Facebook is taking a different tack. It’s starting with a signal—Likes—that is already corrupted, that in fact has always been corrupted. People routinely Like a thing not because they actually like it, not because they have (to use a favorite Facebook word) any real affiliation with it, but because they’ve been, in one way or another, bribed to Like it.
Like us on Facebook to download our new single! Like us on Facebook to get 10% off your next purchase! Like us on Facebook to get a chapter of our new e-book for free! Like us on Facebook to enter our sweepstakes! Like us on Facebook so our dad will give us a puppy!…
…It might seem kind of strange for a company to build a search engine — a pretty costly undertaking — using criteria that it knows to be debased, to be anything but objective. But to Facebook, it’s business-as-usual. Here’s the difference between Google and Facebook: Larry Page recognized that commercial corruption was a threat to his ideal. For Mark Zuckerberg, commercial corruption is the ideal.
I wouldn’t have known Aaron Swartz if he’d sat in my lap. I had to have one of my children explain to me what Reddit was the other night. (Yes, I am an idiot. Please proceed.) But I’ve been around enough courthouses to recognize political ambition in a federal prosecutor when I see it.
MMMmmmMMM…when it comes to raising rates on Stafford loans, the Barackness monster ain’t buyin’ it. #SlowJamTheNews
The takeaway from Snapchat is that people are aware of the lifetime of web posting and they’re tired of creating things that last a lifetime.
This generation aren’t merely conscious of how they’re represented, they’re considering how that representation will age. That’s amazing. It flies in the face of the argument that privacy will shift radically, that embarrassing digital histories will be the norm.
People thought it was [crazy] for me to change my swing after I won the Masters by 12 shots…Why would you want to change that? Well, I thought I could become better. If I play my best, I’m pretty tough to beat. I’d like to play my best more frequently, and that’s the whole idea. That’s why you make changes. I thought I could become more consistent.
-TIGER WOODS, Golf Digest, Jan. 2005