the experience of applying to university with barely any knowledge about the system. Once they arrive abroad they are overwhelmed by a list of to-dos from paperwork to moving in and making friends.

https://amcostin.wordpress.com/2021/05/14/deciding-what-ill-do-online