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Media Bits and Bytes - February 8, 2022

The wonderful, terrible world of Web3, Zucker and Zuckerberg zetzed, and more media mishugas

An NFT, or non-fungible token, is displayed on a billboard in Times Square. Images of NFTs were displayed on billboards throughout Times Square during NFT.NYC, a conference for all things related to NFTs. Credit,Seth Wenig/AP


Platforms, Publishers and Responsibility

By Mathew Ingram
Columbia Journalism Review

Spotify’s acquisition of the Joe Rogan Experience is a clear editorial choice the company has made, just as the New York Times or the Washington Post choose whom they give a column to. 

CNN Chief Out

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By David Bauder
Associated Press

The abrupt ouster of CNN chief executive Jeff Zucker because of a workplace relationship has left some prominent employees feeling angry and uncertain about the direction of their network at a pivotal moment.

Closing of Open Source

By Laure Muselli, Mathieu O’Neil, Fred Pailler and Stefano Zacchiroli

Where does the free software movement stand today? It has been coopted, integrated and taken over by the Silicon Valley giants, Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft (GAFAM or the Big Five), to the point that ‘open-source’ software — a term the industry adopted to talk about free software without mentioning freedom — is now at the heart of the digital economy.

Zuckerberg’s Lament

By Kevin T. Dugan
New York Magazine

With a single earnings report and a disastrous conference call, Mark Zuckerberg wiped out $240 billion in value from his company. Meta’s was the largest one-day loss by a U.S. company ever, and the ripple effects were closer to tsunamis throughout Silicon Valley. 

Hamstringing the FCC

By Ernesto Falcon
Electronic Frontier Foundation

Gigi Sohn’s FCC nomination is stuck at the Senate Commerce Committee over apparent reluctance from the committee leadership to challenge Comcast- and AT&T- generated opposition.

Wordle Gobbled

By Piper Winkler

Beloved, iconic, thoroughly memeable — in hindsight, it was only a matter of time before Wordle was bought up by a media giant.

Web3 WTF

By Peter Kafka

You can explain why Web3 is a fundamental remaking of the internet, and some people will take you very seriously. And you can argue that it’s an MLM scheme built to enrich people who are already rich, and find plenty of people nodding along.

Nauseating Politics and Nauseating TV

By Daniel Fienberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Rudy Giuliani apparently was one of this season's first eliminated ‘Masked Singer’ contestants, prompting a couple of judges to walk off the stage, offended — but why does this sort of thing keep happening?

Listening to Know Your Enemy

By Ian Ward

Since its launch in 2019, Know Your Enemy, which bills itself as “a leftist’s guide to the conservative movement,” has become the go-to resource for political junkies and history buffs trying to get a grasp on the protean history of the American right. 

Gamers, Music Fans and Crypto

By Casey Newton
The Verge

Today, let’s talk about the very different reactions that two different types of fandoms are having to blockchain-based products — and whether that tells us anything about what average people might actually want out of crypto. The fandoms are gaming and music.