Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Race for Human Attention

The New York Times
by David Brooks

Not long ago, tech was the coolest industry. Everybody wanted to work at Google, Facebook and Apple. But over the past year the mood has shifted.

Some now believe tech is like the tobacco industry — corporations that make billions of dollars peddling a destructive addiction. Some believe it is like the N.F.L. — something millions of people love, but which everybody knows leaves a trail of human wreckage in its wake.

There are three main critiques of big tech.

The first is that it is destroying the young. Social media promises an end to loneliness but actually produces an increase in solitude and an intense awareness of social exclusion. Texting and other technologies give you more control over your social interactions but also lead to thinner interactions and less real engagement with the world.

The second critique of the tech industry is that it is causing this addiction on purpose, to make money. Tech companies understand what causes dopamine surges in the brain and they lace their products with “hijacking techniques” that lure us in and create “compulsion loops.”

Snapchat has Snapstreak, which rewards friends who snap each other every single day, thus encouraging addictive behavior. News feeds are structured as “bottomless bowls” so that one page view leads down to another and another and so on forever. Most social media sites create irregularly timed rewards; you have to check your device compulsively because you never know when a burst of social affirmation from a Facebook like may come.

The third critique is that Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook are near monopolies that use their market power to invade the private lives of their users and impose unfair conditions on content creators and smaller competitors. The political assault on this front is gaining steam. The left is attacking tech companies because they are mammoth corporations; the right is attacking them because they are culturally progressive. Tech will have few defenders on the national scene. Continue reading at The New York Times

Ex-Facebook president Sean Parker went off script at an Axios event. He decried what social media giants like the one he helped build have now become—calling it a “social feedback loop.” Facebook, he said, was built upon this question: “How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?”

The Guardian

'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

Justin Rosenstein had tweaked his laptop’s operating system to block Reddit, banned himself from Snapchat, which he compares to heroin, and imposed limits on his use of Facebook. But even that wasn’t enough. In August, the 34-year-old tech executive took a more radical step to restrict his use of social media and other addictive technologies.

Rosenstein purchased a new iPhone and instructed his assistant to set up a parental-control feature to prevent him from downloading any apps.

He was particularly aware of the allure of Facebook “likes”, which he describes as “bright dings of pseudo-pleasure” that can be as hollow as they are seductive. And Rosenstein should know: he was the Facebook engineer who created the “like” button in the first place.

Rosenstein belongs to a small but growing band of Silicon Valley heretics who complain about the rise of the so-called “attention economy”: an internet shaped around the demands of an advertising economy.

There is growing concern that as well as addicting users, technology is contributing toward so-called “continuous partial attention”, severely limiting people’s ability to focus, and possibly lowering IQ.

It is revealing that many of these younger technologists are weaning themselves off their own products, sending their children to elite Silicon Valley schools where iPhones, iPads and even laptops are banned. They appear to be abiding by a Biggie Smalls lyric from their own youth about the perils of dealing crack cocaine: never get high on your own supply. Continue read at The Guardian

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

What ‘Youth’? The Electron iONization of Slack

What ‘Youth’?

Part 1, 2
21 November 2017

Bob Dobbs | The JFK Files

Photo: AP

“In 1963 and 1964 I participated in the cover-up of the true facts of the [John Kennedy] assassination and I am proud that I did. If the truth had surfaced shortly after the murder, civil war would have broken out in the United States. Not a larger war with the Soviet Union since they weren’t guilty. No, a civil war. We on the Secret Council of Ten supported the cover-up by the conspirators in spite of the heinous character of the act. The seamless web of the global economy at the time could not afford such a rupture in the national fulcrum of that theatrical structure wherein the Word Makes the Market.”
Bob Dobbs interviewed by Joan d’Arc
Paranoia Magazine, Issue 44, Spring 2007

iON reveals why JFK would desire to leave the earthly realm.

Bob Dobbs breaks his silence regarding his role in the Kennedy assassination coverup, who was behind the assassination and why the president was killed.

During the Bobfest beginning 22 November 2013, Bob played clips from his Evergreen sessions relating to the assassination.

Part 1, 2
Payday, November 2013

Bob discloses the role that JFK and Jackie’s parents played in the assassination.

Nazi Connection to the John F. Kennedy Assassination by Mae Brussell

Nomenclature of an Assassination Cabal by William Torbitt

Farewell America: The Plot to Kill JFK by James Hepburn and William Turner

The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy by William Turner and John Christian

Dr. William Joseph Bryan, Jr. (a great grandson of William Jennings Bryan) may have hypnotized/programed Sirhan Sirhan. Mention in The Robert F. Kennedy Assassination: New Revelations on the Conspiracy by Philip H. Melanson. LA Times, New Life in Sirhan Defense.

Synopsis, Ricky Don White, 3 pages.

Ricky White’s Chronology of his story, 2 pages.

Frank Ragano (Corbin’s father)

American Tabloid by James Ellroy

Why’d Oswald Do It? by Ron Rosenbaum, Slate

Monday, November 20, 2017

Putin May Secretly Be One Of The World’s Richest Men

Bob Dobbs & Dr Peter Beter

Excerpt from Tailgate, 4 April 2010

Barts Excerpts from the Upper Room Dialogues

Califia interprets the emptying of the Guf as being like the biblical rapture event.

Califia: "To me, I interpret this as like the Rapture."

iON: "Oh, the ‘Rupture’. Oh, lord, yeah, let's talk about the Rupture. Oh, hang on to ‘em, we’re going to the Rupture now. Oh, we’ve been waiting ever so patiently to get to this Rupture. Yes it is, honey. It’s going to be a Rupture more than you know. It is going to be one sight to behold.

Now, let’s go into that. You’ve asked enough. We’re good. Now, here we go. The Rapture, that coming into place…Now, if you’re going to use – now, you do know the Bible doesn’t speak of the Rapture?”

Califia: “Yes, I do know that.”

iON: “Good. Good. But that doesn’t expunge human creators from embracing all kinds of things that can be. So, that’s alright too. Now, what’s being described here…now, you have to go all the way back to Shakespeare’s fatalism to correctly apply this dynamic of the 144,000 that’s going to catch out on the last train to Heaven? OK? So, that’s what that’s all about.”

Califia: “I never believed that anyway, OK? Go ahead.”

iON: “I know, but that’s what we’re talking about, so that’s alright. We love it, we love it. But we’ll give you the dynamic of what it really is. The Armageddon… means, ‘the thinning of the veil’. Well, the thinning of the veil is releasing of the power back to what you had before there was a veil.

So, when you come into that power, then it will be rapturous. Now, we used the word a different way, now. Rapturous means becoming a very delicious rhapsody…this rapturous event…that’s getting referenced…they use it as a ‘turn or burn’ tactic of tactility, ‘Get right, or you’re going to burn’.

That’s the trick. But it’s not a trick, because, you know, we jokingly have great fun with that, that people go to Heaven for the weather and they go to Hell for the company…

Now, Bob would call this the ushering of the ‘post-informational society systems of knowing’…So, when you come to that place…you have a new experience; a delicious experience, which goes something like this - you get the power back that you had. And that becomes the rapturous event horizon.

All of these things that you've already really…known, becomes into your field of vision or sight. And once it becomes in your field of vision or sight, then what happens is it's something that you can embrace.

It's kind of like when they put in the paper that satellite TV is coming to your area. And that doesn’t mean anything to you until they put the dish up and start beaming in the signal, then you too can experience the rapture of DirecTV, or Dish Network.

So, you allow it to flow. That signal is available. The satellites they put up are available to everybody, but until you get the receiver, it will elude you.

Well, this rapture that you're talking about, with the final thinning of this separation between you and your power, once that becomes full on - it's happening to people already…but once it becomes to a place where it can be in your field of sight, then you can have high definition just like everybody else.

Many are going to find this power - this goes back to James with the amperage and the volts; you're going to find out that if you don’t increase that amperage, sometimes those volts will get out of hand. They become more as a free radical.

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