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Hm, a bit of a surprise here...

HuffPost (late of Huffington Post?) acquired by Buzzfeed? 'Twas not expecting this, not that I've followed either's daily business.
Just that I think of Huffpost as the breezy newsletter blast with roots in Huffington, which I thought rather large. And now swallowed by Buzzfeed? Not that I have anything against Buzzfeed. What can I say, I hope they have synergy and lasting power in a shattered "news" market.

#huffpost #huffington #buzzfeed #media #news #newspaper #newsletter
 
Bye bye Mark Shields (1/2 of the past 19 years of PBS NewsHour's Friday night politics analysis, Shields & Brooks, Gigot, etc.)

NEW YORK TIMES | DEC 18, 2020

David Brooks column: Mark Shields and the best of American liberalism


Fortunately, a tribute here upon his retirement, not an obituary. (Amid so many of them this past year).

And as just watched, on PBS and then seen "here" too (tnx @V. T. Eric Layton) ...
The last broadcast by the team, with a look-back, tribute, and thoughts from Mark Shields, as well as colleagues & wife.




##### Honoring Mark Shields and his decades of political analysis

#journalism #PBS #MarkShields #DavidBrooks #news #currentevents #media #television
 
Tech fun / privacy news

Amazon, TikTok, Facebook, Others Ordered to Explain What They Do With User Data


#socialmedia #tech #monopoly #privacy #facebook #tiktok #amazon #GAFA #media
 

Most #ChildSexualAbuse gangs made up of white men, Home Office report says | #HomeOffice | The Guardian


There was a wave of high profile #media coverage of #SouthAsian gangs who got caught and they very much gave the impression that they were the major group guilty of the #crime

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/dec/15/child-sexual-abuse-gangs-white-men-home-office-report

#UK #ChildAbuse
 

Most #ChildSexualAbuse gangs made up of white men, Home Office report says | #HomeOffice | The Guardian


There was a wave of high profile #media coverage of #SouthAsian gangs who got caught and they very much gave the impression that they were the major group guilty of the #crime

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/dec/15/child-sexual-abuse-gangs-white-men-home-office-report

#UK #ChildAbuse
 
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Artist's Rendering: Jim Carrey

Trump is Reportedly Very Sad and Depressed and Rarely Shows Up for Work Anymore

Poor baby... not enough (positive) attention? The victim of insidious dark forces and conspiracies?

The saddest parts:
1) Half the population describes Trump's behavior like a teacher or parent explains why baby/toddler is frustrated, or angry, or just being himself maybe.... 2) With a mental and moral age clearly in sync with that personality, he has been allowed to be the executive in charge of all the powers of America, sycophants replacing the professionals ... 3) He is still there, completely ignoring the #trumpvirus death toll - or igniting and super-spreading it - while protesting that he's not getting enough credit, dark forces &/or deep states have it in for him, etc. 4) Like a wounded animal (or ego), he's doing as much damage as possible (like Nero fiddling) as he fans flames of hate, virus, and division. His focus is on self-preserving "the brand" & getting revenge.

As always, he his narratives, mood and realities swing/split from one extreme to the other. Facts are irrelevant unless they're 'terrific'.
If he is seen as sad &/or "depressed" now (or stewing & in denial of "losing") he will return, enraged, you can be sure. "Counter-punching" (or swinging at air). Blaming, denying his virus death toll still. Reality is a hoax! "Only I can save us", Lord #StableGenius

Psychologists I know have not enjoyed watching - or experiencing - much of the past four years.
But it has been a vivid demonstration of #psychology in action: #media #personality, #clinical & #social.

"It is what it is".

#MakeAmericaSaneAgain
 
Vietnam leads in number of accounts removed by Facebook

Facebook has removed 290 fake accounts in Vietnam so far this year, making the country top in number of account cancellations.

ms and the number of social media accounts has risen from 47 million in 2018 to 96 million this year, Minister Nguyen Manh Hung told legislators earlier this month.

Facebook and YouTube account for the biggest amount of users in the country.

In 2018, there were about 54.7 million internet users in Vietnam.

The figure rose to 59.2 million last year and is estimated at 63.6 million this year. By 2023, it was forecasted to be 75.7 million, according to German data portal Statista.

Statista also said Facebook had removed almost 1.5 billion fake accounts in the second quarter this year, down from 1.7 billion fake accounts in the preceding quarter.

By Khuong Nha – VnExpress.net – November 29, 2020

\#information-technology #internet #media #vietnam
Originally posted at: https://vietnam-aujourdhui.info/2020/11/29/vietnam-leads-in-number-of-accounts-removed-by-facebook/
Vietnam leads in number of accounts removed by Facebook
 

Brexit stems from a civil war in capitalism – we are all just collateral damage


George Monbiot (The Guardian)

To one sort of capitalist, the insecurity and chaos that Brexit will bring is horrifying. To the other, it is highly profitable. (...)

Boris Johnson ignored the pleas of businesses and politicians across the UK – especially in Northern Ireland – to extend the Brexit transition process. Never mind the pandemic, never mind unemployment, poverty and insecurity – nothing must prevent our experiment in unassisted flight. We will leap from the white cliffs on 1 January, come what may. (...)

So it is worth repeating the big question: why are we doing this to ourselves? I believe the answer is that Brexit is the outcome of a civil war within capitalism.

Broadly speaking, there are two dominant forms of capitalist enterprise. The first could be described as housetrained capitalism. It seeks an accommodation with the administrative state, and benefits from stability, predictability and the regulations that exclude dirtier and rougher competitors. It can coexist with a tame and feeble form of democracy.

The second could be described as warlord capitalism. This sees all restraints on accumulation – including taxes, regulations and the public ownership of essential services – as illegitimate. Nothing should be allowed to stand in the way of profit-making. (...)

Brexit represents an astonishing opportunity for warlord capitalism. It is a chance not just to rip up specific rules, which it overtly aims to do, but also to tear down the uneasy truce between capitalism and democracy under which public protections in general are created and enforced. (...)

The chaos it is likely to cause will be used as its own justification: times are tough, so we must slash regulations and liberate business to make us rich again. (...)

Housetrained capitalists are horrified by Brexit. Not only does it dampen economic activity in general, but it threatens to destroy the market advantage for businesses that play by the rules. (...)

Johnson’s government is what warlord money buys. It could be seen as the perfect expression of the Pollution Paradox, a concept that I think is essential to understanding our politics. What this means is that the dirtier or more damaging an enterprise is, the more money it must spend on politics to ensure it’s not regulated out of existence. As a result, political funding comes to be dominated by the most harmful companies and oligarchs, which then wield the greatest political influence. They crowd out their more accommodating rivals. (...)

Understood in this light, Brexit is scarcely about the UK at all. Oligarchs who have shown great interest in the subject tend to have weak or incomplete ties to this country. (...)

The persistent trick of modern politics – that appears to fool us repeatedly – is to disguise economic and political interests as cultural movements. Throughout this saga, the media has reported the smokescreen, not the manoeuvres. (...)

Brexit, treading on the heels of the pandemic, is likely to harm the lives and freedoms of millions of people in the UK. But it’s not about us. We are just caught in the crossfire of capitalism’s civil war.

Full article

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Rupert Murdoch, pictured in Washington DC in 2013. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images.

Tags: #capitalism #warlord capitalism #democracy #regulation #politics #brexit #campaign funding #media #news #journalism #journalist #culture wars #remain campaign #leave campaign
 

Brexit stems from a civil war in capitalism – we are all just collateral damage


George Monbiot (The Guardian)

To one sort of capitalist, the insecurity and chaos that Brexit will bring is horrifying. To the other, it is highly profitable. (...)

Boris Johnson ignored the pleas of businesses and politicians across the UK – especially in Northern Ireland – to extend the Brexit transition process. Never mind the pandemic, never mind unemployment, poverty and insecurity – nothing must prevent our experiment in unassisted flight. We will leap from the white cliffs on 1 January, come what may. (...)

So it is worth repeating the big question: why are we doing this to ourselves? I believe the answer is that Brexit is the outcome of a civil war within capitalism.

Broadly speaking, there are two dominant forms of capitalist enterprise. The first could be described as housetrained capitalism. It seeks an accommodation with the administrative state, and benefits from stability, predictability and the regulations that exclude dirtier and rougher competitors. It can coexist with a tame and feeble form of democracy.

The second could be described as warlord capitalism. This sees all restraints on accumulation – including taxes, regulations and the public ownership of essential services – as illegitimate. Nothing should be allowed to stand in the way of profit-making. (...)

Brexit represents an astonishing opportunity for warlord capitalism. It is a chance not just to rip up specific rules, which it overtly aims to do, but also to tear down the uneasy truce between capitalism and democracy under which public protections in general are created and enforced. (...)

The chaos it is likely to cause will be used as its own justification: times are tough, so we must slash regulations and liberate business to make us rich again. (...)

Housetrained capitalists are horrified by Brexit. Not only does it dampen economic activity in general, but it threatens to destroy the market advantage for businesses that play by the rules. (...)

Johnson’s government is what warlord money buys. It could be seen as the perfect expression of the Pollution Paradox, a concept that I think is essential to understanding our politics. What this means is that the dirtier or more damaging an enterprise is, the more money it must spend on politics to ensure it’s not regulated out of existence. As a result, political funding comes to be dominated by the most harmful companies and oligarchs, which then wield the greatest political influence. They crowd out their more accommodating rivals. (...)

Understood in this light, Brexit is scarcely about the UK at all. Oligarchs who have shown great interest in the subject tend to have weak or incomplete ties to this country. (...)

The persistent trick of modern politics – that appears to fool us repeatedly – is to disguise economic and political interests as cultural movements. Throughout this saga, the media has reported the smokescreen, not the manoeuvres. (...)

Brexit, treading on the heels of the pandemic, is likely to harm the lives and freedoms of millions of people in the UK. But it’s not about us. We are just caught in the crossfire of capitalism’s civil war.

Full article

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Rupert Murdoch, pictured in Washington DC in 2013. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images.

Tags: #capitalism #warlord capitalism #democracy #regulation #politics #brexit #campaign funding #media #news #journalism #journalist #culture wars #remain campaign #leave campaign
 
Precious.
Brian Williams out-did himself here, as Geraldo managed to slither still deeper into Fox-induced #TrumpVirus

A short show-ender with twists & turns.
We know it's a #trumpvirus, and we know Trump wants credit for "branding". So.... this take from BW last night.

Geraldo Rivera Wants To Name The Covid-19 Vaccine After Trump | The 11th Hour | MSNBC


#Election2020 #disinformation #psychopathology #branding #media #spin #TMD
 
Um...... uh... "This is... interesting".

Trump declared war on Fox News — and it appears to be working


Bye bye Fox, hello Newsmax? Here comes Trump TV? "Reality TV from Prison?"
"We'll see what happens".™️


#media #propaganda #trumpvirus #psychopathology #sociology #psychology #mediapsychology
Trump declared war on Fox News — and it appears to be working
 
Thank you world, thank you G-d, thank you those who fought, then & now... And thanks Australia, for this compilation. Hoping to rejoin the real world soon! So much gratitude that so many remember "We the People" who still work, hope, and dream of the values & ideals which were/are/can be America. (Breathe... breathe....)

'Bells ringing in Paris': World reacts to Joe Biden win


#America #USA #Election2020 #politics #media #headlines #history #Biden #trumpvirus #KamalaHarris #MakeAmericaSaneAgain
 

On the Media: This is Us


The week that was, and still continues ...
With Joe Biden approaching victory, Donald Trump and his political allies flooded the internet with conspiracy theories. This week, On the Media examines the misinformation fueling right-wing demonstrations across the country. Plus, why pollsters seemed to get the election wrong — again. And, how the history of the American right presaged the Republican Party's anti-majoritarian turn.

1. John Mark Hansen, professor of political science at the University of Chicago, explains what exactly it would take to steal a presidential election. Listen.

2. Zeynep Tufecki [@zeynep], associate professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, argues in favor of doing away with election forecasting models. Listen.

3. Rick Perlstein [@rickperlstein], author of Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-1980, on the history of anti-majoritarian politics on the American right. Listen.
Full programme audio:
https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/audio.wnyc.org/otm/otm110620_cms1066207_pod.mp3

https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/episodes/on-the-media-this-is-us

#OnTheMedia #podcasts #media #politics #election2020
 

Local news is drowning in ‘pink slime’ ahead of US election


Partisan sites with no obvious revenue model and opaque owners have sprung up this year
... The Kenosha Reporter is one of hundreds of local news outlets that have proliferated in recent years, particularly in the run-up to the US presidential election. Despite presenting themselves as apolitical, many are what researchers have dubbed “pink slime”: outlets that push low-quality, partisan material through their own sites and social media pages. ...
https://www.ft.com/content/f36c3e2e-bd62-4d93-853f-0d09cd8d9079

Paywall: https://archive.is/IWoad

#propaganda #MediaManipulation #FakeNews #PinkSlime #media #journalism
 
Moral void of #youtubers during #pandemic https://mindaslab.github.io/2020/10/06/moral-void-of-youtubers-during-pandemic.html | #media #covid #covid-19 #corona
 
Another not-so surprise from the United States of #TrumpVirus denial...
About another paragon of lies & denial,
#facebook
New information about Facebook’s Instagram acquisition delayed House antitrust report, source says

#zuckerberg #media #propaganda #socialnetwork #disinformation #dishonesty #corruption #trumpian
 

On the Media: The Wrong Fires


What happens when minor stories detract media attention from urgent crises?
As wildfires blaze across the United States, some right-wing politicians and pundits are blaming racial justice protesters. On this week’s On the Media, how to stay focused on the realities of climate change when everything is politicized. Also: Does journalistic convention give more airtime to less important stories? Plus, how an independent French film criticizing the hyper-sexualization of children stoked controversy on the right. And, the assumptions we make when we talk about human trafficking.

1. David Karpf, George Washington University media and public affairs professor, on how journalistic convention can bury urgent truths. https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/aint-your-usual-horserace
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2. Kate Knibbs, Senior Writer at Wired explains how “Cuties” on Netflix became mired in controversy peddled by the right. https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/how-cuties-outrage-followed-gamergate-playbook

3. Michael Hobbes, co-host of the podcast “You’re Wrong About” and Senior Enterprise Reporter at The Huffington Post, debunks embellished stories of child sex trafficking busts. https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/debunking-child-sex-trafficking-trope

4. Amy Westervelt, climate journalist and host of the podcast “Drilled” on how to sort through competing narratives in coverage of the wildfires. https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/fog-fire
Full episode audio:
https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/audio.wnyc.org/otm/otm091820_cms1052747_pod.mp3

Another week, another excellent media analysis by Bob (Brooke is away this week).

https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/episodes/on-the-media-the-wrong-fires

#OTM #OnTheMedia #distraction #media #podcasts
 
Gee, who knew? Such a shock? It's a "fake" "news source?" It's not really credible or benignl? Is Zuckerberg in denial (still)?
NY TIMES OPINION:

No, Facebook Does Not Reflect Reality


#facebook #socialmedia #media #Zuckerberg #propaganda #disinformation #cyberpsychology

The New York Times: No, Facebook Does Not Reflect Reality (By Shira Ovide)

 

UK newspaper distribution hit by Extinction Rebellion blockade


Many activists arrested after taking action against what they see as failure to accurately report on climate change.
UK newspaper distribution hit by Extinction Rebellion blockade
#UnitedKingdom #ClimateChange #Europe #Media
 

UK newspaper distribution hit by Extinction Rebellion blockade


Many activists arrested after taking action against what they see as failure to accurately report on climate change.
UK newspaper distribution hit by Extinction Rebellion blockade
#UnitedKingdom #ClimateChange #Europe #Media
 

Content is King? The King is Dead


Though it's often misattributed to Bill Gates, Sumner Redstone popularised the phrase "content is king" which was used in a 1974 book, and pre-dates even that. See: https://lgkmarketingcc.com/content-king-said-better/

The book seems to be J. W. Click, Russell N. Baird, Magazine Editing and Production. W. C. Brown Company, 1974, 274 pages. (Google Books preview)

Earlier appearances in the 1960s refer to educational films. (Google Books)

Aguments over provenance notwithstanding, my view is that the aphorism is a convenient bit of stage distraction attractive to media monopolists themselves aware of the real truth: network control is emperor.

And this goes beyond just getting the proprietor's cut, the vigorish, skimming your 5, or 10, or 30%.

Central control of a network means deciding what that network is. Where it begins, where it ends, what goes in, what comes out, who can receive, who can send, what interactions are possible, speeds and latencies, what messages are heard, what are not, who pays, who gets paid, who plays for free.

These factors are wholly ignored by contemporary US (Borkian) antitrust doctrine.

It's not just the vig.

In other news


Sumner Redstone Dies at 97; Built Media Empire and Long Reigned Over It (NYTimes).

#ContentIsKing #NetworkIsEmperor #SumnerRedstone #media #power #monopoly #obituary
Content Is King – Who Said It Better?
 

OTM's Bob Garfield and Lyz Lenz on Faux Snooze's TC problem


Excellent background and anaslysis in the birth of a demagogue.
Sorry Not Sorry
On the Media
Duration: 28:06
Published: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 12:00:00 -0400
Episode: http://www.wnycstudios.org/story/sorry-not-sorry/

Media: https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/audio.wnyc.org/otm/otm071520_podextra.mp3

Podcast: https://www.podcastrepublic.net/podcast/73330715
#OnTheMedia #media
 
Sorry to repost, but… 1) I love this song; 2) It is very relevant, given we now live in the age of mis- & disinformation and #trumpvirus

And now a message from our Supreme Leader

Step Right Up!


All that science and phony liberal concern about life is nonsense. It’s a hoax.
Now listen to me : “I’m the chosen one… I’m smart… a stable genius. I can do cognitive.... I have all the best words…” And I’ve got just what you want… it’s perfect. Step right up!

It scrambles your eggs, it shaves your legs…

"It is what it is" .

#grifter #lies #distraction #con #psychopathology #MakeAmericaSaneAgain #StaySafe #Media #music #TomWaits

YouTube: Tom Waits Step Right Up (duamba)

 
Bonjour à tous,
Débutante ici je recherche un moyen de m’extraire de Facebook (j’avoue, ça fait un moment mais je suis longue à la détente ^^). Malheureusement il me manque les médias que j’ai l’habitude de lire (ou s’ils sont présents leur actualité y est réduite) ainsi que mes amis.
Est-ce que vous avez des conseils pour motiver l’entourage à migrer ici et pour suivre quotidiennement les posts de vos médias préférés sans passer par Facebook? (idem pour Youtube car il me semble que Peertube ne propose que peu de contenu de ce que j’ai pu explorer)
Merci d’avance pour vos idées :)
#facebook #youtube #gafam #média #amis #libre #aide #nouvelleici #alternatives #communauté #merci
 
Your racist, syphilitic uncle who believes and retweets crazy conspiracy theories? No! It's the "president" of the USA! The guy who controls the world's largest nuclear arsenal!

Twitter labels Trump video tweet as manipulated media, continuing its crackdown on misinformation


The label marks the fourth time Twitter has added labels to the president’s tweets.

Twitter on Thursday evening took the rare step of appending a warning label to one of President Trump’s tweets after the company determined it violated its policies on manipulated media.

The president tweeted a doctored version of a popular video that went viral in 2019, which showed two toddlers, one black and one white, hugging. In the version Trump shared, the video has been edited with ominous music and a fake CNN headline that says, “Terrified toddler runs from racist baby.”

“Racist baby probably a Trump voter,” the headline then says in a subsequent screen.

[Would you trust someone this idiotic with a nuclear arsenal? Or even a bb gun?]

The video then cuts to the original clip of the children hugging, and then cuts to the message “America is not the problem. Fake news is.”

[The recursive irony, of course, is that the claim Fake news is a serious problem is in fact true. Hell, fake news fools the POTUS on a daily basis, so there's a good chance fake news will cause WWIII and the end of all life on Earth. That's a real problem.]

[And then there are the implications for media generally:]

The label is the latest flash point in an increasingly contentious debate over tech companies’ responsibility to police falsehoods and hoaxes spread by politicians on their platforms. It could worsen an already tense relationship between Silicon Valley and Trump, who has escalated his claims in recent weeks that social media titans are biased against conservatives.

Trump has also criticized the companies — particularly Twitter — for censoring him. Meanwhile, social media has become a major way he communicates with constituents, with more than 82 million followers on Twitter alone and missives that come day and night.

[This shit is deadly serious. For every one of us who laughs at bullshit like this, there are ten Trump followers who take it as absolute truth and who see it as another reason to arm themselves to the teeth and Kill the Liberal Elite! Destroy Antifa! For the Dear Leader! To wit:]

The video had received roughly 3.8 million views and more than 75,000 retweets at the time of Twitter’s label.

[What is to be done with a populace who have been conditioned to suspend all reason in favor of blindly following their Dear Leader? What does one do with a country when 40% of the voting populace belongs to a death cult?]

#Trump #Media #FakeNews #CNN #Twitter #Propaganda
 
Your racist, syphilitic uncle who believes and retweets crazy conspiracy theories? No! It's the "president" of the USA! The guy who controls the world's largest nuclear arsenal!

Twitter labels Trump video tweet as manipulated media, continuing its crackdown on misinformation


The label marks the fourth time Twitter has added labels to the president’s tweets.

Twitter on Thursday evening took the rare step of appending a warning label to one of President Trump’s tweets after the company determined it violated its policies on manipulated media.

The president tweeted a doctored version of a popular video that went viral in 2019, which showed two toddlers, one black and one white, hugging. In the version Trump shared, the video has been edited with ominous music and a fake CNN headline that says, “Terrified toddler runs from racist baby.”

“Racist baby probably a Trump voter,” the headline then says in a subsequent screen.

[Would you trust someone this idiotic with a nuclear arsenal? Or even a bb gun?]

The video then cuts to the original clip of the children hugging, and then cuts to the message “America is not the problem. Fake news is.”

[The recursive irony, of course, is that the claim Fake news is a serious problem is in fact true. Hell, fake news fools the POTUS on a daily basis, so there's a good chance fake news will cause WWIII and the end of all life on Earth. That's a real problem.]

[And then there are the implications for media generally:]

The label is the latest flash point in an increasingly contentious debate over tech companies’ responsibility to police falsehoods and hoaxes spread by politicians on their platforms. It could worsen an already tense relationship between Silicon Valley and Trump, who has escalated his claims in recent weeks that social media titans are biased against conservatives.

Trump has also criticized the companies — particularly Twitter — for censoring him. Meanwhile, social media has become a major way he communicates with constituents, with more than 82 million followers on Twitter alone and missives that come day and night.

[This shit is deadly serious. For every one of us who laughs at bullshit like this, there are ten Trump followers who take it as absolute truth and who see it as another reason to arm themselves to the teeth and Kill the Liberal Elite! Destroy Antifa! For the Dear Leader! To wit:]

The video had received roughly 3.8 million views and more than 75,000 retweets at the time of Twitter’s label.

[What is to be done with a populace who have been conditioned to suspend all reason in favor of blindly following their Dear Leader? What does one do with a country when 40% of the voting populace belongs to a death cult?]

#Trump #Media #FakeNews #CNN #Twitter #Propaganda
 
Some righteousness (after an epic fail) at the N.Y. Times

James Bennet Resigns as New York Times Opinion Editor

James Bennet Resigns as New York Times Opinion Editor
A. G. Sulzberger noted “a significant breakdown in our editing processes” before the publication of an Op-Ed by a United States senator calling for a military response to civic unrest.
#NYTimes #media #messaging #editorial #speech #socialresponsibility #conscience #MakeAmericaSaneAgain

The New York Times: James Bennet Resigns as New York Times Opinion Editor (By Marc Tracy)

 

The Conspiracy Virus: COVID-19 misinformation in the US


How a conspiracy documentary hijacked US social media and fuelled fake news around coronavirus. Plus, schooling in Peru.
The Conspiracy Virus: COVID-19 misinformation in the US
#Media #Coronaviruspandemic #Propaganda #UnitedStates #Health #Peru #Education
 

The Conspiracy Virus: COVID-19 misinformation in the US


How a conspiracy documentary hijacked US social media and fuelled fake news around coronavirus. Plus, schooling in Peru.
The Conspiracy Virus: COVID-19 misinformation in the US
#Media #Coronaviruspandemic #Propaganda #UnitedStates #Health #Peru #Education
 

"Today we are switching our coverage of Donald Trump to an emergency setting"

On everything that involves the coronavirus Donald Trump’s public statements have been unreliable. And that is why today we announce that we are shifting our coverage of the President to an emergency setting.

This means we are exiting from the normal system for covering presidents— which Trump himself exited long ago by using the microphone we have handed him to spread thousands of false claims, even as he undermines trust in the presidency and the press. True: he is not obliged to answer our questions. But neither are we obligated to assist him in misinforming the American people about the spread of the virus, and what is actually being done by his government.

...

Switching to emergency mode means our coverage will look different and work in a different way, as we try to prevent the President from misinforming you through us. Here are the major changes:

* We will not cover live any speech, rally, or press conference involving the president. The risk of passing along bad information is too great. Instead, we will attend carefully to what he says. If we can independently verify any important news he announces we will bring that to you— after the verification step. ...
-- Jay Rosen, NYU, 23 March 2020

Additional measures are listed, recommended reading.

The question. of how to deal with disinformation originating at the head-of-state level is ... plaguing ... the media. There's attending, and there's broadcasting. Credible suggestions have been made to not carry the sessions live, to read or paraphrase rather than play back responses, etc. Creating the value of record without the liability of soapbox.

On the Media discussed this in "How can we convey to you" (audio), the idea is originally attributed to Margaret Sullivan, Washington Post, and the Rosen piece quoted above.

OTM's Bob Garfield suggests a third path: switch to independent credible experts and authorities -- Dr. Anthony Fauci and Governor Cuomo specifically named.

#OnTheMedia #journalism #Media #Epistemics #JayRosen #Bob Garfield #MargaretSullivan #disinformation #TrumPandemic #covid19
Today we are switching our coverage of Donald Trump to an emergency setting
 
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Deutsch oben, englisch unten // German at top, english below.

Heute beim #Aldi in #Hanstedt, #Niedersachsen.


Oh mann .. die drehen doch ernsthaft alle frei. ;)

Ich hab gestern noch mit meinem nachbarn diskutiert, der ein ähnliches bild vom #Selgross (#grosshandel) mitbrachte.

Mal ernsthaft, warum müssen die #medien die scheisse auchnoch so großartig #aufbauschen?

Der inhalt der diskussion gestern war, in den von den einzelnen medien kolportierten #nachrichten kommen so #wirre #empfehlungen wie das mensch sich #wasservorräte anlegen solle, #2L pro tag und person. Mein nachbar dachte, mkay, dann muss die #regierung wohl schlimmeres befürchten wenn sie schon sowas sagen.

Ich hielt entgegen, das sie das überhaupt nicht tun. Naütrlich gibt es #katastrophenpläne und #vorsorgetips in denen genau das drinn steht. Die sind aber durchaus nicht für fälle wie eine #corona #epidemie geschrieben wurden sondern sie sind #weitaus #älter und für #ernsthafte #katastrophen gedacht. Zeiten in denen wirklich mal der #strom #ausgehen und das #leitungswasser #versiegen könnte.....

Allein .... die regierung der #BRD hat nicht ein wort davon verlauten lassen, das mensch solche #vorsorgemaßnahmen treffen sollte.....

Das wird halt von der #journallie fleissig dazugeschrieben, damit der #artikel #reisserischer klingt....

*KOTZ*

Sowas #beklopptes .... #srsly.

Today at the Aldi (#grocery #store) in Hanstedt, #Lower #Saxony.


Oh man ... they're #seriously #going #crazy :)

Yesterday I discussed with my neighbour, who brought a similar picture from #Selgross (#wholesale).

Seriously, why do the #media have to make such a #big #deal out of this shit?

The content of the discussion yesterday was, in the #news #spread by the different #media there are such #confusing #recommendations like people should #stock #up on #water, #2L per day and person. My neighbor thought, mkay, then the #government must #fear #worse if they say something like that.

I #argued that they didn't say that at all. #Of #course, there are #contingency #plans and #precautionary #tips that say just that. They are just not written for #cases like a #corona #epidemic but they are #much #older and #meant #for #serious #disasters. #Times in which the #power could really #go #out and the #mains #water supply could dry up...

But ... the government of the #BRD has not said a word about taking such #precautionary #measures...

This is just what the #journals are #diligently #adding to make the #article sound #more #lurid...

*MOOOAH\*

What a stupid... #srsly.
 
The polling industry has tried to correct itself after it was so badly caught off-guard. We used not to weight by educational level and it turned out that if we had done so we might have been more accurate in 2016. So now everybody is weighting by education. We also had our fingers burned over the electoral college. The polls got the popular vote more or less correct, with Clinton winning the popular vote by two percentage points, but we should have thought more about the profound electoral college impact that gave Trump his victory.
—Larry Sabato, pollster and director of University of Virginia Center for Politics

Sleepwalking into 2020: are the media who missed Trump's 2016 rise ready now?

#media #lessonslearned
 
"As it became clear Saturday evening that Sen. Bernie Sanders would run away with the Nevada caucus and secure his position as the frontrunner in the Democratic presidential primary, MSNBC anchors and contributors lashed out at the senator and his supporters in bizarre and sometimes hysterical fashion, descending into what one observer could only describe as a 'full-blown freakout'."

"Earlier in the Democratic primary process, the Comcast-owned network was notorious for ignoring the senator from Vermont, and covering him negatively when it covered him at all."

"But Saturday marked a clear escalation in hostility from MSNBC‘s on-air personalities as Sanders’ diverse coalition of supporters propelled him to a landslide victory in Nevada, the third consecutive state in which the senator has won the popular vote."

#MSNBC #election2020 #bias #journalism #media
MSNBC slammed for ‘full-blown freakout’ after Bernie Sanders cements status as Democratic frontrunner
 

Mostly uniformed notes on Coronavirus, Wuhan, China, and the online response


I'm not a sinologist, sinophile, nor antisionist. I'm not an expert on China, or epidemics, or eastern-region politics. But I watch and observe, and occasionally comment. This story is an interesting one, but my observations are largely speculation, exceptions generally being cited or referenced.

There are two elements of this story I'm finding fascinating, both involving viral propogation. One is biological, the other epistemic.

The Plague


It's been about nine days since I posted my exponential growth 2019 nCoV observation, followed (in comments) by predictions that containment efforts begun arond 22 Jan would start showing clear evidence in new case data by early February, and that mortality should start falling by the 15th - 22nd, another 2-3 weeks out.

The first is bearing out, the second may be beating my initial projection. Both of these trends are encouraging.

I'll emphasise: I'm not a medical professional or epidemiologist. I read and study a lot, I've watched earlier outbreaks, and I've a fairly strong stats and data background which informs views of data. But really: I'm just some guy in a cat mask making guesses on the Internet.

That said:

* Signs are encouraging.
* The risk remains very real. We'll likely see somewhere in the neighbourhood of 100,000 cases (plus or minus a factor of 2) and 1,000 or so deaths (same). I think it's unlikley we'll see grossly more, say 10x, that.
* Quarantine, containment, education, public awareness, travel and commerce restrictions, and (within pandemic regions) frequent decontamination, are very much the order of the day.
* Effective treatments are few and will probably not emerge before the epidemic peaks or subsides. Mostly health professionals are limited to treating symptoms and secondary infections, with mixed effectiveness.
* There may be some nontraditional treatments or precautions which prove effective. No, I'm not talking crystals or Goop, but potential practices to reduce particle spread or make the virus less comfortable within hosts. Salt-impregnated masks have been mentioned favourably. I could think of other possible approaches, I won't bother mentioning them simply as rumour and misinformation spreading is already more than problematic.
* Given limited treatment, beds, an diagnostic kits, I'd argue that conclusively testing every presenting case is not a useful use of resources. Confirming infections among medical personnel is, but otherwise, triaging serious cases in to care, and directing less-serious cases to self-quarantine seems reasonable. We're talking city-wide, province-wide, and country-wide control where populations number to 10 million, 100 million, and 1 billion, respectively. This is a very large-scale problem. The goal is containment and management, not acute treatment of every individual case.
* Limitations on public knowledge of disease, germ theory, medical capabilities and limitations, and public health methods, is a challenge here. China's large population includes a very large undereducated population. (Though its educated population dwarfs that of any other country on Earth, possibly excepting India.)
* Failure to continue effective management could change all of this. The goal is to work effectively.

Media and Politics


The media and online response is ... interesting.

I've seen several long YouTube monologues, the first I believe by the individual known as "Brother Mask", another by a civil rights attorney, giving first-hand reports from within Wuhan itself. Many of the reports of conditions seem accurate. Some of the criticisms arising from them ... possibly less so. There have also been numerous posts in various places -- Mastodon and Diaspora, though of course many on Twitter, Reddit and elsewhere.

It's clear that many are seeing this as a propaganda opportunity to be used against the Chinese government. And there are certainly numerous criticisms which are valid.

Given the flood of online propaganda aimed at Western states in recent years, notably by Russia, but also China, generally following a "torrent of distraction" rather than "hose of reality distortion" favoured by Moscow. Seeing this now turned at China is ... interesting and ironic.

I don't consider myself a supporter of China, though I am impressed by the progress it's made most especially in recent decades. China is simply huge, and operates at scales the rest of the world fails to comprehend -- Wuhan is the city of 11 million you'd never heard of until two weeks ago. The country has faced, and does face immense challenges, and whilst not executing perfectly, has succeeded in many ways that deserve recognition. As do its failures. I'm often critical of elements of China's behaviours, both domestically and abroad (Uyghers, Tibet, and elsewhere). China is much like the proverbial Chinese symbol for crisis: opportunity and threat.

The main reason ideologically-driven discussions, debates, or (far more often) screaming matches are so boring is that they're simply so uninformative. The positions are well-established, the participants rarely principled or in good faith, and quite often themselves blinded to realities they'd prefer not to confront.

It's abundantly clear that China grossly mishandled the outbreak of 2019-nCoV, much as it did SARS in 2003, though not managing to cover up the epidemic as long in this instance. The death, or is it martyrdom, of Li Wenliang, is portentious. Unconfirmed reports of 800 million Weibo posts within 2.5 hours of its annoucement. It seems at least possible that changes to central control over information flows may occur, though the legacy of Tienanmen Square still looms large, and information regarding it remains tightly controlled. Chinese partisans have been engaged in petty battles over map definitions within the 2019-2020 Wuhan Coronavirus Outbreak Wikipedia page, as evidenced by the Talk page. Yes, Wikipedia has its conflicts and attempts at manipulation, but they occur in public and are often countered.

China's own meddling with both independent Taiwan and Hong Kong appear to be backfiring badly in terms of trust in the CCP and central government. That seems somewhat just desserts, though not always epistemically valid information.

At the same time, there's what seems strongly to be hay-making by opponents of the government, quite possibly even factions within the CCP battling against each other (my speculation), and quite likely entities or factions within Taiwan and Hong Kong, as well as the usual rabble-rousers, xenophobes, ecouragers of chaos (viz: Stephen Bannon), and general whackadoodles worldwide.

The interesting situation is that China seems to be approaching a point at which neither a closed-down media system, nor a wide open one, is risk-free. The first, had it persisted only a few weeks longer, could have had us talking a bound an epidemic ranging into the millions of cases and tens or hundreds of thousands of deaths, as well as global economic disruptions lasting months (and a likely risk-based reduced exposure to China). The second, while guarding against the "tell the emperor what pleases him" failures of rigid control, also enables the enemies of the emperor to speak freely. It seems all but certain that China will have to move out of its comfort zone here.

Or ... and if this path is chosen, all but certainly with the assistance of all the usual Silicon Valley suspects we've come to know and love ... institute an even more pervasive, flexible, and effective set of internal and external informational firewalls which permit the flow of critically important information whilst somehow managing to disrupt attempts at political opposition.

I don't find the second possibility overly likely from a technical standpoint, but Orwell and Huxley seem to have been winning the War for the Internet so far, and it seems unwise to not give them their nod.

Norbert Wiener, the father of Cybernetics, had a strong experience with information controls during World War II, as he worked on numerous research projects for the US government and military. After the war, his assessment was that the security restrictions on communications hurt the Allied forces more than they helped. For the most part, the enemy was already aware of the research projects, so the spread of information to the enemy was not meaningfully curtailed. But the Allies, working with limited technical and intellectual personnel resources, were hurt more by the duplicate, slowed, and inefficient progress made on the projects due to the communications restrictions.

Whether Wiener's view was accurate or merely his own personal bias, I'm not sure. But China is likely to be debating the same question, if not now, then soon.

#china #coronavirus #ncov2019 #wuhan #LiWenliang #propaganda #media #epidemics #tienamen #uygher
 
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