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Media Bits and Bytes - February 22, 2022

Technocrats and far rightists on the move

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Is the Metaverse a Trust?
By Shirin Ghaffary and Sara Morrison

It wasn’t immediately clear what Mark Zuckerberg wanted to do with Oculus when Facebook bought the virtual reality headset maker back in 2014. Facebook is now called Meta, and it’s not just a social media company, it’s a metaverse company. Meta wants to win in this space, just as Facebook won in social media.

MAGA’s Twitter
Kevin T. Dugan
New York Magazine

Donald Trumps TRUTH Social — the MAGA answer to Twitter — is rumored to be going operational as soon as President’s Day. There are also a host of other upstarts, from Rumble (a YouTube knock-off) to Parler (ditto for Twitter) and GETTR, a Steve Bannon–backed social-media site that has been struggling to hold onto staff and whose backer has recently filed for bankruptcy.

A Lot of Dirt About CNN
By Jennifer Smith, Chris Jewers and James Gordon
Daily Mail

John Malone is chairman of Liberty Media, Discoverys largest shareholder. He previously donated $250,000 to Trumps inauguration, and told of wanting to restore CNN to impartial journalism after years of left-wing bias.

New UN Cybercrime Treaty
Katitza Rodriguez and Meri Baghdasaryan 
Electronic Frontier Foundation

As a UN-convened committee of government experts from around the world gets ready to begin negotiations to draft a Cybercrime Treaty, there's a pronounced lack of consensus among UN member states about what constitutes a “cybercrime” and how expansive the treaty will be.

Social Media and Anti-Vax Truckers
Ryan Broderick
The Verge

Convoy supporters are getting their news from a tangle of Facebook groups, Telegram channels, and random influencers, which is all then amplified and expanded by right-wing broadcasters like Carlson, The Daily Caller, or Canadian right-wing media network Rebel News.

Deutsche Welle Firings and Free Speech in Germany
By Alex Kane
Jewish Currents

Seven Arab and Muslim journalists have lost their jobs for the alleged “antisemitism” of criticizing Israel.

NFTs Ain’t Art
Amanda Marcotte

Theres now an excellent resource that will break down for you exactly why NFTs, and cryptocurrency generally, is a joke.

Afeni Shakur Biopic
Jazz Tangy

The film will span a two-year period — from April 2, 1969, when Shakur and 20 other Black Panthers were arrested and charged with conspiracy to bomb police stations in New York, through June 16, 1971, the day Tupac was born.

Geraldo, Fox News and the Canadian Covid Convoy
By Blake Montgomery
The Daily Beast

Speaking on Fox News’ The Five, Rivera said, “It is conservative media that has gone from support to incitement. These truckers are violating the rights of others in Canada.” His combative co-host Greg Gutfeld responded incredulously: “Are you saying we’re inciting it?!”

Justice for Hollywood Animators
By Maximillian Alvarez
The Real News

Many of Hollywoods most beloved, highest grossing movies and series are animated productions. However, compared with their live-action counterparts, animation workers are grossly undervalued and underpaid—and theyre fighting for a better deal.