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Media Bits and Bytes - July 16, 2019

The Chicago Defender; Facial Recognition; Left in the Info Age; Cancel Amazon Prime; Rightists Cry Bias; Detroit Cops and Social Media; Disappearing Local Papers; Too Left for the MSM

The Chicago Defender, the iconic black newspaper founded a hundred and fourteen years ago, by Robert S. Abbott (right), will now be published online only,Source Photograph by Gordon Coster / The LIFE Images Collection / Getty


The Exemplary Legacy of the Chicago Defender

By Isaac Chotiner
July 12, 2019
The New Yorker

Though it will continue to publish online, the demise of the Defender as a physical object, a hundred and fourteen years after its founding, marks another sad milestone in the decline of print newspapers. 

Why Absolutely Everyone Should Be Concerned About Facial Recognition

By Alex Perry
July 13, 2019

Some of the biggest names in the tech space are developing advanced facial recognition systems and selling them to governments around the world, but the general public might not fully understand all the risks they bring.


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Why the Left Is Losing the Information Age

By Richard R. John
July/August 2019
Washington Monthly

Liberals assumed digital technology would help their side. They forgot how power works.


Why I Cancelled My Amazon Prime Account

By Alison Griswold
July 13, 2019

Prime, like many other digital services—Uber, Postmates, Instacart, to name a few—encourages us to shop impulsively, to expect that we can always hit a button and get something more or less on-demand.