Is Big Tech Ready to Tackle Extremism?

September 22, 2021

A news story that falsely claimed that the COVID-19 vaccine caused the death of an American doctor was the most viewed article on Facebook in the US for the first three months of 2021. Instead of going public about the platform promoting such misinformation, Facebook held back on publishing the...

The Spread of Global Hate

April 16, 2021

One insidious way to torture the detainees at Guantanamo Bay was to blast music at them at all hours. The mixtape, which included everything from Metallica to the Meow Mix jingle, was intended to disorient the captives and impress upon them the futility of resistance. It worked: This...

The Social Media Pandemic

April 24, 2020

Some people in the US seem surprised that a form of cultural chaos is spreading far more rapidly than the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. It’s the predictable consequence of three convergent phenomena: American individualism, the confrontational forms of expression it takes through social...

Will AI Swing the 2020 Election?

June 21, 2019

Deepfake technology undermines any hope of once again conducting national conversations on the basis of observable reality. Imagine, on the day before the 2020 presidential election, that someone posts a video of the Democratic candidate talking before a group of donors. The candidate admits to...

America’s Great Social Media Divide

January 20, 2017

Evading discussion with our neighbors while taking refuge in our echo chambers contributes to the problems facing America. Recently, the prevalence of divisive rhetoric and the polarizing effects of online platforms have spurred calls for greater empathy in political discourse. Some people have...

Afghan Women’s Secret Facebook

December 03, 2016

Politics, Media and Ethics: A Troublesome Trio

November 29, 2016

With the decay of codes of media ethics we need to be smarter than ever when choosing information we are willing to trust. Donald Trump’s no-holds-barred electoral campaign, punctuated by pyrotechnic rally performances, used the media to generate waves of shock, ridicule and admiration...

America Is No Longer the Land of the Free

December 18, 2014

Distraction, fixation with standardized tests and ballooning debt put students on the road to intellectual serfdom. For more than a century, the Statue of Liberty has symbolized America’s myth of freedom and prosperity. As per myth, America is the hallowed land where immigrants from all over...

The Myth of the Islamic State And Social Media

October 27, 2014

Is there anything sophisticated in the way that IS deploys social media or are they using simple propaganda means? With current media attention centered on the military campaign against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria, another key focus point over recent months has been the group’s...

Can Ello Take on Facebook?

October 11, 2014

Can Ello stay true to its word and remain ad-free? Facebook can be its own worst enemy. The social network’s latest controversy over a requirement that account holders use their real names has angered transgendered individuals, artists and others who want to be known by aliases. The furor...

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