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rodhilton

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backend services engineering • Twitter alum • movie nerd • machete order guy • remote work zealot • hall monitors get mocked & blocked • facts my own & disguised as opinions

#Technology: #Programming | #Java | #Twitter | #Mastodon | #RemoteWork

#Movies: #Horror | #SciFi | #StarWars

#Politics: #DigitalRights | #Climate | #PoliceReform | #Democracy

#Gaming: #RetroGaming | #SpeedRunning | #BoardGames | #DnD

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Mmmm I dunno bottom middle looks like some Ergodox bullshit, those can get pretty pricey

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I'm sitting here being brought slices of toy pizza by my children, and proceeding to do a full Dave Portnoy impression as I tell them one bite, everyone knows the rules, proceed to take exactly 4 bites, talk about flop and undercarriage, and proceed to give it a rating.

Neither of my children have seen a Portnoy pizza review so the hilarious specificity of my impression is completely lost on them, I'm entertaining absolutely nobody but myself.

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Chief Marketing Officer Najda Bellan-White - $835k bonus

Chief Operating Officer Cory Haik - $726k bonus

Chief Communications Officer Jonathan Bing - $640k bonus

Executive Vice President Subrata De - $779k bonus

Laid-off Employees - denied severance

https://hellgatenyc.com/vice-managers-the-hague

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My players recently ran into a group of 5 NPCs that I played as if they were a different group of D&D players running in the same campaign, and treating THEM as NPCs.

Each one was a parody of my players.

One with main character syndrome, one class clown, one convinced everyone they ran into was secretly the BBEG in disguise, one not paying attention, and one didn't know their own character sheet.

When they parted ways my party said they seemed like the dumbest NPCs they'd ever met.

#DnD

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I'm going to tell the story about what radicalized me against "the news" as a source of useful information that could be trusted.

I had been an avid news reader for a long time, very much about using different tools and aggregators and RSS and stuff to deliver a nonstop stream of what I considered high-quality news sources into my brain.

I'd see people complain about now the news was "biased" or "clickbait" and I just kind of dismissed it.

rodhilton,
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It was so carefully worded to not be libelous, there was so much intention behind it all.

And it made me realize that the only reason I even knew that it was misleading was because I was on the inside, on the opposite end of the news story, at the place the news story was about.

Watching as CNN and FN and AP and Reuters and NYT and all these other legitimate news sources reprinted the story, each time slightly more scandalous because it was written by someone who understood it less.

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I couldn't help but wonder, how many headlines had I read that had similarly misguided me? How many times did I shake my head at the villains of a news story and conclude they were stupid or evil because I too had read an inflammatory-but-not-quite-a-lie headline and made conclusions based on it?

It didn't seem likely that TC and Verge specifically "had it out" for Twitter. It was just another news story for them.

They're probably ALL like this.

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I pretty much stopped following the news after this. I'd read every headline so skeptically that I didn't believe it, or a friend or relative would share a headline or article with me and I'd just respond with a count of the number of ads I saw on the page.

I became so skeptical of all news that I basically stopped consuming it. Denzel Washington's quote started really resonating with me:

"If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you do read it, you’re misinformed."

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I had learned in school that when you write a newspaper article, the headline summarizes the whole thing.

The first paragraph gives all the detail the reader needs to understand everything.

Next paragraph adds a little more detail, and so on. The idea was that the editor could cut the article between any two paragraphs and the article would be publishable.

That just isn't how it works now. It's all a misleading scandalous trick until the first inline ad. After that is the truth. Sometimes.

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I want to like the news. I really do. My favorite genre of movie is when journalists uncover some huge story and put everything on the line to get the truth out there. Those movies where the poster is all black and white with red letters and it's just concerned people sitting in a news room. I love that stuff.

I won my oscar pool by picking Spotlight the year The Revenant was nominated!

But this event totally poisoned me on the modern news consumption experience.

I've never recovered.

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@eoin yeah, this is spot-on. I noticed this when I'd watch movies about any aspect of technology, I'd laugh and point out all the inaccuracies in what the computers were doing, how impossible it was, how ignorant these screenwriters must be.

Then one day I watched what I thought was an excellent courtroom drama with my brother-in-law, who was a lawyer. And he did exactly the same thing.

I was just like oh holy shit it's ALL WRONG.

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@stevenbodzin yeah if your conclusion from this whole thread was that I "wanted to hate journalism" I hate to inform you that your reading comprehension skills are severely lacking.

The whole point of the story was that this "one bad experience" made me realize that every other story which I took for face value was probably, for someone else, the same misleading thing that this one was for me.

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@stevenbodzin BTW here's the "competent communication" which explicitly spells out exactly what the bug was and what happened. All the articles with misleading headlines linked to it if you scrolled down far enough, but nobody did. https://blog.twitter.com/official/en_us/topics/company/2018/keeping-your-account-secure.html

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@stevenbodzin I'm not encouraging people to do shit.

I'm sharing my own personal experience and why I went from being a news hound to being extremely skeptical of the news, by seeing how the facts were misrepresented when I was in the position to be an expert on the topic being reported on.

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@Tooden based on @stevenbodzin's profile it looks like he's in journalism, so I can see why my experience here might personally offend him. It must be hard to see someone discount all of journalism when you consider yourself part of the field.

I can't fault him for that. Could probably fault him for some of the other ultra rude-as-fuck shit he said that he's since had the good sense to delete but not that.

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@aka_quant_noir @KanaMauna yeah this is basically why I disconnected from the news.

This experience got me to a point where I realized I couldn't just passively consume news, I had to seriously work at double-checking everything, essentially becoming my own journalist with no training. It was too much work.

And people rightly point out that "I don't read the news" is a position of the super-entitled but I don't know what the alternative is. It feels like it's all dishonest.

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@SteveThompson Yeah I mean you didn't read as far as the part of the thread where I specifically address what you are saying.

The headlines were written by tech people knowing how the readers would read them, knowing that they would come to an inaccurate conclusion, and posted them anyway.

Yes, that is on the media. If the job is to INFORM, then that precise scenario would be avoided at all costs, rather than explicitly made to happen for clicks.

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@SteveThompson yep I mentioned this in the thread too.

I was taught exactly the opposite in "journalism" classes in school.

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@SteveThompson okay but when basically every news outlet works this way, I find it very difficult to blame society as a whole.

Like we all know that the news is manipulating us and misleading us. Okay great, we're all on the same page. Now what? There's no alternative, you can just detach from the news and know nothing about what's going on, or read it anyway in an antagonistic relationship where you're at a disadvantage.

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@prettyhuman @stevenbodzin yeah, I love journalists. It's just that the only places they can earn a living are more interested in slurping down clicks than informing the public.

The financial motivator at the heart of news organizations as for-profit corporate businesses is the root of the evil here.

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@juneb probably best to ask someone who still works there, best of luck to you.

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@juneb well I assume it's mostly still running the stuff we built and I'm fairly certain all PII was encrypted at rest and at transport.

rodhilton, to random
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My new go-to phrase for a Jason Statham impression is "oi did someone call for a fookin Beekeeper mate?" which isn't even a line in the movie and yet in my brain is the only line he says.

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I really think all these tech companies are going to be in rough shape when the other shoe drops.

Yes, right now, it's making a lot of sense to their bottom line. Record-breaking profits can surely be even more record-breaking if you slice headcount. Yes, a correction after pandemic hiring is likely in order.

But fostering an industry culture where everyone is afraid of being laid off all the time is not going to work out well long term.

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