Tired of Watery Eyes?

Facebook “satire” tag could wipe out the Internet’s terrible hoax-news industry

By Caitlin Dewey; August 19, 2014; The Washington Post

In a move that could permanently cripple the Internet’s unchecked hoax industry (… and ruin at least a couple of decent punch lines), Facebook this week announced that it’s experimenting with a tag that will mark sites such as the Onion, Clickhole and Empire News as satire — and, hopefully, alert the millions of gullible people who share these sites as truth each week.

The perception of phony news stories as legitimate ones is the number four crisis spawned by the Internet age, according to Willard O’Brian of Pepper State University. Its damage is only superseded by that brought by identity theft, hacking of government and corporate data, and sexual crime. Poor Wifi connections rounded out the top five.

“Our goal as a publicly-minded service,” commented a Facebook spokesperson, “is for people to maximize their use of Facebook as a social and commercial tool. Do you like this picture of your cousin’s cat? Do you have more friends than your co-workers? We don’t want people to have to question what is real and what is not. Leave that to the philosophists.”

In response to the problem, the language instruction company Rosetta Stone will begin offering Satire Recognition courses in April, 2015.

Whose Krazy Now?

Is Social Media Dependence A Mental Health Issue?

Huffposted: 05/07/2014; Emma Stein
“…Today, social media is praised as a sought-after career skill by plenty of employers, but what if it’s harming the younger generations who can’t even fathom a life without profile pictures and follower counts?”
and
Should DSM-V Designate “Internet Addiction” a Mental Disorder?
Psychiatry MMC (Edgmont). Feb 2009; 6(2): 31–37. Ronald Pies, MDcorresponding author
“There is considerable controversy with respect to so-called internet addiction and whether it ought to be reified as a diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition…”
 
I intend to soon post a 20,000 word manifesto on this blog relating to this topic.  I will email it to everyone whose address I know, put it on my Facebook site, reduce it to Tweet-able size, and will express it in dance form (different versions for YouTube and Vine).   Mastering one pose that says it all for Instagram will be tricky, though.
 
I hope you Like it.  Because I love each and every one of you.  Especially the voices in my head.