Cliche Course

ClicheCourse is a map of culture thing. Also:

The following text was posted on the Internet on Nov. 25, 2017

I have an update in anticipation of my birthday: I'm planning to start a new software project in conjunction with the domain clichecourse.com, for now. The origin story is that I identified six public figures who might have the same kind of thing going on with their face as I do, and one way to describe what we might have in common is to simply list their names and then curate links to photos, videos, and other references to them in media.

Some people won't see any pattern at all. Others will notice the same overall pattern that I see, and each one of us will probably want to describe the pattern differently, especially in the moment when we first see it. In general, I would say that readily recognizable patterns like this can be thought of as cliches. It will take me at least a few months to launch a product, but I'm working on ClicheCourse because I'd like to have a new kind of Internet application for keeping track of patterns like this.

UPDATED Nov. 29: I had listed the six public figures here, but now I'll switch to mentioning another similar pattern that's easier to see and contemplate given nothing but a list of names. The new pattern is "two word (bigram) jargon that starts with the word 'big'." Some relevant examples are Big Banks, Big Data, Big Iron, Big Oil, Big Pharma, and Big Steel. If anyone can think of any other names of people who might make sense to include in lists like this, please let me know! END UPDATE.

Please also note that using the label "Big Tech" to describe Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and Netflix is another example of what I would describe as cliche, and the document I mentioned in my last FB post is still online. In fact, I'm hosting the same text at leftsmile.com, as well. I'll probably keep it on the Internet indefinitely because I think it gives me a valid platform for telling a simple story about what I was doing with my time for the last few years.

The simple story is, "I was preparing to criticize the actions of Big Tech. I thought the criticism I ended up making was strong, but that's just my opinion. I also feel like I was only criticizing Big Tech. I don't think I was ever particularly worried about any other people or companies, and now that I have a new software engineering project to elaborate, I might be ready to shift my focus away from Big Tech for the foreseeable future."

Finally, I wrote the previous five paragraphs before going to sleep, and the feedback from my dreams was more encouraging than usual. My conscious voice and my subconscious appear to be well aligned at this point. It (my subconscious) clearly forms its own theories and keeps them secret from me until it's ready to table an old theory and explore a new one, but it usually shows me what its old theories were via my dreams, like a cash register producing a receipt. It jokes around with framing my existence in amusing ways as well, I assure you.

I don't know what it's thinking now, but I woke up feeling more concerned than before that the USA might still prefer to help Big Tech amass all the social data so that they can compete in the same weight class with foreign state actors in the race to build AI. My initial counter argument would be, "Let's start by splitting the key social data over six companies instead of one, and then maybe expand that approach into a new kind of market system with checks and balances that come in all different shapes, sizes, and forms."

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