It all changed shortly after Putin returned to power in 2012, according to Jim Rutenberg’s New York Times Magazine feature story, September 17, 2017. I emphasize story because Rutenberg turns a dry topic of media dynamics into a very human story, dripping with vivid details including the spread of venison, oysters and shrimp he enjoyed with one of the key figures in the tale.
“Objectivity is a myth,” Rutenberg quotes Dmitruyu Kiselyov as saying in a speech to the staff of the Russian government’s International News Service shortly after it had be put under his leadership. “Just imagine a young man who puts an arm around the shoulder of a girl and tells the girl, ‘You know, I’ve wanted to tell you for a long time that I treat you objectively.’ Is this what she’s waiting for? Probably not. So in the same way, our country, Russia, needs our love.”Read more
Social media is a Fog Machine in the Fog of Politics; a New Civic-social Media Needed to Clear the Air
Civic Media could be Trustworthy
The technology exists to create a trustworthy Civic-social media. The need is urgent. It needs to be built quickly, literally from the ground up, based on the legal voting residence of participants.
"Safe Communities": The Quaint Early Days of Facebook
In the quaint early days of Facebook, only thirteen short years ago, membership was available exclusively to college students on 30 selected campuses. Membership had reached 150,000 and the original plan of Mark Zuckerberg and his two Harvard roommates who co-founded the service was to return to Harvard that fall and grow their company cautiously, adding schools slowly because as Zuckerberg explained “we wanted to create safe communities” and according to a New York Times article the following year, “make sure the system could handle the increased use.”Read more
While you’ve been taking a short breather from all-Trump-all-the-Time, Facebook’s trending bias has become “news.” Apparently Facebook’s contract workers responsible for “curating” (a word I’ve always thought sounded more appropriate for meat preservation) the Facebook trending feature have been accused of deliberately or unconsciously favoring “liberal” over “conservative” content. Senator Thune of South Dakota has called for an investigation. You can take three lessons from the flap. The third, about the freedom of the press, is most vital.Read more