brain is deeply warped from internet use so i don’t know what average voters think about stuff but i know that going to cancun pissed off the liberal media and so therefore i wonder if some ppl are...gonna be fine w/ it? it seems like the main virtue of culture war maga politics
like i can just as easily imagine ppl saying ‘lol look how mad they got! what can he even do? stop a snowstorm?!’ and then just forget about it. but maybe that’s a bridge too far? i guess i’m just wary of ppl who think accountability is possible these days
lol i was directed to this message board and wellllllll ImageImage
called it! Image
again, i'm poisoned by internet discourse so maybe shameless politician stuff like this moves the needle for non poisoned ppl re: votes. but i think there are still way too many people in the commentary class who seem to think that our politicians are playing by old rules still

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18 Feb
What if the way we are taught to think critically about information we encounter is making us more vulnerable to misinformation peddlers? For the second column in my attention series I profiled @holden who thinks our info crisis is an attention crisis…
What I appreciate about his methods is the logic behind them. Basically, we are taught that engaging with a source that seems dubious or is on a subject we don’t have precious knowledge of (going down the rabbit hole) is virtuous. But it often doesn’t help our understanding. Image
But this is the most powerful idea, I think. That we are constantly chasing and giving time and attention to those who want to abuse it. That we don’t have to do it this way. We can save our time and then spend it on things that matter to us. Image
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11 Feb
there is not a good way to talk about this that doesn't sound like bitter journalists wanting to be gatekeepers (and there's definitely issues with media accountability) but this paragraph describes a broader phenomenon online that is super tricky… Image
anyhow i think journalism is both pretty straightfwd to do in the practice (anyone can call up anyone else and learn things, you don't need an advanced degree to use the phone) but an EXTREME pain in the ass to do well in an investigatory capacity. in part bc stakes are so high
think giving more ppl the ability to do the work of journalism & share their voices is a great thing. it gets tricky fast though if some ppl want to do the extremely high degree of difficulty stuff w/o any of the friction and without feeling the stakes bc it's of a 'meta' variety
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8 Feb
it's kind of wild to me that the job listings for all of these positions says 'not eligible for remote work' when they return to regular operations. especially since some of the positions are going to ask ppl to write about work tech and even remote work!
i very much understand the advantages of a newsroom. I love newsrooms. and offices! but it is odd to me to set limits out the gate and restrict your applicant pool. especially when you say you want a diverse pool of ppl with varied life experiences/backgrounds!
"This writer should examine how the global pandemic has intensified our reliance on technology in the paid economy," says one of the descriptions. And def can't think about a hybrid work situation. Idk...weird!
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5 Feb
New: @stuartathompson and i received a trove of smartphone location data from 1/6. The set included about 100,000 location pings, revealing around 130 devices inside the Capitol at the time of the siege.…
The data tells a few stories. It offers granular details of how many people listened to Trump’ss speech and then went to the Capitol.…
The second story is about a broken, surreptitious industry in desperate need of regulation, and of a tacit agreement we’ve entered into that threatens everyone’s individual privacy. None of this data should ever have been collected.
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29 Jan
I'm a broken record here but I feel weird about all the MTG coverage. It's obviously important & worth the outrage given her past and present actions and her election. But if it doesn't ultimately pressure the GOP it will have the end goal of making her more of a star
the reason i bring it up is she seems to be basically only interested in governing via shitposting. which means...attention gathering. what would it look like if the coverage only reflected what she could do with her power? idk but maybe there'd be less of it?
one other thing i think about is that a lot of convos i've heard about her aren't quite taking into account the very uncomfortable notion that she..uh..does represent the views of some of her constituents...(meaning the problem is big and the reality of all this is very 😬 )
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26 Jan
the only thing i can think about with the gamestop thing is that there are so many elements of modern life that can be manipulated (for good or ill) if enough ppl are able to commandeer enough attention. and we have so many ways for normal ppl to gather attention at scale now seems like whether its 'memeing a president into existence' or qanon or meme stocks or whatever...they're all just examples of similar destabilizing dynamics of scale. but what's interesting is i don't think most ppl realize how powerful this is yet
(not like each individual example...just the dynamics)
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