Media Bits and Bytes - December 15, 2020
- Facebook Under Fire
- Network Analysis and Journalism
- Covid-19 Lays Waste to Local Newspapers
- Covering the Michigan Voter Certification
- Google Breaks an AI Bias Researcher
- Spotify’s Streaming Model
- Hustling Gamers
- TikTok’s Viral Video of the Year
Facebook Under Fire
Break It Up, Says FTC By Fey Aniston, Brumpost
$5B Fine: Chicken Feed By Paul Constant, Business Insider
The Smoking Gun By Gilad Edelman, Wired
Journalists able to do network analysis will give their audiences a vastly improved understanding of how information travels online and who’s really hidden behind user accounts and messaging networks.
The coronavirus has closed more than 60 local newsrooms across America. And counting. At first, the pandemic cost newsrooms jobs and communities critical work. Now it’s starting to end entire newsrooms.
By Anna Clark
Columbia Journalism Review
Much of the best coverage came from those who navigated the intricacies of local politics without losing sight of the big story: a president and his supporters trying to change the results of an election by explicitly casting people in majority-Black communities as cheaters in order to throw out their votes.
Timnit Gebru says she was pushed out of the company; now some are worried it will have a chilling effect on academics in tech.
Between fights over compensating artists and the unionization of podcast company workers, it’s clear that even the world of digital streaming has class conflict at its heart.
Is Electronic Arts secretly juicing the difficulty of its games to get players to spend more money?
By Jacob Kastrenakes
Bella Poarch’s hypnotic video lip-syncing “M to the B” was TikTok’s biggest viral video of the year, TikTok announced this morning. Poarch was followed by 420doggface208’s instantly iconic skate / cran-raspberry juice video set to Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams.”