I've been fearing for Wired, as it seemed to take a dystopian, Guardianesque turn, making up for last snark about technology. But I'm heartened by @glichfield's manifesto concentrating on large problems & tech's role in them vs tech-as-solution-or-problem.
I'm glad that @glichfield is also focusing on the role of people over machines. It is time to learn from the humanities in this discussion. That is why I am starting this course & program at my school. medium.com/whither-news/s…
I want students to learn that they have the agency and responsibility to build the future of the net and society with it. Treating tech as *the* problem will at best get us incremental improvements, at worst more unintended consequences. Thus: medium.com/whither-news/d…
Understanding structural racism and inequity and injustice in society will come from the humanities and social sciences, not technology. Thus study and journalism about the internet needs to go beyond being about technology.
My 1 quibble w/ @glichfield's manifesto is that I don't believe our change is dizzying & different. Our change regarding our structural problems is still far too slow. It is early days in the net: 1475 in Gutenberg years. So we have much to learn from history & earlier change.

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31 Dec 21
In this devastating review of "The Story Paradox," @TimothyDSnyder calls news deserts a crisis of American storytelling. This brings to mind my contention that journalists make the mistake of calling their work "stories" v. "articles." 1/
My journalistic problem with stories is related to my complaint yesterday about coverage of science. To tell a "story" is to need an alpha, an omega, and a neat arc in between. But science--hell, life--is a process without the neat endings journalism desires. 2/
I trust @TimothyDSnyder's judgment and so it's too bad the book is not an adequate examination of the presumptions, seductions, and perils of the story. I'd welcome that discussion. See, for example, les affaires Stephen Glass & Claas Relotius: 3/ medium.com/whither-news/t…
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14 Dec 21
I think we might be seeing the last supernova of scale. Scale was required in the age of mass media but that age, my friends, is at its dusk. Every last newspaper trapped in the evil hedge-witch's cabin & pureplays all huddling against the cold are last-ditch efforts to be big.
Will mergers to scale make these companies better able to compete with Google, FB, et al? I think not. The platforms & the rollups will all fight over what is left of the attention-based ad market. That scrabble will go on for awhile.....
In the meantime, others try for scale outside of the ad market: Spotify trying to buy up all the podcasts; Substack trying to lure all the newsletter writers. Apart from some marketing advantage, I see no necessary role for scale in subscription products.....
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8 Dec 21
In a few minutes, @APettegree & @A_der_Weduwen will be discussing their new book here:
The Library: A Fragile History | LIVE from NYPL via @YouTube
Jane Kamensky asks the authors about collaborating on books (they've done 3 together). @APettegree is a generous scholar He is surprised there are not more cowritten books in the humanities (as in science). His partnership with @A_der_Weduwen has produced such impressive work.
.@APettegree said his one rule working with @A_der_Weduwen is that each accepts the track-changes made by the other with "no sulking." That is checking one's ego at the keyboard.
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8 Dec 21
Morning Joe's constant beseeching of "whither conservatism," would be pathetic if it weren't so delusional. We know what happened to the right. It is purely authoritarian and racist. There is no reclaiming a conservative movement or Republican Party. Get over it.
Now David Brooks sees an apparently positive future for "a Republican party that serves people without college degrees across race." The party of the uneducated. That is to say: those who can be duped. Thus the right's war on science, intellectualism, and the academy.
What's pathetic is that the media keeps propping up Trump as a newsmaker when he says nothing and makes no news. If they ignored him, his stock would fall. He is a phantom, that is all.
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6 Dec 21
@APettegree is the dean of book historians; I've devoured all his books. He & @A_der_Weduwen just published The Library: A Fragile History in the US. This Wednesday they'll be talking with @LIVEfromNYPL. I highly recommend signing up. I'll be there:
Here is the book: The Library: A Fragile History. I'm digging in now and loving it.
.@APettegree & @A_der_Weduwen were to be on book tour in NYC this week. I was so looking forward to meeting them & thanking Andrew for all he taught me while I researched The Gutenberg Parenthesis. Damned COVID: the tour is postponed. But I will watch their talk Wednesday.
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30 Nov 21
I am SO confused. Does this mean that if I take a picture of, say, a concert in Central Park, I need the permission of everyone in it? We diminish the sense of the public to the detriment of the public.
Would this policy, for example, require receiving the permission of George Floyd and the police who murdered him to post video of the crime? The policy seems quite unclear to me.
Since when did Twitter become a German company? Since yesterday?
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