Category Archives: Journalism Media and Social Media

Facebook Doesn’t Like What It Sees When It Looks in the Mirror – The New York Times

  DECADES ago, the brilliant satirist Tom Lehrer skewered the engineer’s willful ignorance of the consequences of his designs in a ditty about Wernher von Braun, the scientist who moved from Nazi Germany’s rocket factories to the United States space … Continue reading

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The Republicans’ Fake Investigations – By GLENN R. SIMPSON and PETER FRITSCH – NYT

A generation ago, Republicans sought to protect President Richard Nixon by urging the Senate Watergate committee to look at supposed wrongdoing by Democrats in previous elections. The committee chairman, Sam Ervin, a Democrat, said that would be “as foolish as … Continue reading

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For Russian ‘Trolls=’ Instagram’s Pictures Can Spread Wider Than Words – The New York Times

SAN FRANCISCO — The enduring popularity of a provocative post on Instagram, created by a company with connections to the Kremlin, demonstrates why fighting propaganda on social media will be an uphill battle. The photograph in the post, of a … Continue reading

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‘Fake News’- Trump’s Obsession- Is Now a Cudgel for Strongmen – The New York Times

“BRUSSELS — President Trump routinely invokes the phrase “fake news” as a rhetorical tool to undermine opponents, rally his political base and try to discredit a mainstream American media that is aggressively investigating his presidency. But he isn’t the only … Continue reading

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New Facebook App for Children Ignites Debate Among Families – The New York Times

  “SAN FRANCISCO — Few big technology companies have dared to create online products for boys and girls ages 13 and under. But on Monday, Facebook introduced an app, called Messenger Kids, that is targeted at that age group and … Continue reading

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We’re All Part of Trump’s Show – by Brett Stephens – NYT

Originally posted on Inconvenient News .Wordpress.com:
“This is why there’s a Colosseum in Rome, and why public spectacle, theater, cinema, TV and now the internet have always been handmaids of dictators. In Russia, it’s all about casting the president…

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Washington Has Delivered a Tangled Message on AT&T’s Power – by David Gelles – NYT

“On Monday, the Department of Justice sued to block AT&T’s proposed $85.4 billion takeover of Time Warner, a deal that would unite one of the country’s biggest internet providers with the company that owns CNN, HBO and the Warner Bros. … Continue reading

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Twitter- It’s Time to End Your Anything-Goes Paradise – Farad Manjoo – NYT

“Earlier this month, Twitter did something radical: The social network famous for its 140-character limit doubled it to 280. Weirdly, the world didn’t end. There was some whining from old-timers, which quickly died out. Mostly, everything was O.K. Some might … Continue reading

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Signs of Russian Meddling in Brexit Referendum – The New York Times

“LONDON — More than 150,000 Russian-language Twitter accounts posted tens of thousands of messages in English urging Britain to leave the European Union in the days before last year’s referendum on the issue, a team of researchers disclosed on Wednesday. … Continue reading

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Russian Influence Reached 126 Million Through Facebook Alone – The New York Times

“WASHINGTON — Russian agents intending to sow discord among American citizens disseminated inflammatory posts that reached 126 million users on Facebook, published more than 131,000 messages on Twitter and uploaded over 1,000 videos to Google’s YouTube service, according to copies … Continue reading

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