Social Media

Hosking on hot air and halos

Photoshopped image of Jacinda Ardern

In his recent column Mike Hosking captures the futility of it all in a nutshell.

So are you counting the days like I am? May 15 in France.

Jacinda Ardern, our newly beatified international leader of good and happiness, will lay down a carbon footprint to Paris to sit alongside French president Emmanuel Macron and co-chair a meeting.

Yes it really is that exciting, a meeting with two leaders, with their tech capes on looking to rid the world of evil and instil good and a better tomorrow with lots of hugs, loves, and lollipops.

Once again must we reality check ourselves on these matters? Extremism isn’t new. Terror isn’t new. Using online tools to promote and execute it isn’t new.

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Mental Health Break

TED Talk … a persuasive case to quit Social Media.

Cal Newport is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. In addition to studying the theoretical foundations of our digital age, Newport also writes about the impact of these technologies on the world of work. His most recent book, Deep Work, argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the modern workplace and that the ability to concentrate without distraction is becoming increasingly valuable.

Dr Newport argues that young children who know how to use a smartphone are really just as productive in their lives as older folk, who often – unintentionally – use social media as a tool to appear busy, occupied, and focused.? Social Media in college kids, while often regarded as trivial often results in an explosion of anxiety related disorders.


Lorde Needs to Take Lessons From Her Bestie

Two weeks ago, on her 28th birthday, Taylor Swift posted a picture to Instagram that her guitarist took during a recent show at an arena in London.

The photo shows Swift centre stage, spotlight shining down as she plays her new music in front of thousands of fans.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better year, all thanks to you,” Swift wrote in the caption.

A fairly innocuous post – but not if it’s 2017, one of the most tumultuous years in modern US history, and not if it’s written by Swift.

The headlines started rolling in. Nylon: “Of Course Taylor Swift is the Only Person Who Enjoyed 2017.” HelloGiggles: “Taylor Swift ‘couldn’t have asked for a better year’ while we’re all living in Hell.” Cosmopolitan: “Taylor Swift Says She ‘Couldn’t Have Asked for a Better Year’ and The Internet Is Mad.” (Naturally, her fan base took issue with this internet anger.)

With Social Media, you can’t do or say anything without offending at least someone. If Taylor Swift ever posted a pic of some Granola she had for breakfast within a nano second at least one person will post a reply about starvation in Africa.

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UK girl slut-shamed by fundamentalist Muslims: feminists and MSM say nothing

This news story helps answer the question why so few Muslim children fully assimilate into the Western culture into which they are born and raised. It is the sad tale of a Muslim girl who was filmed twerking like Miley Cyrus while wearing her headscarf. What happened next is a cautionary tale for any Muslim teenager who thinks that they can safely?assimilate?into Western society.

A Muslim girl wearing a headscarf was filmed dancing in the streets of Birmingham, U.K.?twerking, in fact?and the smartphone video soon went viral, viewed over a million times. Ironically, it was popularized in no small part by outraged Muslim men

The fundamentalist Muslim backlash directed at this anonymous 17-year-old girl?s innocuous behavior was instant, personal, and severe. Amid threats in comment threads such as, ?Fu**ing sl*t someone give me her address I will kill her,? and ?Stupid b**ch needs to be killed,? the young girl issued a tearful, pitiful public apology that was broadcast by a pair of fundamentalist roving-fatwa YouTubers as a ?repentance? to placate the frothing Islamist mob.

Now I am no fan of twerking and think that Miley Cyrus is not exactly a great role model for young women but we were all young once. It was just a harmless bit of fun (or at least it should have been a harmless bit of fun) but when you add intolerance to the mix things can get out of hand real fast.

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Labour trying to hide the fact they are the Nasty party

Labour are trying to hide the fact they are the Nasty party.

A directive has been issued telling candidates and MPs to cleanse their social media accounts. I wonder what Andrew Little is going to do about his employers are parasites social media stuff up?

Labour Party candidates have been urged to clean up their social media profiles by removing potentially embarrassing pictures or comments about the party.

The directive by Labour’s general secretary Andrew Kirton was accidentally sent by text message to a Newstalk ZB reporter. ? Read more »

Mike King points out one of the many serious flaws with social media

Both Facebook and Twitter are failing to provide consistency in their business models. No matter what side of the free speech divide you are on as a customer you expect a business to enforce its rules fairly and dispassionately. Furthermore, you expect its rules to be simple and easy to understand so they are easy to enforce.Mike King has alerted Facebook to a serious issue that is still unresolved. It should not be this hard to get a suicide video removed and it reflects the worldwide problem of social media giants who are unable or unwilling to moderate their forums adequately or consistently.Ironically Facebook has a suicide prevention feature?but it has failed to remove a video of an actual suicide.

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Do it Twitter, I Double Dare you

Twitter has said that it will remove Trump from the social platform if he becomes too ” unruly. ” Their stance is not unsurprising given their ongoing campaign of censorship of conservative voices which has created an exodus to Gab. Trump’s campaign team have credited their social media campaign with helping them win the election so it is not surprising that the left-leaning business would now look for any possible excuse to take away Trump’s communication with his massive following.


Trump?s Twitter account now has 16.2 million followers, and his Facebook account has 15.6 million likes. His Instagram account has 4.2 million followers. Between the three, that?s 36 million people his personal social media accounts reach.

?The success to our social media platforms comes directly from then-candidate, and now President-elect of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump,? Scavino told?Breitbart News. ?It is all Mr. Trump and his messaging. Whether Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram platforms, Mr. Trump is directly involved with our social media messaging. He loves communicating with the American people, and he loves seeing what is going out.?

Scavino informed?Breitbart News that there was not some boardroom of political consultants pre-testing talking points for tweets and Facebook and Instagram posts before they went out. It was him, Trump and his iPhone, that led the way in making this happen.

?Our social media platforms?and the way they were operated?is without question, historic,? Scavino said. ?It has never been seen before, and it will never be seen again. We didn?t have a massive team?just a few of us working on all of his social platforms. We did not have videographers, producers, or social media managers responsible for handling each platform.

…That occasionally led to some criticism of some of the posts, but Trump?s victory on November 8 speaks for itself.

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Twitter is looking down the wrong end of the telescope

Confused, looking into the wrong end of a telescope. This is a genuine 19th-century naval leather-and-brass instrument. Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III.

Confused, looking into the wrong end of a telescope.

Do you know how to catch an elephant? You need a telescope, a matchbox and a pair of tweezers. As soon as you see the elephant pick up the telescope and look at the elephant through the wrong end. Then using the tweezers carefully pick up the elephant and put it inside the matchbox.

Twitter thinks it can tackle a large problem by changing how it views it but the more Twitter censors its users and clamps down on so-called hate speech the more ineffective and one-sided they become. Almost anything can be flagged as offensive or disrespectful as anybody can choose to be offended by anything. Likewise, the ?recent changes that allow users to report anyone who directs hate against a race, religion, gender or orientation ?can easily be used to shut down fact-based criticism by labeling it hate. The more rules they add the bigger the problem becomes ?and the harder it becomes to police it. The problem is already insurmountable as they simply do not have enough staff to handle the volume of complaints.

This tweet for example against well-known Ben Shapiro should have resulted in the user being?suspended immediately. Read more »

Roundup of Gabs about president-elect Donald Trump

If you are not already on Gab sign up now. Twitter is on the way out and Gab is growing rapidly. Unlike other social media Gab puts the power into your hands. You the user decide what you want to read and what you want to write. The power to censor is in your hands. It is one of the few places on the internet where you can experience almost unlimited free speech. The rules you have to follow are very simple.

No illegal pornography, a zero tolerance policy for promoting terrorism or violence, and users are not allowed to post other?s confidential information without their consent.

-Andrew Torba Gab CEO

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So what happened to GrubHub?


Cameron wrote about GrubHub a couple of days ago and there have been some interesting developments. Conservatives do not commonly employ the tactics of Social Justice Bullies but this time it appears that angry Trump supporters decided to go full retard on GrubHub on social media. I don’t blame them for “losing their shit.” Hillary supporters are rioting, smashing things, crying, screaming, defecating on Trump signs in public and waving “Rape Ivanka” and “Rape Melanie” signs around. It is enough to push the calmest Trump supporter to boiling point.

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