Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Gender Equality 0 Internet 1

This from The Verge: Emma Watson nude photo threats were apparently a plot to kill 4chan.

In which, is revealed to be a hoax and a mightily murky one at that. But the thing that gets me is this:

The organizer says that reached 48 million visitors, 7 million Facebook shares and likes, and 3 million Twitter mentions.

As of 10:43 24/09/14, by comparison only 96,199 men (myself proudly included) have signed the #heforshe commitment.

These numbers are *seriously* out of whack.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Video killed the internet star

An interesting piece from The Verge.

What happens to literacy when the internet turns into a giant TV station?

Personally, I skip video in the same way that I used to skip jpegs on the web 20 years ago. It's far too slow a means of conveying information: I can skim read 200 words in about 10 seconds at a depth of understanding that's more than enough to know if I want to read any bits of it in more detail. Then I can lob it into Pocket or whatever. Video? Too clunky; too resistant to efficient archiving; too manipulative...too slow, frankly.

It's like 1995 all over again...