Wandering Eye: O'Malley interrupted by Black Lives Matter activists, ads are killing the web experience, and more

On Saturday morning at a forum at Netroots Nation in Phoenix, Arizona, presidential candidates Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders responded to interruptions from Black Lives Matter activists. O'Malley was forced to leave the stage during a speech after repeatedly responding to chants from the activists with "Black lives matter, white lives matter, all lives matter." His attempt to continue speaking cut Sander's time short, and the failure of his statement to recognize racial inequality brought in criticisms from social media. The Vermont senator, on the other hand, responded, "Black lives of course matter. I spent 50 years of my life fighting for civil rights and dignity, but if you don't want me to be here, that's OK. I don't want to out-scream people." At a later rally—his largest yet, drawing over 11,000 people —Sanders re-addressed the issue of police brutality, saying, "When a police officer breaks the law, that officer must be held accountable," and quoted Frederick Douglass with "Freedom doesn't come without struggle." O'Malley later apologized on Twitter and at a later Netroots engagement, saying, "I meant no insensitivity by that and I apologize if that's what I communicated. That was misstated. What I intended to say was that we're all in this together, that black lives do matter and we have a double standard of justice in this country." (Maura Callahan)

 

Felix Salmon says what we all already know: Advertising technology is making the web unusable for mobile users (and a lot of desktop users too). In this Guardian piece, the finance blogger turned bigfoot journalist describes the online advertising/auction "ecosystem" of cookies and scripts that pinpoint what it sells as your interests and buying proclivities: "That ecosystem raises important questions about privacy and just general creepiness – the way that the minute you look at a pair of shoes online, for instance, they then start following you around every other website you visit for weeks. But whether or not you value your privacy, you are damaged, daily, by the sheer weight of all that technology." The problem, again, is bandwidth. If every site has a personally tailored set of video ads running—and they must run first, before the text of the article you wanted to read can even load—suddenly it's 1997 again, only worse. The owner of the website you visit (including this one) does not control what you see here, Salmon says: "there are dozens of links in the advertising-technology chain, and every single one of them is optimising for financial value, rather than low-bandwidth user experience. This is the tragedy of the commons. It's your bandwidth, and you're paying for it, but everybody else is clogging it up with stuff you never asked for or wanted." This being a Salmon piece, he doesn't stop with this lament. Instead, he offers up a solution—naturally, his "white knight" is a huge tech company. (Edward Ericson Jr.)

 

King Dickhead and presidential candidate Donald Trump took a swipe at the military record of former presidential candidate and current senator from Arizona John McCain. Say what you will about McCain's politics, but his record as a Navy pilot during the Vietnam War is pretty much unimpeachable. And yet Trump, a real estate mogul who's had it good his whole life, said of McCain, "He's not a war hero," later adding sarcastically, "He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured." Here's The Washington Post to remind you that, while Trump was beginning his real estate empire in Manhattan, McCain was getting tortured as a prisoner of war. Never mind that this has absolutely nothing to do with the issues in the next election. In short, fuck Donald Trump. (Brandon Weigel)

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