We have had a hard time thinking clearly about companies like Google and Facebook because we have never before had to deal with companies like Google and Facebook. They are something new in the world, and they don’t fit neatly into our existing legal and cultural templates. Because they operate at such unimaginable magnitude, carrying out millions of informational transactions every second, we’ve tended to think of them as vast, faceless, dispassionate computers — as information-processing machines that exist outside the realm of human intention and control. That’s a misperception, and a dangerous one.

Modern computers and computer networks enable human judgment to be automated, to be exercised on a vast scale and at a breathtaking pace. But it’s still human judgment. Algorithms are constructed by people, and they reflect the interests, biases, and flaws of their makers. As Google’s founders themselves pointed out many years ago, an information aggregator operated for commercial gain will inevitably be compromised and should always be treated with suspicion. That is certainly true of a search engine that mediates our intellectual explorations; it is even more true of a social network that mediates our personal associations and conversations.

Because algorithms impose on us the interests and biases of others, we have not only a right, but also an obligation to carefully examine and, when appropriate, judiciously regulate those algorithms. We have a right and an obligation to understand how we, and our information, are being manipulated. To ignore that responsibility, or to shirk it because it raises hard problems, is to grant a small group of people — the kind of people who carried out the Facebook and OKCupid experiments — the power to play with us at their whim.

Nicholas Carr, Los Angeles Review of Books. The Manipulators: Facebook’s Social Engineering Project.

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'Cause I am a panicky angry man. - Marc Maron

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America. (via)

America. (via)

One of the main goals of competition in the media space is to preserve diversity of opinion … Diversity of ownership, diversity of opinion, is so vitally important to this democracy.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning columnist James Stewart scrutinizes Rupert Murdoch’s plan to take over Time Warner. 

"We’re getting to a pretty serious point of concentrated ownership in the media." 

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fire-dad:

The queen of America

fire-dad:

The queen of America

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Steve Liesman just embarrasses tea party hero Rick Santelli today. 

mediamattersforamerica:

This really happened: A Fox News host shows off his cufflinks that portray a caveman dragging a woman by the hair.

THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED ON A NEWS CHANNEL. 

mediamattersforamerica:

This really happened: A Fox News host shows off his cufflinks that portray a caveman dragging a woman by the hair.

THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED ON A NEWS CHANNEL. 

mediamattersforamerica:

Fox News logic… or lack thereof. 

Hey that’s me.

mediamattersforamerica:

Fox News logic… or lack thereof. 

Hey that’s me.

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mediamattersforamerica:

ATTENTION EVERYONE ELSE WHO WORKS AT FOX NEWS:

Science is your friend. 

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New candidate for the worst chyron ever. 

New candidate for the worst chyron ever. 

cognitivedissonance:

standardgrey:

velveteenrabbit:

arcadiasilver:

muscleprincess:

queercumqueen:

no way

i can’t decide if this is figuratively or literally unbelievable

Literally look at this misdirecting shit. Look at it. 
Look at how they organize the y-axis in descending order in order to make the chart go DOWN, assuming people wont look at it for two seconds and assume that enrollment is falling when its actually nearly doubled since its first estimation. 
This is the kind of shit that Fox News pulls to lie to its viewers in plain sight. This is how desperate they are to discredit the ACA as unpopular and unwanted when its actually the opposite. 

Jfc.

Ever see something SO ridiculous that you check the notes for people crying “Fake!” and Snopes it just to make sure?
Nothing yet….

Wow….

This is fake. It’s from a @darth tweet. 

cognitivedissonance:

standardgrey:

velveteenrabbit:

arcadiasilver:

muscleprincess:

queercumqueen:

no way

i can’t decide if this is figuratively or literally unbelievable

Literally look at this misdirecting shit. Look at it. 

Look at how they organize the y-axis in descending order in order to make the chart go DOWN, assuming people wont look at it for two seconds and assume that enrollment is falling when its actually nearly doubled since its first estimation. 

This is the kind of shit that Fox News pulls to lie to its viewers in plain sight. This is how desperate they are to discredit the ACA as unpopular and unwanted when its actually the opposite. 

Jfc.

Ever see something SO ridiculous that you check the notes for people crying “Fake!” and Snopes it just to make sure?

Nothing yet….

Wow….

This is fake. It’s from a @darth tweet