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#Journalism prof at CUNY's Newmark School. Author of THE GUTENBERG PARENTHESIS & OBJECT LESSONS: MAGAZINE upcoming from Bloomsbury. Cohost of This Week in Google on the TWiT network.

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The (other) Times is free this weekend and here's a fascinating book excerpt:
Soviet double agent Anthony Blunt may have helped Hitler too
https://www.thetimes.com/world/russia-ukraine-war/article/anthony-blunt-soviet-russian-spy-nazis-xsn37f8dx

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"In this paper, we formalize the problem and show that it is impossible to eliminate hallucination in LLMs."
Hallucination is Inevitable: An Innate Limitation of Large Language Models
https://arxiv.org/pdf/2401.11817

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Yup, DeJoy is still there, doing is damage:
The Postal Service’s $40 billion overhaul is off to a rough start https://www.wsj.com/politics/policy/us-postal-service-dejoy-modernization-plan-issues-f14f4c7c?st=8ylnsdro7bh6knn

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It is sad watching the scales fall from David French's eyes about the horrid hate fostered by his old white, evangelical church, the racist, right-wing Presbyterian break-off. Gift link:
The Day My Old Church Canceled Me Was a Very Sad Day https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/09/opinion/presbyterian-church-evangelical-canceled.html?unlocked_article_code=1.yU0.iOBD.qE5wE2_RkH_A&smid=em-share

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Swedish understatement from Peter Wolodarski Lewis "has not appreciated the attention."
Swedish directness: "All of this shows that Lewis lacks fundamental respect for the journalistic mission."
In Prospect:
Has Jeff Bezos grown tired of free journalism? https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/ideas/media/66710/jeff-bezos-will-lewis-washington-post?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=shared_link

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A tragic loss for international journalism:
Christophe Deloire, secretary general of Reporters Without Borders, has died
https://www.lemonde.fr/en/obituaries/article/2024/06/08/christophe-deloire-secretary-general-of-reporters-without-borders-has-died_6674260_15.html

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At last, The Times covers the stakes of a Trump victory. Now keep going with the perils to women's control of their health, race, the courts, the environment, education, freedom of speech....
Gift link:
If Trump Wins
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2024/06/07/us/politics/trump-policy-list-2025.html?smid=url-share

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Good. More reporting on the institutional insurrection underway. Gift link:
Trump loyalist pushes ‘post-constitutional’ vision for second term https://wapo.st/3VyftdG

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Attention must also be paid to Will Lewis' editor from the ever-more-execrable Telegraph:
https://www.theguardian.com/media/article/2024/jun/07/washington-post-new-ceo-leadership?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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My current top tbrn stack

Magazine by @jeffjarvis
The monsters and creatures compendium by Jim Zub/WotC
The United States Governed by Six Hundred Thousand Despots by John Swanson Jacobs
Improv for Gamers by Karen Twelves
Stories Are Weapons by @annaleen
A City on Mars by Kelly Weinersmith and @ZachWeinersmith
Tacolicious by Sara Deseran
The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee by James and Caitlin Freeman & Tara Duggan
Infinite City A San Francisco Atlas by Rebecca Solnit

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@Rycaut @annaleen @ZachWeinersmith
Eager to hear what you think.

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Here it is again--journalists characterizing critics as "activists"--in a report on fighting in the NY Guild between said activists and those who wear the cloak of "independence."
"The Guild’s leaders 'have forgotten that we are a union for journalists, not activists.'"
https://www.semafor.com/article/06/06/2024/new-york-times-reuters-journalists-clash-with-news-union

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Aldous Huxley, 1928:
"The sensible thing to do is not to revolt against the inevitable, but to use and modify it, to make it serve your purposes. Machines exist; let us exploit them to create beauty--a modern beauty, while we are about it. For we live in the twentieth century; let us frankly admit it and not pretend we live in the fifteenth."

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Beware a journalist who employs his own flacks. That's no journalist. That's a PR man--or activist.
"But Lewis and his team of spokespeople (he has a personal representative, in addition to those who handle public relations on behalf of the outlet)..."
https://view.newsletters.cnn.com/messages/1717733409925a2e727a8391e/raw

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Yeah, something unlikely to be covered outside The Guardian:
News and tech media mostly quiet after UN chief calls for ban on ads for oil and gas
https://www.theguardian.com/media/article/2024/jun/07/united-nations-fossil-fuel-ads-news-tech-media

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In The Gutenberg Parenthesis, I argue that for journalists to consider themselves "storytellers" is an exercise of power...
How America Turned Stories Into Weapons of War https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/05/books/review/stories-are-weapons-annalee-newitz.html?pvid=9n9FNWcI0kqY72kHH6jHe-RE&u2g=c&smid=tw-share

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Misogynist, scrotum-tanning, fascist yet insecure men are staging an insurrection against democracy. Why that's Joe Biden's fault. cc: @DougJBalloon

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The Post is forced to cover its own journalistically dubious boss, who issues traditionalists' favorite slander against critics, calling @davidfolkenflik “an activist, not a journalist.” He projects. Gift link:
Post publisher draws more scrutiny after newsroom shake-up https://wapo.st/4e8aPu5

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@fheinderyckx
While everyone is shouting about the crisis in local journalism, national journalism dove head-first into the shitter. As others point out, most every national outlet of note is controlled by anti-Biden or pro-right managers and companies. In brief: We're fucked.

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Longer and longer COVID:
‘Unusual’ cancers emerged after the pandemic. Doctors ask if covid is to blame. https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2024/06/06/covid-cancer-increase-link/

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It is all part of the same right-wing insurrection attacking every institution of society:
Some Republicans booed or walked out as Pa. House recognized Jan. 6 Capitol police officers https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/pennsylvania-house-capitol-officers-republicans-20240606.html?utm_source=t.co&utm_campaign=edit_social_share_twitter_traffic&utm_medium=social&utm_content=&utm_term=&int_promo=]

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From a wise TPM reader on Bezos and the Post:
Bored Billionaire Syndrome https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/bored-billionaire-syndrome via @TPM

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News organizations complain about AI and internet companies doing to them what they do to sources constantly. https://www.tiktok.com/t/ZTLwYbdMX/

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Remember this, too:
Trump cancels WW1 memorial at U.S. cemetery in France due to rain https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN1NF0NU/

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I see this as commentary on mass culture: diminished value to Costco & its customers of best-sellers; the problem handling individual titles vs. books by the pallet. Bad for the industry but has no impact on almost all authors.
Costco Plans to Stop Selling Books Year-Round https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/05/books/costco-books.html?pvid=8I8-baVckYTwz9Ux7kJwF4Zq&u2g=c&smid=tw-share

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