If you are a football fan you will have plenty of time to watch baseball this October because the NFL schedule has a lovely stretch with minimal divisional play. Even better that stretch includes over half of our new, statistically noisy 17th games that mean little. Week 7 is boring…


As you may notice from my bio, I live in Western Oregon. It has been hot here for a few days, like thirty degrees hotter than it should be. The forecast app for iOS, which many take as their primary source of weather information reported mild conditions, ten degrees cooler…


Rhetorically, employers routinely play up the idea of a labor shortage to pray for state intervention to either secure labor at lower prices or other incentives. The central issue move is to deflect blame from their own inability to retain or train workers, toward the workers themselves. Twinned with this…


In my book I put basically all my thoughts about money into some pre-history of monetization work. The book is spendy so look at it on a library website. …


Four months ago, when Former President Trump was finally removed from the Twitter platform, the question of the day: how will Twitter survive with out it’s biggest attraction, the star that makes it day right than night?

The answer was yes. The stock performed much better right away and four…


In a surprise, the Supreme Court ruled for Google and Google v. Oracle. This was a welcome development for basically everyone who doesn’t want to extract rents for interoperable software. Justice Breyer framed his opinion around the history of the Android phone operating system, especially the idea that many programmers…


Relegate.

Relegation. The idea that if your team is near the bottom of a league it could be demoted to a lower league. For sports fans in the United States, this is a bizarre concept. No matter how long the Timberwolves dwell in the cellar of the NBA they will not…


Celebrities are right to be concerned — in many cases there is no particularly good reason why they are famous. The reason why we have the “a-list” is to allow us to make some sense of who is important and why that matters. Becker’s Art Worlds, supposes that ranking systems…


Senator John Coryn unleashed the following, crushing Tweet:

The president is not doing cable news interviews. Tweets from his account are limited and, when they come, unimaginably conventional. The public comments are largely scripted. Biden has opted for fewer sit down interviews with mainstream outlets and reporters.

What a searing…


An NFT is worth the ownership stake of the server that it points at. This is a huge problem. Jacob Kastrenakes writing for the Verge details the problems, the solutions, and the problems with those solutions. Basically, as long as an NFT is corrected backed off a distributed server infrastructure…

Dan Faltesek

Associate Professor of Social Media, Oregon State: These are my opinions, not theirs. Read my book: Selling Social Media (Bloomsbury Academic), 2018.

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