Media (page 7)

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    Forest vs. N&O

    A page-one story in today’s News & Observer solicited this reaction from Lt. Gov. Dan Forest’s office: News & Observer has stooped to an all new low Raleigh, N.C. – Today, Jamey Falkenbury, Director of Communications released the following statement: “The News and Observer has stooped to an…
    Mitch Kokai, July 1, 2019
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    Google and microaggressions

    Arthur Bloom of the Daily Caller highlights interesting internal documents from tech giant Google. The newsletters provide insight into both genuinely troubling human resources issues and the prevalence of left-wing discourse within the company. Most items are submitted by Googlers, except where otherwise noted. In particular, there are…
    Mitch Kokai, June 27, 2019
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    Digging deeper into social media

    Michael Brendan Dougherty authors a National Review Online column with a simple, provocative headline: “What is Facebook?” Right now the debate has been about the difference between platforms and publishers. National Review Online is a publication. Our comments section, though moderated, is a platform. A publication is legally…
    Mitch Kokai, June 26, 2019
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    A proposal targeting Big Tech’s politics

    Chris White of the Daily Caller highlights a new proposal focusing on Big Tech’s political bias. Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley introduced legislation Wednesday that would force tech companies to prove their political neutrality or face increased liability for use-made content. Hawley introduced the Ending Support for Internet…
    Mitch Kokai, June 20, 2019
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    Privacy and the social media giants

    Michael Brendan Dougherty of National Review Online describes efforts to reclaim privacy in a world dominated by social media giants. [W]e know that Facebook, Google, and other tech companies do things that are almost more insidious than responding to what we say in private. The scope of their…
    Mitch Kokai, June 20, 2019
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    Who Reads the Fine Print?

    The answer, of course, is “nobody.” In a recent opinion piece in the New York Times, Kevin Litman-Navarro explains why. Here’s a chart that summarizes the results of his analysis of the privacy policy statements provided by 150 social media companies. : As the chart shows, while a handful of…
    Jon Guze, June 13, 2019
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    Conservatives and Big Tech censorship

    Emily Jashinsky writes for the Federalist about conservatives’ attitudes toward big tech companies’ censorship. One glaring lesson of the last four years is that making assumptions about the Republican electorate is a dangerous game. Yet I’m told in the pages of National Review it’s a “blunt truth” that…
    Mitch Kokai, June 11, 2019
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    Climate change as source of every possible weather event

    John Hinderaker of the Power Line blog notes climate alarmists’ willingness to attribute every possible weather-related peculiarity to climate change. I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the fact that Lake Superior and other Great Lakes were nearing record high levels this year. Which was bad, of…
    Mitch Kokai, June 10, 2019