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You Kant Make Me Argue Ethics…

Do you have to make it entirely clear when an account is a bot?

Is it misleading, or, more, deceptive to keep that information not secret, per say, but not readily available either? Like, what are the moral obligations of bot-creators? Are there any? Is there a kind of digital, moral imperative? Or, more simply, rules of conduct in online spaces that are true all of the time? (Or else how can they be moral imperatives?)

These concerns and questions arose not while I was in the process of setting up a bot but, after I had created the bot and realized that I didn’t necessarily want to allocate a space on my account to revealing the “trick.” Honestly, I felt and still feel doing so steals some of the magic. (Kind of like over-tagging in fanfic. Stating an account is a bot–announcing it’s run on a systematic queue as opposed to a flesh and blood person amounts to the same a as adding so many tags to a fic that it becomes undeniable that it isn’t canon. And, I think some of the joy of fanfic is that it toes the line of reality in the same kind of way that bots can. Anyway, that was a long deviation. Back to the matter at hand!)

Is non-disclosure in this context wrong?

To complicate matters, I came across this thread of discussion between one pesky faerie and a circle-talking prophet. In it, a question about whether or not one can be at fault for another’s faith is posed. Simply, how responsible is one for another’s willingness to be deceived? If all the info/evidence, aside from an outright admission/confession, is freely available for one to interpret and draw logical–you’d hope–conclusions from, is my fault they decide one plausibility is more credible than another? Trumps another?

For example, if you walk into a grocery store, see all the bar-codes on products, the numbers following little $ symbols on shelves, then notice the registers at the front of the establishment with scanners–scanning as you watch the items of other guests to the establishment and ringing up, again, numbers beside $ symbols which prompt the guests to exchange currency in some form–and you still attempt to/decide to grab an apple pie and mosey on out of that store without swinging by the registers like everyone else, the resulting consequences are kind of on you. I know many grocery stores and other retail establishments will have signs that say things like, Pay Here, but I don’t think they have ones that explicitly say: You must purchase goods from this store via monetary means (i.e cash or card) before you can leave or else you will be arrested Sure, there also signs that probably say, “Shoplifters will be prosecuted” but, again, those kinds of signs are asking you to infer something–that you must buy before you can take–and are not explicitly stating the “rules” of the transaction. Just the consequences that will proceed it if it is not carried out properly.

A good counter-argument to the one just posed would, of course, be that the “etiquette” or “conduct” is imposed by greater sociocultural norms, which are implicit and so don’t always need enforcement through direct statement. By merit of being a social space, a grocery store has rules of practice anyone in the culture in which this grocery store exists will know or, at least, be familiar enough with to understand. So, I guess, my question is whether or not the internet culture of right now is at a place that allows members of it to properly recognize and interpret the signs that would signal whether or not a bot is a bot without an explicit warning/disclaimer?

….To be honest, my gut feeling is no. Non. Nada. 아니오.  Nílim. Really, no.

If the widespread acceptance of “fake news” is any indication of the internet society’s ability to interpret info–gauge its credibility–and make informed decisions, then I don’t believe any symbols/signals in online spaces ubiquitous and made intuit enough yet for bots to go unannounced.  That said, I still don’t want it be necessary that I reveal my bot in so many words. Personally, I just don’t feel like that is one of my responsibilities. But, does that make me part of a greater problem–the proliferation of falsehoods masquerading freely as not in digital spaces? Even if it seems like such a minor offense?

I believe this issue is a significant one when it comes to discussing netprov as a whole. In the Studio Visit with Mark Marino and Rob Wittig, both netprov creators touched upon this concern and said they came to the conclusion that “deception” is all well and good until someone gets “hurt”–their feelings or otherwise. Like, it’s “good fun”. A magic trick. Especially when there is a big reveal at the end. Of course, that presupposes an amicable end where everyone will feel inclined to come together for discussion…. but, whatev.

Anyway, I guess that’s where I my thoughts on this whole thing keep returning–to the idea that, so long as my deception, my magic trick, is not causing anyone undue* harm or offense, why is it wrong? Because lying is inherently wrong? All the time? There’s never an acceptable or appropriate reason to keep something hidden? You must be a delight when it comes to surprise parties, huh?

I’ll admit, though, I’m not sure where this leaves the issue of “fake news.” And, it’s my understanding that there are now courses being offered to study just that–the issue of it and, also, how it is even created. So, there are no simple solutions or short answers or, really, answers. All I can say, I think, is that the internet culture/society needs to integrate more of a desire for truth and for critical consumption of info into its practices. Finding something that agrees with one’s views of the world is “great” but, like, what are that something’s sources? And, do those sources have agendas of their own? What do they gain by attaining your belief? And, more, internet culture needs to shift away from aggression as a universal response–violently reacting to anyone or any group which dares to share a view that isn’t compatible with another’s. In many cases, I agree that anger is a justifiable feeling towards an idea being forwarded but it shouldn’t be the driving force behind your reaction. Anger seldom provokes meaningful discussion these days so much as it does a nasty argument. Then again, I’m speaking from a particular context of my own–which I can never fully exist outside of–so, maybe, these suggestions are “fine and good” but not useful in alleviating another’s struggles or solving their particular problems.

So, because I don’t want this post to turn into a venting/ranting one and I don’t feel like delving into ethics because, again, no. Nope. Nah–

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This is where Shadow Girl will take her leave and sign out. She’s got pesky faeries and persnickety prophets to eavesdrop on, after all. Much too much on her plate… ^.^

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*according to how I define the word and how you do too~

 


Tagged: arganee, bots, ehhhh, fake news, moral responsibility?, netnarr, Networked Narratives, not-ethics, personal, reflection, Shadow Girl Reflections, twitter, twitterbots

Shadow Girl Reflects VII: Or Does She?

This week, shadow has been severed–cleaved in two. Something and Other. Which is which?

From near to far reaches it seems one has become many, has, at least, realized there is more than meets the eye. Another side. Someplace beyond but surround as well.

Contact has been made–by the Other’s denizens. Letters in invisible ink, thrums from an invisible (?) world, and nonsense ramblings have appeared from the miasma. Are they greetings? Warnings? Will time reveal which or run out first?

In order to discover some answers of my own, I have been following some pesky fey–aos sí the great secret society of old. One pesky faerie in particular‘s writing on the wall seems to be, for all its darkness and double-speak, rather illuminating. Exactly of what will require further study. Delving deeper into the shadows.

Perhaps there are no answers, though. No rhymes or reasons–not yet. Perhaps even these creatures who have hazarded crossing the screen separating Other from Something know not yet whyPerhaps that’s not important.

Maybe it’s not what these creatures may what to teach us that matters. Not most. What we learn from them, what we see reflected back, may be a slant rhyme but the closest thing to one we’re going to get.

My faerie, for now, is making full use of that sewn-shut mouth of hers. Guess the telling will come after the taunting ends…

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So, looking forward, I hope to be able to set up a bot sometime this long weekend. Just had no time to get to it this week–was tied up in both metals & drawing ventures ^.^ I follow the flow of my creativity and those areas are where it wanted to go this week~

Still, I’m planning to do some tinkering of my own, whether the current wants to go that way or not. Look forward to that!

Hopefully, too, another story will make its way up onto the ol’ blog by tomorrow(?). Maybe. A pesky faerie seems to have commandeered their own chunk of my creativity….

Anyway, that’s how I’m faring so far. Head above water but bobbing below every so oft. Hopefully I’ll come across my second wind…or some floaties. Either or. Whichever comes first ^.^

Shadow Girl signing off till next time~

Daily Digital Alchemies


Tagged: arganee, faerie girl, many questions, netnarr, Networked Narratives, personal, reflection, Shadow Girl Reflections, twitter

Ryan Reynolds is funny on twitter, but is it the real Ryan? This and more Clickbait…

I have been looking at Ryan Reynolds, and much like the rest of the internet I found him hilarious.

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But looking at the social media output of Ryan, how much is it Ryan saying all this funny stuff and how much is the Performed Self, like Erving Goffman talk about in his book “The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life”. Even Ryan Reynolds says something about this, look at his description on twitter:

“Introducing people to the version of myself which tested highest in the focus groups.”

Funny.

This clearly is funny, he is using sarcasm to deflect the idea that we present only the best sides of ourselves, or is he admitting that we all act differently in different situations. It’s what Erving Goffman talked about as wearing different masks and controlling how we appear. We adapt what we are in different situations.

Then what?

Ryan Reynolds is an actor, or plays the role of one, he is a dad, he is a lot of different things to different people, and the ting we are discussing here is what is the real Ryan, and for that matter, what is the real version of any of us?

Answers?

Well Erving, thought that we play different roles for different people, and that we don’t necessarily have a fixed person beneath all that fluff we make up to look good in a certain situation. But he also talks about a back-stage self and a front stage self, the back-stage self is the person you are, and the way you act when you are with people you are comfortable with. The front stage self is the version we present when you don’t know the people you are socializing with. The fallback, the job interview self, the one we use when we need to put our best foot forwards.

Ryan Reynolds wants to look like he is all jokes, and he uses his twitter to front the version of him that is willing to share intimate jokes about his family.

Anyways this is a lot of fumbling without any real thoughts on why I’m saying all this about Ryan. Now we all (probably) agree that the Ryan Reynolds on twitter, or Facebook, or in a parent teacher conference is not the whole and full Ryan Reynolds. Why then, look at twitter and say this, anyone could say:

“he is being funny on purpose!!!!”

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I do this, and think its important to do this to figure out if we have one true identity beneath all the other fluff, of the self we have in our minds eye is truly something we control. What if all this, our identity, is a reflection on the people around us and the people we like?

Still the question of why and how our identity is built, especially on the web, and in social media, is one of the most interesting questions in digital humaniora (humanities) today.

And sorry for the clickbait…..

Follow Ryan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/VancityReynolds


Twitter research and the public sphere

Twitter!

I have been looking at twitter all week, and the public spheres therein. We have been using a program, or a script, used from Google drive, to look at twitter, using twitters AIP.

Was  that to fast?

All right, we used something called TAGS, to look at what’s going on at twitter. The program is easy enough to use, you need a Google account and a twitter account. Then follow the guide. Then you can find all the tweets using one or several #hashtag. Pretty cool stuff.

We are using the twitter API, and API is an Application Programming Interface, is the instruction set created for developers to interact with some type of program or database. Normally we would look at twitter from the website, but using the API we can look at lots of tweets and gather a lot of them,

But then what?

Well we are going to collect a lot of tweets, about 50000, and then we can get working on the meta aspect of it all, but for now it’s pretty cool to gather all the tweets on a subject.

Things to look at and read.

TAGS website! Pretty cool. https://tags.hawksey.info

Interested in the twitter API? Here is further reading in what it is and the different versions https://brightplanet.com/2013/06/twitter-firehose-vs-twitter-api-whats-the-difference-and-why-should-you-care/