BELIEF

Steve Bannon has told the media to stop writing about Trump, even stop writing, already. Trump's own press secretary has been caught telling outright lies but only because he was obeying orders. Kellyanne Conway has coined the phrase 'alternative facts.' So it's hardly surprising sales of George Orwell's dystopian classic, 1984, are spiking. The President…Read more BELIEF

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

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

Reporting can be a riot…?

Not in North Dakota, apparently, despite the best efforts of North Dakota District Attorney, Ladd R. Erickson who, first tried to charge journalist Amy Goodman with trespass but when that was dropped, said she'd be charged with riot. Is Mr Ladd insane? By his own logic, Amy Goodman's hugely effective job of reporting the violent…Read more Reporting can be a riot…?

James Lovelock: ‘Before the end of this century, robots will have taken over’

Fracking is great, the green movement is a religion, his dire predictions about climate change were nonsense – and robots don’t mind the heat, so what does it matter? At 97, the creator of Gaia theory is as mischievous and subversive as ever ‘I’m not sure the whole thing isn’t crazy, this climate change’ ……Read more James Lovelock: ‘Before the end of this century, robots will have taken over’

The Guardian plays catch up

The Guardian Why the internet of things is the new magic ingredient for cyber criminals John Naughton Brian Krebs is one of the unsung heroes of tech journalism. He’s a former reporter for the Washington Post who decided to focus on cybercrime after his home network was hijacked by Chinese hackers in 2001. Since then,…Read more The Guardian plays catch up

Bury My Heart at Standing Rock

Sep. 29, 2016 08:49AM EST 21 Arrested During Peaceful Prayer Ceremony at Standing Rock - WAR INA BABYLON Dan Zukowski  The Morton County Sheriff's Department, whose officers used mace and unleashed dogs on Dakota Access Pipeline protestors earlier this month, sent in armored vehicles and arrested 21 people Wednesday at two sites. But a video…Read more Bury My Heart at Standing Rock

YELLOW TAXI

Remember that Joni Mitchell song about how they paved paradise and put up a parking lot? That song always springs to mind when I read about utopia, which, according to dictionaries, is an imaginary place where everything is perfect. I remember reading about the utopias set up, supposedly, by anarchist idealists when, in point of…Read more YELLOW TAXI

 The Standing Rock Sioux Have Been Heard. Now What?

Construction on a part of the Dakota Access Pipeline has been suspended, but protesters aren't going anywhere. By Zoë Carpenter Protesters demonstrate against the Dakota Access oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota on September 9. (Reuters / Andrew Cullen / File Photo)  On Friday, when a federal judge denied the…Read more  The Standing Rock Sioux Have Been Heard. Now What?

Land of the Free

North Dakota Wants to Arrest Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman for Engaging in Journalism . The independent journalist was documenting private security personnel using dogs to attack Native Americans activists. By John Nichols Amy Goodman receives the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the alternative Nobel Prize, from Johan von Uexkull in Stockholm, December 8, 2008. (Reuters…Read more Land of the Free