Today’s lesson in caveat emptor Update 1/13/2019 AM: I’ve heard back from the authentic company. They reviewed the information I provided here. They noticed that the Shopify account with the fraudulent offering […]
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 […]
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 […]
Updated: New Facebook !#$&-ery afoot.
Update: I only just made a comment with a link to a Twitter account. Moments after posting, I got the same notification I detail below. Fuckery is indeed afoot. ————– I’m a […]
Still more Russian meddling on Facebook
If you’ve ever wondered how someone becomes radicalized on the internet, finds themselves immersed in a counterfactual narrative so compelling they are driven to violent acts against innocent strangers based on an […]
About that Russian meddling on Facebook
The fundamentals of guerrilla warfare, or detective work, indeed of any contest in which one is overmatched, involve dividing before conquering. Turn the enemy against himself. It’s in the Book of Joshua […]
“And then the death threats began” – a Facebook meme for the Donald era
I know, let’s update the “And then the murders began” Facebook literary meme to be a news meme with “And then the death threats began.” That’ll be fun, right?
Your opinion vs. mine: where are the facts we can agree on?
Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts. — Daniel Patrick Moynihan But what about alternative facts? — 2017 by Carole McNall I’m cruising my Facebook feed when […]
In just a decade, ‘content’ trumped ‘news’ (and those who reported it)
Ten years has seen the evisceration of newsrooms; the alteration of form, function, and distribution of information; and the emergence of a distorted public discourse. Oh, joy. Since 2007, I’ve written about […]