POLITICS/PROPAGANDA

April 2, 2018

Making Roseanne and Racism Ready for Prime Time

In the long ago, when I was the TV critic for TV Guide, I liked Roseanne. Above, see my credentials. Now, not so much. I […]
March 28, 2018

To Facebook — and Its Critics: Please Don’t Screw Up Our Internet

A post in three parts: First, I dissect a specimen of the current elitist media attack on Facebook and its users as a guidepost on the path to moral panic. […]
March 20, 2018

Perspective, please

I’m going to straddle a sword by on the one hand criticizing the platforms for not taking their public responsibility seriously enough, and on the […]
January 17, 2018

What Makes a Community?

Facebook wants to build community. Ditto media. Me, too. But I fear we are all defining and measuring community too shallowly and transiently. Community is not […]
December 29, 2017

Death to the Mass(es)!

without a shared reality, democracy may not be possible https://t.co/rvjvEsxkck — Anne Applebaum (@anneapplebaum) December 29, 2017 I am not sure it’s possible to fully […]
December 22, 2017

Democracy Dies in the Light

When the nation’s representatives pass sweeping tax legislation that the majority of voters do not want and that will in the long-run harm most citizens — helping instead corporations, a small, rich […]
October 4, 2017

Moral Authority as a Platform

[See my disclosures below.*] Since the election, I have been begging the platforms to be transparent about efforts to manipulate them — and thus the public. I wish they had […]
June 12, 2017

Our problem isn’t ‘fake news.’ Our problems are trust and manipulation.

“Propaganda is the executive arm of the invisible government.”— Edward Bernays, Propaganda (1928) “Fake news” is merely a symptom of greater social ills. Our real problems: […]
June 12, 2017

Our problem isn’t ‘fake news.’ Our problems are trust and manipulation.

“Propaganda is the executive arm of the invisible government.”— Edward Bernays, Propaganda (1928) “Fake news” is merely a symptom of greater social ills. Our real problems: […]
May 2, 2017

Fueling a flight to quality

Storyful and Moat — together with CUNY and our new News Integrity Initiative*— have announced a collaboration to help advertisers and platforms avoid associating with and supporting […]
May 2, 2017

Fueling a flight to quality

Storyful and Moat — together with CUNY and our new News Integrity Initiative*— have announced a collaboration to help advertisers and platforms avoid associating with and supporting […]
April 5, 2017

Anne Applebaum analyses Putin propaganda not so much as lies, but as “an attack on the idea of truth itself”

Sam Harris interviews Anne Applebaum, Russia expert, for his consistently excellent podcast ‘Waking Up’. Applebaum gives examples of a new type of propaganda which uses […]
April 3, 2017

Real News

I’m proud that we at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism and the Tow-Knight Center just announced the creation of the News Integrity Initiative, charged with […]