The reason Garfield hates Mondays is that he’s you. He doesn’t have a job, but he feels as you do, lives as you do. It’s very profound.— Jaime J. Weinman (@weinmanj) August 23, 2014
Sometimes we use this metaphor of the Paris cafe. You go to a cafe and you have a copy of Sartre you have a copy of Le Monde and you’re reading your philosophy and you’re reading the news of the day. And then, if you’ev ever been to Paris you’ll see there’s always a dog under the next table, so you bend over to pet the dog. When you turn away from the philosophy and pet the dog, you don’t become stupid. When you flirt with the person at the next table, it doesn’t mean you can’t understand the philosophy anymore. It just makes you human.
I’m not sure Jonah Peretti’s actually accomplished this with Buzzfeed (honestly, I’m more dismissive of it than I should be given how little time I spend there), but this is certainly a worthwhile goal to strive for.
Another vital distinction is between platform and publisher. As Ball explained, companies such as Twitter have long insisted they are the former and not the latter, which means they are not responsible for what others publish on their platform (just as AT&T is not responsible for how people use its telephones). Demanding that Twitter actively intervene in what speech is and is not permissible blurs those lines, if not outright converts them into a publisher. That necessarily vests the company with far greater responsibility for determining which ideas can and cannot be aired.
Just gonna reblog this whole article, apparently
In the digital age, we are nearing the point where an idea banished by Twitter, Facebook and Google all but vanishes from public discourse entirely, and that is only going to become more true as those companies grow even further. Whatever else is true, the implications of having those companies make lists of permitted and prohibited ideas are far more significant than when ordinary private companies do the same thing.
The question posed by Twitter’s announcement is not whether you think it’s a good idea for people to see the Foley video. Instead, the relevant question is whether you want Twitter, Facebook and Google executives exercising vast power over what can be seen and read.
hi you’ve reached Cohen’s voicemail. would you like to create a tiny chore for me or hang up and text me like you have a damn lick of sense— Cohen is a ghost (@skullmandible) August 29, 2014