Category Archives: press criticism

what sustains free speech?

Facebook13 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 14My remarks last week at a small conference on “Tolerance, Citizenship, and the Open Society” at the Tisch College of Civic Life … We human beings did not evolve to take a broad view of justice, to … Continue reading

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the Historovox

Facebook9 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 10Corey Robin’s essay, “Why Has It Taken Us So Long to See Trump’s Weakness?,” is mainly interesting as an argument about trends in reporting. Robin criticizes a new genre of journalism that forgoes the pedestrian task of … Continue reading

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a civic approach to free speech

Facebook13 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 14I argued in a recent post that libertarians, social democrats, American liberals, and most US Constitutional scholars share a sharp distinction between the state and the private sector–but this distinction does not reflect our actual experience of … Continue reading

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Sinclair and Bezos: media ownership and media bias

Facebook6 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 6These two stories ran on the same page of the print New York Times on April 2: “Sinclair Videos Renew Debate Over Media Ownership” and “To Trump, It’s the ‘Amazon Washington Post.’ To Its Editor, That’s Baloney.” … Continue reading

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how information relates to power, according to C.V. Wedgewood

Facebook13 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 13C.V. (Veronica) Wedgewood’s The Thirty Years War is almost a century old, but it remains an inexhaustible source of insights. TaNahisi Coates loves it, too: “Take this for whatever it’s worth but she writes better than any … Continue reading

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media literacy and the social discovery of reality

Facebook30 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 30If you’re concerned about media education in the current fraught moment, you should read danah boyd’s “You Think You Want Media Literacy… Do You?” and Renee Hobbs’ response in Medium. In my crude summary: danah boyd surveys some media literacy … Continue reading

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22 million new voters by 2020

Facebook13 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 13With The LAMP, a New York City nonprofit that works on media and digital literacy skills, my colleagues at CIRCLE are launching the 22×20 Campaign, which has the tagline “22 million new voters by the year 2020.” For the … Continue reading

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don’t let the behavioral revolution make you fatalistic

Facebook5 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 5 Beginning in the late 1960s, Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman shook the prevailing assumption that human beings can plan and make decisions rationally. Their experiments demonstrated that we use “simplifying heuristics rather than extensive algorithmic processing” to make … Continue reading

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why Trump fans aren’t holding him accountable (yet)

Facebook30 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 30(Washington DC) Kevin Drum imagines how a Trump fan receives the president’s tweets: You’re at home, watching the Factor, and O’Reilly is going on about the crime problem in Chicago. It’s outrageous! The place is a war … Continue reading

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prospects for civic media after 2016

Facebook15 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 15Civic Media: Technology, Design, Practice is a new book edited by Eric Gordon and Paul Mihailidis. I contributed the introductory chapter, “Democracy in the Digital Age.” On Nov. 16, I joined Eric, Paul, Ethan Zuckerman (MIT), Colin Rhinesmith (Simmons), Beth Coleman … Continue reading

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