[Me1] Apparently InfoWars does not property respect Russian intellectual property.
[Me3] The Rand Paul attack does look vaguely suspicious, but the response to it from some quarters has been quite odd.
[Me4] I’m not sure how much responsibility to assign to Facebook and Twitter for their media workings, but this doesn’t look great for Twitter. Though when we ask (or demand) that Facebook and the like do something about “fake news” we should be careful what we wish for.
[Me5] Conservative media bias may be expanding to television sets near you. Unlike Fox News, and like the broadcast network news programs, they carry more of a veneer of neutrality and therefore could be especially effective.
[Me6] Some of Russian propaganda efforts in the US look to me like they were just having fun and seeing what stuck rather than thoughtful provocation. Relatedly, what Tucker Carlson and Fox News is doing defies charitable explanation and when and if we ever get to the other side of this thing Carlson should not be able to shrug it off as roleplaying.
[Me7] Twitter keeps finding new and inventive ways of discrediting the media. For consumers on Twitter, it’s veils slipping. For consumers off media, it’s things like this and media focus on Twitter.
[Me8] With Teen Vogue and a couple alt-weeklies, I wonder if the lack of a print edition leaves the web edition without a rationale. Teen Vogue has the whole Social Justice thing going for it now, but that has only gotten the attention it has due to the counterintuitive fact it came from a teen media outlet.
[Me9] If you’re in media, unionizing can be dangerous business. I don’t have a problem with him pulling up his stakes, but shutting it down immediately was just an ass move.