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Ricardo

I iked the show Salvation.
It happens to show a US democracy in full turnoil confronted to cataclismic events, political coup and in the second season, the COPE cult, designed to accept the End of the World, while its founder fund his way out of the planet with deceit, manipulation, terrorism and doing precisely the opposite of its own preaching.

Interesting take on how people of all walks of life get in the cult, infiltrating every layers of US society.

It's a dramatic fiction where activist group named takes most world power hostage to foster, impose global collaboration to solve the issue of an incoming meteorite towards earth.

There is also an interesting place given to Science in the show, on one side, science to save the planet on the other, despair, darkness and self harm elevated as a cult to accept the inevitable.





Ricardo

So I hear CleanFox is coming with a feature to handle Self-hosted email via IMAP ! Can't wait!

Ricardo

the Truth is behind a paywall but the lies are free

Ricardo

Because of the way birdsite algorithm works, no matter how many accounts you have, no matter how you configure them, who you follow, what topic you follow, what hashtags you search and your geolocation : western media content is always going to occupy the same place on your feed, also valid for Facebook, YouTube or Google News, the "news" is vastly dominated by western News content, the US election is a good example since it occupy all the feeds, all the streams everywhere, until its done but then another news bit predominatly western will take its place, its crazy if you compare it with RSS and vast collection of sources that at least covers different countries, continents, you can see that what's news in Spain or in Mali isn't considered newsworthy by big tech platforms and if you take Asia, Russia, Africa, South America for something in these places to reach the western News mainstream, it takes a lot of will and is certainly an ongoing massacre, wars, or something out of the ordinary, most of the time what's becomes Newsworthy in different mainstream western properties is not even 0.1% of what's actually enfolding in these vast areas.

It may well be an empirical impression, bias from my side but I have tried to compare and I can only reach this conclusion : western big tech + media conglomerate not only have a skewed vision of what is newsworthy abroad but they also behave like monopolies, they don't represent the global mainstream, they can't, whatever ends up in their radar is a combination of trends, machine learning and actual news, let's say an election, but these platforms are not designed to represent what's happening in any given geolocation according to objective and measurable newsworthy items.

Even the ones pretending to be Global News organization do not cover the entirety of the news spectrum from a native perspective for a global audience, it's too often, a western perspective on whatever is happening somewhere else.

I think News Media is broken, beyond repair.

Ricardo

People will always have the Right to read and write bullshit, satire, disinformation and plain junk news, that's here to stay, so the only manner for a society to be able to distinguish with discernment the difference between Knowledge, fact based, data driven information and the former is through free Education, free University, free media literacy embedded into everything we learn, as if the ability to discern information was the only guarantee for free and sane democracies.

The future will need citizens able to discern that a false argument, based on polarization and divisiveness with the potential to stir up hatred and racism pronounced by an AI deepfake is just that : a digital weapon designed to disrupt the information field

Meanwhile the US news cycle is being driven by a narcisistic ego maniac predator making decisions that have a global impact and we're supposed to watch this and go along with it from an European point of view.

While our very own copycats are already in action.

They say people prefer the original to fade copies but in the meantime, all across the planet, Trump has emboldened authoritarianism, defiance of the justice system and military response against civilian dissent in a way that will take decades to undo, if ever.

Information is important, its flow shouldn't either be regulated by the State or by for profit private corporations, like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or Netflix, information should be free they say but what if, it is drowned under torrents of bullshit junk news within societies that can't discern truths from lies?

What happens next?

Ricardo

If your platform cannot survive with the inflated, manipulated "growth" brought by conspiracy theories, antivax, political or religious radicalisation on demand (think YouTube, Facebook, Reddit, Twitter and even more spots like Parler/Gab/Bitchute)

You are part of the problem or at the very least maintaining it for profit.

Ricardo

Suburbs of Goa

Desi-influenced Asian world beats and beyond.



Loving this station on somaFM

https://somafm.com/player/#/now-playing/suburbsofgoa

Ricardo

The Birdsite outage, finally part of the world can breath, for those on the blue bird platform, make sure to teleport yourself to the fediverse where decentralization put users in control of their time-line. This note is syndicated to Twitter and Mastodon from my blog.

Ricardo

The best thing that could happen to the birdsite : Twitter outage before elections. Maybe that's gonna slow down the info war.

https://go.theregister.com/feed/www.theregister.com/2020/10/15/twitter_down/





Ricardo

Hmmm I should probably buy Belgian.beer