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Media Bits and Bytes - January 14, 2020

Burning Bernie, Facebook's Future, "Jeopardy!" in Jeopardy, The New "Party of Five," and more

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MSM Starts Operation Burn Bernie

By Dave Lindorff
January 13, 2020

[Portside note: Since this article appeared, Warren stated that in a private conversation in 2018, she told Sanders "I thought a woman could win; he disagreed." She affirmed that "I have no interest in discussing this private meeting any further because Bernie and I have far more in common than our differences on punditry."]

Facebook Faces the Future 

By Angel Au-Yeung
January 9, 2020

Mark Zuckerberg’s message to the U.S. government: Regulate us, just don’t break us up.

Facebook’s Idea of Free Speech

By Keith A. Spencer
January 10, 2020

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Three months ago, Facebook made the universally-reviled announcement that they would not be fact-checking, censoring, or otherwise banning political ads that deceive or mislead. Now, the biggest social media platform on Earth has doubled down on its tone-deaf policy.

Technology and Loneliness

By Samantha Murphy Kelly
January 11, 2020

Companion technology has taken off as a standalone category, especially among the elderly. Companion technology ranges from caregiver robots and pets, to virtual reality getaways. 

Video Game Designers Organize

By Sam Dean
January 7, 2020
Los Angeles Times

The Campaign to Organize Digital Employees (CODE for short) is a new project of the Communications Workers of America aimed specifically at unionizing video game and tech companies.

"Jeopardy!" in Jeopardy

By Usaid Siddiqui
January 12, 2020
Al Jazeera

A contestant was told she had the wrong answer after identifying Jesus's place of birth, the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, as being in Palestine.

Political Fact Checkers’ Distortions

By Alex Pareene
January 8, 2020
The New Republic

They police the bounds of American debate, in favor of the sort of Chicago School economic consensus yearned for by the Council on Foreign Relations.

“Party of Five” Reboot Takes on Deportations

By Caroline Framke
January 8, 2020

In this new version of a 90s teen drama, five siblings are left on their own when their parents are seized by ICE and deported to Mexico.

"American Factory" Gets Oscar Nom

By Jerry Kenney
Jabuary 13, 2020

The film follows the rebirth and transformation of the former General Motors Assembly plant in Moraine into Chinese-owned Fuyao Glass America.

How the 2010s Queered TV

By Angela Watercutter
December 30, 2019

From themes and formats to storylines, television isn't as straight and narrow as it used to be. Welcome to the messy, vibrant age of queer TV.