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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, 27 Sep 2016 14:47:03 +0000


‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Specimens of Old Journalism

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:03:55 +0000

Here is AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll defending what I believe were a seriously flawed story and tweet about some of Clinton Foundation donors Hillary Clinton happened to meet with while Secretary of State. I bring this clip to you because it contains — as my friend Jay Rosen would say — specimens for study, two specimens revealing the […]

Sorry, Nick

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:17:29 +0000

I remember clearly, in Gawker’s early days, when my old friend Nick Denton insisted that what his new blog was producing was not journalism. He didn’t want to come speak at a journalism school. He refused to hire journalists, as they’d already been ruined for Gawker’s work. But yesterday, in his eulogy for the devil […]

Native advertising: Another false messiah?

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:37:42 +0000

I’ve been waiting for this: the leak in the native advertising balloon. Tablets were going to save the news business. Not so much. Paywalls were our salvation, damnit. Nope. Native advertising is our future. Think again. Digiday reports on the latest problem with the native advertising strategy: Digital ad sales intelligence platform MediaRadar said the […]

From Media to Memes: Lessons from Occupy Democrats

Sat, 06 Aug 2016 12:47:03 +0000

I want you in the news business — and politics and brands — to learn from two media and political geniuses for the social age you’ve probably never heard of. They are Rafael and Omar Rivero, 29-year-old twin brothers and the founders of Occupy Democrats, a Facebook page that specializes in the creation of memes like those above and […]

Dear Morning Joe,

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 02:09:48 +0000

I watch or listen to you every morning and over the years have enjoyed it. But during the rise of Trump, you infuriated me. You took pride in seeing Trump’s potential to capture the nomination while everyone else did not. But you could not see then what so many others of us could see: that […]

Facebookmageddon? Not so soon

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:59:12 +0000

Only time, experience, and data will tell, but I wouldn’t be throwing out Facebook strategies for news quite yet. Two things happened today: (1) Facebook for the first time outlined the principles that govern its decisions — that is, its News Feed algorithm — about what to select and show you. (2) At the same […]

Getting Google and Publishers to Share Love — and Data

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 12:42:00 +0000

This last week, in three high-level publisher summits in Europe, I saw tangible progress toward realizing what I think is the most important single opportunity that publishers and platforms have together: sharing data to benefit first our users and then our businesses. For years, I have been arguing to publishers — including those warring with Silicon Valley — that […]

Meeting and Exceeding the News Business’ Hiring Needs

Sat, 23 Apr 2016 19:33:55 +0000

At CUNY’s Tow-Knight Center, we just published a lengthy report on the job needs of the news business today, based on surveys, interviews, and analysis of employment ads. It reveals much about the new jobs and entirely new skills and combinations of skills—journalistic superpowers, we call them — that news organizations need and want. It also reveals […]