Which Side Is Playing You?

Welcome back. Here’s Digitally Literate, issue #349.

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Make INCREDIBLE Backgrounds With a TV!

I love Caleb Pike and the DSLR Video Shooter YouTube channel. I’ve used (and shared) his previous video tutorials to set up my home and office desks for streaming.

This video shows the opportunity to use an old TV as a background for video work. This might be something I set up soon. 🙂

Welcome to hell, Elon

After last week’s issue, it was interesting to hear back from many of you as you indicated your approach to Musk’s purchase of Twitter. I’m trying to ignore most of the hot takes and pay attention to what I believe will come of these changes.

This post from Nilay Patel shares the core problem that will be exacerbated over the coming months.

The problem when the asset is people is that people are intensely complicated, and trying to regulate how people behave is historically a miserable experience, especially when that authority is vested in a single powerful individual.

The essential truth of every social network is that the product is content moderation, and everyone hates the people who decide how content moderation works.


Fleeing Twitter — The “Twexodus” — is About White Liberal Fragility

Tim Wise is an anti-racism, anti-bias educator. In my research this week, I came across this Twitter thread and it is the first thing that has caused me to pause my thinking as I consider deleting Twitter, Facebook, or whatever social media cancel comes next.

Wise indicates that Black Twitter isn’t running from Elon and the trolls he inspires. Culture has always been toxic, and many whites are just beginning to realize that now. For many, they don’t have an opportunity to turn away from the ugly…and they’re not about to now.

If they can manage to fight on, survive and thrive despite all that, I’m pretty sure you can deal with some ugliness in your timeline.


“You don’t know which side is playing you”

An interview with Joan Donovan, Emily Dreyfuss, and Brian Friedberg, authors of the new book Meme Wars. The book documents how memes and the online communities that produce them sow disinformation and erode trust in the government and the mainstream media.

Meme wars are culture wars, the authors write — “accelerated and intensified because of the infrastructure and incentives of the internet, which trades outrage and extremity as currency, rewards speed and scale, and flatten the experience of the world into a never-ending scroll of images and words.”


Ten Mental Models for Learning

A mental model is a general idea that can be used to explain many different phenomena. Here are ten mental models of learning to make it easier to think about learning problems.

  • Problem solving is search
  • Memory strengthens by retrieval
  • Knowledge grows exponentially
  • Creativity is mostly copying
  • Skills are specific
  • Mental bandwidth is extremely limited
  • Success is the best teacher
  • We reason through examples
  • Knowledge becomes invisible with experience
  • Relearning is relatively fast

Ways to think about a metaverse

What exactly might the metaverse actually become? Perhaps it’s this video…that I shared a very long time ago in DL.

Perhaps it’s more like will portable and interchangeable between worlds, rather like the characters in Wreck-it Ralph who could pass between games.

Cultivating an “Abundance Mindset” Can Change Your Life

An abundance mindset operates on the foundational belief that there is an infinite amount of something available to you, despite any other circumstances. Here are five ways to make it a reality.

  •  Examine and rewrite your beliefs
  • Shift from expectation to detachment
  • Connect the dots backward
  • Read inspirational stories
  • Celebrate your own and others’ success

We just have to keep going until we find out what’s wrong or find out why we don’t know what’s wrong.

Robert Pirsig

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