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Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« Reply #1200 on: January 11, 2021, 03:53:16 PM »
The simultaneous action against Trump on social media reminds me strongly of the simultaneous action against Occupy across US metros. The latter was in "real space" as opposed to "internet space;" both resulted in silencing of ... unwanted ... voices.

But now it's going to be formalized and codified, both online and offline. Trump plays an elemental role in this entire 'bi'-partisan charade. His function is to create a consensus around this codification into law, so that something like Occupy can never come about again. This is why they let the 'coup' happen. They instigated it, spurred it on, let it happen, and now any popular insurgence can be suppressed, not just the ones by marginal groups on some fringe, but more importantly, the big ones that are supported by a majority of the people.

Everyone who doesn't conform to the system, is now a conspiracy terrorist. That's what Trump was for. They could only get this result through him. COVID also helps, of course.
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Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« Reply #1201 on: January 13, 2021, 08:18:46 AM »
Astore on war stories in a review of Megan Slack:

Astore:

"all Americans tell themselves war stories ... America is a good and decent country, our troops are heroes, that we wage wars reluctantly and for noble causes ...  we need to fight them over there else we’ll have to fight them right here."

Slack:

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"countries, like people, have collective consciences and memories and souls, and the violence we deliver in the name of our nation is pooled like sickly tar at the bottom of who we are"

"action amounts to identity.  We become what we do ... you can’t leave your actions over there … All of that poison seeps back into our soil"

"it makes us lie to ourselves, precisely because we want to believe that we are good …it is too hard to admit that evil is already in our own hearts and blood is on our hands."
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Astore:

"We humans are great storytellers but we’re not smart ones ... our collective war stories will likely be the death of us."

https://bracingviews.com/2021/01/11/telling-war-stories/

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Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« Reply #1202 on: January 14, 2021, 08:11:21 AM »
Now this is interesting: Gab undeletes Trump twitter, all tweets reproduced

https://gab.com/realDonaldTrump

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Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« Reply #1203 on: January 19, 2021, 07:22:14 AM »
Colour me unsurprised: google and facebook collude on ads

Wakabayashi and Tsu at nytimes:

"Google and Facebook accounted for more than half of all digital advertising spending in 2019"

"In the milliseconds between a user clicking on a link to a web page and the page’s ads loading, bids for available ad space are placed behind the scenes in marketplaces known as exchanges, with the winning bid passed to an ad server. Because Google’s ad exchange and ad server were both dominant, it often directed the business to its own exchange."

"A method called header bidding emerged, in part as a workaround to reduce reliance on Google’s ad platforms."

"Google developed an alternative called Open Bidding"

"Facebook disclosed that it had joined Google’s program in one line in a Dec. 2018 blog post. But it did not reveal that Google, according to the draft complaint, provided Facebook with special information and speed advantages to help the company succeed in the auctions that it did not offer to other partners — even including a guaranteed “win rate.”

"Facebook had 300 milliseconds to bid for ads, according to court documents. But the executives at Google’s partner companies said they usually had just 160 milliseconds or less "

"Facebook had yet another advantage: Direct billing relationships with the sites where ads would appear"

"Google agreed to help Facebook have a better understanding of who would be shown the ads by helping the company identify 80 percent of mobile users and 60 percent of web users"

"Facebook also demanded that data about its bids not be used by Google to manipulate auctions in its own favor"

“Unbeknown to other market participants, no matter how high others might bid, the parties have agreed that the gavel will come down in Facebook’s favor a set number of times,”

"they included a clause in the agreement that requires the parties to “cooperate and assist” each other if they are investigated for competition concerns over the partnership."

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/17/technology/google-facebook-ad-deal-antitrust.html

I happen to have watched some of this happen, the adexchanges and bidding platforms get set up, and i still have friends in that biz. It don't really surprise that goo and face were colluding, we kinda assumed it anyway and you could see it in the timings for ad auctions. But i dunno whether to laff or to cry at this:

"Facebook also demanded that data about its bids not be used by Google to manipulate auctions in its own favor"
 
Dude, when you gotta put a clause in a contract that sez dont cheat on this contract, mebbe you shouldnt be signing the contract to start with. And i cant believe Zuckerburg thought google would actually abide by any contract, they screwed everyone else.

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Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« Reply #1204 on: January 24, 2021, 11:28:23 PM »
Gurri at city-journal on the transformation of nyt:

" newspapers never sold news; they sold an audience to advertisers ... The aim was to herd the audience into a passive consumerist mass. Opinion, which divided readers, was treated like a volatile substance and fenced off from “factual” reporting." "

"a few prominent brand names moved to a model that sought to squeeze revenue from digital subscribers lured behind a paywall ...  As supply vastly outstripped demand, the news now chased the reader, rather than the other way around ... Under such circumstances, what commodity could be offered for sale?"

"Rather than news, the paper began to sell what was, in effect, a creed, an agenda, to a congregation of like-minded souls."

"The new business model required a new style of reporting. Its language aimed to commodify polarization and threat: journalists had to “scare the audience to make it donate.”"

"Objectivity was discarded in favor of an “oppositional” stance. This was not an anti-Trump opinion piece. It was an obituary for the values of a lost era. Rutenberg, who covered the media beat, had authored a factual report about the death of factual reporting"

" Trump could not safely be covered; he had to be opposed."

"The old media had needed happy customers. The goal of post-journalism, according to Mir, is to “produce angry citizens.” "

" The flagship American newspaper had turned in a direction that came close to propaganda. The oppositional stance, as Mir has noted, cannot coexist with newsroom independence: writers and editors were soon to be punished for straying from the cause. The news agenda became narrower and more repetitive as journalists focused on a handful of partisan controversies"

"Future media historians may hold the Trump-Russia story to be a laboratory-perfect specimen of discourse concentration. For nearly two years, it towered over the information landscape and devoured the attention of the media and the public. The total number of articles on the topic produced by the Times is difficult to measure, but a Google search suggests that it was more than 3,000—the equivalent, if accurate, of multiple articles per day for the period in question. This was journalism as if conducted under the impulse of an obsessive-compulsive personality. Virtually every report either implied or proclaimed culpability. Every day in the news marked the beginning of the Trumpian End Times."

" what looked like journalistic failure was, in fact, an astonishing post-journalistic success. The intent of post-journalism was never to represent reality or inform the public but to arouse enough political fervor in readers that they wished to enter the paywall in support of the cause. This was ideology by the numbers—and the numbers were striking ... By August 2020, the paper had 6 million digital subscribers—six times the number on Election Day 2016 and the most in the world for any newspaper."

" Condemnation of Trump as the avatar of American racism was as close to a canonical doctrine as the new style of reporting possessed. "

" “Our readers who want Donald Trump to go away suddenly thought, ‘Holy shit, Bob Mueller is not going to do it.’ ” Given the business model, a new scheme of polarization was needed. "

"a generation uninterested in history that perceived social life in terms of a cosmic conflict against injustice. Their questions suggested that post-journalism, to them, meant telling the unvarnished truth—which happened to be identical to their political convictions."

"Baquet had disparaged Twitter and insisted that the Times would not be edited by social media. He was mistaken."

"focus on race propelled the Times to the vanguard of establishment opinion during the convulsions that followed the death of George Floyd"

" replaced the Russia collusion story as the prime manufacturer of “angry citizens”"

" the duty of the newspaper was less to inform than to protect such “vulnerable” readers from harmful opinions. "

"The history-reframing mission is now in the hands of a deeply self-righteous group that has trouble discerning the many human stopping places between true and false, good and evil, objective and subjective ... Cotton had lied, and the fact that the public approved of his lies was precisely what made his piece dangerous."

" the generation most likely to share the moralistic attitude of the newsroom rebels is the least likely to read a newspaper. Andrey Mir, who first defined the concept, sees post-journalism as a desperate gamble, doomed in the end by demographics. "

https://www.city-journal.org/journalism-advocacy-over-reporting

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Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« Reply #1205 on: January 26, 2021, 06:21:13 AM »
Something you dont see too often, 40 minute interview by Dore and a boogaloo boy:

"who are pro-lgbtq, against war, against the corporate dominance of the state, people who reject the two-party duopoly, and who work alongside blacks lives matter and antifa, and they want a general strike"

"now that we're banned off of all social media that we can't even keep track of the idiots in our movement and deal with them "

" sex work decriminalization legalize all drugs, end all the wars, close the ice detainment camps "

" it is the top versus the bottom, it is not the left versus the right, we can argue about health care when we're not dropping bombs on foreign countries"

"if you if you define fascism as corporations and government working together then we we live under that"

"if you're going to use my tax dollars to blow up brown kids in the middle east i'm not going to pay taxes anymore"

"free Julian Assange, free  Ross Albrecht, free Edward Snowden, free Chelsea Manning "



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