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“Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature. CD distortion, the jitteriness of digital video, the crap sound of 8-bit - all of these will be cherished and emulated as soon as they can be avoided. It’s the sound of failure: so much modern art is the sound of things going out of control, of a medium pushing to its limits and breaking apart. The distorted guitar sound is the sound of something too loud for the medium supposed to carry it. The blues singer with the cracked voice is the sound of an emotional cry too powerful for the throat that releases it. The excitement of grainy film, of bleached-out black and white, is the excitement of witnessing events too momentous for the medium assigned to record them.”— Brian Eno, A Year With Swollen Appendices (via holyfuckingshittt)
Big Pun feat. Fat Joe - “Twinz (Deep Cover ‘98)” - Capital Punishment. Tightest Puerto-Rock to bless the mic. Period. Pun’s first verse is just sick. Great use of the Dr. Dre beat. I needed some east coast gangsta this morning.
Kasper ft. Martin Luther & GBattle - “We Can Do Better” - The People’s ReportSoundtrack. Totally forgot I recorded this track. It came out amazing. Kasper did a great job producing it. Peep the movie trailer here.
One decade ago today, the first phase of the web was reaching its peak. At no time in the history of man had a technology enabled so many people to generate, consume and distribute so much content anonymously. The online forum, the multiple email accounts, the chat room, online dating, flame wars, script kiddies and more porn than you could shake a stick at. The ascent of anonymity gave voice to our most base desires to be heard, hateful, amused and titillated without consequence or guilt. Identity was a masquerade without boundaries, a playground for the creative and the criminal. The willful ignorance of authenticity, transparency and ubiquity mitigated our discovery and connectedness, but at this time, the Internet was another world, a intermittent fantasy that disappeared when our dialup connection turned off.
During the next decade, I see opportunities for the value of anonymity to rise again, against the current tide of persistent identity and leveraged personal branding. However, this type of anonymity will not hide in the shadows, it will hide in the wide open. In a world where the value of information is commoditized at an increasing rate, information value will be found in artificial and real scarcity - scarcity of real-estate (characters, domain names), scarcity of access (VIP treatment, paywalls, encryption), scarcity of membership (micro-networks), and scarcity of discovery (completely leaving the internet grid). Obfuscation in the open will reign. Hi-jacking centralized massively distributed and monetized services in an anonymous way will become commonplace. Zynga’s model is no accident. A Plentyoffish or HotorNot clone will live and thrive inside of Facebook. Offering anonymous connectivity in a sea of identity wins, just as the opposite has proven true for social networks during the 00s. Facebook is no longer the fantasy world, but part of the real world one needs to escape from. The next cool underground music movement will reject the internet entirely, and go to great lengths to remove their music and identity from the internet. Identity and discovery are conformity, and every youth movement eventually eats the strategy of the previous one. Live music and entertainment that can’t be recorded or shared or tagged or discovered will become quaint, a throwback. The clandestine chic will take distribution queues from the clandestine evil - terrorist informed agendas.
Until then, look for me in the wide open, hiding the next big thing.
It should now be clear to many that having a contrarian view isn’t only for permabears and doomsday soothsayers. There is real value opposing the prevailing winds, but only if you are strategic.
I think I was spot on in how the “new” anonymity would play out - “hiding in plain sight” is becoming a common if not necessary “hot” strategy in 2014. Identity affords discovery for marketing purposes, however obfuscating identity at the last mile can make things obscure on a relative basis, rendering intelligence to a set of people we know via an existing network without pinpointing any exact person.
Ironically, incumbent players already invested in permanent identity can’t play in this new playground with any authenticity. The enforced edict of identity or pseudonymity has rendered Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn lifeless and joyless in this new wave of anonymous fun. The utility of full-stack identity managers isn’t fading, but the contextual usage of each is becoming clearer as these new-yet-old ways of communicating reemerge.
This of course leads me to believe there will be a growing set of “outing hacks.” We’ll soon have a common toolset leveraging images, social graph connections, language usage, network addresses, pattern recognition and other forensic data to expose all sorts of anonymous activity a la a certain government agency. For example:
using Google image search to figure out who your potential OK Cupid date is by cross-referencing it against all images across the entire internet
using Facebook Graph Search to triangulate a gossipy friend-of-a-friend on Secret/Anonyfish who lives in Boston and went to Duke and likes Burning Man
a natural language processing algorithm to predict the similarity among posts by a given redditor and the writings of the evasive and mythical Bitcoin creator, Satoshi Nakamoto
I welcome this nascent third wave of anonymous innovation. However, the mixed metaphors when combined with identity will render many more vulnerable than ever, especially as these tools move from the Valley to the Beltway.
Black Twitter is not a special website or a smartphone app. The hashtag #blacktwitter itself won’t necessarily lead you to it. It doesn’t exactly stick out among the trending topics on Twitter, even though it’s been known to cause a topic or two to trend. It is not exclusively black — there are blacks who don’t participate in it, and people of other races who do.
"Black Twitter brings the fullness of black humanity into the social network and that is why it has become so fascinating," said Kimberly C. Ellis, who has a doctorate in American and Africana Studies, tweets as @drgoddess and is studying Black Twitter for her upcoming book, "The Bombastic Brilliance of Black Twitter."