What the World Would Be Like If Fringe Opinions Didn’t Exist

Trump administration appeals yet another TikTok ruling —https://www.theverge.com/2020/12/28/22203284/trump-administration-appeal-tiktok-china-bytedance

CNN tech reporter — Brian Fung

The news came in the end of September that Donald Trump affirmed the takeover of TikTok by firms Walmart and Oracle.  An eleventh-hour victory is how the website CNET put it that evening. It was an exciting day.

The issue that Trump made of TikTok’s conduct is that ostensibly TikTok was opening a doorway for China to collect unwarrant data on American TikTok users which would put the States at risk given a perceived interest in China gaining a foothold on Big Tech, at home in Silicon Valley. It was a highlight of Big Tech drama and in the months ahead, eventually the States’ FTC made the move of demanding clarity on what is going on with user data.

FTC orders ByteDance, Facebook, Snap and others to explain what they do with user data https://techcrunch.com/2020/12/14/ftc-tiktok-amazon-facebook-social-media-study/

Photo by Markus Spiske from StockSnap

For perspective on the deal moving TikTok from China to the U.S., I watched someordinarygamers, who was doing videos about it.

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someordinarygamers: https://www.youtube.com/user/SomeOrdinaryGamers

About what people say on the Internet, so many people communicate on the Internet about fringe.  someordinarygamers is into things like playing retro videogames, but he also looks at a lot of Internet issues that sometimes are only superficially related. The channel is often funny, meaning Mutahar has a sense of humour, whether navigating Minecraft, or a particularly cringy Twitter thread, as much as he can make himself heard on has YouTube, which is pretty large given his success. That’s his name, right, Mutahar? The emcee at someordinarygamers

You can see the difference between, say, an ambitious young TikTokker aiming for fame, and a fringe TikTokker just kind of shouting out to whoever.  It isn’t a subtle distinction.

That said, someordinarygamers does have a pretty good YouTube channel.

Related

Epic Star Wars Concept Art Shows Rey Taking On A Ton Of Stormtroopers https://www.cinemablend.com/news/2555166/epic-star-wars-concept-art-shows-rey-taking-on-a-ton-of-stormtroopers

Do you enjoy Star Wars? The inveterately well-known movie, the first one, released by Twentieth Century Fox in 1977, can be quoted with the following.  “It was as if a million voices cried out in pain/And were suddenly silenced,” Obiwan, played by the late Alec Guinness, laments to Han Solo, played by Harrison Ford, and to Luke Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill, aboard Han’s ship, the Millennium Falcon, during their search for Princess Leia, played by late Carrie Fisher. Darth Vader, played by the departed David Prowse and voiced by James Earl Jones, having kidnapped her.

At that moment in the film, the Empire, under the command of Vader and of Grand Moff Tarkin, played by the also departed Peter Cushing, has just destroyed her home planet, with the power of the Death Star, and Obiwan knows it, thanks to The Force.

“oh no!”

That’s how it would have been in the eventuality that the Trump administration banned TikTok (my tie-in).  The greatest issue is that the Chinese government would have picked up a lot of data, about TikTok, trading off U.S. security.

Photo by Lenharth Systems from StockSnap

Related

The Four Benefits of Data Mining: Google’s Side of the Data Story  https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/next-gen-infosec/four-benefits-data-mining-google/

In the late eighties, I had a tape duplicate of 1977’s George Lucas-directed Star Wars.  The story of the Rebel Alliance appealed to me very much, the way it does for so many.

The nature of social media is to turn user ideas into content.  Idly put, the site Portia’s Content Generator helped turn this subject into a workable draft idea. Since then, I’ve worked out some stronger ideas–more on that to come.

Often, like on Facebook, a social media post can be a photo (or several), an emoji, or a hashtag, all of which are elements that add up to a status report, a post.  In Silicon Valley, Facebook was like the best idea in the world in 2007, something that earned a fortune, and had an impact on people’s behaviour all over the world.

The 2010 David Fincher film The Social Network, all about Facebook, is a terrific movie, a masterful film.  It may not contain an account of the devastation of the planet of Alderaan, but with The Social Network you get some appreciation of how Facebook has the capacity among people, around the planet, to favour constant unequivocal activity.  Anyone with a social media account can be a keyboard warrior.

When a gallant Jedi Knight, Darth Vader was tempted, turned into a Sith Lord, and drove the Empire’s annihilation of the Jedi Order

If Facebook tossed a rulebook of dictator guidelines at its users, I can’t help thinking about how media would become in a “scene” like that.  Ha, well, it would be Orwellian, if it isn’t already.

Orwellian alludes to being of a dictator nature.  If you don’t know, an algorithm is a mathematical formula, in the purest sense of the word, and when you put the word into a social media context, the word means the method of delivering content of specific interest to you.  That is why social media is addictive.

I surmise that an autonomous voice relies upon that if it needs to communicate itself, in any shape.  Without autonomy, it would be, I think, a market with only the dullest of billboards to show, nothing to write home about.

Goods consigned and a surfeit of the ordinary. Should news info should be professionally-packaged, light on ads, accurate and not misleading, and properly researched and based in reality?  That is all well and good, but it implies that a beginning blogger may not reach the starting gate without being subject to specific, and somewhat arbitrary, rules of conduct.

I’ve heard, like on someordinarygamers, on YouTube, that the component of the Internet which is your most valuable currency is data. In fact, again today Mutahar put out a video that explores what Facebook and Instagram are doing with user data.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEgmvdrQXG0

There is a call for public news and music industry Top 40 hits, yes.  However, every stipend ought to be made for periphery who have a right to speak as freely as the most prevailing of media.

Everyone who likes YouTube videos experiences this hiccup.  Trying to make a living as a YouTuber, when creators on YouTube aren’t getting through to viewers, the views on their videos begin to slow down.  Some YouTubers talk about that, contending with the algorithm that holds back videos.

“oh no!”

We all should practice diligence using social media.  I am not sure we need to delete Facebook and Instagram, as Mutahar encourages, but his note of caution is worth giving a listen. I wouldn’t mind if someordinarygamers looked again at how TikTok’s new corporate structure will turn out.

You may now return to your regularly scheduled program.

Happy new year, and good luck.

opps

A typical spelling of the outcry “oh no!”

Opps! I tYpOed agAiN!!! lololololo

“oh no!”

If you are interested, you’re welcome to “like,” “follow,” or comment.  Good luck with your blogging.

substance ought to be: steady, helpful,

pertinent, unique, exceptional, new, educative, client and network driven, intriguing, interesting, to change, to be easy to peruse and share it

through media, to have

viral power and give positive

“buzz,” just as that more

content is fundamental

Online, you should always be kind to a beginner.  You will acquire everything by recognizing you are deficient and subject to God. 🙂

WordPress Discover: Music

For April 2020, to get bloggers in the same spot, WordPress Discover has returned.  This week WordPress Discover is helmed by blogger Krista Stevens.

Today’s theme is “music.”  Krista asks about favourite albums.  My favourite album going is the Indie effort Groove Denied, by Stephen Malkmus, which came out on the Ides of March last year, 2019.

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It was exciting to learn about it.  It’s the second reinvention of himself Malkmus has presented, the first his solo career that followed his famed 1990s band Pavement, and now with what I’d estimate is a trilogy of albums so far, after five years between album releases.  What I mean is that Pavement did albums in the nineties, which were Malkmus along with several bandmates, and then there were several Stephen Malkmus solo records in the 2000s and 2010s, which ended with what to me was a fairly loud silence, a paradox.

After five years, Malkmus reinvented himself with kind of a second solo career.  The highlight for me was the album from 2019, Groove Denied.

If you don’t know about record albums, the groove is what the arm of the record player reads to play the music.  I take that the expression “Groove Denied” is a reference to streaming services that play digital recordings.  A record player is an analogue machine.

It is interesting for me that Malkmus’ vocal delivery, although perhaps a little dimmed by the passing of years, remains, to my ear, identical to how he sounded when he played with Pavement.

The songs Stephen Malkmus composes have always been brilliant, in my humble opinion, but Groove Denied seems outstanding.  There are three music videos for Groove Denied, handled in the United States by Matador Records, and it was a treat to watch them last year on YouTube.

Last year was the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Pavement record that went into the Top 5 of the year, Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, in 1994.  The X shape on the cover of Groove Denied reminds me of the X Stephen Malkmus is wearing in the Pavement Slow Century DVD, when he comments on Pavement’s feud with the Smashing Pumpkins.

August 17, 2018 #NationalNonprofitDay

Louth United, disbanded in 2006
  • Yesterday the website ZDNet reported that researcher Sam Thomas speaking at the Bsides technical security conference in Manchester alerted attendees that WordPress has been rendered vulnerable to a bug for the entire duration of the last year.  While the situation hasn’t been exploited by attackers, Thomas sounded a concern with WordPress that will require a patch.  This is the first, I believe, that it has been reported, which is a fact, I suspect, that lends itself to the possibility that there could be an upset connected to this WordPress bug and the suggestion of vulnerability

 

https://www.zdnet.com/article/wordpress-vulnerability-affects-a-third-of-most-popular-websites-online/

 

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In a different light on what’s happening in the blogosphere, I would like to say here that I think of myself as a reasonably well-informed individual.  I have an interest in being active with a blog, with Facebook, and with Twitter.

What’s come up is that the seventeenth of August, 2018, is a celebratory day for nonprofit businesses.  Despite the caveat at the start of the post, it can be said that if you’re unaware of the significance of August 17, 2018, it is that this is National Nonprofit Day.

I thought I would write something to mark the occasion.  I personally am part of a business that has a not-for-profit status.

About nonprofits, National Nonprofit Day recognizes people who contribute to organizations who generally rely on charitable funding to keep going.  There are a lot of needs that would be underserved if it weren’t for nonprofits.  Funding for not-for-profits helps with needs that otherwise would go unmet, which is great because it helps deal with active problems.

I help care for a not-for-profit cemetery that is small but pretty, named Maple Lawn.

Here is a recent photo.  Me, my dad Peter and his brother, my uncle, Dave, run the cemetery.

Louth United, disbanded in 2006
Formerly Louth United Church, St. Catharines

We don’t specifically receive funding for what we do.  We got involved a few years ago when Peter opted to take responsibility for a cemetery whose trustees no longer wished to care for it.  Since then we have opted to care for the grounds and to handle burials.

My dad worked for many years at the municipal cemetery in the city.  We generally attend to the cemetery grounds once a week, on Wednesdays, and we do additional work as needed.

There’s a church on the cemetery grounds.  The United Church of Canada congregation which filled it disbanded from this church of ours in 2006.  It may sound like we’re carrying out a selfless endeavor, but there are a few advantages, in addition, that I can think of.

Running the cemetery doesn’t require a huge amount of input or direction.  I am on hand to do some of the grounds keeping, and I also put it in time doing research and the like as the cemetery SMM.  My dad does a lot of the work that requires expertise tied to the particulars of operating a cemetery.

While many not-for-profits would operate on a fulltime basis, we write our own hours and we mostly look in our own pockets for what we need to spend.  I recently returned to the popular 4 Hour Work Week book by entrepreneur Timothy Ferriss for the third time now and you can view, if you like, my thoughts on it as the following blog post I wrote

https://findingenvirons1.blog/2018/07/24/pausing-to-read-the-4-hour-work-week/

 

We cover our costs and contribute to the cemetery if someone wants a grave here, or if a funeral needs to be conducted and we do this out of a sense of goodwill.

We have a Facebook page–https://www.facebook.com/LouthUnited–and a website–http://maplelawncemeteryorg.ipage.com/oldchurchcemetery/

I remain partial to the notion that if I write a blog there will be a little additional interest in what I say.

I look at Twitter, https://twitter.com/findingenvirons …because of Twitter’s use as an information tool.  I don’t limit my interests on Twitter to what we do at the cemetery.  I explore a variety of interests outside what would otherwise be confined to a very limited niche.

Cemetery operation is too specialized, I think, to confine a Twitter account to that sole purpose.

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I don’t feel that time is lost carrying out service at the cemetery.  The time that’s devoted to being part of a small not-for-profit rather than working in a career in sales or the like is meaningful and, even better, enjoyable.  I feel that limiting one’s energy to a volunteer position is time invested in oneself.

With the trade-off of what might be a better living secondary to time invested in the cemetery, I feel like I have something personal to me that I do, although I know a lifestyle like this is certainly not for everyone.  I continue to look at the work from the standpoint that it is a lucky opportunity.  There are drawbacks but I don’t want to emphasize them here in this post.

Furthermore, I appreciate that National Nonprofit Day celebrates nonprofits, people who work hard to make a difference.  When Maple Lawn highlights for people what we’re doing, such as on our Facebook page for the cemetery, we often get positive responses for the care we take to keep the cemetery looking nice.  Visitors to our Facebook page reward us that way.

https://www.facebook.com/LouthUnited
Photographer: Wilfred Iven

People who work in not-for-profits may not always feel that benefactors give them the credit that they deserve, but it doesn’t mean not-for-profit employees don’t find satisfaction in what they do.  I am sure that among not-for-profit personnel, many of them welcome August 17 and celebrate their work accordingly, and that’s what I’m writing about in this post.  I usually represent what we’re doing at the cemetery in positive terms, which is how I try to frame it.

That is to say, I think of myself as an optimist rather than as a pessimist, despite the solemnity of the atmosphere of a cemetery.  If you relate, you’re welcome to “like,” to “follow,” and/or to “comment.”  In November, I will try to respond specifically to the occurrence of Giving Tuesday, the day that charities work especially hard to raise funds.

I realize there may not be such a sense of urgency that a cemetery like ours needs additional assistance, but you never know unless you ask if there is some unknown avenue to improve the standard of work in our hands.  It is probably the right idea to look into getting additional help at the same time that similar organizations are delving into the same.  Autumn is the time of year for it.

I hope to continue working at the cemetery while playing the additional role of nurturing Facebook and Twitter, writing here on WordPress, and otherwise keeping a hand in at our not-for-profit.  Thank you for visiting my blog.

 

  • Please do not be alarmed by the idea that there is a bug in WordPress that could, in theory, render you in jeopardy if you maintain a blog with WordPress.  Actually, it has been kept under wraps for an entire year.
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