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Without Ed around to absorb all the “lameness” out of the discussion the guys sink to discussing Ben’s social network habits and the general question of privacy in the new online-all-the-time world.
Dean: Google Chome (and it’s associated translation function) - Google it.
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This week the fellows ditched the comfort of video conferencing for actual human interaction and all recorded in Dean’s living room. So live in person, but not streaming live. It’s kind of echo-y, but oh the fun that was had discussing Tebowing at graduation, movies, television, twitter feeds and Jordan’s qualifications for his PhD (show off).
While Jordan’s away, the rest of crew pick up the slack. On this very social episode we discover a smart rock band, cover a controversial news story, and Ed talks about why he left Goldman Sachs. Then we delve into the reasoning and risks behind unfriending and managing awkward social interactions online.
Raise your hand if you use Wikipedia on a daily basis. Okay, now raise your hand if you know what Boing Boing is. If your hand is not up, chances are you unaware that some web sites have chosen to blackout their content today in a protest to the internet censorship bills SOPA and PIPA.
The idea behind the protest is to give people a taste of what the internet would be like if these bills were to pass.
The protest probably is effective if you use these sites on a regular basis. However, Wikipedia and Boing Boing are far from the most popular sites on the internet. Arguably the most popular and useful site on the internet — Google — a staunch opponent of the legislation, could only muster this lame protest:
Make no mistake, citizens, the battle for the country will be won and lost on Twitter and hashtags will be the weapons! Each side will arm themselves with ephemeral catchphrasery signified by the shield of the pound sign. For years, unused by the masses the crosshatch of truth shall once more reign over public discourse - if one knows how to wield it. Luckily for those who don’t, The Atlantic has a piece profiling the mighty non-alphanumeric character so that even the least informed tweet may not go unread. Soldier on, twitter-bug, soldier on.