DasGeileNeueInternet-Links 16.9.16: Post-Fact Society, More Content, Twitterquits

internet9Bloomberg mit einem angemessen bissigen Portrait von Milo Yiannopoulos Is the Pretty, Monstrous Face of the Alt-Right. In einem weirden Twist des Schicksals muss ich Fuckopoulos beim letzten Satz dieses Zitats („all offense is performed rather than truly felt“) übrigens zustimmen – Stichwort Virtue Signaling. Das gilt übrigens nicht nur für linksversiffte Gutmenschen auf den Tweeties, sondern auch für Fakenazitrolle. Nur signalen die halt ihre Eigenschaft des No Fucks Given und des krass Superbadassdoms.

Yiannopoulos’s favorite political tactic is trolling. In the alt-right worldview, nice, normal white dudes are told they’re racist and sexist by “social justice warriors.” In retaliation, they’ve adopted a strategy Yiannopoulos calls “double down, don’t back down.” He explains: “If someone calls you an anti-Semite, you go to their page and put up swastikas.” Then those he’s offended, he says, use this prank as false proof of the original accusation of anti-Semitism to gain power through sympathy. Yiannopoulos’s mob of trolls then mock them for taking the prank seriously and whining. Nobody’s actions can be taken at face value. “Everybody is trolling everybody, and nobody knows who is winning,” he says. And at least his side is enjoying it.

“We live in a post-fact era. It’s wonderful,” he says, pointing to various web pages on his giant computer screen that show photos of, supposedly, Bill Clinton’s grown black son. “The Washington Post gives a truth check, and no one cares. Now you have to use the truth and other strategies. You have to be persuasive. Dumpy lesbian feminists and shrieking harpies in the Black Lives Matter movement are not persuasive,” he says, digging into the egg, turkey, and avocado scramble prepared by his full-time trainer.

In this Kafkaesque troll war for America’s soul, Yiannopoulos believes that all offense is performed rather than truly felt.

- Steve Rayson über Jeff Bezos Content-Strategie bei der Washington Post, die neulich die NYTimes im Traffic überholt hat: The Future is More Content: Jeff Bezos, Robots and High Volume Publishing: „The Post has adopted a content strategy which involves producing a high volume of content aimed at engaging a long tail of niche interests“. Richtig interessant wird der Text, wenn er die Posting-Nuggets mit Teilen in einer Serie vergleicht:

Short form content could also take the form of serialisation. Most of Charles Dickens’s novels started as weekly or monthly instalments. They made the works more accessible and built an audience that eagerly anticipated the next installment through his episodic approach and use of cliff hangers. A serialised set of articles can still become a book or long form content. Short form content doesn’t necessarily mean a reduction in quality. Particularly if you are serialising your long form piece into short form episodes.

@Huebscherei verlasst Twitter. Das war die Dame mit dem Text über die Sifftwitters.

Heute lösche ich meinen Twitteraccount. Ich tue dies, weil weder die Plattform, noch die Polizei Berlin mir aktuell ausreichend Schutz vor Menschen bieten können, die mir dort nachstellen und mich bedrohen.

Seit mehr als 6 Monaten bin ich Anfeindungen, Bedrohungen und Identitätsdiebstahl ausgesetzt. In den vergangenen Wochen hat sich die Situation zugespitzt. Gestern nacht bekam ich wiederholt die Drohung, man suche nun nach der Grundschule meines Sohnes. An diesem Punkt kann ich das Risiko nicht mehr verantworten.

- Instagram mit einer angeblichen neuen Blockstrategie gegen Trolle: Instagram’s new moderation policy is exactly how we should handle abuse on the internet. Ich frage mich grade, was daran neu sein soll, das ist banales blacklisting von Worten, wie es jedes Kommentarsystem seit hundert Jahren kann. Naja.

In July, an internet feud erupted over how much Swift had helped her ex, Calvin Harris, in writing his latest single with Rihanna. Harris slammed Swift and “her people” for trying to “tear” him down. Swift haters responded by spamming her Instagram with many, many snake emojis. That is, until Swift employed a new Instagram moderation tool that allowed her to filter them out.

The feature, which was already available to high-volume accounts of celebrities and businesses, was rolled out to all of Instagram’s 500 million users this week. It allows you to filter out words you find inappropriate, without having to rely on Instagram’s human moderators to weigh in. Users can create their own blacklist of troublesome terms, or select a default list of problem words Instagram has identified. If someone uses one of the terms from that list, their comment will be blocked from appearing for anyone but the person who wrote it. And if you are Taylor Swift, that list probably includes 🐍.