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The media pundit's pundit. Written by NYC insider Jeff Jarvis, BuzzMachine covers news, media, journalism, and politics.

Last Build Date: Wed, 04 Oct 2017 12:30:51 +0000


Moral Authority as a Platform

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 12:30:51 +0000

[See my disclosures below.*] Since the election, I have been begging the platforms to be transparent about efforts to manipulate them — and thus the public. I wish they had not waited so long, until they were under pressure from journalists, politicians, and prosecutors. I wish they would realize the imperative to make these decisions based on higher responsibility. I wish they […]

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Our problem isn’t ‘fake news.’ Our problems are trust and manipulation.

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 18:21:34 +0000

“Propaganda is the executive arm of the invisible government.” — Edward Bernays, Propaganda (1928) “Fake news” is merely a symptom of greater social ills. Our real problems: trust and manipulation. Our untrusted — and untrustworthy — institutions are vulnerable to manipulation by a slough of bad guys, from trolls and ideologues to Russians and terrorists, all operating under varying motives […]

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Fueling a flight to quality

Tue, 02 May 2017 17:05:09 +0000

Storyful and Moat — together with CUNY and our new News Integrity Initiative*— have announced a collaboration to help advertisers and platforms avoid associating with and supporting so-called fake news. This, I hope, is a first, small step toward fueling a flight to quality in news and media. Add to this: A momentous announcement by Ben Gomes, […]

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Jimmy Wales’ new Wikitribune

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:03:38 +0000

Jimmy Wales changed encyclopedias and news while he was at it. And now he’s at it at it again, announcing a crowdfunding campaign to start Wikitribune, a collaborative news platform with “professional journalists and community contributors working side-by-side to produce fact-checked, global news stories. The community of contributors will vet the facts, help make sure the language […]

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Real News

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 04:01:22 +0000

I’m proud that we at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism and the Tow-Knight Center just announced the creation of the News Integrity Initiative, charged with finding ways to better inform the public conversation and funded thus far with $14 million by nine foundations and companies, all listed on the press release. Here I want to […]

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Quality over crap

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:24:25 +0000

We keep looking at the problems of fake news and crap content — and the advertising that feeds them — through the wrong end of the periscope, staring down into the depths in search of sludge when we could be looking up, gathering quality. There is a big business opportunity to be had right now in setting definitions and […]

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Trump & the Press: A Murder-Suicide Pact

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:51:56 +0000

The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017 The press will destroy Trump and Trump will destroy the press. Consider that trust in media began falling in the ’70s, coincident with what we […]

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Merry Christmas, Hillary Clinton

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 03:46:34 +0000

I want to say Merry Christmas to Hillary Clinton. I am grateful to you for running a campaign on principle, patriotism, decency, honesty, intelligence, optimism, maturity, experience, care, and civility. I am grateful to you for suffering such abuse from so many quarters for so many years and always coming back fighting — for us. […]

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A Call for Cooperation Against Fake News

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:33:43 +0000

We — John Borthwick and Jeff Jarvis — want to offer constructive suggestions for what the platforms — Facebook, Twitter, Google, Instagram, Snapchat, WeChat, Apple News, and others — as well as publishers and users can do now and in the future to grapple with fake news and build better experiences online and more civil and informed discussion in society. Key to our […]

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Empathetic journalism for the right

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:40:37 +0000

I’ve said — to the horror of surprisingly few journalists I know — that the mere fact of Donald Trump’s candidacy is evidence of the failure of journalism to perform its prime function: informing the public. Here I want to ask what we could do about that. I’ll explore ways to better reflect and inform the worldview of the […]

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How Trump’s mere existence delegitimizes Clinton’s candidacy and presidency — and what we must do about that

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 14:01:01 +0000

I can hear it now, starting on Nov. 9: Hillary Clinton isn’t really the President. She got elected only because she ran against Donald Trump, the worst candidate in history. She didn’t destroy him; he destroyed himself. Nobody wanted to vote for her. They had to vote for her. This is a direct extension of […]

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‘Change’ is bullshit

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:46:43 +0000

I ended up voting for Barack Obama, but while he was in a race against Hillary Clinton his campaign slogan drove me to distraction. “Change we can believe in.” What change exactly? This morning Joe Scarborough said the first debate of this campaign didn’t alter the situation in this election. He said this is still […]

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My Facebook op-ed

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:01:02 +0000

Aftenposten asked me to adapt my Medium post about the Facebook napalm photo incident as an op-ed. Here it is in Norwegian. Here is the English text: Text: Facebook needs an editor — to stop Facebook from editing. An editor might save Facebook from making embarrassing and offensive judgments about what will offend, such as its decision […]

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15 years later

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 13:15:00 +0000

Fifteen years later, the one odd vestige of that day that still affects me is that my emotions are left vulnerable. It reveals itself in the most ridiculous moments: an obvious tear-jerking moment in a movie, a TV show, someone talking. In these manipulative moments, my emotions are too easily manipulated. I can’t help but […]

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Dear Mark Zuckerberg

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 23:57:15 +0000

Dear Mark Zuckerberg I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Facebook needs an editor — to stop Facebook from editing. It needs someone to save Facebook from itself by bringing principles to the discussion of rules. There is actually nothing new in this latest episode: Facebook sends another takedown notice over a picture with nudity. […]

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