A national TV news producer says all news is basically driven by ratings – not importance or value to the viewer. Most news is intentionally devoid of context and facts.
Twitter was hacked and taken over by a 17 year old.
Recent news reports emphasize the spike or surge in new Covid-19 cases, and often continue to focus on that narrative for days to weeks after the trend has reversed. According to the CDC, the trend in new cases recently plateaued in the U.S. and may now be in decline. But don’t expect to see that widely reported 🙂
Woz sues Youtube over the proliferation of Youtube channels where criminals use old videos of him speaking about crytocurrencies to encourage people to send (and lose) their money to secret digital currency accounts. Social media companies say they are not responsible for criminal conduct on their platforms.
Like duh! “…in an era of heightened sensitivity about disinformation campaigns carried out by foreign nations, bad-faith actors with far fewer resources can also manipulate public discourse and affect events in the real world.”
Twitter’s hack into its administrative tools reveals the potential power of social media to destroy life on earth. Imagine if they hacked Trump’s account and posted things even more insane than Trump would post.
This claim comes out every year, from the same activist lobbying organization. They use misleading language and obfuscated definitions to imply a conclusion that is not true – a conclusion that the media laps up like good little puppies and uses to make false conclusions. This blog has covered this item twice previously. Nothing has changed.
Stories about people attending Covid parties and then getting sick are poorly sourced and in general, probably never happened.
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.