‘The Necessity of Credibility,’ and 6 Other Stories You Should Read

‘The Necessity of Credibility,’ and 6 Other Stories You Should Read. Here’s what you missed while you were realizing Jurassic Park got it all wrong… The true spirit of free speech really comes down to the protection to criticize. For example, journalists should be able to report on people in power without fear of abusive retribution. Selected by Kristen Poli, content strategy associate Behind every internet trend is a group of teens. It’s not the responsibility of the media nor the American people to discern which of Trump’s words are real and “which are just the stylings of a drunk at a bar.” The issue with a post-truth society is it creates a chasm in decoding his language. While more retail companies are creating an online sales presence, it’s still Amazon that’s synonymous with adding an item to your imaginary cart. What happens, then, when Jeff Bezos’s powerhouse is criticized by the president-elect for being a monopoly? Perhaps worse, he’s looking to punish this success in a time when we should be embracing technological innovations. Among them is to use end-to-end encryption tools for all online communication. Robinson concludes his article by saying that the necessary changes likely won’t come from established institutions, but from new media outlets created specifically for our new information power structure.

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Here’s what you missed while you were realizing Jurassic Park got it all wrong

The true spirit of free speech really comes down to the protection to criticize. For example, journalists should be able to report on people in power without fear of abusive retribution. But in many cases, the First Amendment is used as justification for bad humans to say bad things. It’s the shield 150,000 Reddit users hold up in defense when posting on the “fatpeoplehate” subreddit. Really what I’m saying is free speech is necessary, but the dark corners of the internet shouldn’t get off on its existence.

This week, Joel Stein caught my jaded attention with his profile of Imzy, a Reddit-esque social network that thrives on kindness. The founders, spouses who used to work for Reddit, decided to build a place that would ban the degeneracy and abuse that’s too common online. To me, the premise is fascinating: a network that sees itself as “welcoming,” but doesn’t welcome everyone. I’m all for it. Imzy earned $11 million in seed funding and has drawn in 50,000 users since going live in October.

It’s sad that a platform emphasizing basic dignity is somehow a novel premise, but we’ve got to start somewhere, right?

Selected by Kristen Poli, content strategy associate

Behind every internet trend is a group of teens. And right behind them is a group of journalists reporting on their every move.

When BuzzFeed and The Guardian began investigating fake news domains this past August, they traced over 100 to the small town of Veles, Macedonia. In this piece, NBC News interviews one teenager who has built a fake-news empire, setting up more than 50 domains in six months and amassing over 40 million page views—which has translated to over $60,000 in ad revenue over the past six months.

The unemployment rate in Macedonia is over five times that of the United States. When content-agnostic distribution networks promise massive profits to those otherwise “left out” of the global economy, how can we ensure that digital media companies are taking responsibility for their transactions?

Selected by Craig Davis, editorial intern

I like to picture the filter in Donald Trump’s mind as a broken traffic light. Instead of sometimes flashing red or yellow, it’s stuck on green, allowing every thought that enters his head to go straight onto his Twitter feed.

His supporters justify this behavior with explanations along the lines of “they’re just words, don’t take them literally.” But as Dahlia Lithwick and Robert L. Tsai discuss in Slate, that defense doesn’t cut it when the words come from the president-elect.

It’s not the responsibility of the media nor the American people to discern which of Trump’s words are real and “which are just the stylings of a drunk at…

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