Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

I can haz all ur votes

“…wealth of information creates a poverty of attention…”

— Herbert Simon, a noted economist, 1971

Start by checking out the chart in the middle of the article below, depicting increasing U.S. political polarization.  Then read the article to see how the internet led us there.

It’s a huge problem that is getting worse.

Once considered a boon to democracy, social media have started to look like its nemesis

An economy based on attention is easily gamed

Nov 4th 2017 |The Economist

 

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January 27, 2018 Posted by | information, news, politics, sociology | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Primates on Facebook

Interesting anthropological observations on facebook and social networking.  Sounds like facebook is used both for the equivalent of primate “grooming” and advertising oneself.

Social networks

Primates on Facebook

Feb 26th 2009 | SAN FRANCISCO
From The Economist print edition
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March 5, 2009 Posted by | anthropology, behaviour, sociology | , , , , | Leave a comment