The Washington Post publishes the world’s most epic correction

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Korsha Wilson published an article in the Washington Post’s food section. Then the Post published a correction. The correction is 579 words long and includes 15 bullet points. It raises a few questions about who gets published and who checks facts in the publications you read. Wilson, a freelancer, contributed an article about black families … Continued

Hypocrisy in headlines: How newspapers covered Trump’s call to end racism

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In the wake of the shooting in Texas, Donald Trump has asked the nation to come together to condemn white supremacy and racism. Given his own past statements stirring up racial animosity, how are news media supposed to write about that? For context, he’s been telling women of color in Congress to “go back where … Continued

Cloudflare deplatforms 8chan. Have we figured out where to draw the line?

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The unmoderated site 8chan has hosted some horrifying things, including a hate-filled manifesto that appears to be from the shooter in the El Paso massacre. After 8chan’s cloud network and security provider Cloudflare dumped it, I began to wonder if we’d finally figured out the boundaries of the legitimate internet. The question of what content … Continued

Rutger Hauer is gone, like tears in rain

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The actor Rutger Hauer has died. He elevated his most iconic performance by saying less than was in the script. Towards the end of the science fiction epic Blade Runner, the two main characters confront one another. Rick Deckard, played by Harrison Ford, has been tracking down an escaped replicant — a genetically engineered artificial … Continued

Why are articles about Jeffrey Epstein disappearing from Forbes?

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Jeffrey Epstein, investor and convicted sexual offender, was the subject of glowing articles in Forbes and HuffPost. Why were these articles published, why have they been taken down, and who is responsible for vetting content? These are tougher questions than it might seem. Epstein, of course, is the power broker who’s now accused of sex … Continued

In which I scoff at influencers

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In the New York Times, Kevin Roose writes “Don’t Scoff at Influencers. They’re Taking Over the World.” Sorry, dude. I’m scoffing. Bigtime. Here’s some of what Roose wrote: [T]he teenagers and 20-somethings who have mastered these platforms [like TikTok] — and who are often dismissed as shallow, preening narcissists by adults who don’t know any … Continued

A robot umpire illuminates the future of AI

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In a minor league baseball game in the Atlantic League, a robot called balls and strikes this week. But there was still a home-plate umpire, and he was still essential. This is a nice metaphor for the future of AI-assisted work. As described in The New York Times, the system applies rules about the strike … Continued