My Kinja experience is over. 10 days of limited contact with my staph carrying dog is over. I can go outside and leave the rabbit hole. My face has returned to normal ugly. It amazes me that I ended up doing this.
I bought a modern smartphone in 2014 and started using Google News sometime in 2015?. I don’t remember installing it but one day I pressed something and “Suggestions” appeared. Don’t confuse me for a Luddite I was just as organized as anyone but using the equivalent of Beta Max: a Palm Pre Plus. It was the first phone with unlimited tethering. Grandfather plan!!
That is when life got weird. No tin foil needed because I willing signed up for Google to track everything. I was sad and decided fuck it, I am going to test out artificial intelligence. Again, not a Luddite, I wrote AI software in grad school. In the 90s. So to protect against an obvious attack vector. Google News is really pattern recognition with big data or the AI equivalent of a teenager maybe.
So I pushed buttons and read. I asked for directions and Big G counted the number of times I listed to Monster (eminem) or The Battle of New Orleans (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band). One day Very Smart Brothas on The Root was at the top. This was the end of 2015.
I thought this website was fake like the dozens of “Des Moines Register”, “Little Rock Examiner”, or
A man named Michael and a dude named Alberto kept me reading. But the comment were the good stuff. So for the final part of my social media experience: anonymous snark I chose this site over Twitter.