17:07 [The Conversation] (E)
The psychological tendency at work here is called “the third person effect,” the belief that media don’t fool me, and maybe don’t fool you, but all those other people are sitting ducks for media effects. Ironically, this dynamic can encourage people to support restrictions on media consumption – by others. If someone uses, say, a social media site and feels immune to its negative influences, it triggers another psychological phenomenon called the “influence of presumed influence.”
9:55 [ZeroHedge] (E)
Once shielded by the logic of Silicon Valley`s relentless churn of innovation - which dictated that no reigning tech empire could rule for long before going the way of Yahoo and AOL - tech giants like Facebook, Amazon and Google have been subjected to intensifying anti-trust pressure - Elizabeth Warren`s "Break up Big Tech"s billboard is only the latest example. Indeed, big tech trust-busting has become one of the few issues in contemporary Washington that garners genuine bipartisan support.
21:28 [NEO] (E)
In a perfect universe, intelligent life from Earth would be seen waiting on the next shuttle to the Alpha Centauri colony. But we do not live in a perfect universe. We live as walk-ons in a tragic comedy where millions of human beings either starve, die of disease, or get shot to pieces in Energy wars. We live on a spinning rock in space where President Donald Trump’s limo is compared to President Vladimir Putin’s in Google News. Scanning Google News this morning I saw three top suggestions when I searched “Putin” in the query box.