With Amazon opening its platform to advertisers in a massive way, we sift through the WSJ article and discuss as thought leaders (!) how old world common sense like selling physical things, not only makes sense but is just what Amazon is doing. Why isn’t anyone else? It’s odd when you sit and think about it – where other sites are specifically after selling our data, Amazon’s busy selling us actual stuff whether you’re online or not. Looks like we’d better warm up to our new overlords. And Linux squeezes in a tiny appearance in today’s episode.

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Not everything scales up well. Unpoliced social networks breed hate counter to the designers’ goals.

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In 2014, The Atlantic claimed no year in the century leading had been so filled with political rancor and dischord and anger. If only they’d waited two or four years. We’re so swamped with anger and hate that entire nations and states are working toward policy changes to lighten up social media. Lost among all this are ideas for countering hostile situations. Snakebite has some personal stories and we root through some more creative advice online.

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He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind… Free Speech. Today, everyone it seems is judging others to have failed the acid test of free speech online, in person, at rallies and in life. Vitriol – we’ve mentioned that before at the cafe, but it seems increasingly so to be in more and more places around the United States. We have a piety problem; unthinking conventional reverence that we and like-minded brothers and sisters are in the right. And it’s all going wrong very quickly.

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