Host of Marketplace Tech radio show; formerly NYT, CNET. Sports and food tweeter. Space nerd. Flanêur. Semi-pro panel moderator.
Did he now.
RT @bergmayer: An important step on the road to eventually banning all advertising directed at children
I wish we had seen this BEFORE we recorded this week's #MakeMeSmart about streaming services and the content wars because LOL. WOW.
RT @NilesStuck: @mollywood Those are the moments in my day when I look up from my phone and the world is presented brighter and more vivid.…
Ok, one thing we're not talking about that I should be talking about is that Twitter is ALWAYS broken lately. Is it just me? I'm getting "Try Again" like 10 times a day. Are we just not talking about it because there's no cute Fail Whale anymore?? What is happening!?
This is like a God-mode flex. This is the flexiest flex that ever flexed. Also, take my money.
RT @JBenBradford: We've had a bunch of tepid economic indicators, but consumer spending is still on the rise. Any of y'all still consideri…
Also I am just going to step away from everything to note that on #ItsAThing recently, I floated the idea that crossword puzzles were a thing. And ... omg. They are. I am so happy! Episode: Proof:
Help us, hive mind! You're our only hope!
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Just in time, we talked with Prof. Filippo Menzcer about how few fake accounts it takes to dramatically skew a conversation on Twitter, on today's #MarketplaceTech.
Like, I don't want to reduce the ethics or the moral imperative to P&L. But the fact is, it's a powerful motivator. And if companies are realizing that "shareholders" alone can't prop up the global economy, that wealth has to be *spread* in order to be *spent,* well, then. GOOD.
If fewer and fewer people are able to participate in the economy, either through income inequality, racial and gender discrimination, stagnant wages, and heck, even extreme weather due to climate change, businesses face risk. 2/
I want to expand a tiny bit on why I find this interesting. It's because inequality, which we've been digging into on #MakeMeSmart recently, is, in the long term, bad for business. People have to be able to buy your products if growth, ie capitalism, is going to continue. 1/
News you can use!
Well, whaddya know.
I think this is how Hunger Games ended, too. #spoileralert
Boy. If this became a large-scale trend, it would REALLY mess with the media incentive landscape.
Please check out the latest from our climate adaptation series, How We Survive. Great work by @BurOak5!
Ahem. Usually governments have to pay you more to borrow your money (which is what buying a bond is) for, say, 10 years than for 2 years. That's because, usually, a growing economy will bring inflation. When the yield curve inverts, it's (partly) b/c fears of no growth.
So, I'm not trying to be annoying here. But wasn't there ALWAYS a fallacy at work in assuming a 10-year outcome at all, when we know how economic cycles work and/or how fast they can change? If we go w/"shared fiction" rather than "firm indicator," maybe we could all chill. :)
So true, and so insightful, and SO Cannot Unsee.
Oh the pain
I'm hosting @Marketplace today. Is it editorially appropriate to oh my god wait
I also have questions about this!! I just bought the worst floor fan EVER!!
Travel tips.
RT @technology: Apple suspends listening to Siri commands after privacy outcry
Super interesting by Neil, as always.
I'm hosting @Marketplace today. Is it editorially appropriate to taunt poor @kairyssdal with pumpkin spice-related news? Too late.
RT @Kip_Kendrick: Check out @ValerieRWilson's interview on race, ethnicity, and the economy on this week's episode of Make Me Smart with @k…
I'm trying hard to ignore all the other things on the Twitter right now but if you're out there, we're recording TWO Saturday morning #ItsAThing episodes, so join us in the Discord if you're a member!
On this week's #MakeMeSmart, we are continuing our look at inequality in our economy ... and obviously, a HUGE component of that is race. We talked with @ValerieRWilson at EPI about her data on race, ethnicity, and the economy. Plus, obviously, #8chan.
RT @DefTechPat: Great conversation with @mollywood and @marketplace on the future of the Pentagon’s giant cloud program, JEDI. It’s an anno…
RT @skenigsberg: I wrote a story published in @washingtonpost today. "The stigma of what I went through torments me, but it’s hard to stay…
RT @entrepreneurguy: For deadline @marketplace story today: Is YOUR economy slowing, getting more 'recessionary'? Fed rate cut, trade war,…
You guys. This is a bad tweet. Factually correct, contextually bankrupt.
Wait until you read the story.
RT @memeorandum: Justice Department Quietly Embraces the Term 'Domestic Terrorism' (@byrontau / Wall Street Journal)…
Everything about this is fascinating and crazy, and I can verify via my 12-year-old that there's zero original content on his Insta, only memes. But also, the idea of brands co-opting memes to become influencers is ... well. Kinda mid-2000s, actually.
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One thing I thought was super interesting about this conversation is that the legal precedent around Section 230 allows platforms to not get sued for things their users post *even if they moderate that content.* So they actually AREN'T required to be totally hands-off.
And it seems like there could be use for a nuanced and balanced conversation about Section 230, the law that can shield platforms for being liable for things that their users post. Here's #MakeMeSmart on the topic from earlier in the summer.
Today on #MarketplaceTech, we talked about the difference in the way platforms and law enforcement treat international terrorism versus domestic terrorism, and how that can let radicalization and hate speech get worse in online forums:
FB removed one of the ads for being too "virulent."
Noteworthy. *Paid ads, one assumes.
We'll be doing more on this for tomorrow's show, but here's a link to a series I did on #MarketplaceTech after Christchurch ... on how a troll becomes a terrorist. Hint: he has a lot of help.
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