~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.
Electrification of personal vehicles would have happened at some point; it seems fair to argue that Musk accelerated the timeline significantly.
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
Oct 7th · On August 3, 2018, Facebook went down for 45 minutes. That's a little baby outage compared to the one this week, when, on October 4, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp were down for more than five…
~17 min read · Oct 21st · Scare stories on "left-wing illiberalism" display a familiar pattern.
The central premise of the “frivolous lawsuits” panic — it is too easy for citizens to sue corporations — was an obvious lie, a blinking, howling whopper that would have been laughed off of front pages if it weren’t for all the overblown anecdotes making it seem plausible.
The media has tremendous power to shape public opinion. Reporters and editors should not just be aware of their ability to spread moral panics. They should be terrified of it.
9 min read · Oct 25th · In a time of mega-leaks, journalists’ sources have become power players. Frances Haugen, the former Facebook executive who shared company documents, led a meticulous media rollout.
The source who had provided them with the stuff of so many exclusive scoops now seemed to be going rogue.
“You can’t afford to have the source dictate the story,” Gerard Ryle, the director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, said in an interview.
Inside the Slack group, whose messages were shared with me by a participant, members have reflected on the strangeness of working, however tangentially, with competitors.
20+ min read · Oct 14th · Until late this summer, I worked as a senior producer at a company that made podcasts for clients and media partners. I quit, in part, because I saw how far my ideas could go without my name attached
5 min read · Oct 12th · The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism is launching the Oxford Climate Journalism Network, a project designed to help journalists and newsroom leaders transform the way they cover the…