Posts Tagged ‘online life’

Facebook as ‘digiphrenia’ or technology that misrepresents us

From a good article ‘Why I’m quitting Facebook’ by Douglas Rushkoff at CNN: … Facebook is just such a technology. It does things on our behalf when we’re not even there. It actively misrepresents us to our friends, and worse misrepresents those who have befriended us to still others. To enable this dysfunctional situation — […]

Would this policy stop impostors and sock puppets … or just cripple Twitter?

No masks I noticed a comments policy at the foot of a fascinating, sad article on Frontline about Nancy Lanza: Raising Adam Lanza (worth a read). As we’ve discussed recently, there’s a ‘cabal’ or two of impostors pretending to be other people for whatever various disclosed and undisclosed reasons (see Spoofing David Fisher and The […]

Is internet ad filtering THEFT? Or a response to abuse?

I’ve worked in commercial radio so I understand the commercial reality: In radio, TV, newspapers and magazines, advertising revenue is what keeps the lights on. Advertising pays the bills. Traditionally (which doesn’t always mean it’s good, right?) advertising in these media has been predominantly a version of interruption marketing — viz. find something your target […]

Top posts – January 2013

Some of the most-viewed posts at in January … Bunfight at Howick Local Board Spoofing David Fisher What I didn’t say at the Howick Local Board last night Farewell Aaron Swartz Top 10 NZ property investment books – Auckland City Libraries About The Paepae Mr Phil Jones: re-heating cold horseshit Is Android catching up? […]

Spoofing David Fisher

Some malicious drongo with too much time on their hands is pretending to be NZ Herald reporter David Fisher on Twitter, closely mimicking his real Twitter account @Fish_NZH, which is one I follow. (UPDATE: As you’ll observe in the comments below, David Fisher renamed his Twitter account to @DFisherJourno … And the deceitful impostor renamed […]

This disgusting ad from the NRA is *meant* to offend us.

Nasty piece of work from the NRA. An abusive, half-thought-out propaganda hatchet job on President Obama disgracefully using the spectre of someone attacking his daughters. The idiocy of calling the first black man elected as president of the USA ‘just another elitist hypocrite’ is breath-taking — even for racist RWNJs like them: (See UPDATE below.) […]

Farewell Aaron Swartz. RIP

I’m so sorry to read of Aaron Swartz’s suicide. Whether you know his name or not, Aaron Swartz made an impact — a ‘dent’. If you don’t, and you’re interested, do some research. 1 I offer my sincere condolences to those who knew Aaron and loved him, and those who mourn his death now. Naturally, […]

Lighting a candle versus cursing the darkness

A friend I respect asked me today why I write here about some of the subjects (and people) I do. What do I hope to achieve? Coincidentally, I saw this (below) in the latest Parachute music festival magazine just this morning: That’s a different spin on Edmund Burke’s much-quoted saying: ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph […]

A small update: now I am ‘a sanctimonious twat’, too, apparently.

Earlier this year, in discussion with Cathy Odgers (Cactus Kate) about certain RWNJ’s affecting to foam with outrage (see Wailing about death threats, forgetting what they’ve written themselves) I noted National Party hate blogger Cameron Slater’s marked tendency to spit insults at those who disagree with him rather than make the effort to mount an […]

How anonymous commenters see themselves

… and how others see them … Essential viewing from Thank You Hater! – by Clever Pie and Isabel Fay   – P Not aimed at anyone here, clearly.

Over-sharing? #kishi

link I have, once, posted a Facebook status that described a ‘best-sandwich-ever’ … but please believe me, it was ironic, and a way to let my friends and family know I was visiting Wellington and had already found my way to a local favourite good food hangout, viz: The Gypsy Café. That’s all. Truly. (It […]

Birth of Twitter (video)

Worth thinking about: People think of it as an app. They think of it as a service. Really it’s a community, it’s a network of endpoints, and people that are always listening for … The Paepae is on Twitter: @onThePaepae I still think news reports that describe a surge of activity on Twitter as if […]

Sure to be copied …

Only a matter of time. via Andrew Sullivan, The Daily Dish today. – P

‘As playful as he is psychotic’

I read this wonderful line in Michele Manelis’ preview of Skyfall, the latest Bond movie: Javier Barden stars as Raoul Silva, and brings the sinister-yet-comedic element to the story. This over-the-top baddie is as playful as he is psychotic, but of course, underneath it all, he feels that he’s simply “misunderstood”. Which reminded me of […]

Bewildered betrayal

Leo Traynor relates his heartbreaking [true] story about the anguish a troll on the Internet can cause, especially if they ‘reach out’ in the real world. Read it. Please. This is why I left Twitter, why I came back and how I met a Troll. (via @ohsarahrose) — I’m aware of a case years ago […]