"It is time to break up Facebook"
Finally, the #NewsMedia are waking up to the fact that the problem with FarceBook is it's monopoly power, not it's lack of publishing ethics.
"The most problematic aspect of Facebook’s power is Mark’s unilateral control over speech. There is no precedent for his ability to monitor, organize and even censor the conversations of two billion people."
Exactly. Which is why the 'it's only censorship when the goverment does it' line doesn't hold water. FB is now the world's biggest unelected government.
@null intriguing comparison. During the heydey of financial colonization ("structual adjustment"), the IMF effectively governed a lot of people. But I doubt it was ever 2 billion and I'd be very surprised if it is now. Go ahead, surprise me! I'd love to know more about their current operations
@null how do you think the #IMF got away with financial colonization? Part of it was a compliant news media whose corporate owners were making too much money out of it to allow proper reporting. A big part of how we pushed back was using the free and open internet to break the corporate media blockade, expose the grim realities of "structural adjustment" and organize against the IMF. FB replacing both the news media and the free net is incredibly dangerous.
@null #Scoop.co.nz. #WikiLeaks. The #AntiMedia. #ActOut. #TheYoungTurks. That was just off the top of my head. Need I go on? The "incoherence and hysteria" is a product of FB and the other #DataFarms, their proprietary algorithms, their tweaking for attention and ad revenue etc. Not the net as a technology, which as well as the corporate platforms, also gives me access to huge numbers of #PeerReviewed literature, lectures from academics, #OER like #MIT #OpenCourseWare etc
@null #ProPublica. #HuffPost. #RadioNZ (livestream available and many shows now available as podcasts) #ABC (Australian), #BBC, and other public broadcasters now available to a global audience. But I'm pretty sceptical of the whole concept of "the news". As #NeilPostman wrote about its origins and biases in 'Amusing Ourselves to Death', it's form derived from the telegraph, and however impartial it aims to be, it tends to distort the relative importance of information based on how "new" it is.
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