Facebook is harming democracy, and Mark Zuckerberg needs to do something about it

This story by Timothy B. Lee for Vox I consider a sister piece to the one I posted before from the New York Times about how journalism needs to get its act together after an orgy of fake news. A generation ago, newspapers and television news programs had a lot of influence over what people…Read more Facebook is harming democracy, and Mark Zuckerberg needs to do something about it

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Media’s Next Challenge: Overcoming the Threat of Fake News

Two nights ago my phone started beeping and ringing bells so I had a glance, the way you do, and it was telling me there was a big revelation about Huma Abedin, Clinton's aide and how she'd turned snitch and sold the Democratic candidate out. The 'story' was being carried by YouTube and the 'news'…Read more Media’s Next Challenge: Overcoming the Threat of Fake News

Irksome

They could live with the orange glow face, the too twee hand gestures, the appalling diction even the intolerable and arrogant illiteracy. It's a cliche of oppobrium visited on a long since marginalised section of the community, for centuries. It's not cultural appropriation, witches complain, Trump's triumphal bigotry is irksome.

When you’re busy, write

It's fascinating to read what writers do when they're writing. Some write an outline, get up early and stick to a daily word count quota. Others turn off their cell phones and hide away until they finish. Maya Angelou rented a hotel room, by the month, where she kept a dictionary, a thesaurus and a…Read more When you’re busy, write