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I love cats. That is all.
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This hilarious scene is exactly how it feels to me when I'm doing research online and run into paywalls or other barriers to access
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Good fact-checking advice in cartoon form--in English, French or Portuguese
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Short article with 3 simple ways to improve the quality of discourse on social media and reduce the misinformation/propaganda/"fake news" issues

"Being more skeptical, engaging more selectively and prioritizing links to information providers outside our social media silos will hurt the bottom line of the social media giants. Using social media in a more responsible manner might ultimately leave these companies to rot away as they cede their civic responsibilities to the Russian trolls and bots dedicated to polluting our discourse. If they won’t act, it’s up to us. If we’re collectively smarter and more skeptical about social media as an information delivery device, it will ultimately lessen the influence that these corporations and trolls have on our civic governance."
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I'm setting up a presence on social network MeWe for reasons. Would you like to find me there?

https://mewe.com/
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As I was just noting on privacy-respecting social network MeWe, I'm really looking forward to experiencing interactive cinematic VR film Awake. I haven't been this excited about a dream-related cinematic project since the web-series Anamnesis.

"AWAKE VR is a character-driven interactive cinematic VR series that blurs the line between dream and reality, as you are drawn into the perplexities surrounding space, time and the human psyche in its most vulnerable state.

"In Episode One, protagonist Harry, is a prisoner in his own house, obsessed with discovering the truth behind a recurring dream of his long-lost wife Rose and a strange pattern that contains a cryptic message.

"Harry lives a life of process. His obsession is to dream often as way to relive a better past, unearthing the mysteries that haunt him and to correct a mistake that has cost him everything. But who is pulling the strings? An ominous voice on the phone warns Harry of his mistakes and propels him to act.

"And now there is a new presence in Harry’s world. You. Your arrival signals a life-changing event that is capable of saving Harry from his darkness and unlocking the true potential of humanity’s future." "You are invited to step into the characters dreaming selves to shape and nurture the story as it unfolds around you."

"Things are changing for Harry. As his lucid dreams start shifting and the border between his inner-world and real-world start to crumble, Harry questions his sanity..."

"As he tries to escape his mental loop, dreams begin to manifest in peculiar and frightening ways…" https://startvr.co/project/awake/
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Some very interesting and potentially useful ideas here. I'm particularly intrigued by Gobo, "a project from researchers at the MIT Media Lab’s Center for Civic Media. Gobo connects with your Twitter and Facebook accounts and lets you precisely control your feeds in a way that the companies themselves won’t. Sliders let you adjust factors like how serious or silly the stories in your news feed are, what percentage of posts you see are from men or women, or the amount of political diversity you’re exposed to. The tool also lets you see what it removed from your feed and why." (Currently Firefox is giving me an insecure warning on the Gobo link, though, so I'm not going to try it just yet.)

UPDATE: MIT fixed the security issue 12 minutes after I emailed them. Impressive!
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"Virtual Reality can help train our minds to always be questioning the substance & the solidity of our reality, to the point where we get so entrained in that on-going question, “is this real?” that we start doing that in our dreams.” ~@CoreyWdeVos

https://www.dailyevolver.com/2018/02/can-virtual-reality-create-a-more-virtuous-reality/
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