R.I.P. Prince

Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016), known as Prince, was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was a musical innovator and known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and makeup, and wide vocal range. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, soul, psychedelia, and pop. He has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.[1] He won seven Grammy Awards,[2] a Golden Globe Award,[3] and an Academy Award for the film Purple Rain.[4] He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility.[5] Rolling Stone ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.[more]

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    Interview with the new owner of 8chan

    Increasingly, the majority of people are content to experience the online world through the warm, blue-white glow of Facebook. But beyond the closed ecosystems of giant tech companies, the open web remains populous, anonymous, strange and sometimes, very unpleasant. Meet the man keeping 8chan, the world’s most vile website, alive. 8chan was created by Brennan, is run by Brennan, but is now recently owned by Watkins. Watkins is an American in his 50s who picked up computer skills while in the military. That’s quite a step. The vile mob has come from these places at times. Take 4chan, with members of the hacking group Anonymous started gathering there to plan pranks. By 2009 Fox News was (absurdly) referring to 4chan as the home of “the most powerful people on the Internet.” In 2008, Wired said the “ugly, lo-res site [got] about 500 million pageviews a month.”
    It sounds familiar because 2channel is the forebear of all the other “chan” sites. It inspired a similarly-named imageboard called 2chan, that in turn inspired a 15-year old Poole to create 4chan in 2003. And then 4chan gave birth to 8chan. Such is the way of the internet: easily copied ideas and constant, but shallow, innovation. Watkins isn’t the first message board owner to strike open-for-all stance. Reddit’s founders famously held a strong free speech position initially as did 4chan’s Poole. But they all backed off over time. Reddit now bans revenge porn and hate speech. Poole eventually told Rolling Stone that 4chan never had free speech “in the absolutely sense.”. The only free speech Watkins rejects concerns copyright violations, which would result in large fines for the site thanks to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act or DMCA. Over all, Watkins holds a hodgepodge of expediently adopted political ideals in service to one very clear motivation: extracting cash from the internet. [more on Fusion]

    With the former owner now working for… Google.

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      The future of media makers – Make no shit


      Your Media Business will not be saved. Video will not save your business. Nor will bots…
      Your problem is that you make shit. A lot of shit. Cheap shit. And no one cares about you or your cheap shit. And an increasingly aware, connected, and mutable audience is onto your cheap shit. They don’t want your cheap shit. They want the good shit. And they will go to find it somewhere. Hell, they’ll even pay for it.

      The truth is that the best and most important things the media (let’s say specifically the news media) has ever made were not made to reach the most people — they were made to reach the right people. Because human beings exist, and we are not content consumption machines. What will save the media industry — or at least the part worth saving — is when we start making Real Things for people again, instead of programming for algorithms or New Things.[the whole story]

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        Peak Popularity – 25 years old


        Je bent het populairst als je rond je 25e bent. Althans dan heb je het meeste sociale contacten, blijkt uit een studie gepubliceerd in de Royal Society Open Science. De gegevens hebben betrekking op Europa en zijn gebaseerd op onderzoek onder telecomgegevens van 3,2 miljoen gebruikers.
        Voor je 25e stijgt het aantal contacten pijlsnel en daarna daalt het langzaam, maar beslist. Voor mannen ligt het aantal sociale contacten bijna hun hele leven iets lager dan voor vrouwen, behalve als ze jong zijn: jongens hebben meer vrienden dan meisjes. [meer]

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