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How the Bicycle Helped Usher in the Women’s Rights Movement (Circa 1890) The early history of the bicycle did not promise great things—or anything, really—for women at the dawn of the 19th century. A two-wheeled bicycle-like invention, for example, built in 1820, “was more like an agricultural implement in construction than a bicycle,” one bicycle history notes. Made of wood, the “hobby horses” and velocipedes of cycling’s first decades rolled on iron wheels. Their near-total lack of suspension led to the epithet “b...
Tags: Google, New York, Congress, College, France, San Francisco, History, Atlantic, Ohio, Vox, Belle Epoque, Facebook Twitter, Adrienne LaFrance, Josh Jones, Susan B Anthony, London Paris

How the Bicycle Accelerated the Women’s Rights Movement (Circa 1890) The early history of the bicycle did not promise great things—or anything, really—for women at the dawn of the 19th century. A two-wheeled bicycle-like invention, for example, built in 1820, “was more like an agricultural implement in construction than a bicycle,” one bicycle history notes. Made of wood, the “hobby horses” and velocipedes of cycling’s first decades rolled on iron wheels. Their near-total lack of suspension led to the epithet “b...
Tags: Google, New York, Congress, College, France, San Francisco, History, Atlantic, Ohio, Vox, Belle Epoque, Facebook Twitter, Adrienne LaFrance, Josh Jones, Susan B Anthony, London Paris

Facebook is an imperialist nation, and people are its colonies

Over at The Atlantic, Executive Editor Adrienne LaFrance has a fantastical and fantastically harrowing new essay about hypothetical doomsday machines and the not-so-hypothetical horrors of Facebook. She considers the theoretical concept of a doomsday device—a failsafe machine hooked up to an infinite number of sensors that, if it notices enough radiation, while automatically trigger an onslaught of nuclear warheads, thus ushering in our mutually-assured destruction. — Read the rest
Tags: Facebook, Post, News, Atlantic, Colonialism, Imperialism, Adrienne LaFrance, Imperial Zuckerberg, Nuclear Bombs, Doomsday, QAnon, Facebook Sucks, Facebookization, Facebook Is Bad, Facebook ruins everything

"Looking back, it can seem like Zuckerberg’s path to world domination was inevitable."

"There’s the computerized version of Risk he coded in ninth grade; his long-standing interest in the Roman empire; his obsession with information flow and human psychology. There’s the story of his first bona fide internet scandal, when he hacked into Harvard’s directory and lifted photos of students without their permission to make the hot-or-not-style website FaceMash. ('Child’s play' was how Zuckerberg later described the ease with which he broke into Harvard’s system.) There’s the disconnect...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Law, Beer, Harvard, Atlantic, Zuckerberg, Roman, Adrienne LaFrance, Ann Althouse, Men In Shorts

Excellent Atlantic article about QAnon and how it is becoming an anti-Enlightenment religion

In his excellent brief book, , Timothy Snyder writes, "Fascists rejected reason in the name of will, denying objective truth in favor of a glorious myth articulated by leaders who claimed to give voice to the people." This quote came to mind while I read this article in the Atlantic called "The Prophecies of Q," by Adrienne LaFrance. As part of “Shadowland,” -- The Atlantic's series about conspiracy thinking in America -- LaFrance's article explores how QAnon is rapidly becoming a religion that...
Tags: Post, News, America, Atlantic, Adrienne LaFrance, Marshall McLuhan, Timothy Snyder, Post-truth is pre-fascism

Word of the week: Kludgeocracy

I was sure I’d already written about kludge here, but it turns out I’d only linked to a 2016 article about the word’s complicated etymology. (That article, by Adrienne LaFrance, quoted Ben Zimmer: “The short answer is that the word was originally spelled ‘kluge’—derived from the surname Kluge, in turn from German klug, ‘clever.’ But then later it began to be spelled as ‘kludge,’ merging with a U.K. slang term with that spelling (apparently derived from a Scots word for ‘toilet’). So now we ofte...
Tags: Government, America, Linguistics, US Navy, Adrienne LaFrance, New America Foundation, Johns Hopkins University, American Dialect Society, Ben Zimmer, Lowrey, Word of The Week, Nancy Friedman, Annie Lowrey, Kluge, Blunderland, Steven Teles

Word of the week: Suffragist

2020 is the centennial of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, which prohibits the states and the federal government from denying women the right to vote. The amendment was finally ratified by the required 36 states—Tennessee was the final one, after a hard-fought campaign—in August 1920, 42 years after it was first introduced in Congress. 19th Amendment centennial pin via Etsy. Purple, white, and yellow were the colors of the 20th-century suffrage movement; they symbolized loyalty,...
Tags: UK, Congress, Senate, China, Massachusetts, Women, US, History, Atlantic, Tennessee, Linguistics, Adrienne LaFrance, Word of The Week, Nancy Friedman, Suffixes, Boston Daily Globe

Artificial Intelligence Identifies the Six Main Arcs in Storytelling: Welcome to the Brave New World of Literary Criticism

Is the singularity upon us? AI seems poised to replace everyone, even artists whose work can seem like an inviolably human industry. Or maybe not. Nick Cave’s poignant answer to a fan question might persuade you a machine will never write a great song, though it might master all the moves to write a good one. An AI-written novel did almost win a Japanese literary award. A suitably impressive feat, even if much of the authorship should be attributed to the program’s human designers. But what abo...
Tags: Google, Technology, College, Atlantic, Literature, Harry Potter, University Of Chicago, Cinderella, Computer Science, Nick Cave, University Of Vermont, Kurt Vonnegut, Facebook Twitter, Adrienne LaFrance, Joseph Campbell, Josh Jones

When ‘Crossworditis’ Was Like Reefer Madness

In a feature introducing The Atlantic‘s new daily online mini-crossword, Adrienne LaFrance looks back to the pearl-clutching that accompanied the appearance, and rapid popularity, of crossword puzzles in newspapers just over a century ago. ” Doctors warned of the dreaded ‘crossword-puzzle headache.’ … Puzzles were banned in courthouses, where distracted public officials played on the job. … Newspapers reported an uptick of women divorcing puzzle-obsessed husbands. … People worried that puzzles w...
Tags: Art, Atlantic, Words, Adrienne LaFrance, 10.01.18

Extremely Rare Technicolor Film Footage from the 1920s Discovered: Features Louise Brooks Dancing in Her First Feature Film

In brief surveys of film history, the eye-popping process known as Technicolor seems to emerge fully-formed in the 1930s and 40s with classics like Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz, movies so vivid they almost exemplify the phrase “eye candy” with a “richer, color-flooded version of the real world,” writes Adrienne LaFrance at The Atlantic. This golden age of Technicolor, with its “supersaturated aesthetic… created films punctuated by colors so electric they were surreal.” But lik...
Tags: Google, Film, College, Atlantic, BFI, Venus, north London, Cnet, Facebook Twitter, Dixon, Adrienne LaFrance, Leonardo da Vinci, Josh Jones, Richard Trenholm, Durham NC Follow, Douglas Fairbanks

Ask Dr. Time: What Should I Call My AI?

Today’s question comes from a reader who is curious about AI voice assistants, including Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, and so forth. Just about all of these apps are, by default, given female names and female voices, and the companies encourage you to refer to them using female pronouns. Does it make sense to refer to Alexa as a “her”? There have been a lot of essays on the gendering of AI, specifically with respect to voice assistants. This makes sense: at this point, Si...
Tags: Apple, Cortana, Siri, Alexa, Julie, Adrienne LaFrance, Tim Carmody, Siri Amazon, Alexa Microsoft, Joanne McNeil

The pizza metaphor of net neutrality

Net neutrality has been explained using pizza at least three times. Jason flagged this ">dead-to-rights analogy by Craigslist founder Craig Newmark from 2006: Let’s say you call Joe’s Pizza and the first thing you hear is a message saying you’ll be connected in a minute or two, but if you want, you can be connected to Pizza Hut right away. That’s not fair, right? You called Joe’s and want some Joe’s pizza. Well, that’s how some telecommunications executives want the Internet to operate, wit...
Tags: Verizon, Craigslist, Fcc, Supreme Court, Obama, Court, Atlantic, Commission, Jason, Joe, Antonin Scalia, Scalia, Adrienne LaFrance, Public Knowledge, Tim Carmody, Ajit Pai

How Technicolor Revolutionized Cinema with Surreal, Electric Colors & Changed How We See Our World

Though only one process in a very long history of film coloring techniques, from hand-tinting to chemical and mechanical means, Technicolor has had the most influence of them all. During the Golden Age of cinema, the 1930s and 40s, the technology was “undoubtedly,” write Kristen Thompson and David Bordwell in their Film History, "the most striking innovation” of the era, and it came to dominate by way of massive hit films like The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind. It didn’t hurt that ...
Tags: Google, Film, College, Atlantic, Stanley Kubrick, Kansas, Dorothy, Technicolor, Judy Garland, Facebook Twitter, Edwards, Adrienne LaFrance, Josh Jones, David Bordwell, Durham NC Follow, LaFrance

Barbershop: Internet Trolling

Host Michel Martin talks to Rants & Retorts author Anita Samuels, TrollBusters founder Michelle Ferrier and The Atlantic's Adrienne LaFrance. (LANGUAGE WARNING: The N-word is not bleeped at 3:59.)
Tags: News, Atlantic, Michel Martin, Adrienne LaFrance, Michelle Ferrier, Anita Samuels

Will Technology Destroy Our Democracy–or Save It? A Series of Papers at The Atlantic

The decade-old book The Victorian Internet recaps the rise and fall of the telegraph. The telegraph was supposed to connect people together, but instead it played a crucial role facilitating ever-more-destructive wars. The author wrote: “That the telegraph was so widely seen as a panacea is perhaps understandable. The fact that we are still making the same mistake today is less so.” Back in the 1990s, I completely embraced Internet utopianism. For anyone who thought that bad speech could be cure...
Tags: General, Law, Atlantic, Silicon Valley, Trump, Jonathan Zittrain, Adrienne LaFrance, Harvard Law, Isaac Asimov, Irina Raicu, Content Regulation, Internet History, Shannon Vallor, Markkula Center, Can Technology Rescue Democracy, Adrienne Irina

Trump & the Press: A Murder-Suicide Pact

The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017 The press will destroy Trump and Trump will destroy the press. Consider that trust in media began falling in the ’70s, coincident with what we believe was our zenith: Watergate. We brought down a President. A Republican President. Now the press is the nation’s last, best hope to bring ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Publishing, New York Post, Congress, Uncategorized, America, Journalism, New York Times, The Times, Fox News, The New York Times, Rupert Murdoch, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal

Read Receipts.

Adrienne LaFrance has a post for the Atlantic that focuses on the term “read” in “read receipts” (a phrase I had been unfamiliar with; it means “the little notification that pops up for the sender of a text message once the recipient of that message has opened [and ostensibly read] the text”): How do you pronounce the term? Do you say it in the past-tense, so it sounds like “red”? Or in the present tense, so it sounds like “reed”? This was the subject of a brief but dizzying newsroom back-and-fo...
Tags: Facebook, Uncategorized, Atlantic, Linguistics, Adrienne LaFrance

The "weird familiarity" of century-old anti-feminist propaganda

What's the difference between modern memes and old ones? Edwardian-era bigots used paint, not MS Paint. Adrienne LaFrance writes on "The Weird Familiarity of 100-Year-Old Feminism Memes." Even the same embittered mirthless "humor" prevails—the same fears of emasculation, too—though I rather like this one:
Tags: Post, News, History, Feminism, Adrienne LaFrance

Remember When You Could Call For The Correct Time? You Still Can, And People Do

“The U.S. Naval Observatory still offers a time-by-phone service. (Call 202-762-1401 today, and you’ll hear a pleasant ticking sound followed by the announcement of the exact time, delivered in an old-timey-broadcasting voice.) Not only does it still exist, but people still use it.” Adrienne LaFrance looks at why.
Tags: Art, Ideas, Adrienne LaFrance, U S Naval Observatory

The struggle to get swatting taken seriously by law enforcement

Adrienne Lafrance reports on largely futile efforts to make the Internet "safe for women". It's not just that law enforcement doesn't take it seriously, even after "real world" consequences such as swatting, violence and bomb threats. They're so ignorant of the Internet they don't even know what they're looking at when you show it to them. Even when you're a member of congress... (more…)
Tags: Post, Crime, Threats, Adrienne LaFrance, Swatting

Why are people trolls and what can we do about it?

Adrienne Lafrance's story in The Atlantic about online harassment is an excellent, thought-provoking read. She describes her online conversation with someone who sent a mean tweet to her: Finally, I asked him if I should have even responded to him at all. His responses were fascinating to me, but was the exchange worthwhile for him? “Absolutely,” he wrote. “I'm pretty embarrassed by how I acted and being called out on it was extremely helpful. I definitely need to more often step back and thin...
Tags: Post, Mit, Atlantic, Trolls, Adrienne LaFrance, Lindy West, Matias

Lets get personal

I’ve been noticing a mini-trend in corporate naming: personal names. The names are usually (but not always) female, and they’re often a little old-fashioned. At their best, they add emotional appeal, humanize a company – especially a technology company whose actual workings may be opaque – and make a brand seem like a friend or family member. Here are some of the personal names I’ve been tracking: ALICE. The name of this hospitality-industry app is an acronym (“A Life-Improving Customer E...
Tags: New York, Technology, France, Trends, Siri, Insurance, Atlantic, Paris, Appliances, Brussels, Jack, Alice, Herodotus, Emma, Adrienne LaFrance, Lynda

Mapping the Sounds of Greek Byzantine Churches: How Researchers Are Creating “Museums of Lost Sound”

Unless you’re an audio engineer, you’ll have little reason to know what the term “convolution reverb” means. But it’s a fascinating concept nonetheless. Technicians bring high-end microphones, speakers, and recording equipment to a particularly resonant space—a grain silo, for example, or famous concert hall. They capture what are called “impulse responses,” signals that contain the acoustic characteristics of the location. The technique produces a three dimensional audio imprint—enabling u...
Tags: Google, Art, Greece, History, Architecture, Atlantic, Ucla, David Byrne, University Of Southern California, Cbc, Berklee College of Music, Facebook Twitter, Thessaloniki, Adrienne LaFrance, Josh Jones, DONAHUE

Why I Was Happy To Return To Work A Month After My Son Was Born

Photo: Getty Images. “You must be devastated to have to leave him”“Don’t you just count the minutes until you are back with him?”“Are you sure developmentally it’s okay to be away from your child that long?”I can assure you that these are not phrases anyone uttered to my husband when he returned to work a week after our son was born. They are, though, three of the many comments I heard when I decided to go back to work a month after giving birth.I never thought my choices as a mother would be...
Tags: Getty Images, Adrienne LaFrance

"Robots Could Make the Supreme Court More Transparent; Computer models can determine the authorship of unsigned legal decisions with startling accuracy"

"Robots Could Make the Supreme Court More Transparent; Computer models can determine the authorship of unsigned legal decisions with startling accuracy": Adrienne LaFrance of The Atlantic has this report.
Tags: Supreme Court, Atlantic, Adrienne LaFrance