Tag: social media
by Steven Hill, American Purpose, May 10, 2021
Review of Breaking the Social Media Prism: How to Make Our Platforms Less Polarizing
by Chris Bail (Princeton University Press, 240 pp., $24.95)
An author writing a political nonfiction book has to try to see into the future. From finished manuscript to bookstore delivery can easily take two years.…
by Steven Hill, American Compass, Jan 27, 2021
The recent attack on the US Capitol reveals the danger of digital media platforms. Here’s what we must do to repair our new media infrastructure.
The beautiful dream of an open and free internet, serving as a global agora of unlimited free speech to provide for more democratic participation, has crashed and burned one more time.…
The attack on the US Capitol revealed the dangers of Big Tech media platforms—but envisaged EU competition laws won’t fix them.
The European Commission has earned a reputation as the world’s foremost regulator of Big Tech companies. Led by the commissioner responsible for ‘a Europe fit for the digital age’, Margrethe Vestager, its latest salvo was launched on December 15th, with proposals for a Digital Services Act (DSA) and a Digital Markets Act (DMA).…
The beautiful dream of an open and free internet, serving as a global agora of unlimited free speech to provide for more popular participation in U.S. democracy, just crashed and burned one more time.
The gripping images of a mob ransacking the U.S.…
By Steven Hill, Counterpunch, October 30, 2020
What a year. The US has faced three unprecedented crises – the COVID pandemic, nationwide racial unrest, and now a bitterly contested presidential election. And there in the middle of all three is the Dark Trinity: Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
With nearly 3 billion users, Facebook is by far the largest publisher in the world of news and information.…