Saturday, October 30, 2021

My use of Blogger will stop at the end of 2021, some thoughts


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I did want to talk some more about my use of Blogger since Jan 2006 (16 years) given the announcement I made yesterday here. It does look like I will shut down my use of Blogger at the end of this year, but I will have it fully archived and will set aside the best posts (about 100, especially movie book and music reviews) for quick repost in the new environment when appropriate.

I had started out as an online publisher back in 1996 with Hometown AOL, then added the domain (for High Productivity Publishing) in the summer of 1997 to support my first DADT book. I added in 1999 to add more materials including movie proposals. In 2005 I combined everything into and eliminated hppub (which got taken by a casino site!)

These sites were all flat html files and in the early days their technical simplicity guaranteed that my content (a lot of it on some focused issues like gays in the military and later COPA) would get easily found by search engines and give my ideas some public weight in policy and even judicial debates.

In early 2006, I started using Blogger (after my substitute teaching gigs stumbled) and in the first year set up 16 blogs which have remained the same until this date. .    

In 2008, it was becoming apparent that Google was removing a lot of blogs as apparently spam blogs (why weren’t the captchas sufficient?).  Occasionally there were mysterious bx errors and only forum support. In May 2008 one of my blogs disappeared but was quickly restored. By the fall, the environment had stabilized and my blogs did well during the Financial Crisis, suddenly earning some Adsense revenue.

In  early 2014 I set up two Wordpress blogs hosted by Bluehost, to supplement my third DADT book. (I also had played with a javastarter site, which eventually failed, but then set up a small Easy site based on my pseudonym which had a small Wordpress blog which I did not maintain well).

At the start of 2016 I was at another turning point, and I did wonder how long Google would support Blogger as it seemed less professional than Wordpress. Google would soon cancel Google-plus, so it was appropriate to wonder these things. In the other hand, Blogger actually upgraded in mid 2020 (during the pandemic) with a Gutenberg-like interface.

So I created two more “issue” blogs on Bluehost, with at first the idea of consolidating everything to these blogs. That turned out to be impractical. But on Blogger the "BillsMoviewReviews" switched mostly to reviews of embedded short films and educational videos on unusual topics, and the "BillsBookReviews" often covered long periodical articles and new book previews.   

Within any one blog, the use of the label aggregation becomes very powerful for example all the posts in one blog discussing “Section 230”. But particularly in the past year, it has become a problem that therr are too many blogs, with placement often arbitrary. In the other hand , YouTube channels don’t offer such aggregation.

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Alison Morrow fired from Washington State DNR for her guests' discussing vaccines candidly on her own YT channel and podcasts

Noble Knob looking North


Alison Morrow discusses her bring fired from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources where she had worked in communications, because some people who had discussed Covid vaccines on her own podcast channel went against official DNR policies.

It’s intricate, but ser situation has some parallels to mine in the 1990sn as explained in two prevopis posts. (2014, 2018).

Wikipedia embed, Mt Baker, click for attribution 

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Senate tech hearings: why Snapchat is different; raise COPPA age?


Rockport 2018-5

The Senate Judiciary Committee interviewed a number of tech companies executives Tuesday.  I’ll cover in more detail next week on a Wordpress blog.

At 1:22 on the video, a Snapchat executive said the product is ephemeral and intended for established friends. 

There was a lot of talk of raising the age for COPPA to 16. 

Sample coverage on Techcrunch.    

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Assessing the "Facebook papers Bombshell"


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 Does Facebook face an apocalypse, and other social media with it, over gullible users with tribal grievances? 

Ian Corzine discusses the “Facebook papers bombshell” and warns about more regulations about what people can say online (or under what personalized circumstances). It appears that Facebook may announce a name or trademark change Oct. 28, with significant changes for user capabilities.

Let me add I have no interest in ephemeral content and I don’t use Snapchat.

Corzine mentions various mainstream coverages this week, but one of the most thorough is on The Verge, by Russell Brandom, Alex Heath, and Adi Robertson  Oct 25, 2021, illustration by Alex Castro. The article focuses on “anti-vax” and I have no idea what is meant by “civic harm”.  It does seem odd that social media is held responsible for the outcome of elections, even of authoritarian candidates. A much bigger problem occurs in the developing world where Facebook sometimes is “the Internet” and there is no net neutrality.

A bigger moral problem seems to be the way teens use social media to ratify lookism.

Cecilia Kang writes for the New York Times about FB’s antitrust issues.  

Jeremy B. Merrill and Will Oremus  write for the Washington Post, "Five points for anger, one for a ‘like’: How Facebook’s formula fostered rage and misinformation", today. Alex Shepard excoriates FB as "beyond repair" in The New Republic .  What happened to individualized personal responsibility, everyone?  We seem to have a gullibility crisis derived from systemic inequities.              

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Critical theory and the focus on power differentials


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John McWhorter talks about ‘cancel culture and wokeness” by drilling on the “critical race theory” way of thinking about things.

The only thing in moral debates that matters is resolving power differentials.

But Karlyn Borysenko has made this point.

This idea has led to criticism of western music theory and the objective precision of math and physics.

It is like religion, rather incurious. It is a “reign of terror”, calling people who disagree names like racist.  It is a quasi-religious reign to terror facilitated by social media.

He refers to a resignation of a NYTimes reporter “fired” for the embedded use of a forbidden world (Don McNeil).   

The power differential  affects the targeting of minority individuals, as with police profiling.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Is Americorps corrupted by CRT?

WI, 2019

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers endorsed Americorps, without realizing the idological corruption of the effort,  as in this Tweet from.Mythinformed.

The video attacks individualism, and calls for interdependence witb accountability and radical race and identarian consciousness., 

Here is a similar twitter video from Myth.. 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Malibu Media sets another dangerous example (French)


Philadelphia 2006

Leonard French looks at Malibu Media v. Mullins.

French refers to Malibu as a copyright troll.  Being on a chain of a P2P incident (roommates, etc) doesn’t prove personal guilt.  He notes that a LLC needs its own attorney separate from the “owner”.  Listen to his philosophy toward the end. Note his warning about 3 Strikes Holdings.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

“Protecting Americans from Dangerous Algorithms Act” and Section 230


protest 2021-9-18

Here’s another attempt to reform Section 230, “Protecting Americans from Dangerous Algorithms Act” (HR-PADAA) would remove downstream liability protection when content is chosen for the user by algorithm and violent radicalization ensues.

Will Duffield takes the bill apart for Techdirt. The point is that Facebook (McNeal v. Facebook) doesn’t look at the viewpoint in applying user-history algorithms, although it does in demonetization and shadow-banning or community guidelines.  

Monday, October 18, 2021

Protesters often see journalists as non-tribal enemies


j6 defendant protest

US Press Freedom Tracker reports sporadic harassment from individual protesters, from both sides, demanding deletion of images.

This gas occurred against established media outlets as well as individuals.

Sine protesters fear identification and future arrests but want to be counted for their tribes. And protesters need people to actually join their causes, not just film.

But some demonstrators want publicity, like the STS movements, or climate change protesters who may want to be arrested.

Generally you can legally photo anyone in an outdoors public space, including police.   

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Bizarre 1A case involving self-disclosure of Covid on social media


WI 2019-9

Steve Lehto explains a win on a federal court by a Wisconsin teen who had posted online thar she had Covid in late March 2020, when she had a negative test but tests were not yet done very well.

Her school district feared public panic over a Covid case announced on Instagram at a time when exponential spread wasn’t understood well by the public.

But she surely had a 1A right to talk publicly about her own medical information. She and her parents were threatened with arrest for disorderly conduct.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Pandora Papers -- and social media influencers


my travels

Ryan Chapman explains the Pandora papers.

The reason I think it matters is that even websites or social media operations often have mystery backing but could be politically leveraging.   I discuss more in a 2014 post here.

This also relates to the “silence is violence” idea.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Dangerous 3rd Circuit ruling on Section 230 carveout for right of publicity and intellectual property carveout

near Allegheny Tunnel 

 Corynne McSherry of Electronic Frontier Foundation has warned content creators about a dangerous threat from a Third Circuit ruling that Section 230 does not apply to right of publicity in this Oct. 5 article.  

Let's hope Facebook appeals.  The article speaks for itself.  

Saturday, October 09, 2021

YT to collar climate change opposition


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Ian Corzine livestreamed a talk on coming censorship in social media,

YouTube will shadowban and demonetize climate change denial, as well as later maybe other opposition to gun control and maybe even conservative rejection of minority use of identarianism.

But individuals may want to discuss likely impositions on individual liberties, like driving alone.  

Corporate sponsors don’t like to see individuals compete with established nonprofits and news in taking on controversy. But if YT makes editorial decisions to please advertisers it may run afoul of CDA230.

Friday, October 08, 2021

Who is a real journalist?


 Forbes, om a Feb. 4 2021 piece by Rachel Sandler, explained how YouTube fumbled on the difference between journalism and misinformation advocacy with Ford Fischer and Status Corp in covering Jan 6.

That raises the question, who gets to call themselves journalists? Those who make a living at it? The message is, otherwise, if you want to be heard, belong to a tribe and enlist.

I videoed STS rallies in Nov 2021 as citizen journalism.

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

My Wordpress blogs suspended


casselman bridge

The four Wordpress blogs linked at the bottom of my doaskdotell sites are suspended as of Oct 5. 2021 by the host because of subtle malware that stopped the Codeguard backups from running on Oct 1. 

I will explain the technical details after I hear back from a security company.  This appears to be “prankware”.   

I have previously mentioned my plans to eliminate most blogs at the start of 2022, and focus on a  few specific areas.

I was out of commission Oct 5 with shoulder surgery at the time the account was suspended.

Friday, October 01, 2021

Teen harassed by sheriff for talking about her own COVID case


wi 2019-9

Leonard French discusses Cohoon v Konrath.   A sheriff in Wisconsin coerced a high school girl to remove Instagram posts about apparently becoming the first COVID19 case at her school after a trip, in spring 2020.           

A whole community in ignorance.

The teen’s social media was medically right and local government violated her First Amendment rights.