Short attention span
The graffiti I see are usually just people's "tags" repeated endlessly. It is rare to see an attempt at something else - and even then it is often a simplified phallus.
Young artists are putting down their spray cans for smartphones, and causing graffiti art to die off as a result. This according to researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University in England, who said that as Instagram and YouTube have become more popular methods to share art, fewer young people are taking to the streets to …
Not here, we have also lots of art-like graffiti, some of it quite good -- but the best ones tend to be legal (at least AFAICT). It probably helps if you can take more time and don't have to prepared to run away all the time...
I wish social media somehow killed the idiots that scratch windows in trams and buses though.
Language mutates. Today, there is a difference between "graffiti" and "tagging". The first is a form of art, the second is vandalism. Many (most?) largish cities (in the US, at least) have legal outlets for folks wishing to indulge in street art. But that takes effort on the part of the artist. I'm quite happy to see most of them take the easy way out and display their "art" online where only their fan will observe it.
Come down to "the Smoke" and have a wander around Brick Lane on a sunny Sunday, take in the market with its great food and admire the stunning works of art that are all around the streets of Brick Lane and Hoxton. I often head out once a fortnight and collect snaps of the latest works of art. Some are just absolutely stunning and they're often only on display for a couple of weeks before they're either tagged or someone else paints over them.
The best one I've ever seen was a memorial to the late, great Terry Pratchett painted just off Brick Lane. It was 7 feet tall by about 35 yards long and it had all the major Discworld characters and themes in it with a huge painting of Pratchetts beaming face right at the end. It took me 15 shots to capture it and them pano-merge the images to capture it properly.
"In this way the rich kids of Instagram have killed the graffiti writer."
Somehow, I don't think this can be bettered, but if anyone can shoe horn graffiti themed lyrics into this tune, there's no one better than Trevor Horn to do it.
On the A1, just south of Alnwick in Northumberland, there's a village called Shilbottle. Since time immemorial, local kids have been adding a small horizontal bar to the first 'l' on the sign pointing towards it, so that the sign reads "Shitbottle".
A year or two back the comedian Stuart Lee used this as a barometer of how much timekids were spending on the Internet. In the past, whenever he passed that sign going to/from Edinburgh, he saw the defacement. However, in recent years, the presence of the added mark was less of a given. When you're a teenager with a smartphone, the Internet and a world of online pornography, adding some paint to a sign to make it look a bit rude suddenly doesn't seem so attractive.
"as the move to social media is largely being carried out by wealthy and middle-class kids who can afford the equipment."
What equipment? I can't think of much that is significantly more expensive than buying spray paint. The hardware is cheap, the software is cheap and can be pirated if you're an edgy teenager with no cash.
So what are they on about?
Places like these
Were made for the ease
Of every good-fellow in common,
But the man who writes
On the wall as he shites
Has a pleasure far greater than woman.
For he's eased in his body
And pleased in his mind
When he leaves both a turd
And some verses behind.
Anonymous, London, 1721
Japan has updated its penal code to make insulting people online a crime punishable by a year of incarceration.
An amendment [PDF] that passed the House of Councillors (Japan's upper legislative chamber) on Monday spells out that insults designed to hurt the reader can now attract increased punishments.
Supporters of the amended law cite the death of 22-year-old wrestler and reality TV personality Hana Kimura as a reason it was needed. On the day she passed away, Kimura shared images of self-harm and hateful comments she'd received on social media. Her death was later ruled a suicide.
Australian Federal Police (AFP) commissioner Reece Kershaw has accused un-named nations of helping organized criminals to use technology to commit and launder the proceeds of crime, and called for international collaboration to developer technologies that counter the threats that behaviour creates.
Kershaw’s remarks were made at a meeting of the Five Eyes Law Enforcement Group (FELEG), the forum in which members of the Five Eyes intelligence sharing pact – Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK and the USA – discuss policing and related matters. Kershaw is the current chair of FELEG.
“Criminals have weaponized technology and have become ruthlessly efficient at finding victims,” Kerhsaw told the group, before adding : “State actors and citizens from some nations are using our countries at the expense of our sovereignty and economies.”
Twitter has reportedly thrown its $44 billion buyout by Elon Musk to a shareholder vote, which could take place around late July or early August.
Execs told employees of the plans on Wednesday, according to outlets including CNBC and the Financial Times.
India's tech-related policies continue to create controversy, with fresh objections raised to a pair of proposed regulation packages.
One of those regulations is the infosec reporting and logging requirements introduced by India's Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) in late April. That package requires VPN, cloud, and numerous other IT services providers to collect customers' personal information and log their activity, then surrender that info to Indian authorities on demand. One VPN provider, ExpressVPN, last week quit India on grounds that its local servers are designed not to record any logs so compliance would be impossible. ExpressVPN will soon route customers' traffic outside India.
On Tuesday, another VPN – Surfshark – announced it would do likewise.
A prankster researcher has trained an AI chatbot on over 134 million posts to notoriously freewheeling internet forum 4chan, then set it live on the site before it was swiftly banned.
Yannic Kilcher, an AI researcher who posts some of his work to YouTube, called his creation "GPT-4chan" and described it as "the worst AI ever". He trained GPT-J 6B, an open source language model, on a dataset containing 3.5 years' worth of posts scraped from 4chan's imageboard. Kilcher then developed a chatbot that processed 4chan posts as inputs and generated text outputs, automatically commenting in numerous threads.
Netizens quickly noticed a 4chan account was posting suspiciously frequently, and began speculating whether it was a bot.
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated the suspension of Texas' social-media law HB 20 while litigation to have the legislation declared unconstitutional continues.
The law, signed in September by Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R), and promptly opposed, forbids large social media companies from moderating lawful content based on a "viewpoint," such as "smoking cures cancer" or "vaccines are poison" or hateful theories of racial superiority. Its ostensible purpose is to prevent internet giants from discriminating against conservative social media posts, something that studies indicate is not happening.
Those fighting the law – industry groups and advocacy organizations – say the rules would require large social media services such as Facebook and Twitter to distribute "lawful but awful" content – hate speech, misinformation, and other dubious material. They argue companies have a First Amendment right to exercise editorial discretion for the content distributed on their platforms.
While the US Supreme Court considers an emergency petition to reinstate a preliminary injunction against Texas' social media law HB 20, the US Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday partially upheld a similar injunction against Florida's social media law, SB 7072.
Both Florida and Texas last year passed laws that impose content moderation restrictions, editorial disclosure obligations, and user-data access requirements on large online social networks. The Republican governors of both states justified the laws by claiming that social media sites have been trying to censor conservative voices, an allegation that has not been supported by evidence.
Multiple studies addressing this issue say right-wing folk aren't being censored. They have found that social media sites try to take down or block misinformation, which researchers say is more common from right-leaning sources.
A coalition of advocacy groups on Tuesday asked the US Supreme Court to block Texas' social media law HB 20 after the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals last week lifted a preliminary injunction that had kept it from taking effect.
The Lone Star State law, which forbids large social media platforms from moderating content that's "lawful-but-awful," as advocacy group the Center for Democracy and Technology puts it, was approved last September by Governor Greg Abbott (R). It was immediately challenged in court and the judge hearing the case imposed a preliminary injunction, preventing the legislation from being enforced, on the basis that the trade groups opposing it – NetChoice and CCIA – were likely to prevail.
But that injunction was lifted on appeal. That case continues to be litigated, but thanks to the Fifth Circuit, HB 20 can be enforced even as its constitutionality remains in dispute, hence the coalition's application [PDF] this month to the Supreme Court.
China’s Ministry of Public Security has revealed the five most prevalent types of fraud perpetrated online or by phone.
The e-commerce scam known as “brushing” topped the list and accounted for around a third of all internet fraud activity in China. Brushing sees victims lured into making payment for goods that may not be delivered, or are only delivered after buyers are asked to perform several other online tasks that may include downloading dodgy apps and/or establishing e-commerce profiles. Victims can find themselves being asked to pay more than the original price for goods, or denied promised rebates.
Brushing has also seen e-commerce providers send victims small items they never ordered, using profiles victims did not create or control. Dodgy vendors use that tactic to then write themselves glowing product reviews that increase their visibility on marketplace platforms.
On Wednesday, the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decided to undo a preliminary injunction that for the past few months has been blocking Texas's law prohibiting online content moderation while that legislation is being challenged.
Two judges of a three judge panel – all Republican appointees – granted Texas's motion to stay the preliminary injunction, granted last December, that suspended HB 20 amid the dispute over its constitutionality.
The law, signed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) on September 9, 2021, forbids large social media platforms from moderating content based on any viewpoint, or on the user's location, unless the content is illegal. Florida enacted a similar law last May, which is also being fought in court and is currently enjoined.
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