Liked “And she turned round to me and said…” (Literacies on Svbtle)
I feel we’re knee-deep in developments happening around the area that can broadly considered ‘notification literacy’. There’s an element of technical understanding involved here, but on a social level it could be construed as walking the line between hypocrisy and protecting one’s own interests.
Liked The fate of private social networks (Open Educational Thinkering)
It would be easy to look at this and conclude that we’re living in a world where everything’s moving to being more synchronous and public, but I’m not sure that’s true. Ideally, I reckon we want the option to communicate with one another in all four quadrants here.
Bookmarked Living In A Post Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram API World (apievangelist.com)
Kin Lane discusses the current move to lock down social media APIs. He suggests that this could all have been avoided by having clearer guidelines in the beginning. Here I am reminded of Bill Fitzgerald and Kris Shaffer’s discussion of bots.
Liked Rethinking My Social Media Use | Chris Wiegman by chris.wiegman (Chris Wiegman)
I think it is safe for me to say that social media is a necessary evil and that isn’t all a bad thing. That said, I do need to limit its impact on my time as well as be careful to use it in ways that help those around me rather than hurting them, even if not intentional. I’m not really sure how I’m going to do all that yet to be honest. It will require a change in a lot of ways I do things and I’m not yet sure how to go about that. I do, now, know it is something I must do however and I’m looking forward to what it can bring to my life in the end.
Liked Shallow Reactions by Kicks CondorKicks Condor (kickscondor.com)
I think shallow responses are kind of nice—sometimes you don’t have time to reply fully and it can be polite to just 👍. In fact, I sometimes go back to likes and flesh out the reply. So it acts like a bookmark, an ‘ack’ and a reminder to return. That’s not too shallow?
I have found my ‘likes’ since going all IndieWeb have become much more purposeful as I really make an effort to include a quote or something that highlights why it is interesting. This is a vast contrast to my Twitter/G+ experience.
Bookmarked How social media took us from Tahrir Square to Donald Trump by Zeynep Tufekci (MIT Technology Review)
To understand how digital technologies went from instruments for spreading democracy to weapons for attacking it, you have to look beyond the technologies themselves.
Zeynep Tufekci captures some of the complexities associated with fixing up big tech. A few things that stand out is that the answer is not splitting up big tech or simply respond to the threat of Russia. As she explains:

Russia did not instigate the moves that have reduced Americans’ trust in health authorities, environmental agencies, and other regulators. Russia did not create the revolving door between Congress and the lobbying firms that employ ex-politicians at handsome salaries. Russia did not defund higher education in the United States. Russia did not create the global network of tax havens in which big corporations and the rich can pile up enormous wealth while basic government services get cut.

Instead we need to:

Figure out how our institutions, our checks and balances, and our societal safeguards should function in the 21st century.

Replied to Freshly Brewed Thoughts: August 17, 2018 by Laura Hilliger (mailchi.mp)
Apparently, no one can remember the word “zythepsary”, nor can they spell it. I’ve thought about setting up a new one, but really, I don’t want to go through the trouble. What do you think? Should I set up something @ laurahilliger.com since that’s my domain probably forever? Or should I keep Zythepsary forever too because there’s hilarious hidden old things on it like this.
I sometimes think that maybe if I wasn’t so arcane, didn’t have such a weird username or had better Google juice – I can’t believe how many Aaron Davis’ there are and they all seem so much more exciting than me – then maybe I too might have more subscribers etc Then I remember that first and foremost my newsletter is for me.
Replied to Too Long; Didn’t Read #161 (W. Ian O'Byrne)
This raises broader questions about hate speech, freedom of speech, and rights online. I hinted at some of the questions I’ve been having about this topic several months ago in TL;DR. Should there be a “terms of service” for freedom of speech? Also, should we require that tech companies be the ones to dictate and enforce these freedoms. I’m still not sure.
Ian, this is such a challenging situation. People like Quinn Norton argue for engagement, while others argue that bigotry should be banned. I think that my initial response is to ban the liars and bigots, but the conundrum that was pointed out to me recently is that if you deny the voice of a particular few they will most likely find their own space somewhere else.

I found this podcast on ‘free speech’ intriguing:

It is always more complicated than we want it to be I guess.