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It's a long article, but a must-read! I find myself both agreeing with it while seeing all the things I myself am doing that reinforces the terrible pattern.
 
The Web We Have to Save
The rich, diverse, free web that I loved  —  and spent years in an Iranian jail for  —  is dying.
Why is nobody stopping it?

This long essay by +Hossein Derakhshan has not received the notice or attention I believe it deserves. The only person in my G+ Circles who shared this was +Denis Wallez. Why? Derakhshan deserves our full and focused attention if only because of the steep price he paid for reaching out to us. He writes from the authority of experience.

Derakhshan's imprisonment afforded him a Rip van Winkle lens through which to view the direction that the internet is heading. His critique of social media, including Google and G+, ought make us feel uncomfortable with its direction as well as with our own carefree joyride as passengers and sometime drivers. Many criticisms Derakhshan makes echo what I've heard from many of you from time to time, but we lack what the ancient Greeks termed pathe mathos or "the authority of suffering."

Here's a few trends Derakhshan noted:

• People used to carefully read my posts and leave lots of relevant comments, and even many of those who strongly disagreed with me.

• The hyperlink provided a diversity and decentralisation that the real world lacked

• The hyperlink was a way to abandon centralization  —  all the links, lines and hierarchies  —  and replace them with something more distributed, a system of nodes and networks.

• Nearly every social network now treats a link as just the same as it treats any other object  —  the same as a photo, or a piece of text  —  instead of seeing at as a way to make that text richer.

• Social networks tend to treat native text and pictures  —  things that are directly posted to them  —  with a lot more respect than those that reside on outside web pages.

• But hyperlinks aren’t just the skeleton of the web: They are its eyes, a path to its soul.

• When a powerful website  —  say Google or Facebook  —  gazes at, or links to, another webpage, it doesn’t just connect it  —  it brings it into existence; gives it life. Metaphorically, without this empowering gaze, your web page doesn’t breathe.

• But apps like Instagram are blind  —  or almost blind. Their gaze goes nowhere except inwards, reluctant to transfer any of their vast powers to others, leading them into quiet deaths. The consequence is that web pages outside social media are dying.

• The Stream now dominates the way people receive information on the web.

• The Stream means you don’t need to open so many websites any more.

• It feels great not to waste time in finding interesting things on so many websites. But are we missing something here? What are we exchanging for efficiency?

• Not only do the algorithms behind the Stream equate newness and popularity with importance, they also tend to show us more of what we’ve already liked. These services carefully scan our behaviour and delicately tailor our news feeds with posts, pictures and videos that they think we would most likely want to see.

• The diversity of themes and opinions is less online today than it was in the past. New, different, and challenging ideas get suppressed by today’s social networks because their ranking strategies prioritize the popular and habitual.

• The centralization of information also worries me because it makes it easier for things to disappear.

• But the scariest outcome of the centralization of information in the age of social networks is something else: It is making us all much less powerful in relation to governments and corporations.

• Maybe it’s that text itself is disappearing. Are we witnessing a decline of reading on the web in favor of watching and listening?

• But the Stream, mobile applications, and moving images: They all show a departure from a books-internet toward a television-internet. We seem to have gone from a non-linear mode of communication  —  nodes and networks and links  —  toward a linear one, with centralization and hierarchies.

• The web was not envisioned as a form of television when it was invented. But, like it or not, it is rapidly resembling TV: linear, passive, programmed and inward-looking.

• This is not the web I knew when I went to jail. This is not the future of the web. This future is television.

• I miss when people took time to be exposed to different opinions, and bothered to read more than a paragraph or 140 characters. I miss the days when I could write something on my own blog, publish on my own domain, without taking an equal time to promote it on numerous social networks; when nobody cared about likes and reshares. That’s the web I remember before jail. That’s the web we have to save.
The rich, diverse, free web that I loved — and spent years in an Iranian jail for — is dying. Why is nobody stopping it?
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Uh oh! — I'd better duck out. Don't want to get caught in the middle of a domestic disturbance.    :-)
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Been getting pissed off at construction drawings lately. If I ever make a drawing where I don't know something, I'm going to put "Here Thar Be Dragons" rather than just making stuff up like what seems to sometimes happen.
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+Carolina Centis someone is seriously spying on our house...
 
Are you ready for #Titansgrave today? Why not check out these awesome RPG tips on building a character: 
Tips to help newbies get to the fun of roleplaying faster!
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The possible implications of this discovery are mind-boggling. If intelligent life evolved twice on Earth (even if it failed the first time), then the chances for intelligent life on other planets sky-rockets.
Scientists say they've found the oldest stone tools ever discovered - fashioned 3.3 million years ago. That's before the human branch of our evolutionary tree evolved.
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Thanks for shari g Davis ... Veryyyyy interesting!

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Hey luv, check this out!
 
"I mean, it’s disgusting. Defining your female character’s motivation solely around the axis of “wants boyfriend” and “wants babies” is 100% disgusting. But if you look around, all of this is disgusting, because all of the characters are exactly this vapid, because Whedon can’t get more than five or ten minutes to establish or complicate their motivations, because Marvel is mandating that he not waste screen time on things like the characters’ motivations..."
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Very interesting read!
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Superman is Superman not because he has Super Powers, but a Super Heart. That's what makes him the greatest hero ever.
 
"People are often skeptical that a Superman movie can be good because stories need conflict, and conflict seems pretty hard to come by when your hero is a person who always does the right thing and can't be hurt. That, however, is a reductive way of looking at the character and the secret to why Superman stories are so great: They're never really about him. They're about us."
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Another example of how the world of gaming holds a lot of lessons for real life. There's an economic crisis currently happening! Just... in a game. Sorta?

Magic: The Gathering Online uses real money to buy fake cards - but there are methods of exchanging those fake cards for real cards, and effectively back into real money! Players trade these fake cards in unique and interesting ways that affects how this whole system works.

But it seems things are amiss right now. And at it's heart are some critical lessons in Economics, the impact of taxes, and supply chains.

This article uses a LOT of lingo - both economic and Magic-related terms. In fact, if anyone can clear this up, shoot me the link, because even with knowing the lingo, my brain's still a mess from reading it!
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Here's the link to the Nature article this was published in:

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v521/n7552/full/nature14464.html
 
The possible implications of this discovery are mind-boggling. If intelligent life evolved twice on Earth (even if it failed the first time), then the chances for intelligent life on other planets sky-rockets.
Scientists say they've found the oldest stone tools ever discovered - fashioned 3.3 million years ago. That's before the human branch of our evolutionary tree evolved.
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Always honour your roots :-)
Distant cousin of Alex Trebek recounts how she met Sudbury's most famous son at a recent family reunion in the city
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I'm hoping to have a game against Skari one day. +SkaredCast, if you're ever around Sudbury again, just ask and I'll be happy to let you use the spare room at my place so you don't have to worry about a hotel.
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+Davis Centis It was great fun indeed. When are we doing the 2 v 2 match? Next Wednesday or Thursday work? - kevin.
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