1. Die Bullshit-Branche
2. Die Bauernfänger-Branche
3. Die Lorem-Ipsum-Textgenerator-Branche
4. Die Tech-Bro-Verehrer-Branche
5. Die Dadaismus-Branche
6. Die „Diese-Branchen-könnte-KI-revolutionieren“-Artikel-Branche

have you heard of "jokes"? theyre memes you say out loud with your mouth and face and you cant even get metrics on them

Der Unterschied zwischen den Niederlanden und Deutschland ist, dass bei uns Menschen trotz der Infrastruktur Fahrrad fahren während sie in Holland wegen der Infrastruktur Fahrrad fahren.

Robert Kennedy in a speech in Kansas 1968 on the GDP that “measures everything (…), except that which makes life worthwhile”:

“And this is one of the great tasks of leadership for us, as individuals and citizens this year. But even if we act to erase material poverty, there is another greater task, it is to confront the poverty of satisfaction - purpose and dignity - that afflicts us all. Too much and for too long, we seemed to have surrendered personal excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. Our Gross National Product, now, is over $800 billion dollars a year, but that Gross National Product - if we judge the United States of America by that - that Gross National Product counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for the people who break them. It counts the destruction of the redwood and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and counts nuclear warheads and armored cars for the police to fight the riots in our cities. It counts Whitman's rifle and Speck's knife, and the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children. Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country, it measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. And it can tell us everything about America except why we are proud that we are Americans.”

cusp.ac.uk/themes/aetw/rfk-gdp

Politicians remain wedded to #growth as the solution to all problems. But that growth has gone. "To all intents and purposes, we're already living in a kind of #postgrowth economy. But we haven't figured out how to make that work."

@ProfTimJackson on #RadioNZ with Kim Hill → cusp.ac.uk/themes/aetw/tj-radi

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cc #degrowth #wellbeingeconomy #beyondgdp #secularstagnation

Es ist einer der Absurditäten der Mediengesetzgebung: Wenn ich Sissi-Serien in einer TVThek schauen will, muss ich bis 20:00 Uhr warten. . Will ich mir auf einer internationale Plattform um 7 Uhr morgens eine Gewaltorgie anschauen: Kein Problem, da der Gesetzgeber sie vom heimischen Jugendmedienschutz quasi ausgenommen hat. Darüber und dass wir Eltern mit einem riesigen Problem völlig alleine lassen, habe ich mit Alice Krieger-Schromm gesprochen. horizont.at/medien/news/youtub

Here you are just drinking tea.
And there was this:
Cups for mustachioed men.
19th century, Great Britain 🇬🇧

#tea #history #history #breakfasttea

"Until now we haven't had a convenient, succinct synonym for the sort of shittiness-causation that's a specialty of the present-day internet."

New for Strong Language: @Fritinancy on the rise (and future) of @pluralistic's "enshittification" stronglang.wordpress.com/2023/ #language #words #etymology #enshittification

It’s hard to watch Twitter continue to make desperate (and desperately stupid) moves like shutting down free access to their API and forcing everyone to pay. They seem to not realize this will only increase the #TwitterMigration - but maybe they don’t care and just need the money.

It’s kind of like they are taking @pluralistic ‘s “Enshittification” essays as an *instruction manual* rather than commentary on what to avoid. 🤦‍♂️

Sad to see.

OTOH, it’s great for Mastodon’s growth!😮

@brainblasted As @pluralistic calls it, Netflix is enshitifying itself. Having captured both viewers and video producers, it is now in position to squeeze as much profit out of both sides as it can until the whole thing just sucks for everyone. pluralistic.net/2023/01/21/pot

I don't always encounter alt text for images on Mastodon. But when I do, I notice the alt text descriptions are higher quality than they were on Twitter. In general, I feel like describers are sharing the intent of images more and sharing their visual interpretations more often. When describers do this, the pictures come alive in my mind. In short, alt text feels less robotic on Mastodon and more like my sighted friends narrating their lives and observations to me. It's really awesome and special to watch. Keep up the great work, describers!

@kissane The one thing I feel like saying about this “AI” stuff in public right now is that it has a touchstone-like capacity to get people to essay heartstoppingly bad takes in whatever direction is most revealing of their character flaws.

I’m the spirit of sharing quality content, please enjoy my favorite meme of all time.

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