Facebook Goes “Meaningful”

It is reported that after implementing the much heralded “new algorithm” which reduces corporate and professional content in favour of “meaningful interactions” with family and friends, Mark Zuckerberg’s personal fortune fell by 3.7bn USD in two hours as Facebook’s market price lost 4.4%. Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, still owns 17% of the company he founded, so he won’t be short of a few dollars. It remains to be seen whether this move will result in less “Facebook fatigue” which causes people to take breaks from the platform, to post less often and include fewer personal details.

Why Facebook’s news feed is changing – and how it will affect you [Guardian]


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We are fortunate to have on our menu a spread of prime intellectual properties which wouldn’t be out of place on a royal wedding buffet.

So, to begin with, we give thanks to our generous donors without whom this wouldn’t be possible.

We anticipate a legacy of inspirational concepts realised with panache, élan and other French descriptors.

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Meaning is Comforting

You will have seen the endless ‘inspirational’ graphics with quotes which litter the entire social web even if you struggle not to see them. They are ubiquitous, because, as the great Inspirobot says, “meaning is comforting”.

Along the same lines as the Arty Bollocks Generator, Inspirobot rewards your search for meaning (less/ful) platitudes with glorious wit and random strangeness.

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Meaning is comfortable

Useful Art Tools

All artists have to provide rationale to explain, backup and promote their work, which in the main, however “intellectual” it may be, is primarily an experience of the senses rather than the written word.

In modern art particularly, this leads to some fairly difficult to grasp language, (cynics would say, deliberately obscure writing) which sometimes seem entirely unconnected to the work being described. Even the most celebrated works and movements of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries have had their incomprehensible moments.

With this in mind, the Arty Bollocks Generator was constructed in order to assist the lost and of course, to poke fun at pomposity

Here is a typical offering:

 Artist Statement

My work explores the relationship between the Military-Industrial Complex and copycat violence.

With influences as diverse as Blake and Andy Warhol, new combinations are crafted from both explicit and implicit narratives.

Ever since I was a postgraduate I have been fascinated by the traditional understanding of the zeitgeist. What starts out as hope soon becomes finessed into a cacophony of lust, leaving only a sense of unreality and the unlikelihood of a new order.

As wavering phenomena become reconfigured through studious and diverse practice, the viewer is left with an insight into the darkness of our condition.