Grieving in the internet age: would posting photos of my dead friend look performative? | Kate Cunningham

Maybe my social media conundrum is all part of accepting the futility of grief. Nothing I do, or dont do, will change his fate My favourite photo of my friend John is the one I took just after smearing a lipstick kiss on his cheek. In it, he has turned to the camera, toothy grin exposed and eyes wild, caught out in surprise. John died in 2012. He had skin cancer that went into remission but later metastasised and came …

To fix the problem of deepfakes we must treat the cause, not the symptoms | Matt Beard

Once technology is released, its like herding cats. Why do we continue to let the tech sector manage its own mess? We havent yet seen a clear frontrunner emerge as the Democratic candidate for the 2020 US election. But Ive been interested in another race the race to see which buzzword is going to be a pivotal issue in political reporting, hot takes and the general political introspection that elections bring. In 2016 it was fake news. Deepfake is shoring …

Twitter wont ruin the world. But constraining democracy would | Kenan Malik

Tech empowering people was once seen as a good thing. Why do some now fear it? Has the retweet ruined the world? Chris Wetherell, the software developer who built Twitters retweet button, 2019 report on news consumption in Britain. It showed the continuing trend of young people abandoning TV news as a source of information. Those over 65 watch 33 minutes of TV news a day. For those aged 16 to 24 that figure falls to just two minutes. Almost …

Aural sex: erotic podcast offers stories to stimulate your ears

Unlike visual pornography, Dipsea is about your imagination, its founders say For the team at Dipsea, a a $1bn-a-year industry in the US, but those require time and commitment in a way that a visit to PornHub does not. There is online written erotica and even online audio erotica, but much of it is user-generated and of variable quality. They knew that in this day and age, plenty of women do find satisfaction in the available erotic content out there, …

Trumps summit shows he needs the tech giants as much as they need him | Carl Miller

The White House social-media conference showed that big techs power will not be diminished any time soon, says technology writer Carl Miller Yesterday, Donald Trump constellation of people from the world of the alt-right, alternative media and conspiracy theorising. Step into this world, and there is a very different internet waiting to be found. Its one where members of the buzzing subreddit The_Donald call Trump daddy or GEOTUS God Emperor of the United States. One that sees Hillary Clinton at …