How YouTube’s Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media (The ‘Adpocalypse’)

 

It’s not just Youtube. It’s Facebook and other social media too. The effort to combat what has been called “fake news”  is being used as an excuse by the #oldmedia to protect their marketshare. 

Guess who doesn’t like independent media?

  1. The old media companies that are being hammered.
  1. The politicians who have cozy relationships with the old media.
  2. The former “opinion makers”

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China cracks down on Mao critics

(From The FT)

Chairman Mao’s legacy has became a battleground for “leftists” and “rightists” over the past year, 50 years after he launched the chaotic and violent Cultural Revolution. The rancorous debates come as current president Xi Jinping tightens control over the party and society. On Friday, censors closed down the social media accounts and website of a think-tank founded by 88-year-old economist Mao Yushi, a frequent target of neo-Maoists (and no relation with the Communist leader),

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The “Leftist” totalitarians will shut down speech if they are allowed, A dispatch from Europe, The New Dark Age?

The author of this article is a bit too wedded to the “Right-Left” spectrum but it is an important story so we post it. Too often people assume that they are on the “Right” or the “Left” without really thinking what that means. Politicians take advantage of this. “Right” and “Left” are really very antiquated terms.

Free speech is not a value shared by everyone anymore. (It really was in the West for years and years on both what is called the Right and Left.) There are those who really do think now however that speech should be prosecuted,

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