Category Archives: press criticism

what sustains free speech?

Facebook13 Twitter1Total14My 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 collect information … Continue reading

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the Historovox

Facebook9 Twitter1Total10Corey 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 reporting the … Continue reading

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a civic approach to free speech

Facebook13 Twitter1Total14I 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 the social … Continue reading

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Sinclair and Bezos: media ownership and media bias

Facebook6 Twitter0Total6These 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.” Both articles … Continue reading

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

Facebook13 Twitter0Total13C.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 historian I’ve … Continue reading

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media literacy and the social discovery of reality

Facebook30 Twitter0Total30If 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 programs and … Continue reading

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22 million new voters by 2020

Facebook13 Twitter0Total13With 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 night of … Continue reading

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don’t let the behavioral revolution make you fatalistic

Facebook5 Twitter0Total5 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 decisions. We err … Continue reading

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

Facebook30 Twitter0Total30(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 zone! Somebody … Continue reading

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prospects for civic media after 2016

Facebook15 Twitter0Total15Civic 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 (University of … Continue reading

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