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

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The Flight to Quality is on the Runway

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 15:40:10 +0000

Sometimes, things need to get bad before they can get good. Such is the case, I fear, with content, conversation, and advertising on the net. But I see signs of progress. First let’s be clear: No one — not platforms, not ad agencies and networks, not brands, not media companies, not government, not users — can stand back and […]

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What Makes a Community?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:58:23 +0000

Facebook wants to build community. Ditto media. Me, too. But I fear we are all defining and measuring community too shallowly and transiently. Community is not conversation — though that is a key metric Facebook will use to measure its success. Neither is community built on content: gathering around it, paying attention to it, linking to it, or talking about […]

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Facebook’s changes

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 02:03:17 +0000

[Disclosure: I raised $14 million from Facebook, the Craig Newmark and Ford foundations, and others to start the News Integrity Initiative. I personally receive no money from and am independent of Facebook.] So, here’s what’s on my mind about Facebook’s changes, just announced by Mark Zuckerberg, to “prioritize posts that spark conversations and meaningful interactions between people” over […]

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Death to the Mass(es)!

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 17:02:29 +0000

without a shared reality, democracy may not be possible — Anne Applebaum (@anneapplebaum) December 29, 2017 I am not sure it’s possible to fully appreciate the implications of this sort of thing. Basically all democratic theory is built around the idea people have a roughly accurate and shared view of what’s going on. What […]

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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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