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VOLUME 18 NO. 3

EXAMINE THE NET WAY OF LIFE

NOVEMBER, 2018

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UP-CYCLING

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WHETHER REPORT

 

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EXAMINE THE NET WAY OF LIFE

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UP-CYCLING NEWS

South Korean actress Gong Hyo Jin is known for her talent in romantic comedies but off-screen she has a reputation as a Bohemian fashion icon. Her latest side project is a upcycle store called Super Magic Factory. It is rare that Korean celebrities branch out into social causes but Hyo Jin's store is an environmental impact statement. It tries to take objects out of landfills to be repurposed as art, fashion or functional household goods. With South Korea 70 percent mountainous terrain, landfills and recycling is a national issue. Currently, urban citizens need three different trash containers: one for food waste, one for plastics and one general garbage.

Upcycling is creative reuse; the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value. Upcycling is the opposite of downcycling, which is the other face of the recycling process. Downcycling involves converting materials and products into new materials of lesser quality. Most recycling involves converting or extracting useful materials from a product and creating a different product or material. Upcycling first began in the late 1990s in Germany.

An example of upcycling would be taking a pair of old, ratty jeans and cutting them up to make a purse or hand bag. In Great Britain, upcycling is a rising trend. Brits have caught the fever of upcycling as the art of reusing materials and turning unwanted items into unique new products. This new trend in sustainable design is rising in popularity across Liverpool and beyond as homeowners get creative in their search for something unique. Some families have used their sheds as cottage workshops to take barrels and old wood to make craft tables and chairs. “Upcycling gives people an opportunity to make a statement in their homes that becomes a talking point, ” a Liverpool couple said of their new home business.

In 2009, Reuters reported that upcycling had increased in the rich countries but observed that upcycling was a necessity in poorer ones. Supporters of the environmentally friendly practice of upcycling say people in developing countries have effectively been upcycling for years, using old packaging and clothing in new ways, although more out of need than for the environment. But upcycling is now taking off in other countries, reflecting an increased interest in eco-friendly products, particularly ones that are priced at an affordable level and proving profitable for the manufacturers.

Some proactive countries have promoted upcycling, including South Korea. The Korea Herald reported in 2015 the Seoul Metropolitan Government started work on developing a 16,500 sq. meter recycling center to house work shops to create upwards of 20,000 new jobs while it tries to raise the world's best recycling rate of 64 percent to 75 percent. Korea’s biggest upcycling complex cultural space opened to the public in Seongdong-gu, Seoul on September 5, 2017. With 2 basement floors and 5 floors above the ground the entire upcycling process, from material donation and collection to processing, production, and sales, is carried out in this center. The building's interior and exterior were designed so that everyone can experience upcycling culture.

The Economic Times reports that A-list international celebrities such as Panache, Cate Blanchett, Kangana Ranaut and Deepika Padukone,who design fashions are now repeating their designer ensembles with used materials. Smart Magic Factory also sells re-used clothing, often with painted art or phrases, to appeal to a hip, cool edgy sub-culture to the normal high end fashion brands and K-wave styles.

Upcycling trend will continue because it is a simple solution to recycling (and the process of turning old materials into new raw materials).

 

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FOUND BUT NOT LOST ON THE INTERNET

For a limited time, the Wizarding World Cafe will be open beginning this month. In Japan. For super Harry Potter fans, this may be one of those bucket list items.

Source: kokatu.com

A Florida school decided to use a “driverless” shuttle students to school. The U.S. Transportation Safety Agency determined that the use of a driverless shuttle as a school bus was an unlawful. It is unclear how outraged the students' parents were on the idea that their kids were riding to school in an experimental vehicle.

Source: jalopnick.com

A dancer- singer for the Japanese pop-metal band BABYMETAL has left the group. After 8 years with the unique and quirky kawaii metal band, YUIMETAL, who had been out of recent performances due to health reasons, decided to leave the group (and possibly start an acting career.) The current BABYMETAL WORLD TOUR 2018 in JAPAN will go on and its agency says it will mark the rebirth lead singer SU-METAL and MOAMETAL as the core of BABYMETAL. BABYMETAL rose to international fame for taking the image of cute j-pop girls fronting a metal band when they were pre-teens. Yes, YUIMETAL is leaving the band she started when she was 11 years old.

 

Source: asianjunkie

 

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PUBLISH AND PERISH COMMENTARY

The social network platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have a growing problem: offensive user content.

The backlash from allegations that Russian trolls and government agents tried to interfere and influence the 2016 US elections continues to fester and boil. In order to lance the criticisms, the social media platforms have vowed to safeguard the integrity of social discourse. They would take an expanded role of gatekeeping content posted on their user's accounts.

But this public relations ploy may back fire. For social media platforms have had safe harbor protection against liability of libel, slander and copyright violations under federal digital rights laws because they were classified as computer platforms and not traditional publishers of content. The terms of service agreements give the SNS networks the ability to kick out or suspend users for a variety of reasons under contract law, but to actively review, edit and set content standards puts the platforms in a role of being a publisher, which is not a protected safe harbor.

If you become a gatekeeper of content, or as some companies say fact checkers, or moral policemen, then you take on the role of a traditional media editor. Then you are taking the exposure of liability for the content you allow to publish (or gets through your standards and practices groups as happens with newspapers, radio and TV stations.)

Netizens tend to fly off the handle when big data firms such as Google, Facebook and Twitter fail to recognize hate speech, violence threats and prequels to mass shootings. But originally, that is not their role. Their sole function was to set up digital town squares or meeting places for friends and colleagues could interact in a virtual space. It was not to monitor the conversations, debates, videos or content posted on their platforms. But once you start to edit and monitor content on the web, courts tend to weaken your defenses against libel and slander. That is why many traditional media companies stopped comment sections on their web stories because they could not control trolls hijacking their space for their own purposes.

Now many believe this is all a hard reaction to the Troll in Chief, President Trump, who uses his Twitter account as a medieval wordsmith torture chamber of odd comments, instigating rhetoric, political idiocy and crude bullying. If the president, athletes, and quasi-celebrities can talk trash and hurl insults why can the average nobody join the fun?

Facebook and Google are trying to monopolize the digital advertising market, but advertisers do not want to be associated with demented posters, hate speech or negative news stories. Social platforms are trying to have their financial cake and user base by walking the picket fence on this issue. But they cannot have it both ways: hiding behind the protection of being classified as a platform while trying to being a gatekeeper and editor of information.

It is impossible to police the internet. There are billions of active users creating tens of billions of bits of information on a daily basis. Even the largest, fastest and smartest big data collection agencies cannot process all of that information. Anyone with an email account and access to the web can start their own blog, web page or SNS account.

The foundational issue with the culture of negative commentary is that posters have no responsibility for truthful comments or accountability for harmful and dangerous speech. The First Amendment is the principle that free speech is important for a democracy, but it only applies against government actions. The common and state laws regulate wrongful behavior such as libel, slander, hate crimes and conspiracies to commit crimes. But enforcement usually happens too little and too late.

The World Wide Web should be a self-regulating, organic world where everyone respects everyone else. But the wide scope of personal opinions, bias and warped personal privileges or world view has overwhelmed common courtesy and decency because any joker or crackpot can find a kindred spirit in sub-thread user group. With no filters, people's worst tendencies get the light of day. It is a pipe dream for social media platforms to try to make the Internet a utopian paradise.

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STATUS

Question: Whether pre-election hate speech has fueled violent attacks on politicians and organizations?

* Educated Guess

* Possible

* Probable

* Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

* Doubtful

* Vapor Dream

Question: Whether repurposing old items into new purposes or art will catch on?

* Educated Guess

* Possible

* Probable

* Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

* Doubtful

* Vapor Dream

Question: Whether artificial intelligence painted fine art is not really unique but merely a tool for human artists?

* Educated Guess

* Possible

* Probable

* Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

* Doubtful

* Vapor Dream


 

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