Only trust … assuming it can still be found. In 2007, on this overblown, sadly commercialized holiday whose historical moment has been buried by beer, barbecue, patriotic bombast, and over-the-top, often taxpayer-paid […]
Journalism shouldn’t be dangerous — but it is now
When newsrooms need to lock their doors, their ability to serve their readers and viewers is sadly impeded I became a journalist, in part, because I was able to walk through the […]
Bagdikian was right: Don’t allow media to concentrate
Journalism should serve the public, he argued, no one else. Ben Bagdikian, one of the nation’s foremost media critics, died in 2016 at age 96. He left behind warnings about concentration in […]
If you’re young, what does national security mean to you?
If you don’t like what it means today, do something about it. In the early 1950s, I stumbled and bumbled my way through elementary school. The Cold War had begun, and we […]
The FTC figuratively owns Facebook (for now) – The Tech Curmudgeon
A 2011 consent decree with the FTC might be an existential threat to Facebook, which doesn’t give a damn about protecting personal data but cares a lot about money.
Have hate speech and money? Facebook wants YOU
Call it out in no uncertain terms? Get banned. Nice strategy, Facebook. It’s hard to imagine many people are unaware of Facebook and it’s numerous failures to actually understand content moderation. Women […]
Mental illness should not become a blanket barrier to owning a firearm
I want to buy a gun. As a kid, I loved westerns — those with Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Hopalong Cassidy, and John Wayne. They were heroes — good guys in white […]
Enough is enough: it’s time for America to adopt hate speech laws
The facts are clear: freedom has nothing to do with America’s narrow conception of “free speech.” According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics: U.S. residents experienced an average of 250,000 hate crime […]
Is it time to weaponize the marketplace?
Asking for a friend. By now I think it’s safe to assume that the so-called free market forces (that want anything but a truly free market) have all their bases covered. Thanks […]
Dana Loesch, the NRA, and their allergy to truth
Bullshit merchant Dana Loesch’s claim that the NRA isn’t a “lobby group” is patently false As a mostly impartial gadfly, I try hard to be fair. What I seek are sound arguments, […]