Summary of “Ramsey Orta filmed the killing of Eric Garner, so the police punished him”

FEARINGFORHISLIFERamsey Orta filmed the killing of Eric Garner.
The hardest part of her commitment to Orta is her fear of the phone ringing and someone on the other end telling her he is dead. Orta has reported constant abuse and harassment from correctional officers since he’s been locked up.
On August 2nd, 2014 – the day after the New York chief medical examiner officially ruled Eric Garner’s death a homicide – Ramsey Orta was running errands.
For a police department claiming not to be targeting Orta for his filming of Garner’s death, they sure brought it up a lot.
New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president Patrick J. Lynch released a statement saying: “The arrest of Ramsey Orta for criminal possession of a firearm only underscores the dangers that brought police officers to respond to a chronic crime condition in that community. Sadly, in the effort to keep neighborhoods like Tompkinsville safe, a tragedy occurred. But that doesn’t change the fact that police officers routinely risk their lives for the benefit of the community and that they have earned their support and understanding.”
Deja tells me she worries Orta will continue filming the police after his release.
Paranoia and fear form their own prison, one Orta is likely to live in for the rest of his life In April 2015, while Orta was in Rikers, a white North Charleston police officer, Michael Slager, shot and killed Walter Scott, an unarmed black man.
Having followed the Eric Garner case, Santana knew Orta had been incarcerated.

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Summary of “The dodgy, vulnerable fame of YouTube’s child ASMR stars”

While most girls her age earned their pocket money babysitting the neighbours’ kids, Kelly spent that summer in her bedroom filming 50 custom-made ASMR videos.
Beyond the weirdness of whispering and making “Mouth sounds” as in Kelly’s honeycomb video, some people nickname ASMR a “Brain orgasm”.
In June 2018, Poerio conducted a study where she monitored the physiological responses around ASMR. Videos designed to trigger ASMR were played to 50 people who get ASMR and a control group of 50 non-ASMR participants.
“I compare it to getting the world’s best massage, but no one has to be touching you because you can feel it by watching ASMR videos,” says Craig Richard, a professor of biopharmaceutical sciences at Shenandoah University, and the founder of ASMR University, a website dedicated to ASMR news and research.
According to YouTube estimates, there are more than 45 million ASMR videos uploaded to the site, and, over the past year, there has been a marked increase in children making ASMR-related videos.
“We’ve been working with experts to update our enforcement guidelines for reviewers to remove ASMR videos featuring minors engaged in more intimate or inappropriate acts. We are working alongside experts to make sure we are protecting young creators while also allowing ASMR content that connects creators and viewers in positive ways.”
Videos featuring the sexualisation of minors are banned by the site, and ASMR “Mouth sound” videos now fall within this remit.
At the time of writing, a search for “Child ASMR mouth sounds” on YouTube brings up hundreds of videos with a disturbing number of views.

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Summary of “Standing at Ground Zero for UFO Believers”

Tyler had told James and me to wear sturdy leather boots to protect our legs from rattlesnakes.
After we had recovered from the trip and sipped some water, Tyler configured two metal detectors and showed us a map of where the craft had landed.
Through a combination of videos, text messages, and emails, Tyler explained that part of his mission was to translate the information he learned from space exploration into biomedical technologies.
One video featured the CEO of one of Tyler’s companies in Tampa praising him.
The video featured a photo of Tyler in a blue flight uniform, wearing aviator sunglasses, posed in front of a giant rocket.
Tyler worked with venture capitalists and with surgeons and medical researchers to implement his visions.
Tyler’s voice, now strained and broken, trailed off in the video, but he was still filming.
The video marked a turning point in my estimation of who Tyler was and what he had contributed, and was contributing, to a history that, ironically, was unknown.

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Summary of “YouTube Is Still Struggling To Rein In Its Recommendation Algorithm”

YouTube declined to provide BuzzFeed News with information about what inputs the Up Next algorithm considers, but said it’s been working to improve the experience for users seeking news and information.
BuzzFeed News’ queries show the company’s recommendation system continues to promote conspiracy videos, videos produced by hate groups, and pirated videos published by accounts that YouTube itself sometimes bans.
From there, the algorithm took an abrupt turn, recommending a video about Miami International Airport, and then a series of episodes of a National Geographic TV show called Ultimate Airport Dubai – “Snakes”, “Firefighters”, “Customs Officers”, “Crystal Meth”, and “Faulty Planes” – posted by a YouTube channel called Ceylon Aviator.
YouTube has admitted that its Up Next algorithm is imperfect and has promised to improve the quality of its recommendations, but these problems persist.
In early 2018, after the US Senate began questioning Google executives about the platform’s possible role in Russian interference in the 2016 election, a spokesperson for YouTube told the Guardian, which was about to publish an investigation into YouTube’s recommendation system, “We know there is more to do here, and we’re looking forward to making more announcements in the months ahead.”.
Clearly, the people behind these channels have figured out how to game YouTube’s recommendation algorithm faster than YouTube can chase them down, leading the company to recommend their pirated videos before imminently deleting them.
Researchers have described YouTube as “The great radicalizer.” After the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, the site consistently recommended conspiracy theories to users searching mundane terms like “Las Vegas shooting.” Similarly, a 2017 report from the Guardian illustrated that YouTube reliably pushed users toward conspiratorial political videos.
In the end, what’s clear is that YouTube’s recommendation algorithm isn’t a partisan monster – it’s an engagement monster.

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Summary of “From Uncharted to Obra Dinn: Lucas Pope dishes on his illustrious game-dev career”

SAITAMA, Japan-Return of the Obra Dinn, the latest video game from designer, programmer, artist, writer, and musician Lucas Pope, revolves around a massive cast of characters.
If you didn’t know Pope’s pedigree-as one of the best independent game makers in the world, and the one-man shop responsible for Ars Technica’s 2013 Game of the Year Papers, Please-you might think that premise sounds humdrum.
As I came to learn, the modern classic only happened after Pope had mastered enough game development tools to tell his most singular story yet within a video game.
“Pope alleges that getting hired at established game studios-namely, Realtime Associates in 2003 and Naughty Dog in 2007-stemmed from his passion for developing custom toolsets for game design. Pope offers a list of”lesser” game-development needs: “To get scripts into the game.
“Some game programmers don’t like to work on that, players don’t see in the end game. But for me, that kind of work involves user interface, design, programming, and some art-all the things I love. I love making a tool that solves a really difficult task needed to get something into your game.”
Pope offers an example at a hypothetical game studio: a complicated, unsexy task comes up for a single staffer, and the company’s response is to tell said staffer, whose “Time is cheap,” to figure it out him or herself.
“My thinking is, write a tool that makes it super easy, so anybody can do it. Then they actually enjoy doing it. The quality of the stuff they produce that gets into the game is way better, because you’re not wasting your time with bullshit, rote things that the computer can do well. Computers are great at that sort of thing! The fact that I’m interested in that means that I’m already different from most programmers in the game industry.”
In other words: it’s something that sounds like a behind-the-scenes computer tool, used to make game design more efficient, becoming an addictive, drama-filled video game.

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Summary of “The Art of Being an Instagram Husband”

Though people have almost always relied on other people to take photos of themselves, Instagram and influencer culture has transformed that duty into a near-full-time job.
With nearly 7 million views, the video profiles the men “Behind every cute girl on Instagram.” They bemoan having to delete all the apps on their phone to make room for more photos and transforming into “a human selfie stick.”
Instagram and the digital landscape it created have shifted massively since the video was released.
While men used to be seen as begrudging participants, more so-called Instagram husbands are embracing the term and becoming an integral part of their partner’s business.
Read: Rising Instagram stars are posting fake sponsored content.
Though he had snapped photos and helped her on some projects previously, it wasn’t until they got married that he embraced the role of Instagram husband.
Because of the grueling, 24/7 nature of most influencers’ job, being an Instagram husband in 2019 doesn’t just entail taking a few iPhone photos while you’re out.
Ramirez said the decision to pivot his career into a full-time Instagram husband was not an easy one.

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Summary of “How Much of the Internet Is Fake?”

How Much of the Internet Is Fake? In late November, the Justice Department unsealed indictments against eight people accused of fleecing advertisers of $36 million in two of the largest digital ad-fraud operations ever uncovered.
Views were faked by malware-infected computers with marvelously sophisticated techniques to imitate humans: bots “Faked clicks, mouse movements, and social network login information to masquerade as engaged human consumers.” Some were sent to browse the internet to gather tracking cookies from other websites, just as a human visitor would have done through regular behavior.
Fake people with fake cookies and fake social-media accounts, fake-moving their fake cursors, fake-clicking on fake websites – the fraudsters had essentially created a simulacrum of the internet, where the only real things were the ads.
How much of the internet is fake? Studies generally suggest that, year after year, less than 60 percent of web traffic is human; some years, according to some researchers, a healthy majority of it is bot.
The “Fakeness” of the post-Inversion internet is less a calculable falsehood and more a particular quality of experience – the uncanny sense that what you encounter online is not “Real” but is also undeniably not “Fake,” and indeed may be both at once, or in succession, as you turn it over in your head. Take something as seemingly simple as how we measure web traffic.
What would real human traffic look like? The Inversion gives rise to some odd philosophical quandaries: If a Russian troll using a Brazilian man’s photograph to masquerade as an American Trump supporter watches a video on Facebook, is that view “Real”? And not only do we have bots masquerading as humans and humans masquerading as other humans, but also sometimes humans masquerading as bots, pretending to be “Artificial-intelligence personal assistants,” like Facebook’s “M,” in order to help tech companies appear to possess cutting-edge AI. We even have whatever CGI Instagram influencer Lil Miquela is: a fake human with a real body, a fake face, and real influence.
Contrary to what you might expect, a world suffused with deepfakes and other artificially generated photographic images won’t be one in which “Fake” images are routinely believed to be real, but one in which “Real” images are routinely believed to be fake – simply because, in the wake of the Inversion, who’ll be able to tell the difference?
Otherwise we’ll all end up on the bot internet of fake people, fake clicks, fake sites, and fake computers, where the only real thing is the ads.

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Summary of “Motion impossible: Tom Cruise declares war on TV frame interpolation”

How on earth could Tom Cruise manage to top all this? Simple.
At 9:46 last night, Tom tweeted an 87-second video in which he and his go-to director Christopher McQuarrie explained the concept of video interpolation and why it is the death of all good things.
Tom Cruise I’m taking a quick break from filming to tell you the best way to watch Mission: Impossible Fallout at home.
If you still haven’t switched off motion smoothing by then, Cruise will force himself through your TV screen using willpower alone.
Because Tom Cruise has made a career of total commitment.
So you’d better believe that, if Tom Cruise wants you to turn off motion smoothing on your television, you will turn off motion smoothing on your television.
If you still haven’t switched off motion smoothing by then, Tom Cruise will force himself through your TV screen using willpower alone, like the girl from The Ring, grab the remote out of your dumb cow hands and turn off motion smoothing himself.
Plus, you know, it’s just nice to see a Tom Cruise video appear online that isn’t somehow about Xenu.

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Summary of “The Best Video Games of 2018”

In recent years, members of the alt-right have, in blog posts and in YouTube videos, courted young men who share an interest in video games.
Last month, a YouTube user uploaded a clip from the recent blockbuster video game Red Dead Redemption 2, a cowboy playpen set in the late-nineteenth-century American Southwest.
The cultural problems around video games, of course, inhere not just in their young players but in their creators.
There remains a woeful lack of diversity among those who design video games, and, in the industry at large, among those who decide what kinds of games are made in the first place.
While 2018 was hardly a vintage year for video games, there were releases that nevertheless excited, stimulated, and challenged their audiences to think for themselves.
It’s a notable leap forward for the open-world video game, but its success may have come at the cost of those who created it.
There is pleasure to be had, of course, in driving a glittering array of supercars within a video game, where insurance premiums are yet to be found.
Monster hunting has been a theme in video games since Pok√©mon challenged us to catch ’em all.

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Summary of “‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ and Gaming’s Iron Curtain”

In the final months of 2018, Rockstar Games has absorbed the full force of video game culture’s radicalization.
Rockstar Games publishes a few exceptionally popular titles, including Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne, and Red Dead Redemption.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is a video game as much as it’s a monument to “Crunch,” the industry shorthand for describing the months of sleepless, unpaid overtime often required to ship a big-budget video game on time.
The violence is common in Red Dead Redemption, in Rockstar titles, and in video games, generally.
Red Dead Redemption is an open-world video game, and hey, it’s a free country.
It’s no longer the classic haggling, between gamers and nongamers, over violence in video games, nor is it necessarily the trending concern about political connotations that video games mismanage or repress.
The right-wing Gamergate subreddit obsesses over supposedly left-wing games journalism, such as coverage of Shirrako, with a passion that more reasonable gamers would typically reserve for the video games themselves.
In the 2010s, the politicization of video games has made games criticism more thoughtful, complex, and aggressive; but it’s also turned fandom into modern warfare.

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