An editor at the NY Times resigns and offers her thoughts on the de-evolution of the NY Times into a mob ruled by Tweets, divorced of facts, evidence or logic. Staff no longer report the news – instead, they think that “…truth isn’t a process of collective discovery, but an orthodoxy already known to an enlightened few whose job is to inform everyone else.” Anyone having other thoughts is guilty of wrong think and must be banished for life.
There may be good reasons not to publish mugshots of suspects under arrest by the police. But among the reasons, offered, is that the reader may look these up at online jail web portals. In other words, the newspaper is outsourcing journalism to the reader. Which means one less reason to subscribe to a paper.
“Cult programming” refers to the methods used to brain wash targets into unquestioning conformity, to draw them into group membership. They often begin by putting you on a guilt trip – since you are guilty of something, may be wrong think, you can be saved by agreeing to us without question. Lay over that a dose of fear and you soon have compliance.
Facebook had another oopsie, letting 5,000 app developers continue to have access to user data they should not have had access to.
In the midst of an ineptly managed pandemic and ineptly managed civil unrest and economic fiasco people try to make sense of it by reading everything they can. Scrolling through post and news story after news story is called “doomscrolling” and it destroys your mental health. Sadly, much of the bull shit is not from random social media posts but from actual experts who spew nonsense.
Starbucks joins many other large companies in suspending the placement of ads on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter due to hate speech concerns.
On April 29th, The Atlantic published an article by writer Amanda Mull, titled: “Georgia’s Experiment in Human Sacrifice: The state is about to find out how many people need to lose their lives to shore up the economy.” What happened: Deaths fell. By a lot.
Google collects everything it can about you – they have introduced some tools to help you control what Google collects and to auto-delete data after a specified time period.
Just about all of the numbers in this USA Today “news report” are wrong, and easily cross checked for the correct numbers. This. Is. Journalism. Where facts are strictly optional.
No, the world is not going to end. This a bad headline designed to strike fear in the reader. It’s based on conspiracy theories and people seeking to find arbitrary patterns in randomness. But – time for some media scary headlines!