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Passing through the fires…

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2018 at 00:49

After a long train trip, I have arrived in San Jose last night. It is the AAA Annual meetings time. I may be posting about the meetings in the next few days. The train had to wait for two hours because a fire erupted closeby near Simi Valey. The weather quality in San Jose and around is not too good. I saw in the news at least 40 people died in the fires. A real pity… I took all the photos except the last one. I am writing to you at the Millbrae Public Library. While waiting to give a lift to some anthropologist friends from Turkey…

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Bohemian Rhapsody

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2018 at 03:16

I watched Bohemian Rhapsody yesterday with a few friends. I do not know why I am so lachrymose sometimes.

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Signal Hill, California

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2018 at 01:26

A few weeks ago, I have attended a class trip- a fieldwork experiment in UC Irvine Anthropology – in Signal Hill, where is close to Los Angeles. Half an hour at most. I have never heard of Signal Hill before I arrived in Irvine. I have always imagined oil rigs out of urban contexts but Signal Hill is just in the middle of a large urban complex. It has passed its prime, but there is still oil coming up right in the middle of a gentrified neighborhood. There is a special aesthetics surrounding this district.

Here is a nice photo essay:

The Urban Oil Fields of Los Angeles – The Atlantic


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Internet legend @kottke visits Istanbul

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2018 at 10:02

Some Reflections from My Short Trip to Istanbul

At the end of October, I spent barely 48 hours in Istanbul — too quick, but I saw a lot of stuff in a short time. When planning this trip, I had a lot of different thoughts about places I could go — the American Southwest, Barcelona, London, Edinburgh, Seattle/Portland, Miami — but the thing that really sold me was a relatively cheap plane ticket that would take me to both Berlin and Istanbul. A two-fer? Sign me up. I’d been to Berlin before, but I was a bit nervous about Istanbul because it seemed so culturally different than other places I’d been. I needn’t have worried.

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Yeah it happens. NYT piece: “Erdogan Champions Khashoggi While Trampling Turkish Journalists and Dissidents

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2018 at 01:41

The New York Times – Carlotta Gall – Nov 6, 8:12 AM

ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has kept the case of Jamal Khashoggi alive through a steady drip of leaks, forcing the Saudis to admit that the columnist and dissident was killed more than a month ago in their consulate

Television is the main news source in Turkey, followed by online news, according to a new report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. The report also finds that, for the first time, the smartphone has overtaken the computer for accessing news, the rise in online news use has stalled after two years […]

HDP MPs Kemalbay and Başaran, whose Instagram accounts have been closed, have said, “The univocality in the media is intended to be spread on the social media as well.”

The following questionnaire, conducted by P24 Platform for Independent Journalism, is part of a survey aimed at revealing the conditions faced by journalists in prison in Turkey, either in pretrial detention or under a sentence. In addition to

Amnesty International, PEN Germany, Turkish-German Forum of Culture and German Journalists Association have released a joint statement and called the Federal Government of Germany to get involved for the release of rights advocate Osman Kavala.
WDR – Oct 27

Zur übersetzten und redaktionell bearbeiteten Fassung der Kolumne: Warum sitzt Osman Kavala im Gefängnis? | mehr Osman Kavala neden hapiste? Bu soru aklımdan geçtiği anda, zihnim yıllar öncesinden bi

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#journalism agenda: Digital News Report 2018 – Turkey Supplementary Report by @servetyanatma

In Uncategorized on November 8, 2018 at 22:56

University of Oxford

This study is based on analysis of data collected as part of the Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2018. The original study was commissioned to understand how news is being consumed in a range of countries, including Turkey. The report finds…

What have tech companies done wrong with fake news? Google (yep) lists the ways

“Warning! This story describes a misrepresentation of women.” NewsMavens, a news source curated entirely by women at European news organizations, has launched #FemFacts, a fact-checking initiative “dedicated to tracking and debunking damaging misrepresentations of women in European news media.”

“We’re not just going to track false news, but also try to have a more nuanced approach to finding stuff like manipulated presentation of facts: misinformation that’s not false, but skewed,” Tijana Cvjetićanin told Poynter’s Daniel Funke. Their first fact-checks are here.

Those pesky kids with their smartphones don’t know the days of print newspapers separating the news pages from the opinion section. But they’re not necessarily the ones we have to worry about discerning news statements from opinions, according to a new analysis from the Pew Research Center.

Based on a survey Pew conducted in February and March, Americans ages 18–49 were more likely to accurately categorize factual statements as facts and opinion statements as opinions. A third of that age range correctly identified all five news items in a test, compared to 20 percent of those over age 50, and 44 percent of the younger grouping correctly identified all opinion items, compared to 26 percent of their elders.

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My take on the #Midterms2018

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2018 at 00:24

Photo by Erkan Saka. in Portland, OR

I have been reporting about the midterm elections for P24.

While I am working on the presentation for the incoming AAA Conference at San Jose, I will be following and tweeting about the elections in my Twitter feed probably under this Tweet.

This is a vital election not only for the US but for all the world. let’s see how it turns out…

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“Inflation in Turkey hits 15-year high: 25.24%

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2018 at 09:29

Turkey’s consumer price index increased 24.52 percent in October year-on-year, marking 15-year high.

2019 BUDGET : More Money for The President, Islam and Secret Funds, Less for Aid and Development

Lion’s share from the 16 percent increase in government expenditures in 2019 goes to Tayyip Erdoğan’s presidency under construction and to the security apparatus and the religious administration -the major pillars of the new regime.
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said temporary oil waivers were granted to eight countries, including Turkey.

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#Cyberculture agenda: “Internet freedom around the world has fallen for the 8th year in a row :(

In Uncategorized on November 4, 2018 at 01:11

Tech-Bro Culture Was Written in the Code

Adapted from A People’s History of Computing in the United States by Joy Lisi Rankin. Out now from Harvard University Press. 

Thousands of Google employees walk out to protest harassment, inequality

Google employees today took to the streets in a massive protest. At 11:10 a.m., in every time zone in which the staged walkout took place, about 40 in total, Googlers left their offices and stood with colleagues to demand change. Rally organizers told The Cut: All employees and contract workers across the company deserve to be safe. Sadly, the executive team has demonstrated through their lack of meaningful action that our safety is not a priority. We’ve waited for leadership to fix these problems, but have come to this conclusion: no one is going to do it for us.
Workers around the globe protest company’s handling of sexual-harassment claims.

Portrait by AI program sells for $432,000

The AI-generated portrait of a fictional Frenchman sold for 45 times its original estimate.

Predpol (previoulsy) is a “predictive policing” company that sells police forces predictive analytics tools that take in police data about crimes and arrests and spits out guesses about where the police should go to find future crimes.

IBM today announced it would be acquiring iconic Linux firm Red Hat in a $34 billion all-cash deal. According to a joint statement issued by both companies, IBM will pay $190 for each share of Red Hat, with Big Blue intending to absorb its latest purchase into its Hybrid Cloud division. [NEWS] @IBM to acquire Red Hat and become the world’s leading #hybridcloud provider. —

Goodbye Gab, a Haven for the Far Right

After the Squirrel Hill massacre, the tech industry needs to grapple with a major question: Do platforms like Gab radicalize attackers?

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A NYT piece by Orhan Pamuk on Ara Güler about Istanbul…

In Uncategorized on November 3, 2018 at 22:51

The Man Who Showed Us Istanbul

Orhan Pamuk remembers his friend Ara Guler, the great photographer, who lovingly captured Istanbul and its people.

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