~14 min read · From 2018 · By predicting the fake news scandals surrounding the 2016 US presidential election campaign, tech engineer Aviv Ovadya has become an early Cassandra of Silicon Valley. Yet today, Ovadya believes that your children will look at the post-2016 election fallout with nostalgia. He warns that AI-enhanced technology is steering the world toward a disinformation apocalypse. To learn more about Ovadya’s background and thinking, getAbstract recommends you read Charlie Warzel’s recent post on BuzzFeed News.
~15 min read · Feb 15th · Clubhouse will do for audio what Twitter, Instagram Stories, and TikTok did for text, images, and video.
Make no mistake, most of these conversations will be terrible. That, though, is the case for all user-generated content. The key for Clubhouse will be in honing its algorithms so that every time a listener opens the app they are presented with a conversation that is interesting to them.
20+ min read · From 2016 · Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism
~17 min read · 2019-09-19 · The long read: It’s not about foreign trolls, filter bubbles or fake news. Technology encourages us to believe we can all have first-hand access to the ‘real’ facts – and now we can’t stop fighting…
6 min read · Jul 7th · From deep dives on the beauty industry to navel-gaze–y missives on media controversies.
Newsletters these days are a vast sea, and your inbox is but a small vessel. Amid the current boom, discerning recommendations are a blessing. Here are 23 prominent sletter slingers with weird, beautiful, funny, and jealousy-inspiring picks.
5 min read · Jul 9th · A new, deeply reported book by the Times reporters Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang recounts the full story of the social media company’s foibles.
The social media behemoth does as little as possible to prevent disasters from happening, then feebly attempts to avoid blame and manage public appearances. The same series of events — an unheeded warning from an employee or an outsider, followed by executives’ inaction, followed by crisis — repeats with regard to users’ data privacy, Russia’s influence in American elections, ethnic violence in Myanmar and on and on.
This is a book intended to make you outraged at Facebook. But if you’ve read anything about the company in recent years, you probably already are.
Just as it was possible to see the edges of what was coming with the internet and mobile phones 30 years before they really took hold, we believe it is possible to look 30 years out from now with some confidence and know where the media should be focusing it's attention.
News and media organisations need to get several orders of magnitude better at using data and placing readers at the heart of their decision making
Organisations need to think much more deeply about how they are structured and how this affects collaboration and execution. We need to be better companies if we want to compete.
8 min read · Jul 12th · The vast majority of news sites or apps are filled with flaws that make the experience painful. Many are easy to fix.
Recently, I wanted to subscribe to a newsletter from another notorious publisher. The reply was: “Allow us 10 days to process your request”. No! We are in 2021!
The idea of getting the very same home page and section headers whether I’m a tech guy from France or a retiree from Phoenix is simply appalling. It’s like having always the same home page when you log in on Amazon or YouTube.
In covering Covid-19, newsrooms have learned to process a topic that affects all of their verticals, from politics to sports. That same interdisciplinary approach is now needed to cover the climate crisis.
For climate journalism to resonate with audiences and to give them context, news organisations should focus on a few key metrics of climate change and then keep explaining and referring to these key metrics regularly.
Climate change is a topic that can easily make readers feel helpless. Of course, journalists should never belittle the climate crisis but report accurately. In addition, though, they should point to solutions wherever possible.