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  • Oct 25th, 2019 @ 11:26pm

    Re: I bit the bullet

    /signalling off

    Just wanted to say it. Thanks for putting up with me

  • Oct 25th, 2019 @ 11:25pm

    I bit the bullet

    Blatant virtue-signalling follows ... After the whole "fake news" attack thing, I decided that I had no right to complain about rubbish news coverage if I didn't support the good stuff. So I signed up (just online) to a bunch of newspapers across the political spectrum (WSJ is probably the most "conservative" paper that I pay money for). I've now got way more than I can possibly read, but it's worth it. The free stuff online is pretty shallow. The hot takes from the google news tab don't give you much of what the real journalists are saying. It really is worth paying the money, IMHO. I gather than the NYT did good business in online subscriptions after it was attacked as fake news. Forget about facebook as a news source, it's terrible. It's not even particularly good for keeping in touch with actual friends, its ranking and filtering just gets in the way. We need to find a way to make sure that journalists can keep getting paid. Even the ones that we disagree with, because sometimes they're right. Whether that means that the "mastheads" can survive remains to be seen. I wonder if the future will mean just subscribing to aggregaors like Reuters, AP, AFP etc.
  • Oct 30th, 2017 @ 12:02am

    Re: The problem with satire...

    Some satire ages very well. John Clarke and Bryan Dawe started their sketches on the ABC in the late 80's, and they're still classics.

    Might just be an Australian thing, though.
  • Oct 20th, 2017 @ 6:40pm

    Random though about regulation

    Do Americans want Facebook/Google/Twitter to become private arms of the Intelligence Community?

    They're resisting it (at least publicly), but if you want them to respond intelligently to coordinated disinformation campaigns then should they coordinate with the FBI and CIA as well?

    I don't know the answer. In wartime, I have absolutely no doubt that British or Australian companies (and probably quite a few American companies) wouldn't hesitate.

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