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Apr 21 19 tweets 4 min read
"Unworthy to participate." Can't get more privileged than that. Here is the essence of media's animus toward technology. The internet lets the unworthy speak. It breaks media's monopoly on worthiness. For good & ill, it frees public conversation from the confines of "content". 🧵 This has always been the public, with its intellectually lazy, ignorant, bigoted, & backward unworthy--as well as its intelligent & caring but unrepresented minorities. They were allowed to vote, sometimes, but nothing more. They were not heard. They were exploited when need be.
Apr 20 20 tweets 7 min read
Oh, no. Morning Joe is having on Haidt. Moral panic in the morning. Oh, good, @esglaude is there to defend humanity.
Apr 11 8 tweets 3 min read
No, Joe, these are not "issues." These are Republican tropes intended to take over the media agenda. Judging by this, it's working. 1. Conservative voices are not "censored" on social media. Social media is, at long last, under considerable media pressure from the likes of you, Joe, finally setting and enforcing standards regarding hate speech--that is, Republicans' speech. There's the real issue.
Mar 22 8 tweets 2 min read
I'm sad about @BuzzFeedNews. It did great work. I've long feared this for I've long said BuzzFeed News didn't have a business model. It was a generous gift to society, subsidized by BuzzFeed & Jonah Peretti, but was no magic bullet for sustainable news. 1/
cnbc.com/2022/03/22/buz… Back in the day, the digital news cognoscenti scolded me, saying I didn't understand: BuzzFeed was the first newsroom built on data, they said. OK, but data doesn't feed reporters. 2/
Mar 18 5 tweets 2 min read
Yes. And "quality speech" does not come from stopping certain speech. It will come from finding, recommending, amplifying certain speech: that which is informed, relevant, wise: you pick the criteria! 1/ The problem with the internet-is-bad game of whack-a-mole is that platforms are judged by what they don't kill ("something must be done"). It sets the terms of the discussion about discussion around what is bad & killed to cleanse the public sphere. That is futile & dangerous. 2/
Mar 18 16 tweets 5 min read
This is appalling. The both-sidesism of The New York Times comes out in full force from its editorial board as it equates the left criticizing hate and the right burning books. Pure moral panic. A 🧵. 1/ nytimes.com/2022/03/18/opi… The editorial's lede is the worst of it. No, we have not lost our right to speak. We are exercising our right to speak around the gatekeepers that included old, white, male, privileged, powerful, closed newspapers and editorial boards and they resent it. 2/
Mar 3 5 tweets 3 min read
I am bereft, but I knew this day would come. I spent more than two years trying to get @Zielina to come to @newmarkjschool because I knew she was the ONLY, the PERFECT person to start the executive program I'd dreamed of. Finally, I succeeded. So did she. 1/ .@Zielina did a brilliant job starting our News Innovation and Leadership management program, recruiting the best faculty and brilliant students who will take over and save journalism. Yes, that's their homework. I had the privilege of teaching alongside her and learned much. 2/
Mar 1 5 tweets 2 min read
Copyright board refuses protection to AI-made art. 'Copyright law only protects “the fruits of intellectual labor” that “are founded in the creative powers of the [human] mind.”'
'Human' in brackets. We are now a parenthetical presumption.
copyright.gov/rulings-filing…
h/t @PuckNews In 1884, Lithographic v Sarony defendant contended a photograph (this one) was not a human creation. Court disagreed, extending the definition of "author." Now the board does not. AI marks a separation from humanity, apparently. It is its own beast.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burrow-Gi… Image
Mar 1 5 tweets 2 min read
Translator for @ZelenskyyUa's speech to the European Parliament right now starts with the anodyne voice of the translator, then chokes up, then echoes the strength of Zelensky's voice and mission, inspired. "Do prove that you are with us. Do prove that you are Europeans." @ZelenskyyUa to the European Parliament.
Feb 24 4 tweets 1 min read
Imagine this: Helsinki Sanomat goes to historians for their perspective and context on the Russian attack. (Again, g'bless Google Translate.)
hs.fi/politiikka/art… Says one (via Google Translate): “Europe is a continent with a strong memory. Many of us remember quite concretely the feelings of horror created by World War II. The way history has now been exploited is truly exceptional, visible and quite cruel."
Feb 20 4 tweets 1 min read
A powerful speech:
"We will defend our land with or without the support of partners. Whether they give us hundreds of modern weapons or five thousand helmets." kyivpost.com/eastern-europe… Zelensky: "I just want to make sure you and I read the same books. Hence, we have the same understanding of the answer to the main question: how did it happen that in the XXI century, Europe is at war again and people are dying? Why does it last longer than World War II?"
Feb 17 10 tweets 2 min read
The best-seller list is an artifact of dying mass media. The first best-seller list ever came in The Bookman in 1895, when steam-powered presses enabled publishers to print more than a few thousand copies at a pop, resetting the scale of success. 1/ nytimes.com/2022/02/17/boo… Why do we even care about best-seller lists? Of course, publishers & producers do, for blockbusters are their most highly profitable products. In their risk-capital economy, blockbusters are for them what unicorns are for VCs. 2/
Feb 11 4 tweets 1 min read
Going on KCBS right now to talk about the death of @ew. Heh. I thought KCBS called me about the death of @ew because I was its founder. They didn't even know. So that was fun, talking about the birth and death of the idea -- and of the magazine as an institution at the center of American culture.
Feb 1 11 tweets 3 min read
Long before Web3 was a zygote in a VC's wet dream I conceived of a framework for recording & rewarding creative contributions: Creditright. It would be perfect for the blockchain: Web3 as a solution to a problem rather than a solution hunting for one. 1/
medium.com/geeks-bearing-… Many of the Web3 problems @pkafka catalogs are, well, branding: overpromising things that don't exist; overcomplicating how it's are done; association with bro's who aren't as cool as they wish; history. All this gives technology with promise cooties. 2/
vox.com/recode/2290707…
Jan 15 9 tweets 3 min read
Here's a Cliffs Notes for irony-challenged university presidents and journalists. The now-suspended Prof. Mehler imparts many lessons in this video, including....

1. Calling words profane is itself a profane act in a university that should be devoted to freedom of expression and exploration.
2. Plagiarism is a sin.
3. Syllabi stuffed full of ass-covering boilerplate fool no students.
4. Deadwood was fucking great...
Jan 15 4 tweets 2 min read
Watch the actual video. You will find a professor properly pissed about having to risk his life coming to class in a pandemic. You will find comment on boilerplate syllabi. The "profanity laden" part is a tribute to Deadwood, FFS.

washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/01… Here, for your viewing convenience and pleasure, is the video.
Like teachers across America, its really aimed at an administration that is risking his life.
Jan 14 12 tweets 3 min read
From the hot take factory: Hot take on critical takes arguing critics should agree with the audience. No. When I started Entertainment Weekly I had to suffer that argument from Time Inc. editors who claimed critics not liking popular works were "wrong."🧵
newsletters.theatlantic.com/deep-shtetl/61… It is *not* the job of the critic to predict or align with popular opinion as revealed in best-seller & box-office charts. The critic is not the predictor of mass market success. That is the job of producers. 2/
Jan 9 19 tweets 8 min read
I've been thinking about @photomatt's response to @brian_armstrong's response to @moxie's excellent post about Web 3. Some responses in return. tl;dr: I think @photomatt + WordPress provide much of the model @moxie seeks in the end. 1/ First, let me say I don't give a rat's rump what is Web 1, 2,or 3. They are all hubristic labels based on the ego of the present tense. This is web .000002. As I say often, it's 1475 in Gutenberg (Johannes, not WordPress) years. 2/
buzzmachine.com/2019/02/10/sco…
Jan 7 17 tweets 7 min read
Here is @pilhofer's excellent analysis of the @nytimes acquisition of @TheAthletic and its likely impact on local newspapers: not good news for them. I have a few more thoughts & questions. 1/
medium.com/@pilhofer/the-… It's becoming clear to me and I think others that The Times now values total subs as its key metric and so it is acquiring a bunch of new subscribers to get it impressively close to its audacious goal of 10 million paying subs. Mazel. 2/
Jan 5 5 tweets 2 min read
Well, well. Djokovic hits a hiccup at the border. He should be turned away. Asshole.
Visa and exemption evidence concerns delay Novak Djokovic’s entry into Australia smh.com.au/national/visa-… From Murdoch's Australian.
Jan 3 5 tweets 2 min read
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.
wired.com/story/welcome-… 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…