All posts tagged: Medias

Bluesky’s Future Is Social Media’s Past

Bluesky’s Future Is Social Media’s Past

Like any good citizen of the internet, I went hunting for memes when I first heard the news. Rachel Dolezal, the notorious race grifter who courted controversy in 2015, had been fired from her teaching gig for operating an OnlyFans account. I was in need of a good laugh. Only, I wasn’t having much luck. I happened to be in foreign territory, on Bluesky, the Jack Dorsey-endorsed social media app hailed as The Next Big Thing, when News4 Tucson broke the story. A specter of a bygone era, Dolezal is considered Peak Internet. In June of 2015, while serving as president of a local NAACP chapter in Washington state, she was outed for racial cosplay. Although born a white woman, Dolezal posed as Black. Debates ensued. Everyone had an opinion about her. There were thinkpieces, and thinkpieces about those thinkpieces. People accused her of co-opting a culture she had no right to, wearing a kind of blackface for personal gain. “Why can’t Rachel Dolezal transcend race?” Barrie Freidland asked in the Baltimore Sun. Ultimately Dolezal …

Social Media’s 1 Main Response To Latest Tory Civil War

Social Media’s 1 Main Response To Latest Tory Civil War

Conservative civil war has broken out once more – and social media is having a pretty predictable response. Former cabinet minister Simon Clarke called for PM Rishi Sunak to be kicked out of office on Tuesday night, claiming the Tories would be “massacred” if he stays at the helm for the next general election. Clarke, who served in government under Boris Johnson and Liz Truss, is the most seniorTory to openly call for the PM’s removal from No.10. It comes after a series of opinion polls suggested the Conservatives are lagging dramatically behind the Labour Party. Clarke was one of the 11 Conservative rebels who voted against Sunak’s flagship Rwanda bill last week. However, it doesn’t look like many other Tories are (at least publicly) rallying behind Clarke just yet. A flurry of senior Conservative MPs including one-time Brexit secretary David Davis, former defence secretary Liam Fox, and ex-home secretary Priti Patel denounced Clarke’s intervention as “silly” and “self indulgence”. Lobby hacks shared ruder responses from other members of the party on X (formerly Twitter). …

Is Economic Pessimism the Media’s Fault?

Is Economic Pessimism the Media’s Fault?

The jobs report released last October was a thing of beauty. Over the previous month, the U.S. economy had added 336,000 jobs. It was one of the largest gains of the year and nearly double the amount that most analysts had expected—the kind of numbers that traditionally might occasion some celebratory champagne-popping. Here’s how the press covered it: “Jobs Gains Surge, Troubling News for the Federal Reserve,” read a New York Times headline. “Don’t Get Too Comfortable With a Good Job Market,” warned The Wall Street Journal. “September Jobs Report May Be Last Good One Before Sharp Slowdown,” according to Bloomberg. Journalists have long gravitated toward calling out problems rather than highlighting feel-good stories. Exposing wrongdoing and injustice is, after all, part of the job description. (More cynical readers will point out that audiences have long rewarded the press for doomerism.) But according to new research from the Brookings Institution, when it comes to economic news, this proclivity for negativity has lately gotten even more pronounced. For the study, the economists Ben Harris and Aaron …

‘Front page of the internet’: how social media’s biggest user protest rocked Reddit | Reddit

‘Front page of the internet’: how social media’s biggest user protest rocked Reddit | Reddit

In June, thousands of Reddit communities plunged into darkness – making their pages inaccessible to the public in a mass protest of corporate policy changes. Users of a social network lambasting it is nothing new; but Reddit’s moderators rebelled on a scale never seen before. Six months later, users and researchers say reforms sparked by the movement are still rippling through the social network, which bills itself as the “front page of the internet”. The changes are a mixed bag, they say. The quality of the posts on the forum site has changed, some say, but the social network’s corporate parent appears more attentive, making changes long requested by users and moderators alike. The conflict with the company left Reddit’s denizens angry and skeptical, but many say they’re sticking around to see how things go with Reddit’s new normal. When asked for comment on the protest and the demands of participants, a spokesperson from Reddit highlighted a response from the company’s CEO, Steve Huffman, who stated: “We are all responsible for ensuring Reddit provides an …

Alexis Ohanian says he’s a ‘techno optimist,’ despite social media’s impact on society

Alexis Ohanian says he’s a ‘techno optimist,’ despite social media’s impact on society

Does Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian have regrets over his creation? The entrepreneur and founder of venture fund Seven Seven Six, speaking at an event at the University of Virginia, espoused a fairly negative view of the current social media landscape and the creator economy — an environment where he says, everyone has “been so trained and conditioned now to just get the likes and retweets, get the upvotes…I wish I could be more optimistic about it, but we’re seeing it play out before our eyes.” Still, he ultimately described himself as a “techno-optimist” — an apparent nod to a16z General Partner Marc Andreessen’s recent diatribe where he claimed technology could solve all our problems. “Guilty as charged,” Ohanian said, during his interview with Kara Swisher. “I do think that pendulum will swing back. I think even swifter than we realize.” The war in the Middle East may even be the tipping point, he theorized, as it’s now “abundantly clear” that we need something better to figure out the world than the platforms we have today. …

Social Media’s “Frictionless Experience” for Terrorists

Social Media’s “Frictionless Experience” for Terrorists

This is an edition of The Atlantic Daily, a newsletter that guides you through the biggest stories of the day, helps you discover new ideas, and recommends the best in culture. Sign up for it here. The incentives of social media have long been perverse. But in recent weeks, platforms have become virtually unusable for people seeking accurate information. First, here are four new stories from The Atlantic: Dangerous Incentives “For following the war in real-time,” Elon Musk declared to his 150 million followers on X (formerly Twitter) the day after Israel declared war on Hamas, two accounts were worth checking out. He tagged them in his post, which racked up some 11 million views. Three hours later, he deleted the post; both accounts were known spreaders of disinformation, including the claim this spring that there was an explosion near the Pentagon. Musk, in his capacity as the owner of X, has personally sped up the deterioration of social media as a place to get credible information. Misinformation and violent rhetoric run rampant on X, …