CHRISTIAN RUDDER ~ DATACLYSM ~ 2014

~ YGTBTG ~ You Got To Be The Glue

~ M-A-TIRT-DTTFG-E ~ Measurements – Are – Tracked In Real Time – Down To The Finest Grain – Everywhere

~ O-YCAGWYW-B-WYN-TAMHTTF ~ Online – You Can Always Get What You Want – But – What You Need – That’s A Much Harder Thing To Find

~ YOGTFTPJDWTK ~ You Often Get The Feeling That People Just Don’t Want To Know

~ ‘WD…’-AUTAUQ-OTHOPPJITW-ITSANA-BB-BA-OB-GY-MC ~ “Why Do…” – A User Types An Unrelated Question – Only To Have Other People’s Prejudices Jump In The Way – It’s The Site Acting Not As – Big Brother – But As – Older Brother – Giving You – Mental Cigarettes

~ SCSFTWST-EWTCII-B-IAPPIAFOPI ~ Stories Create Status For Those Who Share Them – Especially When They Concern Important Individuals – Because – Information About Powerful People Is A Form Of Power Itself

~ TGHTGVII-TN-AIIOPBUU-WIIOP-EC-T-SM ~ The Government Has The Greatest Vested Interest In – Tracking Negativity – Armed Insurgency Is Often Preceded By Unarmed Unrest – Which Itself Is Often Propagated – Even Coordinated – Through – Social Media

~ PSAEOO-TTAOTE ~ People Scream At Each Other Over – The True Age Of The Earth

~ WSTDOAMBWWHABWWL ~ We Seem To Define Ourselves As Much By What We Hate As By What We Love

~ BEDSHIQ-RMOBTFS ~ Because Each Data Set Has Its Quirks – Researchers Must Often Build Tools From Scratch

~ CD-EITOL-MTWARP ~ Cultural Differences – Even If They’re Occasionally Laughable – Make The World A Richer Place

~ B-WOBIF ~ Brands – Were Originally Burned Into Flesh

~ THPIGATL ~ The Hardest Part Is Getting Anyone To Listen

~ IY-HALOF-YAIF-MMLT-SLAC ~ If You – Have A Lot Of Followers – You Are In Fact – Much More Likely To – Speak Like A Corporation

~ OC-TA-TF-AR ~ Of Course – That Assumes – The Followers – Are Real

~ FFH-TMPSSTB-TMPTB ~ Followers-For-Hire – The More Popular Someone Seems To Be – The More Popular They Become

~ STIWT-SAB-CLT:CEM ~ So This Is What The – Self As Brand – Can Led To: Chasing Empty Metrics

~ IOTTRYTAN-WSERY-IFU ~ It’s One Thing To Reduce Yourself To A Number – When Someone Else Reduces You – It Feels Ugly

~ INNTWDUOH:ITCDTSBH ~ It’s Not Numbers That Will Deny Us Our Humanity: It’s The Calculated Decision To Stop Being Human

~ TFQIADOPI-TT-O-WYGFLI ~ The Fundamental Question In Any Discussion Of Privacy Is – The Trade-Off – What You Get For Losing It

~ IHTBIICTYOA-‘NTKB’-FAETDTYNTKA-WTIW-JN-W-W-O-H ~ It’s Hard To Believe In Information Coming To You On A – “Need To Know Basis” – From An Entity That Doesn’t Think You Need To Know Anything – We’re Told It Works – Just Not – When – Where – Or – How

~ Q-FTCTSDP-IHCPUIS ~ Quixotically – For Those Crimes Total Surveillance Didn’t Prevent – It Has Certainly Proved Useful In Solving

~ B-TPSOU-A-E-E-S-WCHTT-AATTTWWAFH-WTAWOIIP ~ But – The People Spying On Us – Are – Extremely – Extremely – Smart – We Can Hope That They – Are Able To Temper Their Work With A Farsighted Humanity – What They Are Working On Is Inhumanly Powerful

~ M-TIOC-PLSABFAIIFT ~ Metadata – The Incidentals Of Communication – People Leave Some Amazing Breadcrumbs For Anyone Interested In Following Them

~ CAG-D-P-D ~ Cultures And Generations – Define – Privacy – Differently

~ TWDCSBAA ~ This Whole Debate Could Soon Be An Anachronism

~ MS-G-A-R-A-H-OO-TD ~ Make Something – Good – And – Real – And – Human – Out Of – The Data

~ T-EOD-IH-WANR ~ The – Era Of Data – Is Here – We Are Now Recorded

~ EAMSMCTTHAPOTD-TBOIHS-O-LTTLW ~ Even As Most Social Media Companies Trumpet The Hugeness And Potential Of Their Data – The Bulk Of It Has Stayed – Off-Limits To The Larger World

KURT ANDERSEN ~ FANTASYLAND ~ 2017

~ WHPTTLGADTRH ~ We Have Passed Through The Looking Glass And Down The Rabbit Hole

~ BI-AAA-CFTOFFWSTB-WCO-F-A-‘F’-TBTU ~ Believers In – Anything And Everything – Can Find Thousands Of Fellow Fantasists Who Share Their Beliefs – With Collages Of – Facts – And – “Facts” – To Back Them Up

~ BTI-C-WMI-A-SHAHTRCOTAR-N-TDBOAAOTAATW-JLAN ~ Before The Internet – Crackpots – Were Mostly Isolated – And – Surely Had A Harder Time Remaining Convinced Of Their Alternate Realities – Now – Their Devoutly Believed Opinions Are All Over The Airwaves And The Web

~ NATFLR-RAF-A-WAD-BAC ~ Now All The Fantasies Look Real – Reality And Fantasy – Are – Weirdly And Dangerously – Blurred And Commingled

~ CE-S-GSEATAOMOETPAW ~ Conspiracies Exist – Sometimes – Groups Secretly Execute Agendas To Achieve Or Maintain Or Expand Their Power And Wealth

~ CEOTW-TT-CASOD-RAI-DLTIIADAPE-ITGGPO-RAH ~ Conspiratorial Explanations Of The World – Tend To – Connect All Sort Of Dots – Real And Imaginary – Drawing Lines To Impute Intention And Design And Purpose Everywhere – Ignoring The Generally Greater Power Of – Randomness And Happenstance

~ T-19502-W-FAF-ATO-WH-W-TV-NAN-HMP-SMT-C-TAA-A-NISA-CQ-HS ~ The – 1950s – Were – Freaky And Fantastic – A Third Of – Waking Hours – Watching – TV – Nowhere And Never – Had More People – Spent More Time – Consuming – Fictions And Advertising – And – Never In Such A – Continuous Quasi-Hypnotic State

~ DU-WBPOT-FT ~ Drug Use – Would Become Part Of The – Fantasyland Transformation

~ I-TAOA-MB-B-B-C ~ In – The Age Of Aquarius – Make-Believe – Became – Blue-Chip

~ NSHBAOI-B-LFO-TEL-A-TPR-HBWDUOTST-TFT-OA-DFT-TA ~ Neither Side Has Been Aware Of It – But – Large Factions Of – The Elite Left – And – The Populist Right – Have Been Wearing Different Uniforms On The Same Team – The Fantasyland Team – Operating As – De Facto Tag-Team Allies

~ S-CFF-P-COF-T-EF ~ Self-Conscious Fan Fiction – Permitted – Consumers Of Fiction – To – Enter Fictions

~ G-DTJT-F-IC-B-O-L ~ Government – Decided To Join The – Fantasy-Industrial Complex – By – Operating – Lotteries

~ TP-EB-1965-W-S-BFLC-ICBL-‘R-A-ML-EF ~ The Pill – Everywhere By 1965 – When – Sex Became Far Less Consequential – It Could Become Less – “Real” – And More Like – Exciting Fiction

~ CS-AN-F-0-PY-KI ~ Cosmetic Surgery – A New – Fantasy – Of – Permanent Youthfulness – Kicked In

~ OIC ~ Our Inner Child

~ R-TITNIAMCOTTAE-BEI-A ~ Relativism – The Idea That Nothing Is Any More Correct Or True Than Anything Else – Became Entrenched In – Academia

~ AT-1960-TWR-A-CBETV-A-ILA-AEWPTBODWTW-TDBOAFWCOMF ~ After The – 1960s – Truth Was Relative – And – Criticizing Became Equal To Victimizing – And – Individual Liberty Absolute – And – Everyone Was Permitted To Believe Or Disbelieve Whatever They Wished – The Distinction Between Opinion And Fact Was Crumbling On Many Fronts

~ TNUI ~ The New UltraIndividualism

~ BI-GSC-T-RFTHITTI-AMF-TCP-T-TM ~ Belief In – Gigantic Secret Conspiracies – Thrived – Ranging From The Highly Improbable To The Impossible – And – Moved From – The Crackpot Periphery – To – The Mainstream

~ CWSU ~ Casinos Were Suddenly Ubiquitous

~ C-ONMS ~ Celebrity-Obsessed News Media Sprawled

~ FTVEC-MMRLMFP-RTCAITNOT-STWP-B-MWPWWABOF ~ Feeding This Vastly Expanded Celebrity-Media Maw Required Lots More Famous People – Reality Television Came Along In The Nick Of Time – Sometimes There Were Prizes – But – Mainly What People Won Was A Bit Of Fame

~ RT-H-R-ITN-B-FTB-RSCO-H-CS-CC-AINSS-A-D-P ~ Reality Television – Has – Reality – In The Name – But – From The Beginning – Reality Shows Consisted Of – High-Concept Stunts – Carefully Cast – Authored If Not Strictly Scripted – And – Definitely – Performed

~ T-O-MT-P-I-C-BA-TG-ATA-IS-CEIOSCTUT-TB-CABUA-SB ~ Transforming – Ordinary – Mostly Talentless – People – Into – Celebrities – Became A – Television Genre – And Then An – Industrial Sector – Canny Executives In Other Sectors Came To Understand That – Their Businesses – Could Also Be Understood As – Show Businesses

~ LARP-TO-APTBCAOSITRW-SFDAAT ~ Live Action Role-Playing – Took Off – Allowing People To Become Characters Acting Out Stories In The Real World – Sometimes For Days At A Time

~ FY:K’R’US ~ Forever Young: Kids “R” Us Syndrome

~ PHOT;IWA-TV-S ~ Politics Happened On Television; It Was A – TV – Series

~ ATI ~ And The Internet

~ BTW-CIAOF-CNSNAFOW-SIWMEF-RAR-TP ~ Before The Web – Cockamamie Ideas And Outright Falsehoods – Could Not Spread Nearly As Fast Or Widely – So It Was Much Easier For – Reason And Reasonableness – To Prevail

~ ITDA-ETAFAPARO-F-SHAUWT-IARUAMB-ATRM ~ In The Digital Age – Every Tribe And Fiefdom And Principality And Region Of – Fantasyland – Suddenly Had An Unprecedented Way To – Instruct And Rile Up And Mobilize Believers – And To Recruit More

~ OTI-TPGTA-FAOBOT-DEOTPOBOIS-ECOAL-IEAVPTVOTTTTTOTP ~ On The Internet – The Prominence Granted To Any – Factual Assertion Or Belief Or Theory – Depends Entirely On The Preferences Of Billions Of Individual Searchers – Each Click On A Link – Is Effectively A Vote Pushing That Version Of The Truth Toward The Top Of The Pile

~ BIOYOFTTLTBIO ~ Believing In One Type Of Fantasy Tends To Lead To Believing In Others

~ BTW-IRWETFOSA-FOCITWCPIOAT ~ Before The Web – It Really Wasn’t Easy To Find Or Stumble Across – False Or Crazy Information That Was Convincingly Passing Itself Off As True

~ P-IIS-IW-AAC-WDMB-EOODD-H-TFAA-I-C-BS-S-A-B-B-T-GAG-AMT-K-TWH-OOOM ~ Pre-Internet Information Systems – In Which – Accuracy And Credibility – Were Determined Mainly By – Experts Or Otherwise Designated Deciders – Had – Terrible Flaws And Annoyances – Including – Complacency– Blind Spots – Snobbishness – And – Bigotry – But – Those – Gates And Gatekeepers – Also Managed To – Keep – The Worst Hogwash – Out Of Our Mainstream

~ AG-UIPMPOBML ~ Anything Goes – Unless It Picks My Pocket Or Breaks My Leg

~ T-SMOON-A-SSMLTN-IDU-RI-MAM-ILOW-T-H-ST-POPABOL ~ That – So Many Of Our Neighbors – Are – Saying So Many Loony Things Now – Is Doing Us – Real Injury – More And More – In Lots Of Ways – Fantasyland – Has – Started To – Pick Our Pockets And Break Our Legs

~ ANOC ~ A Natural OmniConspiracist

~ T-S-S-EO-AC-MIT-I-TEADT-RRO-AT-FN-O-T-OS ~ The – Sudden – Shocking – Exposure Of – Actual Conspiracies – Make It Harder – Ironically – To Expose And Dismantle The – Rare Real Ones – All The – Fantastical Noise – Obscures – The – Occasional Signal

~ IF-IHFPTK-WAWTDLOIL ~ In Fantasyland – It’s Hard For People To Know – Where And When To Draw Lines Or Impose Limits

~ T-GD-HCP-B-TWT-WW-RAHTBI-FAE-F-A-WDT-MG-A-C-ASMF-WSMTYRWOL-T-SP-D-OR-DA-OUVOMITETRHF ~ The – Great Depression – Had Chastened People – But – That Was Then – We Were – Ready And Hungry To Believe In – Financial And Economic – Fantasies – Again – We Decided That – Mardi Gras – And – Christmas – Are So Much Fun – We Should Make Them Year-Round Ways Of Life – The – Smart People – Decided – Old Rules – Didn’t Apply – One Undeniable Virtue Of Markets Is That Eventually They Reflect Hard Facts

~ UR-MOUWUOT-N-GCITKCAPFNS-EOTB-C-S-A-V ~ Until Recently – Most Of Us Were Unaware Of The – New – Global Cottage Industry That Knowingly Concocts And Publishes False News Stories – Each Optimized To Be – Clicked – Shared – And – Viralized

~ A-S-E-A ~ A – Stupendous – Exhibit – A

~ WNTA-AGP-YETYOOAYOF-B-NYOF-E-IYFFHP ~ We Need To Adopt – A Guiding Principle – You’re Entitled To Your Own Opinions And Your Own Fantasies – But – Not Your Own Facts – Especially – If Your Fantastical Facts Hurt People

~ PF-WCH ~ Peak Fantasyland – We Can Hope

JARON LANIER ~ TEN ARGUMENTS FOR DELETING YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS RIGHT NOW ~ HENRY HOLT ~ 2018

~ YAL-Y-FW ~ You Are Losing – Your – Free Will

~ Q-SM-ITMFTWTRTIOOT ~ Quitting – Social Media – Is The Most Finely Targeted Way To Resist The Insanity Of Our Times

~ SM-I-MYI-AA ~ Social Media – Is – Making You Into – An Asshole

~ SM-I-UT ~ Social Media – Is – Undermining Truth

~ SM-I-MWYS-M ~ Social Media – Is – Making What You Say – Meaningless

~ SM-I-D-Y-CFM ~ Social Media – Is – Destroying – Your – Capacity For Empathy

~ SM-I-MY-U ~ Social Media – Is – Making You – Unhappy

~ SM-DWYTH-ED ~ Social Media – Doesn’t Want You To Have – Economic Dignity

~ SM-I-M-P-I ~ Social Media – Is – Making – Politics – Impossible

~ SM-H-Y-S ~ Social Media – Hates – Your – Soul

JARON LANIER ~ TEN ARGUMENTS FOR DELETING YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS RIGHT NOW ~ 2018

~ HC-Y-RA-IAWW-YA-UCS-A-ACPBA-RBSOTRCIH-WHNWOMMEB-BPTMYB? ~ How Can – You – Remain Autonomous – In A World Where – You Are – Under Constant Surveillance – And – Are Constantly Prodded By Algorithms – Run By Some Of The Riches Corporations In History – Which Have No Way Of Making Money Except By – Being Paid To Manipulate Your Behavior?

~ Y-Y-Y-H-TAR-T-IADWTL-WTCTIDS ~ You – You – You – Have – The Affirmative Responsibility – To – Invent And Demonstrate Ways To Live – Without The Crap That Is Destroying Society

~ WTTCTGEWY ~ Welcome To The Cage That Goes Everywhere With You

~ IJNRTC-DMOP-A-WMOHBC-A-MNBUA-CBMOATS ~ It’s Just Not Right To Call – Direct Manipulation Of People – Advertising – What Might Once Have Been Called – Advertising – Must Now Be Understood As – Continuous Behavior Modification Of A Titanic Scale

~ WHB-SN-PS-A-CSM-U-C-D-A-I ~ What Has Become – Suddenly Normal – Pervasive Surveillance – And – Constant Subtle Manipulation – Is – Unthical – Cruel – Dangerous – And – Inhumane

~ AITFSTF ~ Awareness Is The First Step To Freedom

~ T-CP-T-ASMTMM-A-TADTDTS-I-BM-MTTCBP-TDTSCBAMPC ~ The – Core Process – That – Allows Social Media To Make Money – And – That Also Does The Damage To Society – Is – Behavior Modification – Methodical Techniques That Change Behavioral Patterns – The Damage To Society Comes Because Addiction Makes People Crazy

~ W-MPAATMS-TWGDAC ~ When – Many People Are Addicted To Manipulative Schemes – The World Gets Dark And Crazy

~ ISGAR-WIPSR-OAPOC-WTDAPT-T-TTTDMOTT ~ If Someone Gets A Reward – Whether It’s Positive Social Regard – Or A Piece Of Candy – Whenever They Do A Particular Thing – Then – They’ll Tend To Do More Of That Thing

~ SC-AN-OF-OT-HB-TA-P ~ Social Concerns – Are Not – Optional Features – Of The – Human Brain – They Are – Primal

~ NE-SA-FAA-WUMEADIUL-TPO-ITLTBTTTLT-F-O-FROIS-WICTHTR ~ Negative Emotions – Such As – Fear And Anger – Well Up More Easily And Dwell In Us Longer – Than Positive Ones – It Takes Longer To Build Trust Than To Lose Trust – Fight-Or-Flight Responses Occur In Seconds – While It Can Take Hours To Relax

~ TPD-T-BE-RI-ANOENT-NE-ABAMT-PO ~ The Prime Directive – To – Be Engaging – Reinforces Itself – And No One Even Notices That – Negative Emotions – Are Being Amplified More Than – Positive Ones – The Result Is An – Unnatural – Global Amplification – Of The – “Easy” – Emotions – Which Happen To Be – The Negative Ones

~ TREO-UNEFTPOAAM-MIRETAR-IWUSE-HGR-A-NGABFTBWTTTBSD ~ The Relative Ease Of – Using Negative Emotions For The Purposes Of Addiction And Manipulation – Makes It Relatively Easier To Achieve – Undignified Results – Information Warfare Units Sway Elections – Hate Groups Recruit – And – Nihilists Get Amazing Bang For The Buck When They Try To Bring Society Down

~ O-E-LI-RI-G-GDM ~ Our – Early – Libertarian Idealism – Resulted In – Gargantuan – Global Data Monopsonies

~ WAA-CAD-TASF-MBM ~ We Are All – Carrying Around Devices – That Are Suitable For – Mass Behavior Modification

~ TP-ABM-IWTIITF-CRTPTMSEB ~ The Problem – A Business Model – In Which The Incentive Is To Find – Customers Ready To Pay To Modify Someone Else’s Behavior

~ BUMMER ~ Behaviours Of Users Modified And Made Into An Empire For Rent

~ N-LCOFSM-B-IFNBF ~ Nastiness – Like Crude Oil For Social Media – Because – It Fueled Negative Behavioral Feedback

~ WNETSB-A-OPTTB-A-B-TBABTMA ~ With Nothing Else To Seek But – Attention – Ordinary People Tend To Become – Assholes – Because – The Biggest Assholes Get The Most Attention

~ PDRHTABM ~ People Don’t Realize How They Are Being Manipulated

~ TDPO-M-I-TGPMAM-GI-A-TGTTSMAMT-ITS-B-OPFMAAT ~ The Default Purpose Of – Manipulation – Is – To Get People More And More – Glued In – And – To Get Them To Spend More And More Time – In The System – But – Other Purposes For Manipulation Are Also Tested

~ TAARI-LOABEOIS ~ The Algorithms Are Rarely Interrogated – Least Of All By External Or Independent Scientists

~ TMBMMIROTMM ~ The Mass Behavior Modification Machine Is Rented Out To Make Money

~ FP-APIUBVNAETA-ISVE-SP-WISIIHPAB-I-S ~ Fake People – Are Present In Unknown But Vast Numbers And Establish The Ambience – Invisible Social Vandalism Ensues – Social Pressure – Which Is So Influential In Human Psychology And Behavior – Is – Synthesized

~ EOUHA-IT-DLYITTC!-IIHWYAPS-ATS ~ Each Of Us Has An – Inner Troll – Don’t Let Your Inner Troll Take Control! – If It Happens When You’re In A Particular Situation – Avoid That Situation

~ YCILYH-MVTAYCB-DTIA ~ Your Character Is Like Your Health – More Valuable Than Anything You Can Buy – Don’t Throw It Away

~ WYIAP-SSAI-BMITTLR-YBL-AO-AP-O-AS -~ When You’re In A Pack – Social Status And Intrigues – Become More Immediate Than The Larger Reality – You Become More Like – An Operator – A Politician – Or – A Slave

~ ITM-TISYCDP-I-WYPIOP-YNANTIY-AI-ASOLSE-AYTLO-TSSD-TLTP-S ~ In The Meantime – There Is Something You Can Do Personally – If – When You Participate In Online Platforms – You Notice A Nasty Thing Inside Yourself – An Insecurity – A Sense Of Low Self-Esteem – A Yearning To Lash Out – To Swat Someone Down – Then Leave That Platform – Simple

~ WPAF-EBF ~ When People Are Fake – Everything Becomes Fake

~ P-AEWOCA ~ Paranoia – An Efficient Way Of Corralling Attention

~ T-A-A-TTC-S-THAV ~ The – Advertisers – Are – The True Customers – So – They Have A Voice

~ A-DWYS-TMYDKWOPAS-B-WWASDPW-TOCTOABM-OPOAR-S-WRGO-ITWSLTEBOWOAS-SWHLOTUEO ~ Algorithms – Determine What You See – That Means You Don’t Know What Other People Are Seeing – But – When We’re All Seeing Different Private Words – Then Our Cues To One Another Become Meaningless – Our Perception Of Actual Reality – Suffers – What’s Really Going On – Is That We See Less Than Ever Before Of What Others Are Seeing – So We Have Less Opportunity To Understand Each Other

~ T-B-A ~ Tagged – By – Association

~ HCY-FH-W-ASE?-HCY-BA-WEY-R-S-O-D-IBFIA-JM? ~ How Can You – Find Happiness – Without – Authentic Self-Esteem? – How Can You – Be Authentic – When Everything You – Read – Say – Or – Do – Is Being Fed Into A – Judgment Machine?

~ GEW-RAFS-EAYOW ~ Gig Economy Workers – Rarely Achieve Financial Security – Even After Years Of Work

~ YCMASWBMIC ~ You Can’t Make A Society Wealthy By Making It Crazy

~ BISLORSBCMGCIDIOR ~ Bringing In Some Level Of Reward System Beyond Clannish Mind Games Can Inspire Dignity In Online Relations

~ W-SMCAPDBU-IOB-HTP-T-TWSTU-ISS-SWBATPTSPP-B-TWBATPTHTPDASE-TIFPTWWBU ~ When – Social Media Companies Are Paid Directly By Users – Instead Of By – Hidden Third Parties – Then – They Will Serve Those Users – It’s So Simple – Someone Will Be Able To Pay To See Poisonous Propaganda – But – They Won’t Be Able To Pay To Have That Poison Directed At Someone Else – The Incentive For Poisoning The World Will Be Undone

~ SIDYPAFD ~ Something Is Drawing Young People Away From Democracy

~ YCTWI-O-A-WW-E ~ You Can’t Tell What Is – Organic – And – What Was – Engineered

~ TACCADC ~ The Algorithms Can’t Care And Don’t Care

~ M-R-BO-TADIHNBIG ~ Meanwhile – Racism – Became Organized – To A Degree It Had Not Been In Generations

~ AITWEVSTOTA-AI-G-IPS-A-BRRWE ~ As If There Weren’t Enough Voter Suppression Tools Out There Already – As If – Gerrymandering – Inaccessible Polling Stations – And – Biased Registration Rules Weren’t Enough

~ TBWYCH-I-NTATWWMYFA-B-STFY ~ The Best Way You Can Help – Is – Not To Attack Those Who Would Manipulate You From Afar – But – Simply To Free Yourself

~ TIIINTP ~ The Internet Itself Is Not The Problem

SAMUEL ARBESMAN ~ OVERCOMPLICATED ~ 2016

~ WTTE ~ Welcome To The Entanglement

~ E-AWBSTBMAMC-TIAGDBHWIOSTA-A-HTADA ~ Entanglement – As We Build Systems That Become More And More Complicated – There Is A Greater Divergence Between How We Intend Our Systems To Act – And – How They Actually Do Act

~ WCSAOIRTSTAA-OTHBDF-TCCBALITFOTU ~ While Complicated Systems Are Often Incredibly Robust To Shocks That Are Anticipated – Ones They Have Been Designed For – Their Complexity Can Be A Liability In The Face Of The Unanticipated

~ WATUACS-WMDTPR-OLOD-AWTLAI ~ When Attempting To Understand A Complex System – We Must Determine The Proper Resolution – Or Level Of Detail – At Which To Look At It

~ COUP ~ Complications Of Unknown Purpose

~ WWIRTATCOAOKTA ~ We Will Increasingly Require The Ability To Connect One Area Of Knowledge To Another

~ WHWT-WMHHWR-A-CWF ~ Walking Humbly With Technology – We Must Have Humility Without Reverence – And – Curiosity Without Fear

~ BATPUTHOTIJIOE;IHIUAUPTOT ~ Being Able To Peek Underneath The Hood Of Technology Isn’t Just Interesting Or Educational; It Helps Inoculate Us Against Unhealthy Perspective Toward Our Technologies

STEVE KRUG ~ DON’T MAKE ME THINK REVISITED ~ 2014

~ KFLOU-DMMT ~ Krug’s First Law Of Usability – Don’t Make Me Think

~ AAR-PDLTPOHTDT ~ As A Rule – People Don’t Like To Puzzle Over How To Do Things

~ TFTTPWBTSDCETMTO ~ The Fact That The People Who Built The Site Didn’t Care Enough To Make Things Obvious

~ WDMOC-W-S-WCTFRO ~ We Don’t Make Optimal Choices – We – Satisfice – We Choose The First Reasonable Option

~ KSLOU-IDMHMTIHTC-ALAECI-M-U-C ~ Krug’s Second Law Of Usability – It Doesn’t Matter How Many Times I Have To Click – As Long As Each Click Is – A – Mindless – Unambiguous – Choice

~ KTLOU-GROHTWOEP-TGROHOWL ~ Krug’s Third Law Of Usability – Get Rid Of Half The Words On Each Page – Then Get Rid Of Half Of What’s Left

~ TMTYNTKAIITNOIGTRT-ALNUARAA-‘MT’-HF ~ The Main Thing You Need To Know About Instructions Is That No One Is Going To Read Them – At Least Not Until After Repeated Attempts At – “Muddling Through” – Have Failed

~ NBAGT!(TM) ~ Nothing Beats A Good Tagline!(TM)

~ ‘OT-ICTO-CEO-IAD-S-WHTAI’ ~ “Oh That – It Came To Our – CEO – In A Dream – So – We Had To Add It”

~ T-BSVOTT-TWSPCATFOWIIAHTUI-TNSFI ~ Testing – Build Some Version Of The Thing – Then Watch Some People Carefully As They Figure Out What It Is And How To Use It – There’s No Substitute For It

~ YACBTROTT ~ You Actually Can Be Too Rich Or Too Thin

DEVRA DAVIS ~ DISCONNECT ~ 2010

~ CCPBU? ~ Could Cell Phones Be Unsafe?

~ S-WEWTB-TOTB-IW ~ Sometimes – What Everyone Wants To Believe – Turns Out To Be – Inconveniently Wrong

~ CAGUIASORFRTDNEEFYA ~ Children Are Growing Up In A Sea Of Radio Frequency Radiation That Did Not Exist Even Five Years Ago

~ WW-OTPB-O-ITL-DNATOSEI-RL ~ What Works – On The Planning Board – Or – In The Lab – Does Not Always Turn Out So Well In – Real Life

~ A-RFSAI-A-TCPUIANEIMADEIATCW-ITHB ~ All – Radio Frequency Signals Are Invisible – And – They Can Pass Unobserved Into Anything Not Encased In Metal And Deposit Energy Into Anything That Contains Water – Including The Human Body

~ WLITAOTM ~ We Live In The Age Of The Microwave

~ TIGETEOMRAUOT ~ There Is Growing Evidence That Effects Of Microwave Radiation Add Up Over Time

~ WHTOB-AHAYOUACP-TWALTOWOP-B-ATSFAAO? ~ What Happens To Our Brains – After Hours And Years Of Using A Cell Phone – That Works At Less Than One Watt Of Power – But – At The Same Frequency As An Oven?

~ SLAWANUOCPWSICMB-TEAT-MEFMPANC-BFTRIAD ~ So Long As We Are Not Using Our Cell Phones While Standing In Closed Metal Boxes – Think Elevators And Trains – Microwave Exposures From Mobile Phones Are Not Confined – But Free To Radiate In All Directions

~ BCPPNH-IWATTIWDNH ~ Because Cell Phones Produced No Heat – It Was Assumed That Their Invisible Waves Did Nothing Harmful

~ TAS:”IPONPC”-IOW-WHMSHB-BWDTIII ~ The Added Sentence: “Is Probably Of No Physiologic Consequence” – In Other Words – We Have Made Something Happen Biologically – But We Don’t Think It Is Important

~ TNFMRITFIOFUWAPHUA-TAORHBPOTRFMNCITM ~ The Need For More Research In This Field Is One Fact Upon Which All Parties Have Usually Agreed – The Absence Of Research Has Become Part Of The Rationale For Making No Changes In The Meantime

~ B-IIPTTPUOCPICAHO-S-C-HP-T-DOATHHCACL-TRTOBAB?-TFTWDNHCATTQATPITHOETINAA ~ But – Is It Possible That The Pervasive Use Of Cell Phones Is Causing A Host Of – Subtle – Chronic – Health Problems – Today – Damaging Our Ability To Have Healthy Children And Creating Long-Term Risks To Our Brains And Bodies? – The Fact That We Do Not Have Clear Answers To This Question At This Point In The History Of Electronic Technology Is Not An Accident

~ OC-SILBMT-BIIEMLB-PAEC-TDWQAA-WGTAT-WFR-A-WAWTWBP ~ Of Course – Science Is Limited By Measurement Techniques – But It Is Even More Limited By – Political And Economic Circumstances – That Determine What Questions Are Asked – Who Gets To Answer Them – Who Funds Research – And – Where And When That Work Becomes Public

~ CBABMATAMMATTOA-AFTEWCHCADOMTRFEOAH ~ Children’s Brains And Bone Marrow Are Thinner And Much More Absorptive Than Those Of Adults – A Fact That Explains Why Children’s Heads Can Absorb Double Or More The Radio Frequency Energy Of Adult’s Heads

~ TFOALATATPASHPINEU ~ The Filing Of A Lawsuit Alleging That Any Technology Produces A Serious Health Problem Is Not Easily Undertaken

~ DL-RISUW-NOCBOTR-AA ~ Decades Later – Research Is Still Under Way – No One Can Be Opposed To Research – After All

~ AAA-CBASAALTAMRFRATOA-TAIOUOTYBHNHAIOTWTCPATOR-Y ~ All Are Agreed – Children’s Brains And Skulls Absorb At Least Twice As Much Radio Frequency Radiation As Those Of Adults – These Advances In Our Understanding Of The Young Brain Have Not Had Any Impact On The Way That Cell Phones Are Tested Or Rated – Yet

~ OC-TBINOSE-BACOP ~ Of Course – The Brain Is Not One Simple Entity – But A Complex Of Parts

~ ‘DNHOTBD’ ~ “Do Not Hold Directly On The Body”

~ SAR ~ Specific Absorption Rate

~ SHN-FMTFY-TMRDNUMTOHAT-TWTFMOB-BSP-LOPU-TS-TTKRTF ~ Scientists Have Known – For More Than Forty Years – That Microwave Radiation Does Not Uniformly Move Through Or Heat Any Thing – That’s Why The First Microwave Ovens Bombed – Burning Some Parts – Leaving Other Parts Uncooked – The Solution – Turntables To Keep Rotating The Food

~ TBFNSD-TBICFHOP ~ The Brain Feels No Sensation Directly – The Brain Itself Cannot Feel Heat Or Pain

~ OC-N-TINMFIRAA ~ Of Course – Now – There Is No Money For Independent Research At All

~ HM-D-IG-A-HMIMMBTSTPD-CEBDATP ~ How Much – Debate – Is Genuine – And – How Much Is Mostly Manufactured By Those Seeking To Prolong Doubt – Cannot Easily Be Determined At This Point

~ GHBCPSNPOWO-TCS-A-ASDAOMC-WDWFATUGTCRA? ~ Given How Broadly Cell Phone Signals Now Penetrate Our Worlds Of – The Coffee Shop – Airports – And Some Downtown Areas Of Major Cities – Where Do We Find Any Truly Unexposed Groups To Compare Results Against?

~ BCPUHGSFATCEY-IIAIWATTSTCIWWAD ~ Because Cell Phone Use Has Grown So Fast And Technologies Change Every Year – It Is As If We Are Trying To Study The Car In Which We Are Driving

~ B-WYLATFSTIPWHUPFADOM-TRSTHCPUCBT ~ But – When You Look At Those Few Studies That Included People Who Had Used Phones For A Decade Or More – The Results Show That Heavy Cell Phone Use Causes Brain Tumors

~ TNOP-UAF-WCTYJHH-BC-I-HBGITUSFTPTD ~ The Number Of People – Under Age Forty – Who Can Tell You Just How Horrible – Brain Cancer – Is – Has Been Growing In The United States For The Past Three Decades

~ THOOCAGBINAMTSBPOHWWCTDTM ~ The Health Of Our Children’s And Grandchildren’s Brains Is Not A Matter That Should Be Put On Hold While We Continue To Debate Technical Matters

~ TEOSCOTSIILPAROTSEOSTMSD ~ The Existence Of Scientific Conflict On This Subject Is In Large Part A Reflection Of The Successful Efforts Of Some To Manufacture Scientific Doubt

~ TINVIWUIITL ~ There Is No Virtue In Waiting Until It Is Too Late

~ OBPOTPIT-MSHBDFTSAPOT-TFAIROBT ~ One Big Part Of The Problem Is That – Most Studies Have Been Done For Too Short A Period Of Time – To Find Any Increased Risk Of Brain Tumors

~ TSFCP-WSI-1993-BOAMTU-AVLHM-WAE-PH-TFSM ~ Today’s Standards For Cell Phones – Were Set In – 1993 – Based On A Model That Used – A Very Large Heavy Man – With An Eleven-Pound Head – Taking For Six Minutes

~ TSOLRTT ~ Texting Sends Out Less Radiation Than Talking

~ C-TDIOCMOG ~ Coltan – The Devastating Impact Of Coltan Mining On Gorillas

~ Y-WDNH-AEOBTICTHUCPHFALMTAD-B-TYACGTBHS-WADNHAEOLC ~ Yes – We Do Not Have – An Epidemic Of Brain Tumors – In Countries That Have Used Cell Phones Heavily For Little More Than A Decade – But – Ten Years After Cigarettes Began To Be Heavily Smoked – We Also Did Not Have An – Epidemic Of Lung Cancer