Nothing terrifies me more than an app with no moral conscience in the desperate pursuit of revenue that has full access to everything on my phone: contacts, address book, pictures, email, auth tokens, you name it. I’m not excited by the prospect of installing an app on my phone these days. It’s more like a vague sense of impending dread, with my finger shakily hovering over the uninstall button the whole time. All I can think is what shitty thing is this “free” app going to do to me so they can satisfy their investors?
For the sake of argument, let’s say the app is free, and the developers are ethical, so you trust that they won’t do anything sketchy with the personal information on your device to make ends meet. Great! But they still have to make a living, don’t they? Which means doing anything useful in the app requires buying three “optional” add-ons that cost $2.99 each. Or there are special fees for performing certain actions. Isn’t this stuff you would want to know before installing the app? You betcha. Maybe the app is properly tagged as “offering in-app purchases” but the entire burden of discovering exactly what “in-app purchases” means, and how much the app will ultimately cost you, is placed completely on your shoulders. You, the poor, bedraggled user.
So much of what passes for fashion media these days is little more than a thinly masked advertorials. That includes many blogs, where affiliate links, referral links, free products, and cozy relationships between bloggers and brands have ruined the ability to produce independent, honest critiques. On many blogs, I can tell you a couple of days beforehand what’s going to be published, because I get the same press releases with the same bullet points. Many are just recycling press releases with little to no personal input. And we’re not just talking about the kind of sites that announce products (where such a thing can probably be expected), but bloggers who are considered “independent voices.” #Influencers, as I think Twitter users call them.
Menswear blogging used to hold so much promise as a form of independent media, but as the influence of blogs has grown, many have been co-opted by brands. These days, some blogs have lower ethical standards than print publications, as there are no editors to oversee the operation. If anyone has critiques about fashion magazines, know that things can be doubly worse in the blogosphere.
ONE OF THE GREAT BEAUTIES OF THE DIGITAL ERA IS TO LIBERATE SPONTANEOUS CREATIVITY - IT MIGHT BE A CHAOTIC SPACE OF FREE ASSOCIATION SOMETIMES BUT THE CONTEMPORARY EXPERIENCE OF DIGITAL RE-MEDIATION IS ENORMOUSLY LIBERATING.
WE DON’T FEEL THE LEAST ALIENATED BY THIS;
APPROPRIATION AND RECONTEXTUALIZATION IS A LONG-STANDING BEHAVIOR THAT HAS JUST BEEN MADE EASIER AND MORE VISIBLE BY THE UBIQUITY OF INTERNET. IN A FEW WORDS:
WE ABSOLUTELY SUPPORT FAIR USE OF OUR MUSIC, AND WE CAN ONLY ENCOURAGE A NEW COPYRIGHT POLICY THAT PROTECTS FAIR USE AS MUCH AS EVERY CREATORS’ LEGITIMATE INTERESTS.
The heroic new project from Marvel and Netflix is going to be bigger than you may have thought. The studio has announced that the multi-series project will consist of 60 one-hour episodes, with shooting slated to begin this spring in New York. It’s being billed as the biggest production in New Yo
Not a huge Marvel universe guy, but I’m more excited about this from the business side of things.
“Sometimes when you win, you really lose, and sometimes when you lose, you really win, and sometimes when you win or lose, you actually tie, and sometimes when you tie, you actually win or lose.”—Gloria Clemente White Men Can’t Jump
Three weeks ago I published my first Kickstarter project Hello Ruby, a childrens book on programming. I’ve never been more nervous than during the first minutes the project went live. In 3.5 hours the project had surpassed the initial goal of 10 000 dollars and I knew I had something…
Hey guys, I just threw up a page to sell some of my brandable domain names at BrooklynDomains.com.
I’ve been buying and selling domains for YEARS and in the past year I’ve started doing some consulting and brokering for my clients, as well.
I’m trying to start a media company here in Los Angeles and need some funding, so I’m putting a few of my brandables up for sale. If you’re a startup or just have a trust fund and want an interesting name; here you go.
Feel free to email me for any other domain needs…I have a lot of other names that may fit your needs or can help you find what you’re looking for.