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Last Build Date: Sun, 25 Dec 2016 03:46:34 +0000


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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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