Friday, January 27th, 2023

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"TikTok's enshittification" (

Here is how platforms die: first, they are good to their users; then they abuse their users to make things better for their business customers; finally, they abuse those business customers to claw back all the value for themselves. Then, they die.

I call this enshittification, and it is a seemingly inevitable consequence arising from the combination of the ease of changing how a platform allocates value, combined with the nature of a "two sided market," where a platform sits between buyers and sellers, hold each hostage to the other, raking off an ever-larger share of the value that passes between them.

1/27/2023 9:49 am | |
Tags: capitalism

"Inhumanity in Memphis" ( 🗝️)

I haven't brought myself to watch the video yet. I don't have to. Writers like this can tell me what I need to know.

Even before the city of Memphis released video Friday evening of the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols, it seemed the footage would be horrifying. Defense attorneys compared it to the Rodney King beating in 1991, a comparison that now rings true, but the Memphis police chief and head of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation similarly said they were appalled by what they saw. Cops often remind critics that their job necessarily entails violence, so when seasoned law-enforcement officers react this way, it’s telling.

They were right to be appalled. Though the public might have started to become accustomed to the stream of de facto snuff films of people dying at the hands of police, this video is shocking, showing officers wantonly beating a 29-year-old Black man. If they did not intend to kill him, they showed little hesitation in beating him near to death and little remorse after they’d finished. Five officers have been fired, and all five have been charged with second-degree murder. All of them were part of a vaunted hot-spot policing unit called SCORPION, only established in 2021.

1/27/2023 10:32 pm | |
Tags: memphis, black lives matter, police reform, tyre nichols

Automated Archives for January, 27th 2023

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Chess For the Day

Record: 3-0-2
Net Elo Change: +7

Games Played

1/27/2023 10:45 pm | |
Tags: automated, longreads, chess

A fantastic analysis of OpenAI's coup with the new Microsoft announcement (/r/singularity)

1/27/2023 11:08 pm | |
Tags: business, artificial intelligence, microsoft

"Police Urge Calm In Light Of Unspeakable Evil They Committed" (

I'm not saying The Onion is one of the most important commentaries on modern America, but I'm not not saying that.

1/27/2023 11:15 pm | |
Tags: satire, the onion, fake news

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