Triumph of the Meme

How things have changed:

Back in 2010, the idea of using memes to political ends was still housed within a fairly slim leftist-activist corridor – it was a tool that seemed entirely of our own creation, and entirely under our control. We viewed memes as a vehicle through which activists could speak truth to power – they were molotov Jpegs to be thrown at corporate hegemony’s bulletproof limousine. […] Never in our most ironic dreams did we the think that the spirit of our tired, lager-fueled pisstakes would end up leading to a resurgence of white nationalism and make the prospect of a fascist America faintly realistic. …

Twitter cuts (#107)

Concluding paragraph from the embedded link:

The big picture of content monetization on the internet is bright. Not only will pleasurable content like puppy pics be profitable, but educational videos, scientific research, and product designs for 3D printers will all be profitable. The way the world works will change — bitcoin micropayments on the internet enables the birth of the information economy, a social improvement comparable to, but greater than, the transition to the industrial age. The full potential is incomprehensibly large and positive.

It plays down the looming religious war aspect, but it gets the scale right.

Quotable (#55)

Michael Vassar (from 2004) is quoted at length at Less Wrong, on the problems of Friendly AI, a snippet:

If you can’t make people change, and you can’t make an AI, what can you do to avoid being killed? As I said, I don’t know. It’s a good bet that money would help …

(The whole piece is a gem, although he rejects the “go raving blithering Cthulhu-worshiping mad and try to build an artificial intelligence” option, for reasons I’m not entirely clear about.)

Meme War

It’s so on:

The realist counter-case is that the accelerationist cultural process is (or will ultimately demonstrably have been) controlled by its object. The only way to find out is for reality to happen — and we can be extremely confident that it will.