Why Donald Trump’s “social network” is smarter than it looks

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For months, we’ve heard the rumor that ex-President Trump was starting a social network. It’s up now. It’s called “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump.” As a social network, it sucks. But as a functional equivalent to Trump’s former Twitter account, it’s likely to succeed. How Trump’s new megaphone works Here are the rules … Continued

What is “woke,” really? And why everyone is fighting about it?

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For years, progressives, especially Black progressives, have been explaining that people need to be “woke” — that is, fully aware of and pursuing action on racial and equity issues. Now there’s a conservative “anti-woke” backlash. But what exactly is “woke,” and why is it such a flashpoint? Merriam-Webster says “woke” is a slang term that … Continued

What we really should be teaching: statistics, science, math, media, code

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The pandemic and our elections have revealed America’s weak spot: ignorance. Too many in the populace can’t reason, can’t think straight, can’t differentiate opinion from reality, can’t identify bias, and have no context for what they consume. “This is a consequence of the poor education system in our country.” That is the applause line. But … Continued

Fear and integrity

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I knew I had to write about the George Floyd/Derek Chauvin verdict today, but I was afraid. It was the right verdict. That was obvious from the video. Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd. It should never have happened. But I was afraid of the trolls who will inevitably flood my comments with hate. And I … Continued

Opportunities in the economic restart

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As vaccinations rise, lockdowns lift, and consumers once again feel confident, expect an economic surge in the US in the spring and summer of 2021. But the new economy will not look like what we had before. Three things will drive the economic resurgence. First, at least among Americans with middle incomes and above, savings … Continued

Should brands like Amazon attack their enemies on social media?

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It’s a truism in social media circles: brands should be more human. Of course, humans have a full range of emotions — they can be angry, not just nice or funny. Do we really want angry brands? Brands like Amazon that attack people on social media are going to find out they’re making a mistake. … Continued