September 14, 2022

After dealing with some persistent audio issues, Carter begins with a brief story about the cancelling of Kiwifarms by Cloudflare (#, which was precipitated by an online mob rustled-up by trans activist and Twitter pugilist Clara “Keffals” Sorrenti, and included support from a surprising source: Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene. He notes that public companies are unlikely to be able to withstand cancel mobs such as the #DropKiwifarms movement, regardless of a CEO’s desire to resist. Next, he turns to a question from the community about the effect of digital media and information saturation on our brains. After explaining the popular “hooked” model for creating psychologically addictive software, Carter outlines ways in which the Internet has rewired our brains and how we are active participants in the process.


Links Referenced in the Show:

Cloudflare’s original statement on Kiwifarms:
https://blog.cloudflare.com/cloudflares-abuse-policies-and-approach/

Marjorie Taylor Greene joins the cancel mob:
https://twitter.com/Esqueer_/status/1562558295134838785

Cloudflare’s 180 degree change:
https://blog.cloudflare.com/kiwifarms-blocked/

Cloudflare’s stock as compared to the rest of the market:
https://www.google.com/finance/quote/NET:NYSE?window=1M&comparison=NASDAQ%3AAKAM%2CINDEXNASDAQ%3A.IXIC%2CINDEXNYSEGIS%3ANYA

Hooked by Nir Eyal:
https://amzn.to/3BLc5Cu

Cognitive control in media multitaskers:
https://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.0903620106

Older Dangerous Thoughts episode on GANs and AI-synthesized faces:
https://youtu.be/Xrcupe2tr6I?t=4370

Is Google Making Us Stupid?
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2008/07/is-google-making-us-stupid/306868/


About Dangerous Thoughts

Hosted by Carter, “Dangerous Thoughts” is a series dedicated to practical and applied philosophy, as well as deeper dives into other crucial but complex topics. Its goal is to help rational individuals become more dangerous to the intellectual and psychological enemies of the principles upon which Western Civilization was built and has thrived.


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