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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: Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:32:16 +0000


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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Apology to Mexico

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 11:39:51 +0000

Embed from Getty Images I’m honored that my friends at El Universal in Mexico City published a brief opinion piece I wrote for them apologizing to Mexicans for sending them Donald Trump. Here’s the English text:   To my Mexican friends, I am sorry as an American that we have sent you Donald Trump. Please […]

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Apology to Germany

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 11:35:47 +0000

For the record. I did not insult Germans about VR. I was honored that Die Welt asked me to write about VR for a special they were doing. The lede gained something in the translation. I wrote: Virtual reality will not change the world. But it might help change how we see it. This was […]

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The News and its New Silent Majority: Clinton Supporters

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:12:04 +0000

This election, I’ve been trying an experiment, judging journalism from a different perspective, from the outside, as a member of a community and a partisan. I don’t like what I’m learning about my profession. We journalists tend to separate ourselves from the public we serve. We call ourselves objective, to distinguish us from the opinionated […]

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