NYM tears Vice a new one

NYM tears Vice a new one
​New Yorker ​ has published a long read about  ​Vice ​, the magazine-turned-multimedia-empire founded in Montreal by billionaire bighead Shane Smith, Suroosh Albi, and right-wing nutjob Gavin McInnes. It is uncompromising in terms of how the company's culture went bad... very bad. Both male and female Vice employees told me that beyo...
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Not the theory of everything

Not the theory of everything Milestoned, CC https://www.flickr.com/photos/baccharus/5817342671
From 2015, this is a really good Sunday read on why universal theories - of science, but perhaps of everything else - never scale, and will never scale in the future.  The advent of quantum mechanics changed everything. When quantum mechanics is combined with relativity, it turns out, rather unexpectedly in fact, that the detailed nature ...
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The ODI wants a data artist

The ODI wants a data artist ODI
Claire Selby from the Open Data Institute gets in touch, and asks if we can pass on some information regarding their call for an artist to work with data.  The ODI is entering its second year of a three-year R&D programme funded by Innovate UK. The programme goal is to advance knowledge and expertise in how data can shape the next generati...
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Web Curios 08/06/18

Web Curios 08/06/18
HAHAHA BORIS! HAHAHAHA DAVID! HAHAHAHA ISN'T IT FUNNY! ALL THIS INCOMPETENCE AND INFIGHTING AND BACKSTABBING AND MACHINATING AND No, it's not, is it, really? It's boring and tedious and childish. WHY IS EVERYONE - AND I MEAN SEEMINGLY EVERYONE, GLOBALLY - WHO PURSUES POLITICAL OFFICE SUCH A COMPLETE FCUKING CNUT? I mean, it's a rhetorical question ...
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Celebrating Jaime Levy

Celebrating Jaime Levy Wikipedia
​New Yorker ​ has an excellent piece on Jaime Levy's work in the early days of net culture. Those around at the time are guaranteed to get rather misty-eyed at it, and it's great to see Jaime's work celebrated in this way. In the early '90s, Jaime Levy, a punk-rock hacker chick from Los Angeles, marched into the Tisch Building at NYU without a...
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How hate groups spread messages online

How hate groups spread messages online
Internet scholar and author Whitney Philips spent two years examining the ways in which hate groups have succeeded in, to use the marketing phrase, achieved cut-through. It's a cracking, if depressing read, once again outlining the necessity for marketers to understand the effectiveness of other ways of media planning and usage. Offering extremely ...
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Facebook Trending, RIP

Facebook Trending, RIP Christoph Scholz, CC licence https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/25076399117
It's going. Alex Hardiman, head of news products at Facebook, has announced that the news headlines bit to the right hand side of FB is to be replaced. It was never that good anyway: We're removing Trending soon to make way for future news experiences on Facebook. We introduced Trending in 2014 as a way to help people discover news topics that were...
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This is the Pews: Facebook is no longer the most popular social network for US teens

This is the Pews: Facebook is no longer the most popular social network for US teens
The Pew Center's latest report,  ​Teens, social media and technology ​ gives us an insight into some of the macro factors affecting US teen Internet use. Most notably, Facebook has been supplanted as the most popular social network for this demographic. Headline stats include: ​Facebook usage has declined by 20% to 51% It has been eclipsed in ...
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New writing: Flesh Moves

New writing: Flesh Moves
Flesh Moves is a new work from friends of Imperica Brendan C. Byrne and Adam Rothstein.  Over to Brendan to introduce it: " Two years in the making, it's a heist story about the future of autonomous long haul trucking, the accelerating opioid crisis, and the break-up of the USA. Adam and I hope you 'enjoy' it." J's eyes pop open as Bigurl...
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Globalisation: the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning

Globalisation: the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning Shenzhen Bay Bridge
This is a good, well-argued piece on the future of globalisation with an absolute shedload of statistics. It strings concepts such as IOT, fast fashion, the Belt and Road Initiative, and the TPP together in one sweeping article on  ​Foreign Affairs ​. The geography of globalization is even changing within the developing world. The McKinsey Glo...
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Web Curios 01/06/18

Even by the standards of 2018, this has been an absolute ROLLERCOASTER of a week. A Government falls in Spain, one stumbles and maybe gets back on its feet in Italy (but if it makes it to Christmas I will personally be AMAZED), Don met Kim, a Ukrainian journalist came back from the dead, and we all continued to gawp, amazed, through our magical gla...
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Mary Meeker releases her report for 2018

Mary Meeker releases her report for 2018 JD Lasica, CC licence https://www.flickr.com/photos/jdlasica/3007695650/
Mary Meeker's annual  Internet Trends report has been published. Here are the highlights, culled from the summary slide. At 3.6Bn, the number of Internet users has surpassed half the world's population. When markets reach mainstream, new growth gets harder to find - evinced by 0% new smartphone unit shipment growth in 2017. Internet ...
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Data mining: why the EU’s proposed copyright measures get it wrong

Data mining: why the EU’s proposed copyright measures get it wrong Wyncliffe, CC licence https://www.flickr.com/photos/wyncliffe/13867917605/
Data that is mined with the help of machine learning techniques has been a rapid area of technological advancement – with good and bad consequences for everyone. And EU copyright law is currently caught in the crossfire. Cambridge Analytica and Facebook's recent data scandal, which involved the profiling of users from their online behaviour facilit...
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Martin Sorrell creates new company to relaunch his marketing career

Martin Sorrell creates new company to relaunch his marketing career Yahoo, CC licence
After the rather ignominious ending of Sorrell's career at WPP, Marty has created a new shell vehicle to build his second marketing services group. This is the same approach to how WPP as we know it was formed. Wire and Plastic Products, a Kent-based maker of dish drainers and milk bottle holders was chosen to be the vehicle that became WPP as we k...
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The Kissinger Twins take a trip

The Kissinger Twins take a trip
​The Trip ​ is the new interactive work from London-based duo The Kissinger Twins. We'll turn this article over to them to tell us all about it. "A story for the Edward Snowdens and Daniel Ellsbergs in all of us" The moon landing is one of the greatest milestones in human history. What if it wasn't real? Meet Jack Torrance, the man who made it...
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Four ways your Google searches and social media affect your opportunities in life

Four ways your Google searches and social media affect your opportunities in life Christian Rasmussen, CC licence https://www.flickr.com/photos/apoltix/3621606906/
Whether or not you realise or consent to it, big data can affect you and how you live your life. The data we create when using social media, browsing the internet and wearing fitness trackers are all collected, categorised and used by businesses and the state to create profiles of us. These profiles are then used to target advertisements for produc...
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Web Curios 25/05/18

Web Curios 25/05/18
Insert your own tedious joke about GDPR here (don't worry, there are a few of my own buried in the prose, I wouldn't want you to feel left out, after all).  SO HERE WE ARE AGAIN! HI EVERYONE! Another week of school shootings and failed diplomacy and a country that continues to lurch, wetly towards an uncertain and threatening future! We don't ...
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Robots in the warehouse: how Ocado is becoming a leader in the automation of retail

Robots in the warehouse: how Ocado is becoming a leader in the automation of retail Ocado
​The reputation of Ocado as being a weird-Waitrose-delivery-service-but-not-Waitrose is changing. It's been a slow burn since its creation during the dot com era, but the company is now doing a great job with what is becoming its core business: a retail automation dynamo. A glimpse into Ocado's Andover warehouse is, perhaps, a glimpse into all our ...
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Digital tumbleweed

Digital tumbleweed Studland Beach, Wikipedia
​The Verge ​ has a good, thoughtful piece on the almost-empty digital spaces left behind when brands and services suddenly become less popular. These spaces, "Internet Ghost Towns" as the article puts it, take on a new life, and one which serves a very different purpose to that originally intended.   The greatest joy of LiveJournal, and other ...
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Fake it 'til you make it: Deep Video experiments impersonate real people

Fake it 'til you make it: Deep Video experiments impersonate real people
If you saw the recent BuzzFeed promotion where Barack Obama talks about... well, all sorts of non-presidential stuff, then you may have wondered how it was produced. It's through a technique called  ​Deep Learning ​, demonstrated to quite an effect at SIGGRAPH 2018. The technique reproduces a real face and "takes control" of it, simulatin...
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