“The researchers concluded that emotional states can indeed be influenced by what people see and read. This is more or less what marketers, artists, and politicians have known since forever.”
“Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg apologized on Wednesday for the company’s undisclosed psychological experimentation on Facebook users and acknowledged that the research effort was “poorly” communicated, a word which here means “not.”
In 1986, my childhood friend, Nancy Hamren, suggested I author the history of the hippies because I can recall so much. Nancy has been adopted by the Kesey family. We were original hippies in San Francisco. Nancy made this suggestion while I was visiting her in the Springfield Creamery. Yesterday I returned to Kesey Square.
Instead of writing about the hippies of the past, I began a science fiction novel about the Last Hippie of the future, titled ‘The Gideon Computer’. It begins with my homeless hero finding an old trunk in an attic that belonged to a German-American. Mary Ann Tharaldsen, found such a trunk in a home she bought. The Gideon Computer was given the voice of a benevolent woman. The female head of Facebook apologized for the psychological experimentation her company conducted on people, many of them artists – and old hippies!
The Gideon Computer was installed in old hotels and motels across America and bid transients and drifters to “Talk to me Pilgrim like an old friend.”
The Gideon Institute was the first and largest privately run prison system in the world. It took on a life of its own. Thomas Gideon realized that free souls had collectively created the most powerful human force on earth that he believed was going to waste. If only he could harness it. Thomas made billions capturing people.
Nancy and Mary Ann need to be studied. They are true Bohemian Women. The Supreme Court ruling on Hobby Lobby has put a virus in our Democracy. Companies are now PEOPLE. This destroys Genesis, which was written by a woman. Why a woman? Because mothers can name everyone in their family photo album, and tell a thousand stories. The Koch Brothers are now Mother Goose. I am bid to found THE CHURCH OF ART.
Nancy brought her grandmother’s famous yogurt CULTURE to the Emerald Valley. She is the High Priestess of this Culture that made some old hippies very rich. Belle and her gang tried to hijack this culture that found it way into the Gideon Institute. “It lives!”
Sheryl Sandberg is Nurse Ratched, who hijacked our World Series Game just to see if she could CONTROL it. She could!
I highly suggest my readers copy this entire blog to a disc because it might be disappeared. In giving the formula I how to escape the Gideon Institute, I am also giving Thomas the means to make it air-tight and escape proof.
“Corporations are more than people
The Supreme Court’s decision to treat corporations as people in the context of political funding elicited a fair amount of resentment among those who believe America is a nation governed by people rather than companies.”
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg apologized on Wednesday for the company’s undisclosed psychological experimentation on Facebook users and acknowledged that the research effort was “poorly” communicated, a word which here means “not.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, Sandberg, while in New Delhi, remarked, “We never meant to upset you,” echoing Facebook researcher Adam Kramer’s claim that “our goal was never to upset anyone.”
Nurse Ratched (also known as “Big Nurse”) is a fictional character and the main antagonist of Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, as well as the 1975 film. A cold, heartless tyrant, Nurse Ratched has become the stereotype of the nurse as a battleaxe. She has also become a popular metaphor for the corrupting influence of power and authority in bureaucracies such as the mental institution in which the novel is set.
Nancy Van Brasch Hamren brought her grandmother’s recipe to Springfield Creamery in the late ’60s when she started as bookkeeper. She still works in 2010 as office manager.
Nancy Van Brasch Hamren had a recipe. Her health-conscious grandmother made yogurt, and so did she during the months she lived on Ken Kesey’s farm near Eugene.
Hamren, a lanky, soft-spoken Californian, ran in circles simply psychedelic with history. She lived in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district from 1966 to 1968, the bookends to 1967’s Summer of Love. Her boyfriend’s sister was married to Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead’s shaggy-haired lead guitarist. And they all knew Ken Kesey — from his books, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Sometimes a Great Notion,” and from the infamous, drug-juiced parties known as Acid Tests, which he hosted and promoted.
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In fact, the study at issue, published recently by researchers from Facebook, the University of California, and Cornell University, looks a lot like it was designed to test the social network’s ability to upset (and excite) people. In January 2012, it exposed some 700,000 people to News Feeds weighted with either positive or negative posts and images to test whether users’ emotions could be swayed.The researchers concluded that emotional states can indeed be influenced by what people see and read. This is more or less what marketers, artists, and politicians have known since forever.
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But Facebook users were upset, evidently because this is different from Facebook’s publicly disclosed manipulation of users’ News Feeds.
Beyond Cornell’s curious repudiation of a previous statement that the Army Research Office contributed funding to the research — let’s test Facebook as a tool for regime change! — the controversy surrounding the study consists of debates about ethics and informed consent.
The study certainly looks to be ethically dubious, but social media itself is ethically dubious. It’s based on an asymmetrical exchange: something of known value — a communications service — for something of unknown value — personal data, privacy, and user-generated content. The asymmetry is magnified because Facebook has some idea of the value each user brings to its network.
Yet those seeking to complain about Facebook’s failure to disclose its experiment without doing the obvious — quitting Facebook — would do better to protest more substantive issues. Here’s a 10-course tasting menu of more worthy concerns.
1. Technical paternalism
Technology companies make choices that limit how you can use their software, hardware, and services. Facebook insists on filtering users’ News Feeds when it could put users in control of the filter. Apple insists on judging apps by different standards than books, in terms of what kind of content is allowed. Google won’t allow ad blocking software in Google Play. Technology companies treat customers like children.
2. Changeable contracts
Technology companies, along with banks, utilities, and a host of companies in other industries, frequently claim the right to unilaterally change terms-of-service agreements at their discretion, sometimes with and sometimes without notice. Imagine that in the context of a landlord renting to a tenant. After signing a lease for $1,000 a month, the landlord could say the contract has changed and the rent is now $10,000 a month. Simply put, unilateral contractual changes should not be allowed.
Corporations are more than people
The Supreme Court’s decision to treat corporations as people in the context of political funding elicited a fair amount of resentment among those who believe America is a nation governed by people rather than companies.
3. But corporations can do things people cannot, like create shell companies to conceal information and to shift revenue abroad. Firms like Apple, Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn have been criticized for their ostensibly lawful tax mitigation schemes, which can move money away from regions where the companies actually consume considerable resources. Taxes that don’t get paid matter more than consent that hasn’t been obtained.