By Kurt Sutter
‘…As a guy with more than a few exes, I have to tell you, Marv, the most insidious ex is the one who hides the truth, steals your money, and lies to all your friends. That’s what Ammori and Google are doing.
‘…I’m sure Mr. and Mrs. Google are very nice people. But the big G doesn’t contribute anything to the work of creatives. Not a minute of effort or a dime of financing. Yet Google wants to take our content, devalue it, and make it available for criminals to pirate for profit. Convicted felons like Kim Dotcom generate millions of dollars in illegal revenue off our stolen creative work. People access Kim through Google. And then, when Hollywood tries to impede that thievery, it’s presented to the masses as a desperate attempt to hold on to antiquated copyright laws that will kill your digital buzz…’
Our Layered Emotional Stews
How our brains decide which content is shareable
‘In this post we’ll take a close look at each of the four emotions, how they form in the brain and the way they can motivate us to surprising actions.
‘Every day it seems like we feel hundreds of different emotions – each nuanced and specific to the physical and social situations we find ourselves in.
‘According to science, it’s not that complicated by a long shot. A new study says we’re really only capable of four “basic” emotions: happy, sad, afraid/surprised, and angry/disgusted.
‘But much like the “mother sauces” of cooking allow you to make pretty much any kind of food under the sun, these four “mother emotions” meld together in myriad ways in our brains to create our layered emotional stews.
‘Robert Plutchik’s famous “wheel of emotions” shows just some of the well known emotional layers…’
The Ethical Problem with Journalists
Just because something’s public, doesn’t mean it’s OK to use it
by Tauriq Moosa
‘I have a great deal of respect for media people, including Gawker most of the time and Hamilton Nolan more so. I even admire many at Buzzfeed.
‘Yes: We’re all public figures and our statements are public.
‘At the very least, though, media individuals can attempt to understand some of us are trying to learn that with new social media technology; mildly, they can attempt to obtain consent, proper framework, some minor gruntwork to discover if the person is worth targeting and framing in a particular way; but, majorly, they should remember their jobs aren’t robotic, they aren’t servants to “news” – someone has decided it’s news, but that’s not a reason to focus on it, a reason to write about it, nor a reason to give into it. Similarly, just because something is public and juicy doesn’t mean you should devour it so you can regurgitate it to your readers…’
“Rip and read” Newsmen Robots [Video]
‘”Rip and read.” That’s how newscasters work.
‘They don’t investigate, they don’t report, they don’t even think…they just read.
‘And they’ll read anything that’s put in front of them. That’s their job.
‘In 1992, approximately 50% of all news came straight from corporate and government press releases.
‘If anything, that percentage has gone up. But it’s not just story ideas that come from public relations hacks, the actual words come from them too…’
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