Obvious, but worth saying again. Algorithms aren’t moral agents, and hence, they are not in the position to make moral judgments.
“The Found Footage Festival is a one-of-a-kind event that showcases footage from videos that were found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters across the country.”–http://www.foundfootagefest.com
Let me walk you through my experience. I go to videos, click in a bit and find this one:
Rub your stomach and balls 81 times. The video appears to have guys swinging weights from their testicles. And then, there’s this comment from YouTube: “This should have stayed secret.” Very funny. You know I’m going to work through the Shaturday Morning cartoon series next.
“Free and open source software for video recording and live streaming.”–https://obsproject.com/
“Starting back in 2007, when we favored a more conventional top 10 list, this playlist celebrates ALL the winners of our ‘Short of the Year’ prize – if you ever wondered what are the best short films ever featured on S/W, this playlist is a good place to start.”—Rob Munday, “Short of the Year Playlist.” shortoftheweek.com. February 9, 202
Warning: Youhole is random and potentially NSFW. Browse at your own risk.
“YouHole, another site in the same spirit programmed by Alden, exclusively plays YouTube videos under 500 views in random order. You can’t click through or see the name of the video (differentiating it from other similar websites), much less save, share, or subscribe. Videos from all over the world come up on YouHole; finding something in English is uncommon.
The site’s content-sorting system starts with picking a random language. If that language uses a Latin script, the system selects two random words from a dictionary; if it’s any other language, then it uses two random letters or characters from Unicode blocks. Then it trawls YouTube’s API, grabbing videos under 500 views and storing them in a server for future use. A lot of videos do come from the same random search term, but they’re shuffled within the database for maximum unpredictability.
“YouHole provides access to randomness,” Alden says. “You can’t do that on any of the major platforms because it’s not profitable, so their algorithms conspire to get you into feedback loops of the same content.” They maintain that this manipulation makes it easy for platforms to “market to viewers more easily and consistently.” YouHole, conversely, defies predictability and allows viewers to experience humanity how it really is, in the abyss.”—Catherine Sinow, “Three algorithm-less streaming sites revive the wacky Web from days of yore.” Ars Technica. August 9, 2020.
“When Adult Swim debuted Too Many Cooks in that early morning time slot, almost no one thought it would find an audience. Within a week, the surreal 11-minute parody of a ‘90s sitcom theme song had racked up over 5 million views on YouTube… It took a full year, a skeleton crew, and dozens of extras to bring this half-baked concept to life. To mark its four-year anniversary, and shed a little light on how a bit of late-night stoner comedy won over the internet with surrealist humor and a catchy tune, Inverse spoke to 10 people behind Too Many Cooks, from creator Casper Kelly to the musicians who wrote the song, to the villain.
Here’s the story of Too Many Cooks, in the words of its unlikely creators…”
—Jake Kleinman, “An Oral History of ‘Too Many Cooks’.” Inverse. October 28, 2018.
More than you wanted to know about the making of Too Many Cooks.
The Long Now Foundation’s monthly Seminars were started in 02003 to build a compelling body of ideas about long-term thinking; to help nudge civilization toward our goal of making long-term thinking automatic and common instead of difficult and rare.
“Every week Mark, Claudia and I encounter great podcasts, bingeable video series, amazing people to follow, memorable destinations, perfect tips, and many other types of things besides tools we’d like to recommend. Thus was born Recomendo a year and half ago. Conceived as a weekly email, Recomendo now has about 15,000 subscribers. (Sign up here, free.)
We thought that after 73 weeks of 6 recommendations per week, we’d make Recomendo even better by compiling a categorized version on the web. So Claudia rounded up the past issues and sorted all the recommendations by subject.
The Recomendo website now offers all the travel tips, or cleaning techniques, or browser hacks in one place. Check it out, it’s pretty neat. The links have been rechecked and updated. This compendium can serve as an alternative way to refresh what we’ve raved about recently, or it is also a perfect way to inform a friend about our collective recommendations. Over 450 great tips and recommendations of cool stuff.” h/t Cool Tools.