Internet of Dreams

history and future, material and immaterial, real and imaginary, fiction and non: what does it matter when it's all internet?...
archive. about. by joanne mcneil (@jomc)

September 23, 2014 at 4:53pm
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Instagram users like Nikki steal images of babies and children off the Internet, give them a new name, and claim them as their own. Sometimes they create entire fake families. Others then interact in the comments of each photo, role-playing as they virtually feed, burp, swaddle, and even reprimand these virtual children. Some Instagrammers even portray themselves as virtual adoption agencies, where followers can request specific babies and toddlers they’d like to adopt—“Looking for a two-year-old girl with blonde hair, green eyes, and who is feisty”—and the adoption agency then finds a photo, usually without permission. Role playing ensues. (via The Creepiest New Corner Of Instagram: Role-Playing With Stolen Baby Photos | Fast Company | Business   Innovation)

Instagram users like Nikki steal images of babies and children off the Internet, give them a new name, and claim them as their own. Sometimes they create entire fake families. Others then interact in the comments of each photo, role-playing as they virtually feed, burp, swaddle, and even reprimand these virtual children. Some Instagrammers even portray themselves as virtual adoption agencies, where followers can request specific babies and toddlers they’d like to adopt—“Looking for a two-year-old girl with blonde hair, green eyes, and who is feisty”—and the adoption agency then finds a photo, usually without permission. Role playing ensues. (via The Creepiest New Corner Of Instagram: Role-Playing With Stolen Baby Photos | Fast Company | Business Innovation)

1:40pm
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According to the researchers, the trend of decreasing communication before a breakup was strong and consistent. Specifically, the amount of tweets to the partner in question decreased, the amount to other users increased, and the amount of original tweets being sent from the account decreased overall. This is, in effect, the communicative “stonewalling” that the researchers were looking for to indicate a looming breakup….
all this valuable knowledge about what breakups look like on Twitter just before they happen could be used to design a kind of “early breakup warning system,” which would certainly be equal parts terrifying and fascinating for our culture.

— What Our Breakups Look Like on Twitter | Motherboard

September 14, 2014 at 9:32pm
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The latest error arises from Facebook’s auto-suggest tagging feature, which is causing anyone who starts writing ‘grandma’ to be presented with a link to pioneering hip hop DJ Grandmaster Flash. (via Grandmas keep accidentally tagging themselves as Grandmaster Flash on Facebook - Lists - Weird News - The Independent)

The latest error arises from Facebook’s auto-suggest tagging feature, which is causing anyone who starts writing ‘grandma’ to be presented with a link to pioneering hip hop DJ Grandmaster Flash. (via Grandmas keep accidentally tagging themselves as Grandmaster Flash on Facebook - Lists - Weird News - The Independent)

September 12, 2014 at 12:16am
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Every year on #911 I post this photo hoping 2 return 2 owner. Found at #groundzero #WTC in 2001. Pls RT (via https://twitter.com/ProfKeefe/status/510267665597091840)
Update via laughforabs: she found the owner this year and all six are still alive.

Every year on #911 I post this photo hoping 2 return 2 owner. Found at #groundzero #WTC in 2001. Pls RT (via https://twitter.com/ProfKeefe/status/510267665597091840)

Update via laughforabs: she found the owner this year and all six are still alive.

September 4, 2014 at 5:00am
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=657UeODW178 (via @melissagira)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=657UeODW178 (via @melissagira)

September 3, 2014 at 6:35pm
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Verge video director Christian Mazza is an active Instagram user with 571 followers, posting as @mazza. But recently he discovered something weird: a copycat Instagram account, @eastlaine, that looked exactly like him. The account’s avatar was Mazza’s face, copied from his real account. Its first photo was a shot of Verge editor David Pierce, also copied from Mazza’s real account. It even had the same exact caption: “Early calls with @piercedavid and @joplinger #bts.” (via It’s your face. It’s your photos. Meet the creepiest kind of Instagram spambot | The Verge)

Verge video director Christian Mazza is an active Instagram user with 571 followers, posting as @mazza. But recently he discovered something weird: a copycat Instagram account, @eastlaine, that looked exactly like him. The account’s avatar was Mazza’s face, copied from his real account. Its first photo was a shot of Verge editor David Pierce, also copied from Mazza’s real account. It even had the same exact caption: “Early calls with @piercedavid and @joplinger #bts.” (via It’s your face. It’s your photos. Meet the creepiest kind of Instagram spambot | The Verge)

August 21, 2014 at 4:24pm
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But I had immersed myself fully into House, totally absorbed by what was and wasn’t Addison’s disease and porphyria and sarcoidosis (oh, the sarcoidosis!), and I didn’t think to make a less hilarious life choice.

And it happened.

I heard something outside the gym window and turned to see a pack of hipster boys laughing their asses off, with their cellphones out, taking pictures of me, recording video. I jumped up to try to stop them, but they were long gone by the time I reached the door. And I thought to myself, “Fuck. Shit. This is going to end up all over the Internet.”

I didn’t know that I was right until those two emails, three years later, asking “Is this you?!”

— I am the woman you laughed at on the Internet

August 20, 2014 at 5:40pm
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(via Twitter / ABCNews24: The family of photojournalist …)

(via Twitter / ABCNews24: The family of photojournalist …)

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A recent study completed at the Virtual Human Interaction Lab (VHIL) at Stanford University, published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behaviour, and Social Networking, tested this hypothesis by assigning 160 subjects avatars with genders opposite to their own and pitting them against variously gendered bots in math tests. They found that subjects performed significantly better if their avatar was male, competing against female avatars, regardless of their actual gender or math skills.

— How Gender Stereotypes Persist, Even in Virtual Worlds | Motherboard

August 19, 2014 at 4:38pm
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I would like to see an entire “child’s drawing”-based Wikipedia. (via Twitter / JFriedhoff: I would like to see an entire …)

I would like to see an entire “child’s drawing”-based Wikipedia. (via Twitter / JFriedhoff: I would like to see an entire …)