digital garden of reflections, hopes and fears


minimizing social media

People writing and speaking about the value of leaving "social" media and other ways of relating online and offline:

  • xe christine about social media and her 'was social media a mistake?'

  • tommi about the quit-social-media club

  • jordan green

  • laron lanierlaron lanier
    Taken from Wikipedia: Jaron Lanier

    "Jaron Zepel Lanier (/ˈdʒeɪrɪn lɪˈnɪər/, born May 3, 1960) is an American computer scientist, visual artist, computer philosophy writer, technologist,[disambiguation needed] futurist, and composer of contemporary classical music. Considered a founder of the field of virtual reality,[1] Lanier and Thomas G. Zimmerman left Atari in 1985 to found VPL Research, Inc., the first company to sell VR goggles and wired gloves. In the late 1990s, Lanier worked on appl...
    and his 10 arguments against using social media

  • carl newportcarl newport
    Taken from Wikipedia: Carl Newport

    Background and education
    Cal Newport was born June 23, 1982.[citation needed] He completed his undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College in 2004 and received a Ph.D. in computer science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009 under Nancy Lynch. He was a post-doctoral associate in the MIT computer science department from 2009-2011. His grandfather, John Newport, was a Baptist minister and theologian.[1]

    In 2011, Newport joined Georgetown ...
    about 'less is more' and 'deep work'

  • philip agrephilip agre
    Agre was a child math prodigy who became a popular blogger and contributor to Wired.
    Agre earned his doctorate at MIT in 1989, the same year the World Wide Web was invented.

    “Genuinely worrisome developments can seem ‘not so bad‘ simply for lacking the overt horrors of Orwell’s dystopia,” wrote Agre,

    Nearly 30 years later, Agre’s paper seems eerily prescient, a startling vision of a future that has come to pass in the form of a data industrial complex that knows no borders and few laws. Da...
    about the problematic impact on society

the main issues for francis are the parasocialparasocial
Repeated exposure to the media persona causes the media user to develop illusions of intimacy, friendship, and identification. Positive information learned about the media persona results in increased attraction, and the relationship progresses. Parasocial relationships are enhanced due to trust and self-disclosure provided by the media persona. Media users are loyal and feel directly connected to the persona, much as they are connected to their close friends, by observing and interpreting th...
relating and the disinformation amplifying reality tunnnels which are baked into the structure and raison d'etre of the platform