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Media Bits and Bytes – October 31, 2023

Some headway on net neutrality... maybe

Mike Luckovich | Copyright 2016 Creators Syndicate
  1. Another Attempt at Net Neutrality
  2. Israel Silences Gaza Social Media
  3. Mainstream Media Respond to the Siege
  4. States Sue Meta
  5. A Very Special Episode of “The Morning Show”
  6. Online Opinion Crowns a Mediocre Artist
  7. What the !#@% is a Passkey?
  8. NYT vs Internet Archive
  9. X/Twitter Bleeding Money
  10. Digital Media Survival Guide


Another Attempt at Net Neutrality

By Sara Morrison

Five years after net neutrality’s (temporary) demise, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is set to fulfill the Biden administration’s vision of re-implementing the Obama-era policy. That means the effort to reclassify broadband internet from an information service to a common carrier, subject to increased oversight and regulations just like phone companies, is back, too.

Israel Silences Gaza Social Media

By Matt Burgess

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In the days after October 7, people living in Gaza have been unable to communicate with family or friends, leaving them unsure whether loved ones are alive. Finding reliable news about events has become harder. Rescue workers have not been able to connect to mobile networks, hampering recovery efforts. And information flowing out of Gaza has been stymied.

Mainstream Media Respond to the Siege


States Sue Meta

By Christia Spears Brown
The Conversation

Meta officials had internal research in March 2020 showing that Instagram – the social media platform most used by adolescents after TikTok – is harmful to teen girls’ body image and well-being. But the company swept those findings under the rug to continue conducting business as usual.

A Very Special Episode of “The Morning Show”

By Melanie McFarland

“The Morning Show” is a ‘90s network primetime soap masquerading as a prestige drama. Power struggles! Backstabbing! Surprise hookups! But during “Strict Scrutiny,” its writer Bill Kennedy clicks a puzzle piece into place right around the time the UBA’s staff reacts to the 2022 SCOTUS leak tipping off the Supreme Court’s intent to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Online Opinion Crowns a Mediocre Artist

By Ben Davis
Artnet News

Instead of art that gains traction over time via traditional channels and then breaks out to a wider audience, there are now regularly art phenomena that get explosively popular with an immense audience, leaving art institutions and everyone else to sort out what a particular cultural trend means after it has already happened.

What the !#@% is a Passkey?

By Jacob Hoffman-Andrews
Electronic Frontier Foundation

A new login technique is becoming available in 2023: the passkey. The passkey promises to solve phishing and prevent password reuse. But lots of smart and security-oriented folks are confused about what exactly a passkey is. There’s a good reason for that. A passkey is in some sense one of two (or three) different things, depending on how it’s stored.

NYT vs Internet Archive

By Glyn Moody

The New York Times tried to block a web crawler that was affiliated with the famous Internet Archive, a project whose easy-to-use comparisons of article versions has sometimes led to embarrassment for the newspaper.

X/Twitter Bleeding Money

By Dan Milmo
The Guardian

From dumping a world-renowned brand to attempting to overhaul the company’s business model, Elon Musk has tipped his business into a state of constant flux, with advertisers slashing spending, user numbers down, regulators circling and the staff at less than 50% of what it used to be. 

Digital Media Survival Guide

By Feven Merid
Columbia Journalism Review

We spoke to fifteen people with expertise in different facets of media, collecting navigational guidance. At this difficult time for the journalism business, it may be helpful to remember that nothing is inevitable. Choices were made that led us where we are, and we can decide what step we take at a crossroads.