I like everything. Or at least I did, for 48 hours. Literally everything Facebook sent my way, I liked—-even if I hated it.
It’s so funny that I stumbled upon this article this morning, because I woke up irrationally livid at Facebook anyway. Why? Because for a while now, I feel like FB has been closing me in a box, and unless I play by their rules, I am losing access to the people who want to be reached by me.
I have almost a million followers on FB. But I reach a very small percentage of people with every post on average. And this isn’t by my fans’ choice. Not a day goes by when I don’t see comments like, ‘Hey why am I not getting your updates anymore?” I’m helpless to explain exactly why, but I have a good inkling.
In order to scale with the number of people we collect on our accounts, FB has had to implement technology to filter our feeds. Because they’ve learned that “social” media is just that, and we can’t just dump people when we get bored with them or want to move on in life. So the FB algorithm filters my content based on how many likes people make on the things I share. (Because closing people into interest pockets makes it easier to make money on them, I get it.)
So how do I, as an individual, fight this type of “downgrading” of certain types of content I share? Well, I could cater to the algorithm more. I could do this by sharing things I know will be popular!
Easiest way to do that? Share pictures of my face, my body and things based on my appearance.
Yes, I guess this is human nature to give feedback on our appearances, that’s why we’re swimming in a world of selfies. But because our new virtual statuses are built on this type of feedback, it is training us to output things that will be popular, and that, in turn, tells women that achieving high statuses online means sharing things about their looks. To the detriment of anything else. Or else get buried and excised from the people around you. In a sense, we’re hostage to the algorithm.
Who thinks this is a good thing?!
And I think this is more than just about my own online engagement, it’s about FB specifically. I see way less of this on other platforms, this filtering of “everything but the most reinforced” content. FB is training people to feed the algorithmic machine with things that will please the most mainstream. Reinforcing the median taste level. I think this methodology is marginalizing people who think out of the box, closing them in enclaves of people who only like exactly what they like. Trapping us in our own echo chambers of reinforcement, where we’re not influencing or being influenced by opposing thoughts. And in addition, we’re being tricked into believing that our small worlds are much bigger than they really are in the grand scheme of things.
Neither of these things is helping anyone’s reality.
I don’t think it’s healthy. Or good for us as a society. I think the internet is an amazing place, where you can connect with people who are like you, and be accepted when you don’t feel accepted in real life, but the drive to make money and clean up the platform to scale properly is not helping us, it’s taking the good things about what the internet can do to the opposite extreme.
Don’t look for my account to share more selfies than usual, or pictures of me in cute outfits. That’s not my style. Look for me to share the exact same stuff I always do.
Unfortunately, you might have to go way out of your way to look at all.
Heh. This is why I worry about humanity.
The fact that they needed this sign tells you a lot.
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Hey, if you consider yourself to be Carol Corps*, you’re planning on being at Dragon*Con at the end of August and you’d be willing to be interviewed by Marvel about your experience of the community, drop me a line at kellysue at gmail dot com and put “Carol Corps Dragon*Con” in the subject line,…
I had more fun than should be legal thanks to my interviews with the cats of Hannibal, Dominion and Supernatural. Oh and, Jamie Bamber is still hotter than hot.
Oh hai today’s Teefury shirt. I love you.
Look out, he’s loose! He’ll tear us all apart! #EatTheCon
Guys… tiny Hannibal seems to have let himself out of his box.
You know what that means? HE’S GOING TO COMIC-CON!
We’re chronicling tiny Hannibal’s adventures to San Diego all week with the hashtag #EatTheCon on Twitter and Tumblr. Follow him along, watch out for clues and YOU could win your very own SDCC Exclusive Hannibal Funko Doll!
Details to come.
Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab is proud to sponsor the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s San Diego Comic Con Welcome Party! We will have a small vending space at the event, where we will be selling a selection of scents whose proceeds go to the CBLDF, including two event exclusives:
++ CBLDF SDCC Welcome Party 2014: A Hellenic Blacklist
Anaxagoras, a physiologoi, was a pioneer in scientific inquiry. His naturalistic theories of explanation were considered a danger to public religion and civic culture, making him an enemy of the polis. He was indicted on charges of impiety for asserting that the sun is a mass of incandescent, red-hot metal, the moon is an earthy sphere, and that the stars are fiery stones.
The fire of the sun, the glow of the moon, and the twinkle of flaming-white stars eclipsed by temple incense and scorched olive leaf: Tunisian amber, Italian bergamot, and blue and white musks blanketed in styrax, libanon, and myrron.
"Concerning the gods, I have no means of knowing whether they exist or not or what sort they may be, because of the obscurity of the subject, and the brevity of human life.”
Protagoras was one of the earliest Sophists, teaching that the quintessence of good citizenship lies in self-restraint, the pursuit of justice, and the preservation of the social order. He promoted the virtues of efficient management of one’s affairs, properly running one’s household, and making worthwhile and effective contributions to Athenian society. Because of the wisdom of his teachings, he was appointed lawgiver for the colony of Thurii.
Despite his contributions, Protagoras’ outspoken agnosticism inflamed the anger of the Athenians. According to Diogenes Laërtius and Cicero, Protagoras was eventually banished from Athens, and all of his written works were collected and burned in the agora.
Smoldering scrolls and melted wax tablets.
$26 per bottle!
At the event, we will be debuting phone cases that feature artwork from our chapbook for Neil Gaiman’s Snow Glass Apples. At this time, we are only able to offer cases for iPhone 5. Illustration by Julie Dillon!
$40 per case!
CBLDF Comic-Con Welcome Party
Thursday, July 24
1055 Second Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
Start SDCC With CBLDF’s Comic-Con Welcome Party!
Featuring Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples, Scott Snyder, Chris Burnham & More!
Kick-off Comic-Con with comics’ greatest creators at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Welcome Party, sponsored by Image Comics, Kickstarter, comiXology, and Eventbrite, with special gallery displays from TFAW.com and Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab! The fun starts at 8:00 PM on Thursday, July 24 at the Westgate Hotel, when CBLDF welcomes you to Comic-Con for a night of amazing creators, astonishing artwork, and outstanding exclusives!
Meet Great Creators: Every year the greatest creators in comics drop in at the CBLDF Welcome Party. Confirmed attendees so far this year include Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples, Scott Snyder, Chris Burnham, Nick Dragotta, Nick Pitarra, John Layman, Josh Williamson, Joe Harris, Frank J. Barbiere, Stuart Moore, Paul Pope, Daniel Corey, Richard Starkings, Roc Upchurch, and even more expected to drop in over the course of the night!
Get the Exclusive Goods: The first 200 attendees will receive a free gift bag, with exclusive items Image Comics and CBLDF! RSVP Now to guarantee your gift bag.
Smell Awesome at the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab / Trading Post: BPAL will make their only Comic-Con appearance at the party, setting up a one-night-only display of fragrances, including TWO world premiere fragrances benefiting CBLDF!
Get First Dibs on CBLDF Exclusives: Here’s your chance to get copies of the extremely rare CBLDF Liberty variant of Harbinger #25 with art by Gilbert Hernandez, or “It’s Not A Trick” signed by J.H. Williams and Todd Klein, only available at Comic-Con!
Preview the Incredible Items in CBLDF’s Comic-Con Auction, Sponsored by TFAW.com: Get a first look at the amazing original art up for grabs at Saturday’s CBLDF Comic-Con Auction, including pieces by Jeff Smith, John Cassaday, Emma Rios, Frank Quitely, Brandon Graham, Francesco Fracavilla, Jeff Lemire, and many, many more!
Come support Free Speech and experience the best of Comic-Con at the CBLDF Comic-Con Welcome Party, Thursday, July 24, at the Westgate Hotel (1055 Second Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101), from 8:00 – 11:00 PM! This party is FREE for CBLDF Members. Non-members: Suggested $10 – $20 donation at the door, please.
Russell Crowe is a badass in a good way.