Media Bits and Bytes - December 29, 2020
- Win Back the Internet
- The Year Deepfakes Went Mainstream
- A Year of Media Layoffs and Closures
- Time for News Outlets to Face the Climate Crisis
- Number of Journalists Killed Doubled Last Year
- 2020: Covid-19 and Surveillance Tech
- Trump Suppresses Photo Record of Pandemic
- Public Schools Bled By Private Publishers
- Underground Railroad Drama Returns to Cable
We already have the power, the materials and the motive to win back the Internet. But we have to start with the first step first: owning our own infrastructure.
Don’t believe your lying eyes. Now any image can be manipulated, easily and cheaply.
2020 brought the end of at least 1,500 newsroom jobs for the people who run the printing presses. We don’t have numbers for the plant jobs lost at all the papers that cut down days of print or stopped printing altogether.
Shouldn’t news organizations be telling the unvarnished truth about the climate problem and, not least, its solutions?
Location tracking apps. Spyware to enforce quarantine. Immunity passports. Throughout 2020, governments around the world deployed invasive surveillance technologies to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.
The U.S. government has reinforced media restrictions at hospitals, reducing the flow of disturbing images of the pandemic.
Billion-dollar corporations are privatizing public schools’ access to e-books.
By Candice Williams
ABC News Radio
Oprah Winfrey has announced her cable network has picked up the acclaimed historical drama series Underground. The series, which aired for two seasons on WGN America, is set to rebroadcast on OWN starting January 5 at 9 p.m. ET.