Facebook Offers a Distinction Without Difference

Last week Facebook offered up the latest variation on its rationale for not removing sources like Infowars and others from its site, despite the history of those outlets engaging in rampant evidence-free conspiracy mongering and the clear spreading of falsehoods: Free speech. The company is essentially claiming it’s a champion for the free exchange of… Read More

Facebook Hasn’t, Doesn’t, and Won’t Care About News or Those Who Create It

One of the many declarations, updates and statements made by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the company’s recent F8 developer conference included him saying he didn’t believe it made sense for Facebook to pay media companies some kind of fee in exchange for those media organizations posting their content there. The idea has been floated… Read More

Quick Takes – Marketing and Media News for 3/22/18

More on the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal: At a time when the EPA and other governmental agencies are following conservative directions to strip power from regulatory agencies (if not dismantle them outright) it seems unlikely calls for a digital protection agency or updates to copyright law will be heeded. If politicians don’t believe their needed for… Read More

Quick Takes – Marketing and Media News for 3/20/18

It’s hard to top a story like that involving Cambridge Analytics and Facebook. There are all sorts of things going on here, but these seem to be the key points: Cambridge had a contract with a Russian oil company (many of which are controlled to some extent by government officials) that seemed oddly interested in… Read More

Truth As Someone Else’s Problem

Over the last few weeks YouTube has become the new favorite target of media and technology industry commentators and watchdogs due to its tendency to prioritize conspiracy videos in its recommendations. More broadly, because YouTube, like other social networks, is geared around reinforcing known behaviors, one action down this path is likely to result in… Read More

Quick Takes – Marketing and Media News for 2/13/18

I don’t have much to add to it but if you haven’t read this piece at Buzzfeed about the very real dangers we face from technology that allows reality to be manipulated in scary ways, you need to do so right damn now. Similarly, Wired has a report on the upheaval within Facebook in the… Read More

Quick Takes – Content Marketing and Media News for 1/23/18

Media Amazon Studios seems to be in the midst of a bit of upheaval in terms of direction, canceling a number of beloved shows (many of them by female creators, which is coming off as a bit tone deaf) and with reports it’s shifting its film acquisitions away from indie fare to bigger blockbusters. That’s… Read More

Quick Takes: Content Marketing and Media News for 1/16/18

Media Crackle will rebrand itself as “Sony Crackle” because, according to the story, the company wants to leverage the power of the Sony name. That’s code for “the person who kept insisting it didn’t need to be corporately branded is no longer with the company and so someone finally got their way.” CBS and Viacom… Read More