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March 15, 2017

$EMI-TRANSPARENT: NATIVE ADS, NET ETHICS AND FREE SPEECH

“They give you a thousand dollars a week. And they keep on giving you a thousand dollars a week until that’s what you need to live on. And then every day you live after that, you’re afraid they’ll take it away from you. It’s all very scientific. It’s based on the psychological fact that a man is a grubbing, hungry little sleaze…”

Rod Serling, THE VELVET ALLEY

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December 8, 2015

The Insidious Rise Of Stealth Censorship

“We don’t like it, so you can’t do it”

Recently, some folks on social media were abuzz regarding new additions to their youtube feeds:

Almost immediately, one of the usual suspects chimed in with their plans to (ab)use this:

While this doesn’t really appear to be a change in youtube beyond its sudden prominent placement, what’s important to [...]

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August 3, 2015

James Woods Sues Twitter Troll, Doesn’t Understand “Streisand Effect”

Actor and political suicide bomber James Woods has decided to sue a twitter troll that accused him of being a coke addict for defamation to the tune of $10 million. An excerpt from said lawsuit specifically states that twitter user @abelisted “…jeopardized Woods’ good name and reputation on an international scale.” Unfortunately, Woods did not seem to understand that by making this news public it would have the completely opposite effect of what he hoped to [...]

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July 16, 2015

Echochamber.js Comment Code Trolls Entire Internet

A new javascript code for comment sections on blogs and webpages has become one of the ultimate tests of “Poe’s Law”. Entitled Echochamber.js, the code is billed as “all of the commenting, none of the comments”.

Although both the script’s name and description seem to imply satire, today’s histrionic online environment has led this code to create a social media firestorm:

.@tessthornton‘s [...]

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