With cryptocurrency launch, Facebook sets its path toward becoming an independent nation

The world’s newest country? by Jennifer Grygiel Conversation edited by O Society June 18, 2019 Facebook has announced a plan to launch a new cryptocurrency named the Libra, adding another layer to its efforts to dominate global communications and business. Backed by huge finance and technology companies including Visa, Spotify, eBay, PayPal and Uber – plus … Continue reading With cryptocurrency launch, Facebook sets its path toward becoming an independent nation

How ‘Limbic Capitalism’ Preys on Our Addicted Brains

Make the Limbic System Feel Safe and Included "While the lizard brain wants food, water, and shelter, the limbic system wants to feel like a part of something, to belong. Good brands already know this and successfully push the buttons for each of these three functionalities." https://youtu.be/f7E0mTJQ2KM   Know your brain: Reward system by David T. … Continue reading How ‘Limbic Capitalism’ Preys on Our Addicted Brains

Existence precedes likes: how online behaviour defines us

by Francisco Mejia Uribe Aeon edited by O Society May 3, 2019 One of the hallmarks of existentialism is its particular emphasis on the concept of ‘anguish’, understood as the feeling we experience when we grasp our radical responsibility in defining who we are – individually and as a species. If human beings have no predetermined essence … Continue reading Existence precedes likes: how online behaviour defines us

The Psychology of Getting Julian Assange Part 3 – Wikileaks and Russiagate: Trust Us, We’re The CIA

by Lissa Johnson New Matilda edited by O Society Mar 21, 2019 In the third of her special investigative series on Julian Assange, clinical psychologist Lissa Johnson sheds a little more light on the ways the world’s most consistently dishonest state co-opted so many otherwise intelligent people into shooting the messenger. Julian Assange is in … Continue reading The Psychology of Getting Julian Assange Part 3 – Wikileaks and Russiagate: Trust Us, We’re The CIA

The Imperfect Truth About Finding Facts in a World of Fakes

by Zeynep Tufekci Wired Feb 18, 2019 IN THE SUMMER of 2006, Fidel Castro unexpectedly announced he was temporarily handing over power to his brother. Turns out he needed to undergo intestinal surgery. Afterward, an anchor on state-run television read a statement, said to have been written by Castro, attesting that all was well. But there … Continue reading The Imperfect Truth About Finding Facts in a World of Fakes

Worshipping the Electronic Image

by Chris Hedges Truthdig Feb 18, 2019 Donald Trump, like much of the American public, is entranced by electronic images. He interprets reality through the distortions of digital media. His decisions, opinions, political positions, prejudices and sense of self are reflected back to him on screens. He views himself and the world around him as … Continue reading Worshipping the Electronic Image

It’s Not An Easy Thing To Admit When You’re Wrong; That’s Why I Won’t Do It

by Bob Lansdown All of us do or say the wrong thing from time to time. It’s my belief that what matters most is not the mistakes we make in life, but how we choose to respond after we’ve made them. Refusing to acknowledge our errors is easy: We simply presume that we are correct … Continue reading It’s Not An Easy Thing To Admit When You’re Wrong; That’s Why I Won’t Do It