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The Problem with Online Social Networking

March 31, 2013 Leave a comment

Give humanity anonymity and see the true potential of its depravity.

Xenocrates

We are repeatedly trying to simulate human behaviour online, with dramatic results.

Social networking has changed humanity forever. I began to realize this when I discovered a frightening trend in the news about how kids were killing themselves over things done online. Why would someone do that? I thought. That is when I decided to embark upon an ambitious social experiment two years ago to see the true depth of how social networking has changed the human animal. This post documents my findings in grave detail. Note well: you may find the contents of this post either deeply upsetting or deeply disturbing. You have been warned.

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A Rational Explanation for Apple’s Irrational behavior

September 18, 2012 1 comment

Fear is directly proportional to the size of the coward.

Xenocrates

Are you frightened by crawling creatures? Does the sudden sight of a scurrying mouse startle you? Does the wayward flight of a random cockroach make you duck? Would the sight of a black spider resting on the wall across the room fill you with terror just after you turn on the light in your bedroom? If so, have you ever asked yourself why? Why would you, a human, the most fearsome animal on the planet be terrified of such tiny crawling creatures? Curiously, the same behavior exists in giants of religion (Christianity fears Atheism) politics (GOP vs. Democrats) and even technology (Apple Inc. vs Samsung et al). Why do giants fear dwarves? This post explores the psychology of giants like Apple Inc. Apple fan boys won’t be amused.

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■ Special Thanks to Stewart Panton (Twitter: @Stewpert) and Alex Albert Sim (Twitter: @bertzzie) for contributions to this article.
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The Imminent Death of the BlackBerry

June 30, 2012 1 comment

Simple minds are amused by simple things.

Xenocrates

Umm… aren’t these all basically the same device?

While I always understood the appeal of having a smart phone, I never understood the appeal of having a BlackBerry when smarter smartphones exist. While I totally understood why RIM’s BlackBerry devices got so popular, I never quite got why RIM’s BlackBerry devices stayed so popular for so long. It should come as no surprise that the most overrated things are enjoyed by the most underwhelming people. Yet, now that RIM’s demise is imminent, I can’t help but be genuinely surprised that anyone is actually surprised RIM is about to tank.

No, really; you didn’t see that coming?

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How to Ruin your life with Facebook

September 25, 2010 17 comments

The key difference between fools and sages is restraint not intellect.

Xenocrates

Do you have a Facebook account? Well congratulations. You’re one step closer to being a public asset. Facebook is the single most popular social networking online portal in the world. Now with over 500 million subscribers, it has probably enumerated the large majority of the world’s computer literate population and that is precisely why it is so incredibly dangerous.

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