The Latest Front In Twitter’s War On Harassment: Weird Twitter – BuzzFeed News

Over the past year and a half, in response to bad press brought about by torrents of abuse often associated with Gamergate and the alt-right counterculture, Twitter has stepped up its effort to fight harassment by strengthening its rules and backing away from its once proud free-speech-uber-alles credo. And though Twitter has long banned threats,…

Featured

Bringing Baby to Dinner

What’s to do when some parent (who obviously isn’t you because of course you have better judgment than that) brings their child to an inappropriate place? Also: food porn from Chicago!

Driving Blind: Slave Labor in the Modern Economy

He did not move. Eyes shut, he waited, shivering. He heard Travis breathe  loud in the room; he heard Travis shift his rifle, click the safety catch, and  raise the weapon. There was a sound of thunder.” Chandeliers made from recycled bicycles, cut steel, and LEDs adorn an underpass in San Antonio, Texas. Daniel Dennett…

Presidential Debates Should be Deemed Cruel and Unusual

In the comments here James Hanley called the debates “pure political theater.” To the degree that last night’s romp was light on substance and heavy on posturing it certainly was politically theatrical. And yet to call it pure political theater would seem a disservice to those who actually do political theater—including satire, parody, and experimental…

On How the State Determines That You Have No “Proprietary Interest” In Your Own Tweets

Mike Konczal talks property and criminal justice over at Rortybomb. It’s an excellent post. You really do need to read it. And I’m sure plenty of people here at the League will have something to say about it. In it, he tracks the evisceration of “liberal philosophy” through attacks from both Conservatives and Progressives in the area…

On Twitter and Language

Ralph Fiennes asks, “Is Shakespeare relevant,” in an age of tweets and texts.  In response to Fiennes-as-Luddite, E.D. Kain launches into a virulent defense of new technology and language’s continuing evolution.  However, I think Kain misses something. Here’s Fiennes: “‘You only have to look on Twitter to see evidence of the fact that a lot…

Swimming in the Shallows

Cover via Amazon I’m a little hesitant to jump into another discussion about Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows, since I’m self-conscious about the fact that it’s in my top 3 Books I Somehow End Up Writing About Despite Never Having Read Them. But as unqualified as I am to critically assess Carr’s book as a whole,…

Somebody had to say it

David Harsanyi admits the obvious: Twitter is basically useless. Sure, I understand the social appeal, and my will to resist setting up an account will probably erode over time. But why a 140-character format is becoming the dominant form of media communication among politicians, pundits, and other so-called serious people is beyond me.

Lament for a Dying Medium

It’s ‘Celebrate Old Media Day’ here at the League of Ordinary Gentlemen, and following Freddie on Gladwell on Free, I thought I’d chime in with my own appreciation for the news industry. Like Freddie, I’m not sure things are getting better, and I tend to think recent events bear this out. The revolution in Iran,…

kindle v twitter

I suppose the difference for me between the adopting of these two technologies – Twitter and Kindle – neither of which I use (though we do have a Twitter account tied to this blog), is that the former replaces nothing, while Kindle replaces books.  In other words, while Kindle would require that I read books…

twitter

Here’s a good resource for Iran-related twitter updates/photos etc.  Right now, lots of tweets asking Twitter not to shut down for maintenance tonight.  Let’s see if new media management is as responsive as the technology they created….

quote for the morning

“Twitter is social networking for the postapocalypse, a Spartan chatsystem for survivalists suffering from a radical scarcity of face-to-face information. There’s a reason so many zombie enthusiasts tweet. But until we are legend, Twitter is mostly a great way to kill five minutes. Despite the supposed death of the newspaper at the hands of changed…