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"Yes, much of the Internet is free. But it takes time and energy to develop the skills and habits necessary to successfully derive value from today’s media. Knowing how to tell a troll from a serious thinker, spotting linkbait, understanding a meme, cross checking articles against each other, even posting a comment to disagree with something–these are skills. They might not feel like it, but they are. And they’re easier to acquire the higher your tax bracket."

Ryan Holiday, The New Digital Divide: Privilege, Misinformation and Outright B.S. in Modern Media, Betabeat.

Holiday writes of the extreme privilege often inherent in digital literacy and the fact that it’s expensive to be a core user of online media. 

If I work as a security guard or at the counter of a Wendy’s, our media environment is significantly more difficult to track. Not everyone has their Internet time subsidized by an employer who asks them to sit in front of a computer all day. In fact, many people have jobs that forbid them from doing just that, with bosses who will write them up if caught checking their phone. These people–we often refer to them (derisively) as “average Americans”–are removed from the iterative, lightning-fast online media cycle for hours at a time and often for the entire day.

Before you joke about how lucky they are, think about how that would change someone’s relationship with culture. It means they end up getting their news from Facebook or from the “most emailed” stories of the day (of dubious validity). With only so much time left at the end of the day, they go to the one or two places that can give them the gist. Their reality is shaped by the things that tend to trickle about and from the Internet

He raises the food/nutrition analogy to point out how dangerous the consequences of such a divide can be. American’s obesity epidemic, caused in large part by a culture of eating what’s cheap and convenient because of a lack of access and affordability, can and will replicate itself in unhealthy media consumption patterns. (Related: The Information Diet by Clay Johnson)

Culturally, a portion of the population will be stuffed with hormone-injected garbage (Huffington Post slideshows, Facebook linkbait and other Cheetos-like information) while the other portion lives in its own reality of tailor-made, high quality information that makes them increasingly wealthy and utterly detached. One side will be able to influence, direct and exploit the other side because one controls the media while the other is at its mercy.

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radgreymon:

Tumblr is the place losers can come to be the bullies they’ve always wanted to be

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The Abandoned Gantries of NYC: Port Morris, North Brother Island, Long Island City http://ift.tt/1mz3Ry3

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The Abandoned Gantries of NYC: Port Morris, North Brother Island, Long Island City http://ift.tt/1mz3Ry3

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kaijuscience:

it’s just so funny how you can just click with some people but not others, like you can meet a new friend who completely gets you in like 2 weeks and yet have a parent or relative who still doesn’t know your simplest likes and dislikes after 20 years. its weird

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tisosek:

31/12/2013: Ponury, deszczowy, szary - tak można było określić ostatni dzień roku 2013. Na zdjęciach jednostka EN57-1180 jako pociąg osobowy z Gliwic do Opola, wjeżdżająca na staję Pyskowice.

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"You can’t and won’t tell me what to do. When I decide, it will be in my own time and on my own terms."

— The Aquarian (via bearingwater)

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iheartnintendomucho:

Charizard character page on Smash Bros. website is live

He may not be my favorite starter ever, but he is easily the coolest. The page has plenty more screens of the popular Pokemon Red mascot, revealed in yesterday’s Super Smash Bros. Direct. Check it out here.

Buy: Smash Bros. 3DS, Coming Soon

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