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Jodi writes Legal Nomads, one of the blogs in the TBB Blogs I Like list. In this online world you get to know some people over time who earn your respect and admiration. I hope I have earned yours but let’s get back to Jodi. She has been writing some amazing quality travel posts over the years and has managed to do this travel thingie her career deservedly so. And then something happened health wise that, well, changed everything. She writes about her ordeal in this post and is a phenomenal read.
Dear Jodi, your blog will stay in my list as long as it is up! Best wishes for a recovery and best health going forward. I am a fan and will try to make it to that party of yours! To TBB readers: Get inspired by reading Jodi’s post!
The Sunday Best of Web series focuses on deeper posts. You know, like you used to get the Sunday newspaper and dived into the editorial or world news section while ignoring the coupons? Something like that…And you know TBB likes to write about the challenges brought on by the advance of technology and stuff like that. And we are about to face something really scary ahead, the era of fake video is about to start, brace yourselves!
The internet has always contained the seeds of postmodern hell. Mass manipulation, from clickbait to Russian bots to the addictive trickery that governs Facebook’s News Feed, is the currency of the medium. It has always been a place where identity is terrifyingly slippery, where anonymity breeds coarseness and confusion, where crooks can filch the very contours of selfhood. In this respect, the rise of deepfakes is the culmination of the internet’s history to date—and probably only a low-grade version of what’s to come.
We cling to reality today, crave it even. We still very much live in Abraham Zapruder’s world. That is, we venerate the sort of raw footage exemplified by the 8 mm home movie of John F. Kennedy’s assassination that the Dallas clothier captured by happenstance. Unedited video has acquired an outsize authority in our culture. That’s because the public has developed a blinding, irrational cynicism toward reporting and other material that the media have handled and processed—an overreaction to a century of advertising, propaganda, and hyperbolic TV news. The essayist David Shields calls our voraciousness for the unvarnished “reality hunger.”
But the problem isn’t just the proliferation of falsehoods. Fabricated videos will create new and understandable suspicions about everything we watch. Politicians and publicists will exploit those doubts. When captured in a moment of wrongdoing, a culprit will simply declare the visual evidence a malicious concoction. The president, reportedly, has already pioneered this tactic: Even though he initially conceded the authenticity of the Access Hollywood video, he now privately casts doubt on whether the voice on the tape is his own.
Few individuals will have the time or perhaps the capacity to sort elaborate fabulation from truth. Our best hope may be outsourcing the problem, restoring cultural authority to trusted validators with training and knowledge: newspapers, universities. Perhaps big technology companies will understand this crisis and assume this role, too. Since they control the most-important access points to news and information, they could most easily squash manipulated videos, for instance. But to play this role, they would have to accept certain responsibilities that they have so far largely resisted.
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As the NBA playoffs are about to start this article may be timely. I am certain you remember some of these tall dudes who just did not have much going for them other than being, well, very tall! Amazing videos are included, check out Kenny George! I felt bad for them. This your light read of the day I guess, enjoy!
This is a must click video brought to you by that governmental agency named NASA or something, enjoy!
I noticed my art related links are down lately. Sorry about that! I guess nothing has moved me lately. Until I saw this piece that blew me away! There is a one minute video how the artist created it and is, well, awesome!
Paradise is a massive, immersive work of art that allows the audience to walk into a drawing that sprawls around the room for a 360-degree experience. The piece was created by artist Oscar Oiwa for the JAPAN HOUSE in São Paulo.
And I leave you with this…Appreciate the honesty 🙂
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