That’s the power of a truly personalized feed. And yet it’s striking to me how different YouTube’s feels from any of the others that inform my digital life. Facebook’s feed is based on what your friends post, along with posts from pages you like. It’s useful for knowing who’s gotten engaged or had a baby, and yet I find little pleasure in my friends’ posts beyond those milestone events. Twitter has tweets from the people you follow, plus anything those people have chosen to retweet. As a journalist I am all but required to live on Twitter, even though these days the home timeline is little more than an endless, anxious scream. … [Read more...] about How YouTube perfected the feed
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Economics of fascismThe economics of fascism are complicated, Montague said. Fascist governments' purported goal was autarky, or national self-sufficiency. In the 1920s and 1930s, fascist leaders pitched this as an effective middle ground between bourgeois, profit-oriented capitalism and revolutionary Marxism that would dismantle many social institutions and persecute the bourgeoisie. The Library of Economics and Liberty defined fascism's economic practices as "socialism with a capitalist veneer." Paxton said fascism claims to eliminate the private sphere, though that does not happen in reality. … [Read more...] about What Is Fascism?
Hitler became a fiery speaker on the beer-hall circuit and was willing to risk the humiliation of low turnout by organizing rallies in large spaces, Kershaw wrote. His organizing talents propelled him to the top of the party's leadership. In 1920, Hitler and the other leaders of the party changed its name from the German Workers' Party to the National Socialist German Workers' Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, or "Nazi" for short). In 1921, Hitler was voted chairman of the party and took total control. The once-tiny group began to draw new members, absorbing other right-wing groups, Schleunes said. … [Read more...] about Hitler’s Rise: How a Homeless Artist Became a Murderous Tyrant
A squad-based shooter set during the prequels’ Clone Wars, it’s a solid game, often cited (in purely technical terms) as one of the best Star Wars games ever. But, it doesn’t really feel like a Star Wars game. It’s more like a Tom Clancy title with Metroid’s UI. And the fact it’s set amidst the worst of the prequels doesn’t help its cause. Good game? Yes. Good Star Wars game? I’d argue no. … [Read more...] about The best Star Wars games in the galaxy, ever
That’s not the approach taken in Europe, where hate speech is most definitely not protected. Many European Union states (and even some non-EU countries in Europe) have various types of anti-hate speech legal mechanisms, in part to head off terrorism and far-right violence. But the CleanIT project would brand entire websites as illegitimate and call for their takedown. Is it the right precedent to set? … [Read more...] about Europe’s quixotic plan to “clean” the Internet of terrorists