As near as I can tell, Facebook's deal means it & Google can avoid the horrible code Australia is passing if they succumb to blackmail beforehand. "We won't kidnap you if you pay our ransom." Good at least that the law is detoured around but it sucks.…
In Australia, everybody's a loser, except Murdoch, who kidnapped them all. Pols wrote terrible, protectionist law to harm the net. Media soul their souls to the devil, Rupert. Google & FB made payoffs to avoid the law. The public? Nobody gives a shit about them.
Now the question is whether Australia will recognize this as the exercise of monopoly power -- my Murdoch -- and convene @MrKRudd' royal commission to investigate the fear in which he and his mob hold every other institution in the country. Should I hold my breath?
In the U.S., we need journalists to investigate the power, influence, incitement, and lies of Murdoch and his media. I'll say it again: as journalists tell Facebook et al to clean their houses, we must clean ours. Fox et al are not journalism. They are propaganda. We must say so
Remember that Murdoch wanted to BE Zuckerberg. He bought Delphi Internet in '93 (where I briefly worked) & turned it into a multi-million-dollar shit show, then MySpace in '05 & lost a fortune. He retreated behind his presses as a sniper against the internet he could not tame.
Murdoch bought MySpace for $580m in '05. Google agreed to sell $900m in adds on it in '06. In '07 it was valued at $12B. He sold it '11 for a pittance, $35m. He lost to Zuckerberg.
He's a bitter, old man who hates losing. He gets his revenge. Always.
A look at Murdoch's many internet failures before he sold MySpace. He turned Delphi into iGuide w/ MCI, who backed out cuz it was a clusterfuck. Fox Interactive. The Daily, the iPad newspaper. Oh, so many failures. The net killed him.…
Consider Murdoch's failed online news strategy. @nytimes built a huge audience via the "original sin" of free content & converted 7+million to paid. Murdoch failed at his ad strategy, built a concrete paywall & his Times has 300k digital subs. Loser.….

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17 Feb
Google just announced a deal with News Corp. I hate this. It means that media blackmail works. It sets a terrible precedent for the net. It gives Google yet more power over news. It is a win for the devil, Murdoch. I really hate that.
I will bet you that Google News Showcase traffic will be minimal. That's not the point. It's just an envelope stuffed with cash. Politicians were the bagmen.
What angers me most is that *journalism* organizations had *no* shame and *no* transparency about their conflict of interest, cashing in their political capital to buy political favor and conspiracy to blackmail the tech companies. Journalism *never* reported its conflict.
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16 Feb
Pssst: NBC. There's a wonderful, state-supported journalism school just up the road from you. @newmarkjschool

NBCUniversal creates $1M scholarship fund for underrepresented students at Columbia Journalism School…
Not that I want to compare ourselves to another school, but just sayin' NBC that your $1 million will cover slightly more than 8 scholarships at that school. At @newmarkjschool the same money would provide 54 journalists of color with opportunity. We stand ready to help.
I'll stop here but I can't help pointing out that that other university's endowment is $11.26 billion. Yes, b. We, thank goodness, received a $20 million endowment from @craignewmark. But the state has cut our budget (COVID) and our students are more in need than ever.
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29 Jan
One more thing, @esglaude. (Uh-oh.) I thank you for your help in writing a section of my book on the mass and publics. I turned to your paper on Dewey and African American Publics. 1/
You sought "means & methods of organizing an emergent public” for “the complex experiences that inform the varied political commitments & interests of African Americans... through new information & communication technologies, in intelligent and meaningful interaction w/others” 2/
That helped me bring Dewey, Lippmann, & James Carey together with two books that in turn helped me much: @cmcilwain's Black Software & @DocDre's Distributed Blackness. They chronicle what you sought. 3/
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29 Jan
@esglaude Well, @esglaude, since you ask. 😁.... I will start by highly recommending @jkosseff's The Twenty-Six Words that Created the Internet; it is excellent history and explanation. Here is summary: 1/
@esglaude @jkosseff It is #230 that enables the public conversation on the net. In perhaps Congress' last wise move, it recognized that if platforms & publishers were held liable for the public's conversation on the net, they would not host it and we'd be left with nothing but mass media online. 2/
@esglaude @jkosseff As the legislation's authors put it, #230 offers hosts of conversation a shield and a sword. First, the shield: Before #230, case law perversely had it that if you moderated contributions and missed something you were more liable than if you didn't try to moderate at all. 3/
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28 Jan
Here's an unintended consequence from Facebook's independent Oversight Board: Does it make Facebook's judgment look good by comparison?
The key issue the Board's decisions raise for me is the set of laws it is interpreting and enforcing. The decisions, to me, expose the weakness in that set of statutes, giving the Board no higher principles to call upon. 2/
In one case, the Board allows what seems to be an insult to Muslim men as a group. In another, it disallows an insult to Azerbaijanis. Part of the problem is whether things rise to "hate speech" under FB's statutes. If FB had a standard of respect instead, both should go. 3/
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26 Jan
I am so privileged to have been vaccinated today. We are so privileged by science to have it available. With two 9/11 cancers, one 9/11 heart condition & a history of respiratory issues, I am a festival of preexisting conditions & a mark for this virus. I am relieved and grateful Image
I wish for a more equitable process of vaccination, which would require the state to prioritize based on vulnerability. They didn't gather that data beyond the obvious: age + a list of preexisting conditions. But I am glad many people are getting the shot. The more, the better!
I just happened into one vaccination site's schedule yesterday, found appointments, and grabbed one. Minutes later, they were all gone. It's so random still. I hope it won't be difficult to get my second shot on time.
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