Rupert Murdoch, by all accounts, the singularly most evil global media tycoon ever to scuttle along the Earth’s surface (apologies to William Randolph Hearst) is finally getting his comeuppance.. Meanwhile, all of the little pygmy media tribes now feel safe in coming out of the woodwork to tell other stories of Murdoch abuse and deceit…
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What? US funding is actually going towards this digital-activist-as-human-server project? Are we allowed to keep these domestically for use against Sony Corp?
Was surprised to learn that Keith Olberman is yet another Bill Hicks disciple. I suppose it shouldn’t come as a surprise, given the anti-authoritarian, silly streak in both of them. Yet, this was a pleasant and totally unexpected convergence. Happy to have attended the LA premiere of this.
Lecturer of MoveOn.org fame, Eli Pariser, delineates the newest threat to information freedom – taste algorithms. This is an automated ‘service’ provided by the likes of Facebook and Google that shield you from things you’re less likely to be interested in, while facilitating your access to all sorts of useless drivel that you may spend the better part of your wasted existence ingesting. And this taste algorithm will ensure that you never break out of your Bieber-addled nonsense consumption. Because even if you want to look for things outside your usual circle of uselessness, the taste algorithms will prevent you from finding them. Frightening.
From The People’s View, a fascinating article about where the Glenn Greenwalds and Jane Hamshers of the world–you know, the ones who became liberal when a black man took office and dared to create and sustain progressive policies without consulting them first–get their respective bread buttered. The next time self-described left wingers start throwing the term “corporatist” around within earshot, ask them if they’ve seen any investment disclosure statements from the Huffington Post lately.