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 because we need to be sure that week 18 isn’t but also that will be boring. All hail week 15.

Peacock continues to have the highest payoffs for any sports investments, after their surge with the Olympics, Sunday Night Football will continue to drive users to their platform, which is…


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 than my thermometers (I have multiple) reported. Of course, my thermometers were right, it was clearly already 90.

The forecast app has evolved over time. What was once a ten day forecast with some lovely icons now includes relevant NWS warnings. These apps are the private side of what is…


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 deflection is a rhetoric of entitlement to labor, in the fantasy world of an American business owner, there should always be throngs of people waiting to work for next to nothing. Also, they should bring their own tools and train themselves. …


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. Given the situation with the crypto crash, it seems relevant to return to that section of my book to get your key arguments:

  1. Stories about the origins of money are all wrong, they tell you about the ideology of the person telling them, not the history. Money was likely created multiple times in human history for various reasons, the seamless story of money replacing barter is just a way of explaining…

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 months later, clearly they are doing great. This post is your quick three point as to why…

Stargazer
  1. There was nowhere to go, Twitter is the game.

Even when Parler was functioning, users were not moving over. There are lots of reasons, mostly that moving to a small echo chamber made…


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 invested substantial time into learning what would be an open world to make a series of calls, Breyer then provides a lucid description of how APIs work. The heart of the case is that Oracle then bought Sun, the creator of Java, and then sued Google. At first the case…


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 be demoted to the g-league. For fans, cheap tickets to see all the hottest teams can be had, and the teams are profitable. In the world of soccer, if your team is legitimately bad, it moves down to a lower league and some other teams move up. This churn keeps…


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 provide us with some leverage to make decisions with scarce resources, which in capital intensive creative industries is quite a problem. Education is similar to other experience and post-experience goods as we are not especially good at knowing the difference between quality levels but are very willing to put very…


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 critique: the President’s Tweets are “unimaginably conventional.” Of course this is utterly boring news for anyone who has been following the President: he just isn’t interested in Twitter. For Coryn, this is evidence of only the latest conspiracy theory: that Biden is not really President. …


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, and the people running that infrastructure do a good job, and someone keeps paying for all of this, your link will keep pointing to your asset. …

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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