sebastian on Fri, 23 Mar 2018 04:46:18 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> In the eye of the Cambridge Analytica storm

here in bombay, no-one cares about the cambridge analytica storm.
there's wind from the east, an unprecedented heatwave, the aadhar
cyclone, and a series of savage social media shitstorms that just
doesn't want to end. south asia's largest garbage dump (deonar),
however, is currently not on fire, and india's most experimental
nuclear reactor (at the homi bhabha centre for atomic research),
right next to it, is not generating any major headlines these days.
even the burning lakes of bangalore are absent from the evening
news. and so am i. i haven't looked at twitter or reddit for a month,
and i haven't read the guardian or the washington post either. it's
been too hot, it's been too busy, and i couldn't sleep for weeks. a
storm is blowing, but not from paradise.<1> mitochondrial eve<2> and
y-chromosomal adam<3> were already facing a similar situation. it's
been apocalypse now forever, for millennia. the pile of debris grows
skyward. CA merely recycles it. they're fake fake news, a waste of
time<4>, just like facebook, which i haven't seen in a long time.
i just got really tired of it. i had joined it to make 42 posts,
"facebook party suicide (1)" to "facebook party suicide (42)"; as
far as i can remember, i made 41. what finally killed it, for me, was
chat. i need another messaging client like i need a hole in my head.

still, there are a few things that came to my mind:

or, better:

so what's to be done?

before you quit, try something like:

but most importantly, quit for real:

because explicit is better than implicit, simple is better than
complex, and now is better than never. although these days, it
may not be obvious at first, even if you're dutch.<5>

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<5> rolux$ python3
Python 3.6.2 (default, Aug 11 2017, 15:50:31) 
[GCC 4.2.1 Compatible Apple LLVM 8.1.0 (clang-802.0.42)] on darwin
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> import this
The Zen of Python, by Tim Peters

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