7. Oktober 2018

Videospielhimmel

Tolles, meditatives Blog voller Videospielhimmel: „The art of depicting skies in video games“. (via… Gib mir den Rest, Baby!

Rampant 영화 '창궐' – Trailer

Neuer Film von Sung-hoon Kim, dessen Zombies-on-a-Train-Genre-Beitrag Train to Busan ich hier schwer abfeierte. Sein neuer Film Rampant ist erneut Zombiestoff mit einem Spin, diesmal siedelt er… Gib mir den Rest, Baby!

Der BrettMikeSean-Club der verbrannten Namen

Claire Coleman: „And this, despite the trolls, is why I love Twitter“.

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Twitter as toxic High Frequency Trading for News

Schöne Metapher von Rafael Behr im Prospect Magazin in einem Text darüber, wie Twitter die Politik vergiftete (Original-Artikel hinter Paywal). Er vergleicht den Effekt, den Twitter auf die politische Berichterstattung hatte, mit dem des High Frequency Trading an der Börse, und ich möchte anfügen: mit dem Unterschied, dass wo HFT mit Aktienkursen und Bewertungen arbeitet, der 24/7-Twitter-Newscycle-Hurricane nun vor allem über Emotionen und psychologische Eigenschaften des Hiveminds geleitet wird. Social Media als Radikalisierungsmaschine der Massen.

Prospectmagazine: How Twitter poisoned Politics

Twitter has had an effect on political news akin to the impact high-frequency trading had on financial markets. Just as algorithms there can subordinate judgment to trend, intensifying the move in the market in whichever direction it already happens to be heading, so with Twitter we can see volatile intra-day trade in an individual’s political stock. The system can then be gamed by organised campaigners who tweet and retweet in a quasi-robotic frenzy, and it can be manipulated by actual robots—bogus accounts that typically amplify partisan opinions, on behalf of the Russian security services or anyone else who might wish to cause trouble. One study estimated such “bots” might constitute 9-15 per cent of all Twitter accounts. It can be hard to distinguish between a mechanical troll working to a wrecking algorithm and a human maniac sitting in pyjamas firing off outrage through the night.

Part of journalists’ professional vanity is the belief that we can observe a herd while detaching ourselves from its movements. We suppose we can be on Twitter without belonging to Twitter. We see its flaws while flattering ourselves that it doesn’t prejudice our work. This is untrue. We cannot un-see the things to which we are exposed, nor insulate ourselves from peer pressures and taboos. It is no easier to look at Twitter without being influenced by it than it is possible to jump into a river without getting wet. It doesn’t matter that you claim to be swimming against the flow. You are still in the water. […]

In place of the old top-down message discipline, Twitter brings bottom-up policing—a kind of ideological vigilantism as swarms of loyal adherents to one position or another impose whatever the crowd has settled on as orthodoxy. That raises the prospect of parties too divided to present voters with coherent, unified programmes and leaders so beholden to doctrinaire followers that there is no scope for the kind of compromises and consensus-building that are necessary for stable government. […]

Otherwise mild-mannered and reasonable people turn deliriously combative on Twitter. Cycles of aggression flare up over nothing. I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say that Twitter can inflict mental injury on people working in politics.

And the rage appears endemic to the platform, regardless of the issue. It is unsurprising that disciples of radical ideologies—both far-left and far-right—express themselves ferociously. But it is extraordinary to see how many self-styled centrists have adopted extremist manners. The #FBPE (“follow-back, pro-European Union”) hashtag can turn formerly sober and unassuming europhiles into virtual stone-throwing yobs. A mob with moderate slogans is still a mob.

Twitter, it seems, can radicalise anyone. That is deleterious on an individual level, but profoundly corrupting of the collective political process. The website is a vast polarising machine—a centrifuge that separates politics into the most extreme iterations of any given position. When the ideal conception of politics might be rival teams, advancing competing policy prescriptions based on some common set of facts, Twitter turns us into quasi-religious cults, looking at the world in terms of righteous believers and despicable blasphemers.

Links: Dark Core of Personality, Interview mit Didier Eribon, Kritik an Böhmermanns „Hass-Report“

🐍 Psychologists define the 'dark core of personality' - I know people who should read this carefully.

the common denominator of all dark traits, the D-factor, can be defined as the general tendency to maximize one's individual utility -- disregarding, accepting, or malevolently provoking disutility for others -- , accompanied by beliefs that serve as justifications.

In other words, all dark traits can be traced back to the general tendency of placing one's own goals and interests over those of others even to the extent of taking pleasure in hurting other's -- along with a host of beliefs that serve as justifications and thus prevent feelings of guilt, shame, or the like.

😞 “Das ist gefährlich für uns alle”: Massive Kritik am Hassreport von Jan Böhmermanns Netzbewegung “Reconquista Internet” - I've read this "report" and it's bad. But the most funny part about the critique to that bad work is this: „Keine Reaktion der Verantwortlichen“. And I have a really hard time remembering the left doing anything right. Sadface.

Direkt nach der Veröffentlichung versuchte HoGeSatzbau die Kritik zunächst direkt an das Team von “Reconquista Internet” zu bringen. Dazu haben sie auf dem Discord-Server, auf dem sich die Bewegung organisiert, einen Kommentar mit der Kritik veröffentlicht. Unmittelbar danach seien sie jedoch gesperrt wurden. Auch private Nachrichten blieben unbeantwortet. Verantwortliche von “Reconquista Internet” begründen das damit, dass die Nachrichten zum Teil beleidigend gewesen seien und man deshalb auf diese Art nicht miteinander kommunizieren wolle. MEEDIA hat Einblick in den gelöschten Kommentar und die privaten Nachrichten erhalten und kann diese Aussage bestätigen. Der zunächst abgesendete und kurz danach gelöschte Kommentar auf der Plattform enthielt jedoch nur sachliche Kritik. Warum “Reconquista Internet” diesen gelöscht hat, bleibt unklar. Gelungene Krisenkommunikation sieht anders aus.

😈 «Was ist eigentlich die Aufgabe der Medien im aktuellen Klima?» - This woman sounds a lot less crazier in an interview than on the tweeties or in her toxic "poetry". She still promotes a fundamentalist branch of feminism that failed spectacularly in the past few years.

☝️ INTERVIEW MIT DIDIER ERIBON: Wir erleben eine Art Aufstand der unteren Schichten - „Eines der wichtigsten Dinge, die man sich wünschen muss, ist die Entstehung von Gewerkschaften auf europäischer Ebene. […] Wir brauchen Gewerkschaften, Vereinigungen, Organisationen. Wie geht das, wenn die Unternehmen international sind? Auch die Gewerkschaften müssen international, wenigstens europäisch sein. Das ist der einzige Weg, um sich gegen die Prekarisierung zu wehren.“ - spot on.

wenn Sie mein Buch richtig lesen, stellen Sie fest, dass ich keinen Gegensatz zwischen den Interessen der Arbeiterklasse und denen des Feminismus, Antirassismus, der LGBT-Bewegung und der Ökologie aufmache. Eine wirklich linke Partei kann nur all diese Themen gemeinsam angehen. Alles ist miteinander verknüpft. Menschen kommen aus fernen Ländern zu uns, weil der Klimawandel ihre Lebensgrundlagen zerstört.

🌞 The Fifteen-Year-Old Climate Activist Who Is Demanding a New Kind of Politics

Thunberg calls bullshit on the consensus. In our conversation, she pointed out that, despite Sweden’s progressive legislation and the scientific consensus that rich countries must cut their emissions by fifteen per cent a year, in Sweden actual emissions had gone up 3.6 per cent in the first quarter of this year. She has written a piece called “Sweden is not a role model,” in which she points out that even the best-laid plans to address climate change make no attempt to look beyond the year 2050. “By then I will, in the best case, not even have lived half my life,” she wrote. “What happens next?”

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