“Mr. Bush was considered authentic”

bk1bennett | Flickr From “Obama Privately Tells Donors That Time Is Coming to Unite Behind Hillary Clinton,” by Maggie Haberman and Michael Shear in the New York Times (3/18/16): Mr. Obama acknowledged that Mrs. Clinton was perceived to have weaknesses as a candidate, and that some Democrats did not view her as authentic. But he…

“Always-on celebrities should not be surprised when their credibility is questioned”

Sara Kelly | Flickr Nick Denton in Gawker, writing on the jury verdict in the Hulk Hogan trial: Celebrities, especially ones as public about their personal and sex life as Hulk Hogan, have a narrower zone of privacy than ordinary people. Regardless of questions about Gawker’s editorial standards and methods, self-promoters should not be allowed…

People asks, “Who is the real Trump?”

Trump is said to be an effective campaigner because voters perceive his “I tell it like it is” persona to be real. Yet his coterie turns around and says that the shit-stirring, plainspoken, politically incorrect identity is the act, and the “real” Trump is a more thoughtful kind of guy. From “Who Is the Real…

What does it mean to build bots ethically?

DammitKarissa | Flickr From “How to Make a Bot That Isn’t Racist,” by Sarah Jeong in Motherboard (3/25/16): “Most of my bots don’t interact with humans directly,” said Kazemi. “I actually take great care to make my bots seem as inhuman and alien as possible. If a very simple bot that doesn’t seem very human…

Wordyard update

As you can see, I’ve suspended the link-sharing project. It’s not that there isn’t still an incredible flow of links on the subject of digital authenticity and “being yourself” on social media bandwidth speed test. (You could fill a whole feed just with links to think pieces on Trump.) But I’m not satisfied with the…

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