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1 week, 6 days ago

Contacts : the little mean sexy book that gives you what Facebook friends never can
First I thought it was Luther Blisset, than I was sure it was Banksy, ...but it wasn't him. Who was ...

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2 weeks, 6 days ago

How Can we Think and Practice Dialogue Today?

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3 weeks, 1 day ago

Israel, Gaza, War & Data

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3 weeks, 1 day ago

How Can we Think and Practice Dialogue Today?
Dialogue is the crucial form of communication. It makes us able to communicate beyond differences an...

oliver
3 weeks, 3 days ago

Our festival 2014 theme Radical Intimacies: Dialogue in our Times has been also inspired by the work of Eva Illouz.

In our festival outlines http://www.memefest.org/en/competition/intro/ we also talk about Israel and Palestine. The war in Gaza sadly started two weeks after we published our outliens. Here a shorter interview with Eva Illouz about the conflict and lack of dialogue:

http://tinyurl.com/q39mrjw

oliver
1 month ago

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oliver commented on oliver's blogpost Memefest Online Social Network: A Dialogue on Present State and Future Strategies
1 month ago

"Hey Scott, an old friend of mine, Tom, who worked with me at the very beginnig of Memefest sent me t..."

oliver commented on oliver's blogpost Memefest Online Social Network: A Dialogue on Present State and Future Strategies
1 month ago

"Memefest online social network was not designed to network between friends, but comrades. I dont hav..."

oliver wrote new blogpost
1 month ago

Memefest Online Social Network: A Dialogue on Present State and Future Strategies
Few weeks ago I posted this on my community board here at Memefest and there was some response, and ...

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1 month ago

oliver
1 month, 1 week ago


Israeli soldier posts Instagram image of Palestinian child in crosshairs of rifle

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/feb/18/israeli-soldier-posts-instagram-palestinian

mascaro
1 month, 1 week ago
You know, dialogue came from "two" "logic". Sometmies I don feel pleased by logic as the only way of understanding. I wachted that picture you shared. And I feel I don't have words. That is impossible to really understand that, with all words together, with all logics linked.
oliver
1 month, 1 week ago
I am not sure about the origin.. but thats really interesting. Isnt it dia- logos ? I cant apply any logic to that image either, but I do have feelings..
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1 month, 1 week ago

Where has this world gone?

oliver
4 months, 2 weeks ago

Four years ago,

when we created this online platform with our social network, it was designed as an alternative to Facebook.

No data mining, no commercial advertising, no fake likes, no fake profiles, no surveliance. It is still fascinating for me how many of the people that agree on the argument that FB is very problematic still post on FB- very regularly. When I talk to my friends, usually the argument goes like this: "You are right, FB is very problematic, BUT it is very convenient and because everyone is there I can reach all of my friends easily."

Well, you thought so..

http://www.booooooom.com/2014/02/25/end-facebook/

fake likes, global click farms and enforced scarsity of visibility... facebook's twisted like machine

sgnlr
4 months, 1 week ago
thanks!
I am more and more happy that I never had facebook and honestly hope that more people will realize these facts.I just got back from "DIY" festival in Moscow and every and none of those "anarchists" could believe that Idont have my account...sad
rosenbak
3 months ago
First of all I completely agree that Facebook is highly problematic - you could argue this has been the case since its release. I think the key problem is not Facebook itself, but the users' flawed perception of what it really is. There seems to have been these kind of expectations of a social network mirroring life with altruistic noble intentions (very understandable as this is how Facebook continues to market itself to some degree). If people stopped using Facebook as a 1:1 digital rendering of analog life, and instead as a flawed fun disjointed digital tool, I think the money-making would come to a sudden end (no useful data to mine and highly difficult targeted marketing). Thus, Facebook would decline into what it essentially is: An imperfect tool that is useful for certain things.
Sttwn
2 months, 4 weeks ago
Oliver- we need to propose a different solution!
oliver
2 months, 4 weeks ago
Scott, what do you mean? What do you have in mind?

We are right now starting to work on redesigning the web site and we are discussing how to improve the social network infra/structure/culture that we built here on memefest.org. Wanna get involved?
oliver
2 months, 4 weeks ago
Soeren, I think FB feeds on the big preassure to represent and be represented. The reasons for that are many and we do have a pretty paradoxical situation. On one hand peoples awarenes of abuse: surveliance, monitoring, data mining etc is bigger than ever, but cultural patterns in terms of technology use are going more and more in the oposite direction one would think aware people would be driving them. I use FB mainly as a source for interesting content that people in my network post. I wonder why such an exchange could not happen more on independent platforms like this one. But here the dialogue could be nurtured as the ammount of communication would be less, better and more focused.
Sttwn
2 months, 4 weeks ago
Yep- would love to talk more about that-
Sttwn
2 months, 4 weeks ago
I think it's time- been working in Chicago- let's talk soon-
rosenbak
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Oliver, your selective use of fb is exactly what I meant, as it seems that you clearly view it as one, deeply flawed yet popular, social network rather than THE ultimate, awesome solution to how we could engage socially online. Instead of the one-way manipulation we recently learnt is happening on massive scale with the positive/negative feed experiments, I would love to see people experimenting themselves with manipulating fb. Everyone is there across age, religion, gender, culture etc. That's such a strong argument for using it. But why not define your use? (from fb’s POV: misuse it)? Data-mining is only as good as the data being mined. The pressure of representing and being represented can easily be switched to a game of playful subversion. I still remember the first time I saw a friend with a made-up name, so simple and yet liberating when viewed in the context of "faithful" amped up real life representations. This is not to say that I disagree with the value of other platforms - this is absolutely crucial. (Sidenote: I believe anyone should try designing a social network. No matter how small or simple, the process confronts you with fundamental choices that “matured” popular networks such as fb have succesfully bypassed to a degree that we have difficulties imagining any successful alternatives).

I think our main challenge is to revert fb back to what it is: An online social network that doesn't necessarily has anything to do with real life. Stripped of any content we’re basically looking at an empty frame that we can tweak and bend through our content and interaction and playful subversion. Fb’s popularity makes it a centerstage for this kind of negotiation. The slow shift we see with dropping popularity among youth in Western countries is countered with growth among the elderly and expansion across development countries etc. Whereas it seems tempting to flee the ship, I hope that critical users will not only go elsewhere but also stay and obfuscate the ultimate “value” of fb: its useful, digestible, rational, exploitable, marketable content.
oliver
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Soren,
the playfull appropriation and subversion of FB is something i like, but so far - at least among my FB freinds, I havent seen much of it and there is many critically minded persons in my FB network data mining is only as good as the data you said- this is wondrful. But the problem is that very very few people have the awarenes of the business models of FB and similar technologies and how this relates to their data and their privacy, freedom, social relations and and much more... The lastest revelations of FB' manipulation are fascinating, but still, I cant see much of a change in peoples behaviour. Having said all this- I agree very much with what you wrote and I think there is posibilities to intervene in FB, but they will be difficult to put in to practice on a larger scale.

What I also really like is this: (Sidenote: I believe anyone should try designing a social network. No matter how small or simple, the process confronts you with fundamental choices that “matured” popular networks such as FB have succesfully bypassed to a degree that we have difficulties imagining any successful alternatives).

I have been folowing Diaspora for a while but have not been checking it for a while.
Is there any other alternative networks you know off? I dont know of them- at least not in the sense of being open for people to join and without intentional data mining and commercial advertising...


stephen_designer
1 month, 2 weeks ago
This new perspective about Facebook has made me rethink how to do social networking for business and portfolio etc. Thanks for sharing this!

I was strongly interested for a while in the financial interests of possibly unethical Facebook investors, one being Goldman Sachs and then independent business people worth millions and billions of money buying into the next greatest cash cow. I wrote about this in an article for university last year in 2014.

The problem and situation is this kind of information about ethics and investors is not widespread; this information is mostly located on professional business and investment websites and magazines. So this information stays within the business and money systems where regular people usually do not go to seek info/entertaining info, thus never find it to help with awareness, because people usually do not question the safety and ethics of brands. Even when this information and awareness is brought into the mainstream news for 5 minutes, our culture and technology seems to be making people gain more short term thinking and short term minds. People may care and change their habits and thinking when they are given this new awareness about Facebook but many people forget within a short time frame and just continue doing what they are used to doing, and to fit in with everyone else.

I was active on Facebook for two years but then quit, deleted my Facebook account. I managed to pretty much avoid using Facebook for 30 months. (And without joining any other social networks where my friends were located on, because they were all usually on Facebook) With the exception of a small period where I needed to use Facebook for a university group assignment for one semester. By the 30th month, I understood I was committing social suicide so I needed to rejoin the Facebook community. In a way I felt as though I was being forgotten by many people and friends that I knew because I was disconnected from Facebook. I am happy I rejoined Facebook because I can talk to people in different communities and friends now, who have moved to different cities, or are hard to reach by phone. I managed to find some meditation community pages on Facebook which has truly helped me a lot. I now encourage anyone to experiment with practicing meditation at some point in your life and make it work for you.

And I agree that it is a great idea for anyone to try and design a social network, great possibilities!
oliver commented on oliver's blogpost Memefest 2014 Festival Outlines: RADICAL INTIMACIES: DIALOGUE IN OUR TIMES
1 month, 2 weeks ago

"Hey Stephen, this is very interesting, thank you for posting. Please let me know if you find out whe..."

oliver wrote new blogpost
1 month, 3 weeks ago

Memefest 2014, festival outlines: INTIMIDAD RADICAL: EL DIÁLOGO EN NUESTRO TIEMPO
El DIALOGO es recurrentemente presentado como “la solución” para los problemas de nuestro tiempo: en...

oliver
3 months ago

Another one in the series of latest warnings of how FaceBook and Google are actually killing the Internet and serious independent publishing through page rankings and advertising revenue control.

The Internet as we know it is dying
How Facebook and Google are killing the classic Internet and reinventing it in their image

"Editorial decisions are at the mercy of algorithms that determine how and where traffic flows, and, consequently, the lifeblood of advertising revenue. A tweak in the algorithm and boom: You’re out of business. There’s nothing organic about building success online; there’s only the live-or-die question of whether you’ve properly cracked the code."

http://www.salon.com/2014/05/26/the_internet_as_we_know_it_is_dying/

Sttwn
2 months, 4 weeks ago
This is part of their business strategy. It might be time to do samizdat again- or at least try to figure out how to arbitrate the physical with the digital.
oliver
2 months, 4 weeks ago
Maybe its time we bring our reserach project back to life? :) Serioussly, I think we should...
Sttwn
2 months, 4 weeks ago
Let's talk further--
stephen_designer
1 month, 4 weeks ago
Wow that is really interesting to hear, I have noticed some things like that i think. Firefox Adblock Plus add on used to block every single ad on the internet including all facebook ads, youtube ads. It was truly amazing to use the internet for around 1 or 2 years for me maybe in 2011/2012 without having to see a single ad on the internet! The visual pollution of the internet because of the ads was gone, felt more comfortable looking at websites, less intrusive feeling.

But now the advertising giants have gotten there way and I am pretty sure firefox Adblock plus does not block any ads on the internet now, since 2013!!! The advertising companies complaints and efforts to stop adblock plus seems to have won now. It's tragic that everything has to be controlled so that money and power can continue to do business as usual.
oliver
2 months ago

You might have come across this in the last days:

Facebook tinkered with users’ feeds for a massive psychology experiment

http://www.avclub.com/article/facebook-tinkered-users-feeds-massive-psychology-e-206324

Good for a start of our discussion Lisa, Scott, Vida, Roko, Alana!?
Will send an email soon.

oliver wrote new blogpost
2 months ago

Memefest 2014 Festival Outlines: RADICAL INTIMACIES: DIALOGUE IN OUR TIMES
Dialogue is tirelessly presented as ‘the’ solution to the problems of ‘our’ times – in art, war, lov...

oliver
2 months, 2 weeks ago


Where are the Occupy protesters now?

Social media makes it easier and cheaper to build movements quickly – but bypassing the business of creating decision-making infrastructure means they can disappear just as fast

http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/jun/17/where-occupy-protesters-now-social-media

oliver commented on oliver's blogpost A Colourful Ruse
2 months, 2 weeks ago

"Comandante?..."

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