NAOMI BARON ~ WORDS ONSCREEN ~ 2015

~ EFC-IIOTTLASF-IATA-WEAGFK ~ Ebooks For Children – It Is One Thing To Look At Sales Figures – It’s Another To Ask – Whether Ebooks Are Good For Kids

~ TMTK-TMTR ~ Too Much To Know – Too Much To Read

~ TL;DR – Too Long; Didn’t Read

~ ATWTWDTP-PTTV-LAL-OWIO-TRHS-E-TAOPWII-TLL-HC ~ As They Work Their Way Down The Page – People Tend To View – Less And Less – Of What Is On – The Right-Hand Side – Essentially – They Are Only Processing What Is In – The Lower Left-Hand Corner

~ RSA-80%-OTT-RWIO-TIP ~ Readers Spend About – 80 Percent – Of Their Time – Reading What Is On – The Initial Page

~ YDWTSOCFAWTDPO-AS-T-BR-WB ~ You Don’t Want To Shell Out Cash For A Work That Doesn’t Pan Out – And So – The – Book Review – Was Born

~ Tl;DS – Too Long; Didn’t Scroll

~ WSAECAY ~ What Should An Ebook Cost Anyway?

~ WHTAWCDDEP? ~ What Happens To Authors When Competition Drives Down Ebook Prices?

~ IT-33P-OM-TM-ASE-CW-2/3OAP-TMAPB ~ It Takes – 33 Pounds – Of Minerals – To Make – A Single Ereader Compared With – 2/3 Of A Pound – To Make A Printed Book

~ PAE-R-100K-HOFF-WP-66POCO2-CW-2KH-A-1OOTLIGG-FAB ~ Producing An Ereader – Requires – 100 Kilowatt-Hours Of Fossil Fuels – Which Produce – 66 Pounds Of Co2 – Compared With – 2 Kilowatt-Hours – And – 100 Times Less In Greenhouse Gases – For A Book

~ ‘R’ AE-TEIPM-IGDIPC-OBC-WWAETEHRFT ~ “Recycling” An Ereader – To Extract Its Precious Minerals – Is Generally Done In Poor Countries – Often By Children – Where Workers Are Exposed To Enormous Health Risks From Toxins

~ P-UMCIDD-AARR ~ Paper – Unlike Many Components In Digital Devices – Is A Renewable Resource

~ A-30BWOE-ACWB-DDW-TAEOTOO-30NPP ~ About – 30 Billion Watts Of Electricity – Are Consumed Worldwide By – Digital Data Warehouses – The Approximate Equivalent Of The Output Of – 30 Nuclear Power Plants

~ TJIDSOO-WDROP-IN-OWB-MEF ~ The Jury Is Definitely Still Out On – Whether Digital Reading Or Paper – Is Now – Or Will Become – More Environmentally Friendly

~ PA-TIAL-IAMC-TNOAFPLIAFR ~ Public Access – To Information And Learning – Is A Modern Concept – The Notion Of A Free Public Library Is Also Fairly Recent

~ CB-IYGITTS-YCHTN ~ Centuries Back – If You Gathered In The Town Square – You Could Hear The News

~ MOOC ~ Massive Open Online Courses

~ WCTSSASAFPP ~ We Continue To See Stories About Students And Faculty Preferring Print

~ ASWTDCRITM ~ A Surefire Way To Disrupt Careful Reading Is To Multitask

~ TMPRGF-E-IF ~ The Most Popular Reading Genre For – Ebooks – Is Fiction

~ IADW-OISAQE ~ In A Digital World – Once Is Seen As Quite Enough

~ HSIR? ~ How Social Is Reading?

~ RA-TTWWNAT-WACO ~ Reading Aloud – To Those Who Were Not Able To – Was A Common Occurrence

~ T-TFMOPCTFTPOR-IF-T-FRGOO-AW-A-TBTR-O-A-F ~ Today – The Fast Majority Of People Coming Together For The Purpose Of Reading – In Face-To-Face Reading Groups Or Online – Are Women – And – The Books They’re Reading – Overwhelmingly – Are – Fiction

~ EST-CBU-B-STMTTTW ~ Electronic Search Tools – Can Be Useful – But – Sometimes Take More Time Than They’re Worth

~ SHUA-PIUTL ~ Screens Hastens Us Along – Print Invites Us To Linger

~ HR ~ Hyper Reading

~ SMFAOHC-EC-BL-T-T-A-BC-AMFIVOSN ~ So Many Fundamental Aspects Of Human Communication – Eye Contact – Body Language – Tone – Timbre – And – Bodily Contact – Are Missing From Interactions Via Online Social Networking

~ TIATIO-WHYCDD-RTTWT-HDOTCS ~ There Is Also The Issue Of – Whether Handing Young Children Digital Devices – Rather Than Talking With Them – Hampers Development Of Their Communication Skills

~ CW-RO-P-TTLD-AAR-IEMF ~ Compared With – Reading Onscreen – Print – Tends To Limit Distraction – As A Result – It Encourages Mental Focus

~ MCTBUTDWWAD-EM-AGS ~ Modern Communication Technologies Beckon Us To Drop What We Are Doing – Even Momentarily – And Get Sidetracked

~ Y-WCSHACWSPOC-B-TLOVOIR ~ Yes – We Can Successfully Hold A Conversation While Shelling Peas Or Crocheting – But – The List Of Viable Options Is Restricted

~ ETU-EWU-T-SM-IEAM ~ Experts Tell Us – Even Warn Us – That – Successful Multitasking – Is Essentially A Myth

~ YA-23TML-TCWD-IYAT-TIYN ~ You Are – 23 Times More Likely – To Crash While Driving – If You Are Texting – Than If You’re Not

~ NWSMYPAI-OK-TUTPWD-GTBTSMBA ~ No Wonder So Many Young People Assume It’s – OK – To Use Their Phones While Driving – Given The Behavior They See Modeled By Adults

~ YBOM ~ Your Brain On Multitasking

~ T-DSMMD-‘IUD’-DNMTFC-T-‘IGD-D ~ The – Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders – “Internet Use Disorder” – Did Not Make The Final Cut – Though – “Internet Gaming Disorder” – Did

~ OTR-6,000-LIUT-HAETDO-BTEOTT-FC ~ Of The Roughly – 6,000 – Languages In Use Today – Half Are Expected To Die Out – By The End Of The Twenty-First Century

~ WATTMCDTRO?-DF-DS-DT ~ What Are The Three Most Critical Drawbacks To Reading Onscreen? – Distraction First – Distraction Second – Distraction Third

~ SASAYTD-AI;MD-IAIHS ~ Short Attention Span And Yielding To Distraction – Are In; Mental Discipline – Is An Increasingly Hard Sell

B.J. MENDELSON ~ EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ~ SOCIAL MEDIA IS BULLSHIT ~ 2012

~ O-MMT-O-TWNC ~ Offline – Matters More Than – Online – This Will Never Change

~ TLT-IB-NA-MHEOACMBITSYB-MD ~ The – Long Tail – Is Bullshit – Niche Audiences – Must Have Enough Of A Critical Mass Behind It To Support Your Business – Most Don’t

~ 99%-OTTTAORTA-‘V’-ADBOF:R-WC-TM-LC-CS-F-TSFTR-IHALTDWBITRPATRT ~ Ninety-Nine Percent – Of The Things That Are Often Referred To As – “Viral” – Are Driven By Offline Forces: Real-World Connections – Traditional Media – Legitimate Celebrities – Corporate Spending – For – The Small Fraction That Remains – It Has A Lot To Do With Being In The Right Place At The Right Time

~ M-V-GU-A-M-WS-GU ~ Most – Videos – Go Unwatched – And – Most – Web Sites – Go Unvisited

~ MIEOTW ~ Momentum Is Everything On The Web

~ BSOML-‘A’-A-‘E’-TOMTMF-SB-A-A-E-I-S

~ Be Skeptical Of Metrics Like – “Awareness” – And – “Engagement” – The Only Metric That Matters For – Small Businesses – Artists – And – Entrepreneurs – Is – Sales

~ QE-ITE-AOTTAF-ETI-ACOHYFN-ITIAWKISE-WHFAAS ~ Question Everything – In The End – All Of These Things Are Fads – Even The Internet – A Couple Of Hundred Years From Now – If The Internet As We Know It Still Exists – We’ll Have Failed As A Species

~ TEWTSTFITLAHTRWYCT-ITCYAD?-TAF ~ The Easiest Way To Spot The Frauds Is To Look At How They React When You Challenge Them – If They Call You A Dinosaur? – They’re A Fraud

~ NOTPIGFB-YDNTUAOTP-IACDTWYLTDAWYAI-TOTYDIAWS-AAATYGSGTYW ~ None Of These Platforms Is Great For Business – You Don’t Need To Use Any Of These Platforms – It All Comes Down To What You’re Looking To Do And Who Your Audience Is – The Only Thing You Need Is A Web Site – Any And All Traffic You Get Should Go To Your Website

~ ETHOTWIDB-TM-WSM-INAO-OTW-COWS-IYWTSIWIITYD-YNTM-N-‘TPFKATA’-O-‘I’ ~ Everything That Happens On The Web Is Driven By – The Media – We Spend Most – If Not All Of – Our Time With – Corporate Owned Web Sites – If You Want To Succeed In Whatever It Is That You Do – You Need The Media – Not – “The People Formerly Known As The Audience” – Or – “Influencers”

~ DYENTTPWWTSYOTIO-‘I’-PTAIT?-YAFTTAIOTIIN ~ Did You Ever Notice That The People Who Want To Sell You On The Idea Of – “Influencers” – Portray Themselves As Influencers Themselves? – You’ll Also Find That The Alleged Influence Of The Influencers Is Negligible

~ T1%R-ASMOUDTMOTTOTW-WTROUJL ~ The 1 Percent Rule – A Small Minority Of Users Do The Majority Of The Talking On The Web – While The Rest Of Us Just Listen

B.J. MENDELSON ~ EVERYTHING YOU WILL EVER NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MARKETING ~ SOCIAL MEDIA IS BULLSHIT ~ 2012

~ IYWYDMYH-TATM-EIYF-YCBDT-YMAWEWYD ~ If What You Do Makes You Happy – That’s All That Matters – Even If You Fail – You Could Be Dead Tomorrow – You Might As Well Enjoy What You’re Doing

~ EIRC-YWBATGAIMAWTP-AYHTDITWYDAMIIASPWBII ~ Except In Rare Cases – You Won’t Be Able To Get Anywhere In Marketing Anything Without The Press – All You Have To Do Is Take What You Do And Make It Into A Story People Will Be Interested In

~ YSTYP[T]:R/AP/SP/P ~ You Should Target Your Pitch [To]: Researchers / Bookers / Associate Producers / Segment Producers / Producers

~ T-‘G’-TMATA-IAYFTS-IR-IVITW ~ The–”Game” – The Marketers Always Talk About – Is Against You From The Start – It’s Rigged – It’s Virtually Impossible To Win

~ IYGYCW-NYDIGTM ~ If You’ve Got Your Customers Wrong – Nothing You Do Is Going To Matter

~ AFALATG-TBTYCDIBP-IYA-AAOPI-YBRFI ~ As Far As Luck And Timing Go – The Best Thing You Can Do Is Be Prepared – If You Are – And An Opportunity Presents Itself – You’ll Be Ready For It

~ TGNITYC-MACL-AT-TAL-AMTAFAYWTG-YGTHWMFTPWYWOTLTYWAT-M ~ The Good News Is That You Can – Make A Comfortable Living – At The – Triple-A Level – And Maybe That’s As Far As You Want To Go – You’re Going To Have Way More Freedom To Produce What You Want On This Level Than You Will At The – Majors

~ TGROTI:DBAD ~ The Golden Rule Of The Internet: Don’t Be A Dick

~ TRGROTI:SN-I-YHTTTIIRWWT-A-YCTYECPMR-T-Y-US-BR:NUTWHYIAW-TITY-‘LMOTT’-BNUTI-PF ~ The Real Golden Rule Of The Internet: Social Networks – If – You Have The Time To Invest In Really Working With Them – And – You’re Confident That Your Efforts Can Produce Measurable Results – Then – Yes – Use Them – But Remember: Not Using Them Won’t Harm You In Any Way – The Idea That You’re – “Leaving Money On The Table” – By Not Using Them Is – Patently False

~ A-‘SMC’-TRNMYCDB-RIO-A-NFIAF-AF-AAAACTTP-IYWAF ~ A – “Social Media Crisis” – There’s Really Not Much You Can Do But – Ride It Out – And – Not Feed It Any Further – Apart From – An Apology And A Correction To The Problem – If You Were At Fault

~ YSAB-T-LFOTTAIETYD-YJDKWTFH-A-TOWTBPIT-CTIWYD ~ You Should Always Be – Tweaking – Look For Opportunities To Tweak And Improve Everything That You Do – You Just Don’t Know What The Future Holds – And – The Only Way To Be Prepared Is To – Continue To Improve What You’re Doing

~ YF-YC-AYC-AGPTSCFAMA-TMFYWO-TLRYPOIL-T-TPMTDITM ~ Your Friends – Your Community – And Your City – Are Great Places To Start Collecting Feedback And Making Adjustments – The More Flaws You Work Out – The Less Risky Your Product Or Idea Looks – To – The People Making The Decisions In The Majors

B.J. MENDELSON ~ SOCIAL MEDIA IS BULLSHIT ~ 2012

~ TPWGRDT-GR-ARTPDFG-ITPSTS ~ The People Who Get Rich During – The Gold Rush – Are Rarely The People Digging For Gold – It’s The People Selling The Shovels

~ MOTN-PGTWTATB-TPTK-KSWCHT ~ More Often Than Not – People Get To Where They Are Today Because – The People They Know – Know Someone Who Could Help Them

~ TA-BE ~ The Asshole-Based Economy

~ CAGROOWACTMDTKCO-ATWIRBBAC-IOTROU-ETWWTTWWLTPF ~ Corporations Are Getting Rich Off Our Work And Consolidating Their Market Dominance To Keep Competitors Out – And The Web Is Rewarding Big Brands And Celebrities – Instead Of The Rest Of Us – Even Though We Were Told The Web Would Level The Playing Field

~ IOTTPASI-B-IAWOTTPAS-M-U– A– PHI-TFYOI ~ It’s One Thing To Package And Sell Information – But – It’s A Whole Other Thing To Package And Sell – Made-Up And – Potentially Harmful Information – To Further Your Own Interests – The Asshole-Based Economy – Selling Harmful Bullshit To Further Their Own Interests

~ CH ~ Cyber Hipsters

~ CH-TRTSIUTTETPTHTPTDA-W-R/F/C/T/E/ASF-AAALEAOWL-TTCIOTTITFO-A-SF-A-BD-TFGITEAC-TSG-ATWTTI-IGTCTWBLUBTM ~ Cyber Hipsters – The Rhetoric They Spew Is Usually To The Effect That People Today Have The Power To Do Anything – Without – Resources / Funding / Connections / Training / Education / And So Forth – After Amassing A Large Enough Audience Of Willing Listeners – They Then Cash In On The Traffic Generated From The Talk In The Form Of – Advertisements – Speaking Fees – And – Book Deals – The First Group Is The Early Adopter Crowd – The Second Group – Are Those Who Think The Internet – Is Going To Change The World By Letting Us Be The Media

~ INC-TALOTICHTMCT-CFEMOOC-BRTA-CH-CFTKOBPSCHWBATIP-AIAFTTOWCHOT ~ It’s No Coincidence – That A Lot Of The Important Cyber Hipsters That Marketers Cater To – Came From Established Media Outlets Or Corporations – Before Reinventing Themselves As – Cyber Hipsters – Coming From This Kind Of Background Provides Some Cyber Hipsters With Better Access To Important Parties – And Increased Attention From The Thousands Of Wannabe Cyber Hipsters Out There

~ MMTY-BAD-BTNTMTYT ~ Marketers May Tell You – Books Are Dead – But They Need Them More Than You Think

~ DES-TNODWWFTLCNWFY-B-TAMIWTDEWFT-E-DT-EY-MTOABC-‘SMSS’-SHIPT-‘SM’-CWFY-AEYITOTWTPTTPIQTWS-TH-M-C-A-OR-ATDTTCTI-IF-ALOTSALA-‘SM’- AA-RG-BA-LL ~ Despite Evidence Showing – That Not Only Does What Work For The Large Corporation Not Work For You – But – There Are Many Instances Where This Doesn’t Even Work For Them – Either – Despite This – Every Year – Marketers Trot Out A Big Corporate – “Social Media Success Story” – Saying How Its Proof That – “Social Media” – Can Work For You – And Every Year It Turns Out That What They Present To The Public Isn’t Quite The Whole Story – They Have – Money – Connections – And – Other Resources – At Their Disposal That They Can Tap Into – In Fact – A Lot Of Them Simply Aren’t Looking At – “Social Media” – As A – Revenue Generator – But A – Loss Leader

~ ‘PI’-90%L-9%MCO-1%WDMOTCAP ~ “Participation Inequality” – 90 Percent Lurk – 9 Percent Might Contribute Occasionally – 1 Percent Will Do Most Of The Commenting And Participating

~ TCWRTPHJAMTGBSBATMD ~ The Companies Who Run These Platforms Have Just As Much To Gain By Spreading Bullshit As The Marketers Do

~ IYAGTSSMTIMH-YBSPR ~ If You Are Going To Spend So Much Time In My Head – You Better Start Paying Rent

~ ATAASABFOOWS-OTYO ~ All Traffic And Attention Should Always Be Focused On One Web Site – One That You Own

~ W-M-AO-CH-ACO-IATCYAD-TUFLTJTA-WTTF-TWRWAA-OA-O-Y-YF-EYD-ITHTIDPATTHOOT ~ Whenever – Marketers – And Other – Cyber Hipsters – Are Called Out – In Addition To Calling You A Dinosaur – They’ll Use Faulty Logic To Justify Their Actions – When Those Tactics Fail – They Will React With An All-Out Assault – On – You – Your Family – Everything You Do – In The Hopes That It’ll Distract People And Take The Heat Off Of Them

~ EIYFOTIUYSSTDL ~ Everyone Is Your Friend On The Internet Until You Say Something They Don’t Like

~ IW-A-H-SOPSPANT-WMLTBS-EIWDKTPSTNTIBPTDS ~ If – We – As – Humans – See Other People Saying Positive And Nice Things – We’re More Likely To Be Swayed – Especially If We Don’t Know That Person Saying Those Nice Things Is Being Paid To Do So

~ RN-T- ‘SM’-W-IDU-STASTMO-T-‘G’-‘BD’-‘TMW’-BIAE ~ Right Now – The – “Social Media” – Well – Is Drying Up – So They Are Starting To Move On – To – “Gamification” – “Big Data” – “The Mobile Web” – Bullshit Is Always Evolving

~ AS-TCRTCOOAMPAD-ROTV-A-TEBOTT-TMWKOC ~ A System – That Currently Rewards The Churning Out Of A Million Posts A Day – Regardless Of Their Value – And – The Easy Burial Of The Truth – The Myths Will Keep On Coming

~ FWPOTIIALLBIACA;NCOLG ~ Fighting With People On The Internet Is A Lot Like Being In A Car Accident; Nobody Comes Out Looking Good

~ RTEW ~ Roswell That Ends Well

~ TA-SMM ~ The Anti-Social Media Manifesto

~ WTPOHAMF-W-NOT-A-COYL-FYCTA-A-NCOTMY? ~ What’s The Point Of Having A Million Followers – When – None Of Them – Are – Clicking On Your Links – Following Your Calls To Action – And – Not Coming Out To Meet You?

~ TANMPWHSFTST-‘SM’-IB-INANCABTM ~ There Are Not Many People Who Have Stepped Forward To Say That – “Social Media” Is Bullshit – It’s Not A Narrative Currently Accepted By The Media

~ TEOBAAHT-‘MI’-OTW-MCTAE-ATSNJBCO-T-‘SM’E-BBCOTTI ~ The Era Of Bad Advice About How To – “Make It” – On The Web – Must Come To An End – And That Starts Not Just By Calling Out – The “Social Media” Experts – But By Calling Out The Term Itself

~ GRSL-‘SM’-CAG ~ Get Rich Quick Schemes Like – “Social Media” – Come And Go

~ TEST-‘SM’-I-PPITHOTP-A-TNEPAGTCE-NOTIT-WHLP-NM-A-NILTWWHTS-U-C-TM-O-SF-GI ~ The Experts Say That – “Social Media” – Is – Putting Power Into The Hands Of The People – And – These Newly Empowered People Are Going To Change Everything – None Of This Is True – We Have Less Power – Not More – And – Nobody Is Listening To What We Have To Say – Unless – Companies – The Media – Or – Someone Famous – Gets Involved

~ WCLIAWWYCMFMMTPAHTGROTI-TYCBATTGR-TNTC ~ We Live In A World Where You Can Make Far More Money Telling People About How To Get Rich On The Internet – Than You Can By Actually Trying To Get Rich – That Needs To Change

ADAM ALTER ~ IRRESISTIBLE ~ 2017

~ NGHOYOS ~ Never Get High On Your Own Supply

~ TIABLBAATROU-WAOPORAFDOOA ~ There Isn’t A Bright Line Between Addicts And The Rest Of Us – We’re All One Product Or Experience Away From Developing Our Own Addictions

~ TOT-WMOU-TLWTW-AWOD ~ Thousands Of Tests – With Millions Of Users – To Learn Which Tweaks Work – And Which Ones Don’t

~ IMR-SAABA-AVS-TATSBR-A-TFBSOTSBHN:SE/SS/MS/ASOE ~ In Many Respects – Substance Addictions And Behavioral Addictions – Are Very Similar – They Activate The Same Brain Regions – And – They’re Fueled By Some Of The Same Basic Human Needs: Social Engagement / Social Support / Mental Stimulation / A Sense Of Effectiveness

~ BA-COSI:CGTAJBR/IAUPF/ASOIPAI/TTBSMDOT/UTTDR/SSC ~ Behavioral Addiction – Consists Of Six Ingredients: Compelling Goals That Are Just Beyond Reach / Irresistible And Unpredictable Positive Feedback / A Sense Of Incremental Progress And Improvement / Tasks That Become Slowly More Difficult Over Time / Unresolved Tensions That Demand Resolution / Strong Social Connections

~ T-AOBA-ISY-BESPTAC ~ The – Age Of Behavioral Addiction – Is Still Young – But Early Signs Point To A Crisis

~ A-ADBTCOOEP-FWAP-T-BHASI ~ Addictions – Are Damaging Because They Crowd Out Other Essential Pursuits – From Work And Play – To – Basic Hygiene And Social Interaction

~ DTATHU-A-HTOTHU ~ Defeat The Addictions That Hurt Us – And – Harness The Ones That Help Us

~ PADBTME-EWTAIAU-TDBTRUOTWBTIC ~ Phones Are Disruptive By Their Mere Existence – Even When They Aren’t In Active Use – They’re Distracting Because They Remind Us Of The World Beyond The Immediate Conversation

~ MIAADSA ~ Many Internet Addicts Also Develop Sex Addictions

~ ABI-A-OITRIB-N-AEOB-DC ~ A Behavior Is – Addictive – Only If The Rewards It Brings – Now – Are Eventually Outweighed By – Damaging Consequences

~ FD-EHATDA-WPTTC-SWI-P-UTRC-WCABA ~ For Decades – Experts Had Assumed That Drug Addicts – Were Predisposed To The Condition – Somehow Wired Incorrectly – Perhaps – Under The Right Circumstances – We Could All Become Addicts

~ R#34-WAABN-JAURTHTBITWPATWT-SRAARWHDWAPDSTHPC ~ Rat No. 34 – Wasn’t An Addict By Nature – Just An Unfortunate Rat That Happened To Be In The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time – Simply Responding As Any Rat Would Have Done When A Probe Delivered Shocks To His Pleasure Center

~ AEIIM ~ Addiction Embeds Itself In Memory

~ AIAMOET-ETSOOR-APTWWTFTITWS-A-ETMDA-I-RWRWTRTPAPTRTOTD ~ Addiction Is A Matter Of Environment Too – Even The Sturdiest Of Our Ranks – Are Prone To Weakness When They Find Themselves In The Wrong Setting – And – Even The Most Determined Addicts-In-Recovery Will Relapse When They Revisit The People And Places That Remind Them Of The Drug

~ CSD-IRITWO-S-E-R-AOL-ED-SDIBAP-TCOPO ~ Chronic Sleep Deprivation – Is Rising In The Wake Of – Smartphones – E-Readers – And Other Light-Emitting Devices – Sleep Deprivation Is Behavioural Addiction’s Partner – The Consequence Of Persistent Overengagement

~ FM-BL-EODTD-CAWFP-R-YL-W-BL-HTBOYE-T-PG-SP-M-A-YBPFTD ~ For Millennia – Blue Light – Existed Only During The Daytime – Candles And Wood Fires Produced – Reddish-Yellow Light – When – Blue Light –– Hits The Back Of Your Eyes – The – Pineal Gland – Stops Producing – Melatonin – And – Your Body Prepares For The Day

~ ABPTSBRTFDA-SRDITBRACC-D-WAITPTTB-TITPAIFOP ~ Addictive Behaviors Produce The Same Brain Responses That Follow Drug Abuse – Several Regions Deep Inside The Brain Release A Chemical Called – Dopamine – Which Attaches Itself To Preceptors Throughout The Brain – That In Turn Produce An Intense Flush Of Pleasure

~ TSOBIIAUWLTUIAASFOPT ~ The Substance Or Behavior Itself Isn’t Addictive Until We Learn To Use It As A Salve For Our Psychological Troubles

~ IIETPSWADOAB-TPAHTLTTEIAVTFWATP ~ It Isn’t Enough To Ply Someone With A Drug Or A Behavior – That Person Also Has To Learn That The Experience Is A Viable Treatment For Whatever Ails Them Psychologically

~ THRPFAIEA-VFPDALILITHBAIA ~ The Highest Risk Period For Addiction Is Early Adulthood – Very Few People Develop Addictions Later In Life If They Haven’t Been Addicted In Adolescence

~ EAYCTHADFRYL-YBCTWTD-IRTTDSAPNITP-ASTCR-TSITO-B ~ Even After You Come To Hate A Drug For Ruining Your Life – Your Brain Continues To Want The Drug – It Remembers That The Drug Soothed A Psychological Need In The Past – And So The Craving Remains – The Same Is True Of – Behaviors

~ TIHEPTGTBKE-AWTDHMGTEAA-NPTRTO ~ The Internet Has Exposed People To Goals They Barely Knew Existed – And Wearable Tech Devices Have Made Goal Tracking Effortless And Automatic – Numbers Pave The Road To Obsession

~ ICT-G-S-BASSOL-GH-TGTAFL-DBD-RTEPOSGEGWIFHTGT ~ In Contrast To – Goals – Systems – Bring A Steadier Stream Of Low-Grade Highs – They’re Guides To A Fulfilling Life – Day By Day – Rather Than Enticing Pictures Of Some Grand End Goal Without Instructions For How To Get There

~ IM-PG-SMIS-BITYHTSOLTAE ~ In Moderation – Personal Goal-Setting Makes Intuitive Sense – Because It Tells You How To Spend Our Limited Time And Energy

~ B-BTBP ~ Buttons – Beg To Be Pushed

~ AIFAPF:LIOM ~ An Important Fact About Positive Feedback: Less Is Often More

~ LDAW-PDCTA-L-TCTA-W-LFABDJTS-WTSRA-TW-O-ALDAAW ~ Losses Disguised As Wins – Players Don’t Classify Them As – Losses – They Classify Them As – Wins – Lights Flash And Bells Ding Just The Same – Whether The Spin Represents A – True Win – Or – A Loss Disguised As A Win

~ IOBCUTWW-EWWAL-HAWSTMTS-CTSP? ~ If Our Brains Convince Us That We’re Winning – Even When Were Actually Losing – How Are We Supposed To Muster The Self-Control To Stop Playing?

~ TSOSMIMB-‘TOD’ ~ The Success Of Slot Machines Is Measured By – “Time On Device”

~ J-RTTLO-SF-TSATGR-IIETTG-B-IETTGS-WJ-TSGLIC ~ Juice – Refers To The Layer Of – Surface Feedback – That Sits Above The Game’s Rules – It Isn’t Essential To The Game – But – It’s Essential To The Game’s Success – Without Juice – The Same Game Loses Its Charm

~ MIAAHOG ~ Most Internet Addicts Are Hooked On Games

~ TTITWWKHCWRTTOFSYS ~ The Truth Is That We Won’t Know How Children Will Respond To The Overuse For Some Years Still

~ TIGEETSTITSDOMHAGRU ~ There Is Good Early Evidence To Support The Idea That Small Doses Of Mental Hardship Are Good For Us

~ P-SETC-TCWTSI-TSW-TTEO-TRW-AEIBTPV-STSAFOTC-RTTTI ~ Parents – Should Encourage Their Children – To Connect What They See In – The Screen World – To Their Experience Of – The Real World – Active Engagement Is Better Than Passive Viewing – Screen Time Should Always Focus On The Content – Rather Than The Technology Itself

~ BANHID-AHDBRFWOEM-TIAMN ~ Building A New Habit Is Difficult – A Habit Doesn’t Become Routine For Weeks Or Even Months – There Isn’t A Magic Number

~ TG-ITLR-ITBFOBHA-NTROBHWA ~ The Goal – In The Long Run – Is To Be Free Of Bad Habits Altogether – Not To Replace One Bad Habit With Another

~ TMPITTP-ITRYE-STAACTAAP-WNWHABIOYMLTWIFA ~ The Missing Piece In The Treatment Puzzle – Is To Redesign Your Environment – So Temptations Are As Close To Absent As Possible – Whatever’s Nearby Will Have A Bigger Impact On Your Mental Life Than Whatever Is Farther Away

~ SYWT-A-YBT ~ Surround Yourself With Temptation – And – You’ll Be Tempted

~ C-RAP-TAASEYCAIAVEWOFTRH ~ Choosing – Rewards And Punishments – That Also Affect Someone Else You Care About Is A Very Effective Way Of Forming The Right Habits

~ PAMLTDTTT-ITRTHTBF ~ People Are More Likely To Do The Right Thing – If The Right Thing Happens To Be Fun

TIM WU ~ THE MASTER SWITCH ~ 2010

~ TKE-TEUBADCTCIPSITI ~ The Kronos Effect ~ The Efforts Undertaken By A Dominant Company To Consume Its Potential Successors In Their Infancy

~ ATYWB-TFOTCS-WBTCT-AN-TA-F-TCOAR ~ As The Years Went By – The Founders Of The Commercial System – Would Begin To Credit Themselves – And Not – The Amateurs – For – The Creation Of American Radio

~ MWSTTAOW-GRICAPITI-B-TSR-WS-CCT-TPOI-T-CE-O-SI ~ Most Who Study These Topics Are Obsessed With – Government’s Role In Censorship And Providing Incentives To Innovate – But – The State’s Role – While Significant – Cannot Compare To – The Power Of Industry – To – Censor Expression – Or – Squelch Invention

~ TEMCOPADP ~ The Enlightened Monopolist Can Occasionally Prove A Delusional Paranoid

~ SOFTM:FO/MT/DSL/FM/SP-TLGOAO ~ Suppress Or Fail To Market: Fiber Optics / Mobile Telephones / Digital Subscriber Lines / Facsimile Machines / SpeakerPhones – The List Goes On And On

~ T-PP-ITITFSOANI-AST-‘EA’-PTTACOI ~ The – Primitive Prototype – Is Typical In The Founding Stage Of A New Industry – As Are The – “Early Adopters” – Prepared To Take A Chance On It

~ W-TV-RCATW-IW-AP-ARORIAR-TPWSBA-MOTSSAOERP ~ When – TV – Reached Consumers After The War – It Was – As Prophesied – A Replica Of Radio In All Respects – The Programming Was Sponsored By Advertisers – Most Of The Shows Simply Adaptations Of Existing Radio Programs

~ TBOTS-IOE-HBCTET-C-IE ~ The Blessing Of The State – Implicit Or Explicit – Has Been Crucial To Every Twentieth-Century Information Empire

~ YAWHSTATA-OGRIITNGUD ~ Yet As We Have Seen Time And Time Again – One Generation’s Radical Innovation Is The Next Generation’s Unyielding Dinosaur

~ AW-TBRIT1910-TOOCTAO-BIWTWOA-AW-TFTITFYOTTC-CWAD-I-T-BFAWWAW~ As With – The Broadcast Radio In The 1910s – The Origins Of Cable Television Are Obscure – Because It Was The Work Of Amateurs – As With – The Farmer’s Telephone In The First Years Of The Twentieth Century – Cable Was A Do-It-Yourself Business For Anyone With Will And Wires

~ TIAUETAAMDWIHBPTD-WSW-OMDNDSW-H-IITSO-CD-TRIAUMPAV ~ There Is An Undeniable Efficiency That Attends A Monopoly’s Doing What It Has Been Perfected To Do – What Such Well-Oiled Machines Do Not Do So Well – However – Is Initiate The Sort Of – Creative Destruction – That Revolutionizes Industries And Ultimately Multiplies Productivity And Value

~ TSATOOCEWALOTTIORMIAWWFHBCE ~ The Shape And Tenor Of Our Current Entertainment World Are Largely Owing To The Imperatives Of Risk Management In A World Where Failure Had Become Catastrophically Expensive

~ WLTCWCWYCEI? ~ Why Learn To Cope With Competition When You Can Eliminate It?

~ IAAMRTEOTM-TMCTPOIAC-TEIIFGTIITTP-BB ~ In An Age More Reliant Than Ever On Telecommunications Media – The More Concentrated The Power Over Information And Communications – The Easier It Is For Government To Indulge Its Temptation To Play – Big Brother

~ ITIRD?-EOIOIKHHIPOO-OTBTBOYAIE-WIG:TROTIOTIOTC? ~ Is The Internet Really Different? – Every Other Invention Of Its Kind Has Had Its Period Of Openness – Only To Become The Basis Of Yet Another Information Empire – Which Is Mightier: The Radicalism Of The Internet Or The Inevitability Of The Cycle?

~ WHBFTRIBOSIAPC ~ We Have Been Freed To Retreat Into Bubbles Of Selective Information And Parochial Concern

~ WAOM-OHDOFOC-AWI-DAGAIAARTEOR ~ With An Open Medium – One Has Diversity Or Fragmentation Of Content – And With It – Differences Among Groups And Individuals Are Accentuated Rather Than Elided Or Repressed

~ C-FIB-TMWAARCATBV ~ Cable – From Its Birth – The Medium Was Always As Relentlessly Commercial As The Broadcast Variant

~ NHAOTMCR-CFTCTROPPM(IV)~ No Honest Account Of The Media Conglomerate’s Rise – Could Fail To Concede The Role Of Purely Personal Motivations (Indeed Vanities)

~ IPD ~ Intellectual Property Development

~ MF ~ Mine Festivals

~ TM-TA:LALS-TA:DACC-ADWAETUFWLR ~ The Monopolist’s – Tools Are: Lawyers And Local Statues – Tactics Are: Delays And Court Challenges – All Deployed With An Eye Toward Unraveling Firms With Lesser Resources

~ BTTOCWSEAAC ~ Blow The Trumpet Of Competition While Simultaneously Eliminating All Actual Competitors

~ TCCOTMS ~ The Current Custodian Of The Master Switch

~ HMGTTIHTO-S/IR/RO-IHMIYCGTT ~ However Many Good Things The Internet Has To Offer – Service / Information Resources / Retail Outlets – It Hardly Matters If You Can’t Get To Them

~ NNITT-FCVOCC ~ Net Neutrality Is The Twenty-First Century’s Version Of Common Carriage

~ WLTBTOSACPPWUPUFTCOAEP-BTHABS ~ We Like To Believe That Our Safeguards Against Concentrated Political Power Will Ultimately Protect Us From The Consequences Of Accumulated Economic Power – But This Hasn’t Always Been So

~ GOPRIAACOPP-NAAATI ~ Government’s Only Proper Role Is As A Check On Private Power – Never As An Aid To It

~ MABF-YNSATBTSW-BEIFC ~ Markets Are Born Free – Yet No Sooner Are They Born Than Some Would-Be Emperor Is Forging Chains

~ TIISN-TIEP-TIIPITB-BR-AAPE-T-CBWOB ~ The Internet Is Simply Not – The Infinitely Elastic Phantasm – That It Is Popularly Imagined To Be – But Rather – An Actual Physical Entity – That – Can Be Warped Or Broken

~ IWDNTTMT-SO-S-OTCTOIAHAUTE-WCRB-I-LOTWAFTETBTIFUIAMHHF ~ If We Do Not Take This Moment To – Secure Our – Sovereignty – Over The Choices That Our Information Age Has Allowed Us To Enjoy – We Cannot Reasonably Blame – Its – Loss – On Those Who Are Free To Enrich Themselves By Taking It From Us In A Manner History Has Foretold

FRANKLIN FOER ~ WORLD WITHOUT MIND ~ 2017

~ WWM ~ World Without Mind

~ TETOBT ~ The Existential Threat Of Big Tech

~ TBTC-A-AOT-TMPGTWHEK ~ The Biggest Tech Companies – Are – Among Other Things – The Most Powerful Gatekeepers The World Has Ever Known

~ TS-MC-LTOTV-IPOC-IPON-HES-THPDS-THHAOPAC-ODBFAFHE-WMSV ~ To Survive – Media Companies – Lost Track Of Their Values – In Pursuit Of Clicks – Important Purveyors Of News – Have Embraced Sensationalism – They Have Published Dubious Stories – They Have Heaped Attention On Propagandists And Conspiracists – Old Boundaries Between Fact And Falsehood Have Eroded – Where Misinformation Spreads Virally

~ WHO-OS-TBSOSAMBC-WWNTARITWNJ-MWM-B-WTCTRTM ~ We’ve Handed Over – Our Secrets – To Be Stored On Servers And Mined By Computers – What We Need To Always Remember Is That We’re Not Just – Merging With Machines – But – With The Companies That Run The Machines

~ IIAIFOTHTTOOSFWTNEOB-P-A-C ~ It Is An Important Fact Of Technological History That The Outskirts Of San Francisco Were The National Epicenter Of Both – Psychedelics – And – Computing

~ AEC-TOFTABQATHI ~ An Engineering Challenge – That Often Fails To Ask Basic Questions About The Human Implications

~ TS-WAIBA-P-WCACODABOC-SI ~ The Singularity – When Artificial Intelligence Becomes All-Powerful – When Computers Are Capable Of Designing And Building Other Computers – SuperIntelligence

~ A-SU-AT-UTALRIIBE ~ Always – Surveilling Users – Auditing Them – Using Them As Lab Rats In Its Behavioral Experiments

~ TTLORIADIITSOC ~ Taken The Language Of Radical Individualism And Deployed It In The Service Of Conformism

~ ‘RT’ ~ “Radical Transparency”

~ ‘UT’ ~ “Ultimate Transparency”

~ TPTEMTCTHAN-A-TTCTTR-ASOPSTCBFM ~ Those Procedures That Enable Mechanical Thinking Came To Have A Name – Algorithms – The Textbooks Compare Them To Recipes – A Series Of Precise Steps That Can Be Followed Mindlessly

~ TAISTBDO:B/I/E/F ~ The Algorithm Is Supposed To Be Devoid Of: Bias / Intuition / Emotion / Forgiveness

~ TTATTDUIC-YTMCUI-D-LVOT-TIIWIWTH ~ They Talk About Torturing The Data Until It Confesses – Yet This Metaphor Contains Unexamined Implicitness – Data – Like Victims Of Torture – Tells Its Interrogator What It Wants To Hear

~ TPITWWOTTM-WAROTTTOTRTM ~ The Problem Is That When We Outsource Thinking To Machines – We Are Really Outsourcing Thinking To The Organizations That Run The Machines

~ TCGWIWAD ~ The Crowd Gets What It Wants And Deserves

~ TWEITMHBP-TATB-WMTETM-AAMTEFW-TRHOTBOC-TNTITRD ~ The Whole Effort Is To Make Human Beings – Predictable – To Anticipate Their Behavior – Which Makes Them Easier To Manipulate – Algorithms Are Meant To Erode Free Will – To Relive Humans Of The Burden Of Choosing – To Nudge Them In The Right Direction

~ AFASOO-TCBTOBCBA-WOEBAOTHGU-IASD-TABADOTEMS-AIMBIRIBISABTDAMPSW-WATSARITGD ~ Algorithms Fuel A Sense Of Omnipotence – The Condescending Belief That Our Behavior Can Be Altered – Without Our Even Being Aware Of The Hand Guiding Us – In A Superior Direction – That’s Always Been A Danger Of The Engineering Mind-Set – As It Moves Beyond Its Roots In Building Inanimate Stuff And Begins To Design A More Perfect Social World – We Are The Screws And Rivets In The Grand Design

~ TITSEOTNKM-TDAPK;TJSAOI ~ This Is The Strange Essence Of The New Knowledge Monopolies – They Don’t Actually Produce Knowledge; They Just Sift And Organize It

~ KITITRTEPOACOI-WK-TFAMBOPO-TM-OTLR-DTCFAE ~ Knowledge Is Too Important To Remain The Eternal Possession Of Any Company Or Individual – We Know – That Future Achievement Must Build On Past Ones – That Monopolies – Over The Long Run – Drain The Creativity From An Economy

~ OAUAP-TBOIPBAABP ~ Once An Underground, Amateur Pastime – The Bootlegging Of Intellectual Property Became An Accepted Business Practice

~ SVRTCAEG-WIOCARMIGIHH ~ Silicon Valley Routinely Trashes Cultural And Economic Gatekeepers – While Its Own Companies Are The Most Imposing Gatekeepers In Human History

~ TPOIOSALMED ~ The Population Of Informational Oligarchs Shrinks A Little More Every Day

~ DASVSABAMTW-TISATTOTO ~ Despite All Silicon Valley’s Sloganeering About Building A More Transparent World – Their Ideals Stop At The Threshold Of Their Offices

~ EF-MC-WWACOP-ACTCTFOWAI-B-TPHBSBAITP-BTDPATN-S-D-P ~ Even Free-Market Conservatives – Will Worry About Concentrations Of Power – Among Companies That Control The Flow Of Words And Ideas – Because – That Power Has Been So Blatantly Abused In The Past – Both The Distant Past And The Not-So-Distant Past

~ IAFOMI-TWROTITTCEST ~ It’s A Failure Of Moral Imagination – That Writers Respond Only To Injustices That They Can Envision Suffering Themselves

~ BVOTS-TFTTDMOTMFDI-CTOSLASG ~ By Virtue Of Their Size – The Fact That They Dominate Much Of The Market For Disseminating Ideas – Criticizing Them Often Seems Like A Suicidal Gesture

~ TITATCWFACIHN-WDNTATWATTCTFTCTSV ~ The Idea That A Tech Company Would Favor A Candidate Is Hardly Novel – We Don’t Need To Assume The Worst About The Tech Companies To Fear Their Capacity To Swing Votes

~ TTTCPLV-TCATMIAC-WCWURITCODB-CTAITDHAAURII ~ Though The Tech Companies Preach Liberal Values – They Crave Access To Markets In Authoritarian Countries – Where Compromise With Ugly Regimes Is The Cost Of Doing Business – Companies That Are Indifferent To Democracy Have Acquired An Outsized Role In It

~ DOTBTCIITPOTWATE ~ Dependence On The Big Tech Companies Is Increasingly The Plight Of The Worker And The Entrepreneur

~ AATMROOT-WLIAWOUBTPTBFEGEAP-IOWLFTN ~ Analytics Are The Managerial Revolution Of Our Time – We Live In A World Of Ubiquitous Data That Provide The Basis For Ever Greater Efficiency And Productivity – If Only We Learn From The Numbers

~ TETOTMEI:‘T’~ The Essential Term Of This Media Era Is: “Trending”

~ OEIDBP-WIGTHNG ~ Our Era Is Defined By Polarization – Warring Ideological Gangs That Yield No Ground

~ TBTM ~ Take Back The Mind

~ DITNO ~ Data Is The New Oil

~ TDFATOTHATMCPOU-TABE-AICOT ~ The Dominant Firms Are The Ones That Have Amassed The Most Complete Portraits Of Us – This Advantage Becomes Everything – And It Compounds Over Time

~ TTTPATCMANOATS ~ The Threats To Privacy And The Competitive Marketplace Are Now One And The Same

~ R-SWLRFTIPWGTS ~ Rent-Seekers With Little Regard For The Independent Producers Whose Goods They Sell

~ TOTDTI-BAT-TA ~ They Owe Their Dominance To Innovation – But Also To – Tax Avoidance

~ TASU-TF-TPHTTI-BTWLFE ~ They Aggressively Surveil Users – Thus Far – The Pubic Has Tolerated These Invasions – But That Won’t Last For Ever

~ H-ACTSC-ACBTT-EHTTAAFODL-AMPTPFIW ~ Hackers – Are Constantly Testing Security Cordons – And Constantly Bursting Through Them – Everybody Has Tolerated This As A Fact Of Digital Life – A Minor Price To Pay For Its Wonders

~ TBO-TIM-H-TWRSTIC-IMBAECOII-IMDOFS-OIMTAAE ~ The Big One – The Inevitable Mega-Hack – That Will Rumble Society To Its Core – It Might Be An Exposed Cache Of Intimate Information – It Might Disrupt Our Financial System – Or It Might Trigger And Actual Explosion

~ DPA ~ Data Protection Authority

~ TPITPTCOEOD-WAN-H-AC-AWCBCAWCBE-CSHTRTPDTSOS ~ The Point Isn’t To Prevent The Collection Or Exploitation Of Data – What Are Needed – However – Are Constraints – About What Can Be Collected And What Can Be Exploited – Citizens Should Have The Right To Purge Data That Sits On Servers

~ IA-B-I-R-WOE:C-NTCTSTT-SOTOD-TLSDTTCTTDWTGC-BIDBTT-PODIAHRTMCWEO ~ It’s A – Basic – Intuitive – Right – Worthy Of Enshrinement: Citizens – Not The Corporations That Stealthily Track Them – Should Own Their Own Data – The Law Should Demand That These Companies Treat This Data With The Greatest Care – Because It Doesn’t Belong To Them – Possessing Our Data Is A Heavy Responsibility That Must Come With Ethical Obligations

~ TIIA-BWSTI-AIIEOH-O-IEFOMS-EWTSANLTTFOIATFOD ~ The Internet Is Amazing – But We Shouldn’t Treat It – As If It Exists Outside History – Or – Is Exempt From Our Moral Structures – Especially When The Stakes Are Nothing Less Than The Fate Of Individuality And The Fitness Of Democracy

~ CATMAQOFHBASOSS-WRTQ-WCCF-B/E/J-ATSC? ~ Caring About The Morality And Quality Of Food Has Become A Symbol Of Social Status – Which Raises The Question – Why Can’t Concern For – Books / Essays /Journalism – Acquire The Same Cachet?

~ WMCAFA-TCNTDR ~ While Media Chase A Fake Audience – They Consciously Neglect Their Devoted Readers

~ STPEACVOABE-ETTRRSOR ~ Subscribers To Print Editions Are Considered Vestiges Of A Bygone Era – Even Though They Remain Reliable Sources Of Revenue

~ TTHATLMFTROA ~ The Time Has Arrived To Liberate Media From Their Reliance On Advertising

~ MNTSBTA-TRTTN-TRTLOCA-AMTWY-SE-A-SB ~ Media Need To Scale Back Their Ambitions – To Return To Their Niches – To Reclaim The Loyalty Of Core Audiences – A Move That Will Yield – Superior Editorial – And – Sustainable Businesses

~ TRT-MWNTCR-ARWNTP-CHNIPPFW-SLAPPAPTOT ~ To Rescue Themselves – Media Will Need To Charge Readers – And Readers Will Need To Pay – Consumers Have No Inherent Problem Paying For Words – So Long As Publishers Place A Price Tag On Them

~ TRRITSOP-WWRWOP-WRFT-N/P/AOU-SUAFOT-TPPU-FATIOD-TDFTMTTTOHC ~ Take Regular Refuge In The Sanctuary Of Paper – When We Read Words On Paper – We’re Removed From The – Notifications / Pings / And Other Urgencies – Summoning Us Away From Our Thoughts – The Page Permits Us – For A Time In Our Day – To Decouple From The Machine To Tend To Our Human Core

~ WHDOICMDA-CAE-TA-TTTL ~ We Have Deluded Ourselves Into Caring More Deeply About – Convenience And Efficiency – Than About – The Things That Last