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Media Bits and Bytes - July 30, 2019

Antitrust Probe; Dystopian Data Doc; Power, Privilege and Resistance; Mega Merger; CIA vs Journalists; Sanders and Corbyn Get the Short End; Silicon Valley Socialists

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What Google, Facebook Could Face in U.S. Antitrust Probe

By Bryan Pietsch
July 24, 2019
Reuters

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating whether big technology companies are engaged in anticompetitive behavior. Google, social media giant Facebook Inc, online retailer Amazon.com Inc and possibly Apple Inc will likely be reviewed.

Our Data Nightmare Brought to Life

By Emily Dreyfuss
July 27, 3029
Wired

A new documentary about Cambridge Analytica uses thoughtful narration and compelling visuals to create a dystopian horror movie for our times.

Power, Privilege and Resistance in the Digital Age

By Tanner Mirrlees
May 1, 2019
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Capitalism has usurped the revolutionary potential of internet-based technology. If we want a different future, we will need to fight for one.

Two Newspaper Giants Plan a Massive Merger

By Jon Allsop
July 22, 2019
Columbia Journalism Review

GateHouse—itself backed by private equity and hardly of glowing journalistic reputation—is America’s second biggest newspaper chain after Gannett, and owns even more dailies than its larger rival.

The CIA Wants To Make It Easier To Jail Journalists

By Tim Cushing
July 17, 2019
Techdirt

The CIA is pushing for an expansion of a 37-year-old law that would deter journalists from covering national security issues or reporting on leaked documents. Reporting on covert activities will be something only criminals do. It will make it that much easier to punish journalists for printing facts. 

MSNBC’s Anti-Sanders Bias

By Kate Halper
July 26, 2019
FAIR

Here are some new rules MSNBC seems to follow when it comes to math and Bernie Sanders.

75% of Press Coverage Misrepresents Jeremy Corbyn

By Bart Cammaerts
July 19, 2019
The Independent

Our rigorous and statistically representative analysis concluded that when it comes to the coverage of Corbyn in his role as leader of the opposition, the majority of the press did not act as a critical watchdog of the powers that be, but rather more often as an antagonistic attackdog. 

Silicon Valley Socialists are Pushing a Tech Worker Uprising

By Sean Captain
July 17, 2019
Fast Company

Driving the current protests against ICE and military contracts is a larger movement to transfer power from billionaires to workers and communities.