I let the linklog slide again for about what, a week? I’ve been a little under the weather while also working on commissions as well as catching up on a backlog of errands. But I have been using my Mastodon.social account as a scratch pad using both a Content Warning and a tag for links that I consider worth preserving here. So let’s get caught up and see how well that method works.
The Trauma Floor: The Secret Lives of Facebook Content Moderators in America: not the first article I’ve read about the Kafkaesque horror of content moderation at Facebook, but one with a new takeway:
moderators are sometimes radicalized or ‘redpilled’ by the very posts they are supposed to moderate. No one is above this. Everyone can be radicalized. You, who are reading this, are not so smart or rational or educated that it can’t happen to you. But the pressure cooker atmosphere in which moderators are constantly exposed to weird, traumatizing words and images, are isolated from the rest of the world and pressured to perform so that their critical guard is lowered (when to do the job, it needs to be raised).
What If Snow Crash Was Actually A Documentary? PZ Myers, in a response to the Trauma Floor article, observes something like what I just wrote above, but also questions whether a call-center-based, per-incident approach to online abuse can even work to start with.
An archival Kate Bush video that was officially released today is a live-in-studio performance of Under The Ivy that isn’t included in the remastered editions of her work that has been coming out.
About Face: Death and Surrender To Power In The Clothing Of Men is a great video essay that made me re-evaluate something I saw about ten years ago: I remember seeing the commander of a Dutch peace mission in Afghanistan on TV, looking for all the world like an Afghani warrior with beard and scarf (the soldiers in his unit were all clean-shaven). At the time, I thought that this was intended to win the trust of the local population, but it turns out, according to this essay, that bearded troops in Afghanistan are ‘more likely to act out violence and abuse of power, according to civilian accounts’. So, even allowing for the fact that there’s a decade between that scene I watched and that the essay concerns specifically American men, I am now doubtful that what I thought was the motivation behind the commander’s appearance actually was.
Also in comics: Mister Gotcha Vs. the Green New Deal by Matt Bors, using his earlier Mister Gotcha strip as a template for the future.
A Mind Is Born: procedurally-generated electronic music on the Commodore 64, using assembly program code that only takes up 256 bytes of memory space (the actual music it makes takes up more). This is a few years old but I hadn’t seen it before. Linus Akesson has put his programming and music expertise to good use by contributing to the second series of PO synths from Teenage Engineering.
Alexandra Erin on Twitter discusses why sometimes people can’t find her Patreon even when it’s linked directly in multiple places including in pinned Tweets.
Also on Twitter, Sarah Taber discusses how the organic and health food industries use guilt and shame to sell people food whose benefits over regular food are questionable.
Make your garden insect-friendly by doing mostly sweet fuck all. Don’t mow as much, leave whatever you do mow on the ground to mulch, leave ivy and other plants alone, have a mulch heap, and plant a selection of plants that bloom at different stages through the season. Paraic O’Donnel on Twitter.
There’s a Mastodon client for Emacs to go with your web browser for Emacs and your media player for Emacs.
The Quietus’ series on nazis in underground music is putting out some names that are at least somewhat familiar to me.