Tag: Journalism

Surprise! The Future of Media Involves a Crypto-Based Popularity Contest

This summer, I took a deep breath, steeled my nerves, and joined thousands of writers, artists, and tech types in what has become something of a weekly spectacle in crypto-curious corridors of social media: I asked my followers to help me win a popularity contest. It’s called the Write Race, and despite the name, it […]

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Meta-Musings

Meta first saw a glimmer of its current faddishness in 1979, when a computer guru, Douglas Hofstadter, published the book Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid. In this cult classic—which hundreds of thousands bought but few finished—Hofstadter explained how self-reference had figured in the works of the three title characters. The artist M.C. Escher, […]

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On Decisions, Consequences, and Being ‘That Guy’

We are constantly making decisions as we all hurtle through this life toward a destination unknown. Sometimes these decisions turn out to be the “correct” decision, however “correct” is defined within the relevant context. Sometimes it’s the opposite. The problem is that while the outcome of our decisions is sometimes obvious – I know when […]

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How Newspapers Deserted Their Civic Mission

The background worldview of this upper-crust demographic is broadly liberal. Like other media critics, Usher bemoans the hoary trope of the “Trump safari”—the reflexive impulse across many elite liberal news outlets to dispatch intrepid anthropological teams of reporters into heartland diners and other small-town venues to chronicle the mores and thought processes of the mysterious, […]

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Sports Reporting Is Broken

For most of the last month, the biggest story in the NBA has been a mystery: Why hasn’t Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving been vaccinated against Covid-19? Irving, who at this point reporters are practically required by law to describe as “mercurial,” has been outspoken about many issues, from racial justice to flat earth theories. […]

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Sexual Assault Survivors in Journalism Are Waiting for Their Reckoning

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Alex Stuckey never planned to write about sexual assault. When she was first hired as an investigative reporter at the Salt Lake City Tribune, Stuckey had intended to cover medicine. But when she got asked to contribute to the paper’s coverage of campus […]

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Outlaw? Pariah? Renegade Empire? Digesting the WSJ Series About Facebook

The Wall Street Journal this week began publishing an extraordinary series of damning articles about Facebook. The five so far consistently hit one theme–that the company is often very well informed about harms its systems cause society, but nonetheless chooses either not to take action or to lie in public about what it knows, or […]

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