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Bio and disclosures: dangillmor.com/about/ Boosts mean I think you should see this -- usually but not always an endorsement.

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I think what annoys me most about the "AI" products is that they use the first-person singular.

Until there is provable sentience, and we're a long way from that, the word "I" should not be part of the software's vocabulary.

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Cory Doctorow's (@pluralistic) new novel, The Bezzle, "genre-mashing, instructive, infuriating, and compulsively readable."

https://dangillmor.com/2024/02/26/cory-doctorows-the-bezzle/

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Extremists and book burners have allies in law enforcement, as this story from @404mediaco shows in frightening detail. https://www.404media.co/email/b3d9cb53-c0fa-43fc-b824-a302be50bb95/?ref=daily-stories-newsletter

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I can find only one major journalism organization -- the Guardian US -- that a) understands the accelerating threats to our democracy; b) relentlessly explains what is happening; and c) has proudly assumed the role of an advocate for saving democracy.

I'm fairly sure that other Big Journalism orgs understand. A (scant) few have even begun to give this the ongoing coverage it requires.

But apart from the Guardian, they can't be bothered to become the advocates we desperately need.

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@ZhiZhu @Ultraverified @ProPublica

Been donating for years...

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I swear this is not from the Onion, but it should be.

NY Times headline/sub-hed:

"Can a Tech Giant Be Woke?

"Microsoft, once again a juggernaut thanks to artificial intelligence, wants to be seen as an ethical employer. Is there a catch?"

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That story gives barely a hint of how paranoid and violence-inducing his rant was. And they've yet to mention a prominent speaker's kill-democracy pitch, or the fact that Nazis were notably present.

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@rdviii WashPost coverage of Trump at CPAC...

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A reminder (h/t @cstross) that that it's all corruption, all the time in Trump world.

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/24141169.trump-found-fraudulently-boosted-scots-homes-value-200m/

Also a reminder that not one Big Journalism org has ever even attempted to aggregate all the Trump world corruption.

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How can we prevent Wikipedia from crumbling under the weight of "AI" garbage spewing, and disinformation specialists' gleeful use of the garbage?

@molly0xfff says you can help best by becoming a Wikipedia editor.

It's not difficult. We all need to participate.

https://www.citationneeded.news/become-a-wikipedian-in-30-minutes/

(I'm assigning this to my students.)

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Spent yesterday inhaling "The Bezzle" -- the new novel by @pluralistic. It's one of his best, in a category -- which I'll explain in a longer post -- with Little Brother, Walkaway, and Radicalized.

Recommended in every way.

https://craphound.com/category/bezzle/

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Trump went off the teleprompter in an eruption of particularly demented fear and loathing. And he did it at the major "conservative" -- that is, right-wing extremist -- conference that welcomed Nazis and featured a social-media nutcase who said his ilk would finish the job they were doing on Jan. 6.

You would not know about all of this if your source of political news is the Washington Post, or the New York Times.

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Splendidly efficient letter to the editor of the Washington Post criticizing their ruinously misdirected Trump coverage. Pass it on.

cc @dangillmor @jayrosen_nyu

dangillmor,
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@zaivala The letter is on this page: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2024/02/23/maui-fire-song-lengths-opium-mad-magazine/

You have to scroll down, because the Post can't be bothered to give each published letter to the editor its own URL (not even an anchor tag) @shoq

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It's my fervent hope that the Reddit IPO crashes and burns, for all kinds of reasons.

At the top is the company's fundamental contempt for its users, especially the people who've given countless hours of their time to make it useful.

https://www.theverge.com/2024/2/24/24081441/reddit-shares-redditor-ipo-user-risk?utm_source=flipboard&utm_content=theverge%2Fmagazine%2FThe+Verge

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A reminder that it's all corruption, all the time in Trump world. Read this from Josh Marshall to see a current example.
https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/trumps-show-me-the-money-campaign-full-yolo-in-2024/sharetoken/TFjPN7FQpn93

Also a reminder that not one Big Journalism org has ever even attempted to aggregate all the Trump world corruption.

We get periodic (and valuable in their own way) pieces like this one.

But journalism only tells us about the brush fires. It never, ever shows us that the entire forest is ablaze.

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The Oklahoma local cops issued statements in the wake of the death of Nex Benedict that are -- at best -- questionable. https://popular.info/p/nex-benedicts-mom-raises-doubts-about

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Four reminders, courtesy of this powerful Washington Post story:

  1. Texas is a barbaric state, treating women as state-controlled vessels, not human beings.

  2. The right-wing Supreme Court encourage states to be barbaric.

  3. The Republican Party has made this barbarism a core part of its mission, and wants to make it national policy.

  4. Vote as if your life, or the life of someone you care about, depends on it. Because it may, soon.

https://wapo.st/3OSXCdR

(Paywall-free link...)

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Hmmm, I'm seeing posts in my home feed by people I haven't followed, but not boosted by people I have followed. Anyone else?

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As Josh Marshall observes, re the Russian op against the Bidens:

"The story here is how the U.S. again got bamboozled by transparent foreign manipulation and how the U.S. political press bought into it pretty much whole hog."

Our political press isn't terrible solely because it cares more about horse races than one party's attacks on democracy. It's dangerous, in its willful incompetence. We're in some trouble, and there's no sign that most journalists care -- at all.

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/can-dc-reporters-overcome-their-trumper-shock-training/sharetoken/KGBJRFFolANQ?utm_source=brevo&utm_campaign=Backchannel%20wsurvey%20267&utm_medium=email

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Dear @verge: It's bizarre to post a story about the gutting layoffs at Yahoo's Engadget site without also noting that Yahoo is owned and operated by a "private equity" (read: corporate looter) operation.

https://www.theverge.com/2024/2/22/24080215/engadget-layoffs-tech-news-blogs-editorial-restructuring

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I wish Mozilla hadn't broken the unified inboxes in Thunderbird. People with multiple email accounts have to constantly scroll up and down the folder pane, and it's a pain in the neck.

Update: As noted in the comments, the Favorites feature is a fine substitute for what's broken. In some ways (e.g. selecting only sub-folders you want to see routinely) it's even better.

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@stanjames @HikerGeek I'll take a look at that.

dangillmor,
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@stanjames Until something better (like a genuinely unified inbox) comes along, that does the trick. Thanks! @HikerGeek

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Looking in vain, so far, for a good rain jacket (for walking/hiking) that doesn't insist that I advertise the company that's selling it.

I really dislike this trend, and it seems to be getting worse.

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Circling back:

My brother told me about a Lands End rain jacket that is waterproof and doesn't require that I serve as a "walking billboard" for the company.

Retailers: I go out of my way to find clothing of this kind, and the replies to my previous post suggest that I'm not alone in my annoyance with your increasingly common practice.

Oh, I bought that coat, which you can see here: https://www.landsend.com/products/mens-waterproof-rain-jacket/id_330102?attributes=12520,43307,43326,43398,44255,44379,44967

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