How Facebook’s Keeping You From What You Like

The tl;dr of the video and post below is simple. If you want to support and see all the content from your favorite websites and blogs (and I’m hoping that includes Camels With Hammers), you have to use an RSS or make stopping by directly part of your daily routine rather than passively wait for sites like Facebook to show you when there are updates.

I’ve been informed that if you go to the pages you want updates from there is a way to select to get notifications. I am told if you do this, you will get the same sorts of regular and automatic notifications as though you had subscribed to a thread. So please do that for your favorite Facebook pages if you want to still be updated through Facebook. But still that won’t always work when there are many updates to keep up with so remember still to actively visit sites.

This is an excellent video explaining how and why Facebook is now making it so that you won’t see in your feed the content from a lot of pages you liked. [Read more...]

Social Media and the Gregarious Hermit

I am one of the most talkative people I know. Were it not for my mom and a couple people I’ve met in my life who had an astonishing and effervescent ability to steamroll me in conversations, I might just be the most talkative person I know. Conversations with friends or the right strangers can [Read More...]

Amazon Developing Autonomous Drones to Deliver Packages

This is astonishing. In the last few minutes of the video below, Amazon demonstrates their prototype autonomous drones that founder Jeff Bezos speculates could be approved to deliver packages by themselves in as soon as 4-5 years: This week I began shipping all my stuff to my soon to be new home in a different [Read More...]

Lily Allen’s New Feminist Song

It’s really hard to do songs that advocate a moral or political point of view without generating unlistenable lyrics. But Lily Allen pulls it off really well here. On Edit: I should be more careful… After only listening to the song but not watching the video while I was surfing around doing other things, I [Read More...]

Jon Stewart Explains Pizza To Chicago

This is dead on accurate. Jon Stewart has never been righter. Your Analyses of the Greatness of New York Pizza? [Read more...]

Lisa Hannigan’s Knots

I love this video because it visually represents so well the pure joy that Lisa exudes when she sings that hooked me on her music from the start. The song, “Knots”, is from her 2011 album Passenger I got to see her live four years ago at a Barnes and Noble in Manhattan, sitting just [Read More...]

“The Circle”: A Prequel To Our Coming Digital Dystopia

The breathtaking pace at which technology is advancing in our times competes only with the rapid rate at which social media is transforming our culture and, with it, ourselves. Our tools are rewiring our brains, our habits, our values, our views on privacy and self-disclosure, and, essentially, the very nature of social existence itself. With [Read More...]

I love Wrecking Ball but hate the video (by Lance Wisely)

Lance Wisely

Below is a guest post from Lance Wisely, an alumnus of my online philosophy classes, reprinted with permission from his blog Heretic With A Heart. Many videos feature gratuitious, problematic objectification, but the video for Wrecking Ball is willing to be incongruous and senseless to do so. The video opens. Miley is crying. This song is [Read More...]

Oprah Oprah Oprah

Oprah Winfrey and amazing swimmer Diana Nyad had a profoundly muddled, inarticulate, and self-contradictory conversation about God and souls on Oprah’s show Super Soul Sunday. During the course of this discussion Oprah and Nyad teamed up to create so much atheist outrage and facepalming that it has made it all the way to mainstream outlets like Raw Story and CNN. Throughout [Read More...]


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