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Media Bits and Bytes - October 19, 2021

Maria Ressa, Dave Chappelle, the strike that inspired Squid Game, and recommended media stocks

“Now, I am not saying that to say trans women aren’t women, I am just saying... That’s not blood, that’s beet juice.” Credit,iFunny


Maria Ressa on Media Manipulation

By Ali Volt

Back in 2012, Maria Ressa and several colleagues took to Facebook to use “social media for good.” Nearly 10 years and a Nobel Peace Prize later, Ressa worries that Facebook and other platforms have become pay-to-play “behavior modification systems” that threaten democracy.

Digital Sweatshops

By Phil Jones

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Microwork sites are modern-day digital sweatshops reintroducing piece rate that regularly steal wages while employers remain hidden behind opaque interfaces.

The Real Strike That Inspired Squid Game

By Minsun Ji
Labor Notes

In a cryptic scene, the lead protagonist witnesses his fellow competitors turning on each other in a violent free-for-all.  This traumatic event drives him into a trance. The casual viewer is likely unaware that these trance visions portray a real-life event in Korean history—the 2009 SsangYong Motors strike.

Oops! Fox News Did It Again

By Mary Papenfuss

“Christopher Columbus, by the way, is the first victim of cancel culture,” a Fox News commentator complained, accusing Native Americans as being “just as brutal” as Columbus and other colonizers.

Chappelle’s Tempest

By Aja Romano

Chappelle’s humor is more openly transphobic than ever. Many trans viewers feel Chappelle’s comedy has escalated into overt hate — and they’ve been voicing their complaints directly to Netflix.

The Internet — How Did It Go So Wrong?

By Richard Seymour
The New Statesman

The World Wide Web celebrates its 30th birthday this year. Its users are less empowered than ever.

Smiley Face Media Stocks

By Jamie Louko
The Motley Fool

Unlike Facebook, both Nextdoor and Pinterest have incentives that are aligned with their users, they're growing quickly, and they still have a large market opportunity ahead of them. Both Nextdoor and Pinterest are enhancing the lives of their users, which cannot be said about all companies in this industry. 

Social Media Confronts Police Brutality

By Shaylah Brown
USA Today

Social media has become a pillar of activism, aligning heavily with social justice, for its unique ability to share information instantly — and in high definition video — along with its potential to drive change. However, that change is largely dependent on the willingness of those in power to take action in the real, not virtual, world.

Southpaw: The Left Wing of Mixed Martial Arts

By Vanessa Taylor

Leftists are staking their claim in the martial arts world — and one of the most unique spaces they’ve carved out is the Southpaw podcast.

Why White Men Rule the News Roost

By Carolyn Byerly
Women’s Media Center

Diversity is not just about replacing white male faces with female, Black, and brown ones, but rather assuring that questions and issues of interest to those constituencies are part of national discussions on current affairs.