Media Bits and Bytes – August 22, 2023
- The Marion County Record Case
- X Runs Ads on Fascist Sites
- Universal Service Fund in Trouble
- Big Tech’s Ban on News for Canada
- The Dark Side of Comics
- Hollywood’s Union History
- A New Turing Test for AI
- Radio and Organizing
- Lawsuits Are in Season
- Authors Demand AI Compensation
By Sherman Smith
Marion County Record staff worked through the night to publish the paper’s weekly edition as scheduled Wednesday, days after police raided the newsroom and confiscated computers, cellphones and other items. Authorities returned property taken by police but said they would continue to investigate whether a reporter had committed a crime by verifying information from a confidential source.
By Eric Hananoki
X (formerly known as Twitter) has placed ads on a verified pro-Adolf Hitler account that encourages antisemitic harassment. Since Elon Musk took over the company, X has placed ads for numerous brands directly on Holocaust denial, white nationalist, and neo-Nazi accounts. Ads have also appeared next to content from the accounts of extremists that have been restored under Musk.
The Universal Service Fund — a federal subsidy pool collected monthly from American telephone customers — faces the biggest crisis of its existence.
By Andy Miah
Canada recently passed a law that will require digital media companies to compensate news organisations for hosting their content on sites such as Facebook and Instagram and via search engines such as Google. In response, it is reported that Meta has begun to block news stories from its sites Facebook and Instagram.
- #ComicsBrokeMe By William Gatevackes, FilmBuffOnline
- Manga and Anime Blues By Carmin Maffea, Left Voice
By Steven Wishnia
The American movie industry has been one of the most consistently unionized sectors of the economy since the 1930s. Hollywood’s moguls and the Depression’s brutal economy gave workers a motive to organize: In March 1933, the main movie studios announced a 50% pay cut. The unions also benefited from a core of leftist militants.
If users view chatbots as overly human, they risk trusting them too much, connecting to them too deeply, being disappointed and hurt. What will it mean to recognize and respect whatever degree of humanity is present in the intelligences that we ourselves create?
By Marianne Dhenin
It's true that far-right groups are relying on radio communications. But radio’s connection to movement organizing has a much longer and richer history. Even today, radio technologies have a vibrant life in collective action, community organizing, mutual aid spaces, and revolutionary movements.
Lawsuits Are in Season
- Amazon and Antitrust By William Skipworth, Forbes
- NYT and OpenAI By Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica
- Gun Reform and Social Media By Rebecca Ruiz, Mashable
By Lucy Knight
Margaret Atwood, Viet Thanh Nguyen and 8,000 others have signed an open letter asking that permission is obtained and compensation given when a writer’s work is used by AI.