Arts and Media

‪AP – March 8, 2018

A new study finds that false information on the social media networks travels six times faster than the truth and reaches far more people. And  you can’t blame bots; it’s us.

‪”Truth” may be stranger than fiction.‬
‪But, it’s “LIES” that engender addiction‬.



The New York Times – February 7, 2018

American adolescents watch much more pornography than their parents know — and it’s shaping their ideas about pleasure, power and intimacy. Can they be taught to see it more critically?

Might the “shocking” thing in decades hence

Be to see some “innocence.”



The fact that so much data is collected through a wearable device, such as an activity tracker, a smartwatch, or a pulse tracker, means that there are tangible risks involved, according to Conan Dooley, a senior security engineer with Box, and previously a senior security analyst with Bishop Fox.

While you’re earnestly tracking your fitness,‬
‪Your wristband may be “bearing witness.”‬


Reuters- January 21, 2018

The annual Edelman Trust Barometer showed overall trust in the four institutions it measures – the government, media, business and non-governmental organizations – falling more steeply in the United States than in any of the 28 countries surveyed.

Rants, “alt-facts,” conflicting views,‬
‪Distort perceptions, warp, confuse.


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The Wall Street Journal – November 25, 2017

For all the  problems technology solves it seems to complicate our lives, so much so that a growing category of the industry is dedicated to simplify it.  The biggest offender is smartphones.


“Useful but simple” should be the goal.

(Plus a modicum of SELF-control.)