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When Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger were first developing the photo-sharing social network [instagram], they wrote a sentence on a whiteboard that summed up the accepted wisdom around photo sharing: “Today online, people post photos that they take with cameras, and they store them in albums to share with only their friends.” Then, systematically, they began replacing words. Cameras became phones, in albums became as single photos, only their friends became everyone. In the process, they stumbled upon an innovative insight about how people’s behavior would change.

Somehow, Sony makes their own computing glasses and fail to make the UI readable. Or it was just a bad photoshop job.

How can the public learn the role of algorithms in their daily lives, evaluating the law and ethicality of systems like the Facebook NewsFeed, search engines, or airline booking systems?

How can research on algorithms proceed without access to the algorithm?

What is the algorithm doing for a particular person?

How should we usefully visualize it?

How do people make sense of the algorithm?

What do users really need to know about algorithms?

Some very relevant questions raised in a conversation hosted by MIT Center for Civic Media titled Uncovering Algorithms.  (via algopop)

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Moses Znaimer’s Ten Commandments of Television

"1. Television is the triumph of the image over the printed word.

  1. Print created illiteracy. Television is democratic, everybody gets it.

  2. The true nature of television is flow, not show. Process, not conclusion.

  3. As worldwide television expands, the demand for local programming increases.

  4. The best TV tells me what happened to me, today.

  5. TV is as much about the people bringing you the story as the story itself.

  6. In the past, TV’s chief operating skill was political. In the future it will be – it will have to be, mastery of the craft itself.

  7. TV creates immediate consensus, subject to immediate change.

  8. There never was a mass audience, except by compulsion.

  9. Television is not a problem to be managed, but an instrument to be played.”

Moses Znaimer’s Ten Commandments of Television

Medievalists on Disney’s middle ages


A fascinating new scholarly essay collection, The Disney Middle Ages: A Fairy-Tale and Fantasy Past, looks at Disney’s portrayal of the middle ages and reflects on how these are inextricably linked to other Disney settings, from Tomorrowland to Frontierland, and how the “Americanized” medieval narrative has played out over the decades.

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Graffiti Removal Guy comes back to discover image of himself in the same spot via reddit