Anti-people

The “Twitter files” continued to drop as we here at Mad Mondays were resting up over Christmas. For those who missed it, these documents are mostly internal correspondence between Twitter execs and employees before the company was bought by Elon Musk. Musk has been releasing the documents to independent journalists who have been publishing summaries of the content. … Read More Anti-people

Please like me

It seems hard to believe these days, but once upon a time, there was no such thing as a “like” button on social media. An article at Fast Company outlines how Facebook’s “like” button came to be and follows the nuclear cascade it unleashed. Will Ormeus argues that the seemingly harmless ability to express your approval of posts online has… Read More Please like me

Undue influence

Ah, Twitter. What’s all the fuss?, ask the majority of Americans who, thankfully, live Twitter-less lives. Yes, a billionaire took it over and is making people cranky by firing staff, bringing back banned accounts, and disbanding the laughably-named “trust and safety” committee. But what is that to our mostly-offline readers? In the movie “The Devil Wears Prada”, the… Read More Undue influence

Home screen

A new study recently published shows that children between 11 and 18 years of age are spending an astonishing 70 hours a week on devices. Joy Pullman wrote about the findings warning that this is a national crisis. “If your child did anything [else] for 10 hours a day, you’d be worried about him and work strenuously to bring some… Read More Home screen

Following orders

(Part 5 in the multipart series “Where We Stand.”) Information is formation that goes into you.  This is why bad information is worse for you than no information.  Foolish judgment means not only “not knowing the right things.” It also means “knowing the wrong things.” This is why when the BBC Trusted News Initiative silenced the Great Barrington… Read More Following orders

Day zero

It’s official. After camping at the black gates of Twitter for months, Elon Musk stormed into Isengard, becoming the “Chief Twit” of Twitter last week. He brought a large sink with him, but we’re not sure why. Triggered employees and other progressives were all a-flutter, with one WashPo journalist saying it was like the “gates of hell” had opened. … Read More Day zero