“Social Network Algorithms Are Distorting Reality By Boosting Conspiracy Theories” points out how social networks (like Facebook, of course, first among others) try so hard to serve us what we’ll like that they fail to challenge our preconceptions and, in fact, lead participants even further into misguided mindsets… like, oh, being against fluoridated water.
One example from the article that hits very close to home:
“People in Portland, Oregon, voted in 2013 to stop the fluoridation of water—a common practice to improve dental health. Depending on which opposition group you asked, fluoridation was either a technique used by fascist regimes to pacify their citizens or a toxic chemical that causes cancer.”
I railed about that one myself, at the time. Not that it changed anything.
This is a good long-form read. Via Waxy…
Perched atop the Union Station tower, and various bridges, the Dragons of Portland watch over us as if we were all precious golden coins…
Via a years-old post on a Tumblr called “this isn’t happiness” (sometimes NSFW).
Whoa… no less an authority than the New York Times says that the hot new neighborhood in Los Angeles is… Koreatown?!? My wife and I spent five years in an apartment near 3rd and Berendo, but that was a long time ago (yes, we were there during the riots in 1992). Apparently, we were only about 20-25 years too early, this time.
Via Haddock, this time.
There’s a segment of the population for whom pitting fictional characters and weapons from various different creators against each other is an obsession.
I am not in that segment; for the most part, I don’t care whether a Battlestar could kick ass against the ship from Independence Day, or how either would fare against the kid from that Twilight Zone episode based on Jerome Bixby’s “It’s a Good Life.”
And Star Wars vs. Star Trek? —that’s the most overdone gedankenexperiment in this whole freakin’ metafictional laboratory.
But then there’s this:
With a moment of awesome between young Kirk and the Emperor Palpatine that seriously sent chills down my spine… this is worth watching even if you’ve never wanted to put Hercules and the Hulk into a cage match.
[That’s a single YouTube link, by the way routed through a site that strips out the surrounding sidebar and comments, apparently (so it says) without violating YouTube’s TOS. The original post I saw on BoingBoing is at http://boingboing.net/2015/02/12/trailer-star-wars-vs-star-tr.html, if you’d rather see it the usual way.]
He was shut up as the car pulled out from the bay into the road with a great voo-ooo-ooom! A gale roared past Barlow’s head, though the windows seemed to be closed; the impression of speed was terrific. He located the speedometer on the dashboard and saw it climb past 90, 100, 150, 200.
[…]Barlow stiffened as he realized that the rush of air past his ears began just a brief, unreal split second before the car was actually moving.[…]
—Excerpt from Cyril M. Kornbluth, “The Marching Morons,” 1951
As seen on Metafilter.