Note to newspaper editors: That a politician is communicating directly with the public (for instance via social media) is NOT the problem. In fact, it is what a ‘representative democracy’ SHOULD be all about.

What is a problem are the lies, the antagonism, etc. But this is a problem we see across media channels. What is also a problem is when a politician can micro-target messages to different groups of people.

Those are things we need to find solutions for.
But having a politician announce something directly to the people they represent is NOT undermining democracy. That IS a representative democracy.
But more than that, when we talk about the free press, the fourth estate, we are defining it as one of the four ‘pillars’ of democracy. We are not a ‘layer’. The other three pillars do not need to seek permission from the press to communicate with the public.
Our role as the press is to hold those other pillars to account, and to make the public factfully informed. But it can never be the role of the press to demand to be the gatekeepers of information.

We can demand access, but we cannot demand exclusivity.

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11 Dec
Cyberpunk 2077 is (so far) a good Game. Not as good as Witcher 3, but good. There are however several problems with sexism. I'm not talking about the revealing clothes, I'm talking about having a female police officer wearing high-heeled shoes.

There are lot of things like this in the game, and it has no purpose. It's not a stylistic choice or help drive a specific story. This is just male developers being male ... and have apparently not realized anything that has happened in the past 10 years.
BTW: Another thing that annoys me about Cyberpunk 2077 is that a lot of people are smoking. "But," the developers probably say. "It's because it looks cool!"

Yeah... this is EXACTLY why smoking became a problem in the first place. You are repeating the mistakes of the past.
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One thing we have to stop in the media is the widespread use of 'dark patterns' (…)

Take this example from the Daily Beast. Notice that weird line next to the GDPR 'accept button'?
That line is actually the button to adjust/reject tracking, as required by GDPR. But they decided to make it look like a small grey line to trick people so they don't click on it.

Not only is this illegal, but the contempt for their readers is astonishing
In fact, if you open up the code, you can see the entire button is there. It has just been made white:
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10 Dec
Headlines in the same newspaper today:
The proportion of positive COVID tests is the highest measured in months, but fewer people hospitalized
Coronavirus is pressuring the capital's hospitals: Massive increase in the number of patients in one week.

So which one is it?
The problem here is one of 'scale' and 'focus'.

The first headline only looks at the change between yesterday and today (ultra-short term) ... and yes, technically it has gone done by a tiny amount (1.41% drop) ...but nothing indicates that it won't go up again tomorrow. Image
The other story looks at the running total over 7 days, but only for the hospitals in the capital of Denmark. So, same data ... but two completely different headlines.

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10 Dec
One of the advantages of buying groceries online is that when there is a problem with an item, you are notified. I just got this email:

(On a separate note. It's quite outrageous that an organic food product contained not just pesticides, but pesticides that have been banned) Image
The whole point of spending more money to buy organic food is to get rid of that. And here, they had not just sprayed it with pesticides, but a type of pesticides that are banned in the EU ... I mean, WTF Image
BTW: I'm not blaming the online grocery. They have provided an excellent service, and especially now by actively reaching out to all their customers to tell us about the problem. And I'm also sure that when they stocked these items, they were told it was organically produced.
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As others have pointed out today... this is ... expensive (they take 20.7%).

In comparison. On Baekdal Plus, my cost with hosting, email delivery, Cloudflare protection, etc. makes up only 7.9% of my revenue.

And mind you, I have a expensive dedicated server for my site. ImageImage
Also, I use Mailgun to send out my newsletter, which cost $0.80 / 1000 emails.

So let's assume you send out one email per week, and you have 800 subscribers. That's ((52*800)/1000)*0.8 ...or $33 per year in cost to send the emails.

If you it send out every day, it's $233/year
You can do it even cheaper than that. If you want to use Amazon AWS, you can lower this price to $0.10 per 1000 emails. So if you have 800 subscribers and a weekly newsletters... it's $4.16 ... except it's free below 62,000 emails, so you will have $0 cost. Image
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I see many people talk about how they want Substack to provide medical insurance, legal protection, etc.

As an individual publisher myself, I absolutely would NOT want that. The very idea that those things would rely on a newsletter platform is utterly insane.
I want Substack to be a platform, and to do that cheaply, and not in any other way create dependence for my business. Substack is a supplier for your newsletter hosting/delivery. That's it. That is all it should be.

They are not your employer, nor do you want them to be.
As an independent publisher, you are running your own business. Your employer is yourself.

Being an independent publisher does not mean that you are "working for a tech platform".
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