How much for your tweet?
A ha’penny? A thousand dollars? Name your price.
That’s for the algorithm to decide.
It depends on your followers, engagement, placement, how well you’re able to game the math.
The area below the president’s tweets is the most valuable real estate on the internet.
Thanks to Twitter’s weighted reply algorithm, you don’t even have to be the first to hit “send” — though it certainly helps. So seconds after the president sounds off to his 31 million–plus followers, he’s bombarded with replies — almost all of them extreme.
There are comedians, actors, doctors, scientists, admirers, goons, politicos, activists, journalists, and trolls. (BuzzFeed News has itself jumped into the fray.) And within seconds they’re all just a few pixels below the president’s missive — yelling, arguing, and looking to be the one Donald Trump sees when he checks his Twitter feed.
First replies to our President’s tweets, these are now virtual beachfront property.
On four separate occasions last May, “new right” blogger and pro-Trump Twitter personality Mike Cernovich beat out the thousands of other replies to have the top response to a Trump tweet. As a screenshot sent to BuzzFeed News shows, each tweet brought in at least 300,000 impressions.
It’s not that you never saw this coming, nobody did because nobody could. Certain (virtual) spaces just above or below certain (virtual) people is a new form of constrained resource and it enables a new economy. Right? Wrong. Economy is dying. The right response at the right time can — literally — come from a child in Africa, a mean old man in China, an adoring fan in Korea, no skill required, no (real) effort required, and it’s mostly non-repeatable.
Yet it’s valuable.
The freeing of everything is like that. The death of economy is like that. There may be value, but it won’t conform to rules because it can’t, it can’t be rational, it can’t be limited.
That’s where we’re headed.
Frightful, glorious freedom, of everything.
This young man records the music he loves, songs from the early 1900s recorded on wax cylinders. He’ll make a copy of these for you, if you like, for just a few dollars, though he’d rather not sell you a copy of the recordings, he’d rather you send him any old gramophone records you might stumble upon. Maybe at a neighbor’s garage sale.
As more of our needs are met, the modes of exchange explode, not contract, in ways that can’t be managed, can’t be codified, can’t be replicated, nor even supported by algorithms.
I’ll sell you a disc of my old recordings for $10 but would rather give it to you in exchange for any old records you ever want to get rid of, deal?
Let’s see Google monetize that.
The future is unpredictable because predictions demand rational thought and the future is never rational.
This process is accelerating.
There was no more destructive ideology — in the 20th century — than communism and it’s city cousin, socialism.
Is this what the nation’s richest state is embracing?
California, our most populous state, with an economy larger than nearly every country on Earth, is dancing toward socialism — a socialism promoted first and foremost by the wealthy. You didn’t see that one coming, either.
Is it a scheme to drive out all those below the 10%, save for the help?
California’s progressive regime of severe land-use controls has helped to make the state among the most unaffordable in the nation, driving homeownership rates to the lowest levels since the 1940s. It has also spurred a steady hegira of middle-aged, middle-class families — the kind of tax-burdened people Gov. Jerry Brown now denounces as “freeloaders” — from the state. They may have access to smartphones and virtual reality, but the increasingly propertyless masses seem destined to live in the kind of cramped conditions that their parents and grandparents had escaped decades earlier.
Or might it turn California into the global leader of sustainable energy, a glorious enclave of clean, green, high-margin creativity and innovation? A beautiful land where innovation drives down the cost of nearly everything — computing, connecting, entertainment, the data that works for us, the algorithms that protect us — to free?
There is some irony in a new kind of socialism blessed by some of the world’s richest people. The new policy framework is driven, in large part, by a desire to assume world leadership on climate-related issues. The biggest losers will be manufacturing, energy and homebuilding workers, who will see their jobs headed to other states and countries. Under the new socialism, expect more controls over the agribusiness sector, notably the cattle industry, California’s original boom industry.
This is stupid!
The free-ing of everything? The death of economy? That’s like saying the death of money! It makes no sense.
What will we eat?
Food is becoming plentiful, really.
But what will we do?
The world wide web of virtual reality and social media promises never-ending entertainment!
But where will we live?
In a cheap driverless camper van that takes you all over the country all your life, meeting new people, seeing new places, sleeping indoors.
No! This is stupid!
It’s not stupid. It’s disruptive, revolutionary — irrational. And that’s the way of the future! We are outsourcing the rational to our machines, our robots, our computers, our algorithms. The free-ing of everything may be the most rational response to what we have wrought.