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How the Internet Works, Part 867, Reddit Edition

An infectious twelve-ish-year-old boy going by the name Sir Fedora posted a video on YouTube the other day celebrating the fact that the very first video he ever posted had received a like.

Not one among many or one like from someone particularly special. Just, simply, a single like. As in that first integer between zero and two. And that one like made that 12-ish-year-old happy.

So he celebrated with a new video.

Meantime, a Redditor stumbled across Sir Fedora’s video and posted this:

Incredibly enthusiastic, weird kid makes a video celebrating getting 1 YouTube like. Would be funny to get him a few subs and see his reaction.

The Internet, as the Internet is sometimes wont to do, took over. Or, at least, Reddit did.

Introducing: Operation Through The Roof.

Sir Fedora’s video celebrating his one like is now pushing a million views. He has over 70 thousand YouTube subscribers. Over on his recently started Twitter account he has over 46 thousand followers.

All because he was enthused by one like, and someone else liked that.

We all start somewhere.

Meantime, a Giant Panda tumbles about in the snow.

Image: Operation Through The Roof, via dragonboltz.

Love it so hard. 

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> I figured I would get some weird messages here and there, but what I got was an onslaught of people who were, within minutes of saying hello, saying things that made me as a dude who spends most of his time on 4chan uneasy.

Man Poses as Woman on Dating Site; Barely Lasts Two Hours,” Rebecca Rose, Jezebel, January 13, 2014. 

People ask why I do not online date sometimes. 

Revolutionary, disruptive, magical, wizards, and on and on—contemporary digital culture has co-opted the language of revolution and magic without the muscle, ethics, conviction, or imagination of either. And it’s not that those things aren’t possible, we just aren’t living up to their meaning and instead saturating ourselves with hyperbole. These are words you have to earn, and slinging them around strips the words of their powerful meaning. Can you take a real revolution seriously if you are bombarded with messaging that your phone is revolutionary?

The Inferno of Independence,” Frank Chimero, September 24, 2013. 

Historical revisionism be damned. Since day zero, the “civil liberties contingent” has been shouting as loudly and forcefully as they could about the dangers of technology without policies, rules, norms and code that enshrined liberty. Yes, they also dreamed of the possibilities for networked freedom, but this doesn’t make them cockeyed optimists: it means that they’ve known, all along, what they were fighting for — and what they were fighting against.

Cory Doctorow, “Sterling’s ‘The Ecuadorian Library’ vs. civil liberties groups,” BoingBoing, August 5, 2013. 

h/t to Ivan Sigal for catching me up on this. 


In addition to a petition asking the US to deport a former suspect in an unsolved poisoning case, Chinese netizens have submitted petitions to the White House website asking to officially define the taste of bean curd stew, to improve the meal subsidies of media company Sina’s staff, and to cancel university exams.

Chinese Web Floods White House with Petitions

So interesting - the massive scale of Chinese networking sites brought to bear on U.S.-based sites like We The People. What happens to U.S. open gov stuff when other areas of the world (that have less apathy in political participation) show up? 

"In [Tricia] Wang’s theory, a network like Facebook, which enforces real name registration and consists of a person’s friends and family from time immemorial, encourages bounded use. It’s like the small town you never left, the grammar school class you couldn’t pass out of, the first dead-end job. It’s a network mired in past and present, and by its nature it enforces a limited sense of identity and expression.

By contrast, something like Tumblr encourages unbounded use. It allows you to experiment and play. It’s the big city, and each new tumblelog you create is like a new bar or neighborhood where you can try on a new self and see how it fits. In one instant you can be a pug lover, reblogging the best animated GIFs of the flat-faced dogs. In the next, you can dive deep into the Go Pro snowboarding community and post snaps from your latest run.

Hence Wang’s notion of the elastic self. Like rubber bands, when we step into Tumblr we can stretch and reshape ourselves into different configurations. Each new hat we try on stretches the rubber band just a little bit further, and over time it might evolve into a new configuration. This allows for remarkable opportunities to explore different potentials of self and self-expression."

From An Xiao Mina’s The Social Ties That Unbind (via kenyatta)

I’m really big into talking about identity creation and the internet. This will be rumbling around my head for a while. 

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I love Tricia. My friends are so smart. This is spot on.

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Good stuff from my friend T (who keeps a couple dozen Tumblrs as I do).

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"The internet is not a medium. This is the fundamental issue at the heart of the artworld’s grappling with digital / net art, it’s the issue at the heart of our conceptual problems with ebooks, it’s the fundamental basis for thinking about the New Aesthetic. The post-internet crowd know this: this is what post-internet means. Because we’ve been treating the internet as a medium like photography or sculpture or painting. The internet is not a medium: it is a context."

James Bridle - Network criticism |

James’ shot across the brow of Internet theory orthodoxy.

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Yup, we just like talking at each other on here right now, but we’ll go talk to each other in other places, in old places, and in “new” ways when we get too tired of it here.

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Inspired by a pillar of antiquity, the Library of Alexandria, Brewster Kahle has a grand vision for the Internet Archive, the giant aggregator and digitizer of data, which he founded and leads. “We want to collect all the books, music and video that has ever been produced by humans,” Mr. Kahle said. As of Tuesday, the archive’s online collection will include every morsel of news produced in the last three years by 20 different channels, encompassing more than 1,000 news series that have generated more than 350,000 separate programs devoted to news. The latest ambitious effort by the archive, which has already digitized millions of books and tried to collect everything published on every Web page for the last 15 years (that adds up to more than 150 billion Web pages), is intended not only for researchers, Mr. Kahle said, but also for average citizens who make up some of the site’s estimated two million visitors each day.  “The focus is to help the American voter to better be able to examine candidates and issues,” Mr. Kahle said. “If you want to know exactly what Mitt Romney said about health care in 2009, you’ll be able to find it.” 

-All the TV News Since 2009, on One Web Site

You can watch Kahle demo the Internet Archive at PaleyNext in Los Angeles on 10/16, streaming live here.

Brewster Kahle’s “Universal Access to All Human Knowledge” talk at the Long Now Foundation was a huge influence on me.  It gave me the inspiration for “narrow comprehensiveness,” namely that the web favors sites that are “everything about something.” 

Like “narrow comprehensiveness.” Depth > breadth in this case? 


Stop the law that will censor the internet, in a small picture it will force my friends, other great music bloggers and myself from sharing great works of art with you. Big picture “it is a bill to protect a few special interests (ie Hollywood) and will sacrifice what the Internet stands for, namely an open place that is decentralized in its soul.” - Bijan Sabet

Do something about it.

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