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The Trump era of online lies, fake news and bad behaviour

Posted by Philip on 5 December 2017, 1:55 pm in , ,

I've been reflecting on the aggressive change in the tone of a lot of online publishing and social media. It seems to me that, while online trolls are nothing new, their volume and voracity have increased profoundly since Donald Trump became the so-called leader of the free world.

In short, in just over a year, Trump seems to have normalised fake news, hatred and bullying on the internet. I'd go further to say that he has popularised it.

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Social media — between a click and a nasty place

Posted by Philip on 26 February 2014, 1:36 pm in , , , ,

Over the last couple of days, social media has shown its bitchy side, rather than outright bullying, but you have to ask which is worse. Blogs like these by Deborah Hill Cone and David Herkt (you might want to read to the end before you click those links) about Charlotte Dawson's suicide have shown how easy it is to spit bile from your keyboard behind the anonymous veil of the internet.

Whaleoil had its comeuppance with its January headline, "Feral dies in Greymouth, did world a favour."

The insidious side to nasty posts like these is that it's nigh on impossible to voice dissent. In the virtual economy of click value, no matter what you may say on or about a post, be it positive or negative, you've already reinforced its writer or the site's editor/owner by your mere presence on their site. You're a "visit" and the more visits, the more popular the post and the higher their rating in the game of internet traffic.

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That's what it's all about, but can we build the app? #lifehackhq

Posted by Philip on 8 March 2013, 6:12 pm in , , , , , , ,

This time last week I wrote a fairly candid post about the Government's Youth Mental Health Social Media Innovations Fund, in particularly Lifehack, the "sustainable technology solution to combat New Zealand’s youth mental illness problems". Today I met with them.

I won't go into the content of the meeting. That would be, at best, tedious for you and, at worst, onerous for me. But I will share my reflection on the "launch >blog > tweet, tweet, tweet > email > meet" process of the last week.

Firstly, we disagreed and allowed the disagreement. I've blogged before that I believe that where communities struggle with diversity is in their need to hear or to speak with one voice and that they need to decay agreement.

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Lifehack: the youth mental wellness answer or a well-meaning quick fix? #lifehackhq

Posted by Philip on 1 March 2013, 9:09 am in , , ,

Last night the Government launched its Youth Mental Health Social Media Innovations Fund. In the swanky highrise Auckland Wespac building, they uncovered a technology incubater run by (my words) well-meaning happiness evangelists and tech geeks, hell-bent on the idea that the answer to better youth mental health is to play more, say, "Yahoo!" and download an app. 

It's called Lifehack and here's what they say about themselves and an inspirational video to cheer you up:

Our mission is to create sustainable technology solutions to combat New Zealand’s youth mental illness problems. New Zealand’s fight for youth mental health and wellbeing needs a fresh approach, and we believe digital technology – created by students for students - will play a key part in the solution.

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Random thoughts about starting stuff

Posted by Philip on 8 November 2012, 1:13 pm in , , ,

There's a lot said about how to start businesses, projects and processes of social change. In my experience, there is no "right" way, but it helps to do it "your" way.

Having said that, here are some things that I have found helpful when starting stuff.

Businesses

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