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#Journalism prof at CUNY's Newmark School. Author of THE GUTENBERG PARENTHESIS & OBJECT LESSONS: MAGAZINE upcoming from Bloomsbury. Cohost of This Week in Google on the TWiT network.

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As if Jonah didn't already have enough to worry about. Yeesh....
Vivek Ramaswamy Acquires Activist Stake in BuzzFeed https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/digital/vivek-ramaswamy-acquires-activist-stake-buzzfeed-1235906064/

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The big, old publishers grab their bag o' gold from OpenAI et al, leaving out all of local, Black, Latino, digital, and new media and the needs of the public. The industry should instead band together for a news API. But it's every mogul for himself.

https://www.wsj.com/business/media/openai-news-corp-strike-deal-23f186ba?mod=hp_lead_pos3

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Lovely story about Tom Lehrer. For you kids, he was kind of our @DougJBalloon for Boomers.
(From The Guardian, it's always a gift link:)
https://www.theguardian.com/music/article/2024/may/22/my-songs-spread-like-herpes-why-did-satirical-genius-tom-lehrer-swap-worldwide-fame-for-obscurity?CMP=share_btn_url

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It’s moral panic time! Thank goodness for News Corp who continue to champion the mental health of kiddies | First Dog on the Moon https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2024/may/22/its-moral-panic-time-thank-goodness-for-news-corp-who-continue-to-champion-the-mental-health-of-kiddies?CMP=share_btn_url

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Good. The Atlantic carries Candice Odgers -- actual scholar of children and technology -- responding to The Atlantic's Jonathan Haidt and his and moral entrepreneurship over kids and their phones. Gift link. Quoting:
"My colleagues and I have repeatedly failed to find compelling support for the claim that digital-technology use is a major contributor to adolescent depression and other mental-health symptoms."
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2024/05/candice-odgers-teens-smartphones/678433/?gift=lOosoRE4GnUPfUTNHl2Az6-hh7-_z5hn_GEV52sOANs&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social

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In other words, mass media and the mass are dying....
With the median age of TV viewers well into the 60s at many networks, media companies’ new advertising pitch is that age doesn't matter https://www.wsj.com/business/media/tv-networks-embrace-their-aging-audience-with-a-new-mantra-age-doesnt-matter-63badbd1?st=j39x9ttvjyp9k7n

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Stop this. Just stop this. Vanessa Friedman trivialized Stormy Daniels and normalizes RFJ Jr., Melania, and Noem with fashion takes. Bad judgment by her and The Times.
The Power of the Kennedy Look https://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/21/style/rfk-jr-fashion.html?smid=tw-share

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In which I react to the Science paper on "managing extreme AI risks." I say it's time to move past discussions of AI led by AI people. I want to hear from the humanities and social sciences. Demote the Doomsters.
https://medium.com/whither-news/demote-the-doomsters-208f15b3ea78
(Remember: I always crosspost on Buzzmachine)

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This on top of the hiring of a law firm to investigate the speech of its professors and students.
After Anti-Israel Speeches, a Law School Curtails Graduation Traditions https://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/21/nyregion/cuny-law-school-commencement-address-canceled.html?smid=tw-share

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Damnit. I wish journalists would do their homework on and AI. OpenAI people are all believers in the BS of AGI & so-called x-risk; the "safety" people are just more fervent believers. They're all full of it. They are the danger.
A Safety Check for OpenAI https://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/20/business/dealbook/openai-leike-safety-superalignment.html?smid=tw-share

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"Both Israelis and Palestinians are owed it." by David Kaye
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With I.C.C. Arrest Warrants, Let Justice Take Its Course
https://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/20/opinion/palestinians-israel-international-criminal-court-justice.html?unlocked_article_code=1.tk0.tuoX.uMiqwzqthNtg&smid=tw-share

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@breiter
It is how leaders are held to account.

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"In a large part of American political discourse, overt cynicism is the currency of sophistication....The disturbing truth is that there’s probably more sincerity than not in American politics. We may not want to believe it, but most of the people in charge say what they mean and mean what they say." - @jbouie
Justice Alito Is a True Believer https://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/21/opinion/alito-flag-stop-the-steal.html?smid=tw-share

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Report on the Trump move from Cannes says that if it had premiered in America, "one imagines there might have been protests and police in riot gear."
What?
Controversial Donald Trump movie ‘The Apprentice’ depicts him as rapist https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/movies/2024/05/20/donald-trump-the-apprentice-cannes/

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Finally, coverage of the GOP and right-wing around the globe:
How cockroaches came to rule the world https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2024/05/20/cockroach-spread-habitat-humans/

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I was told to write between 3-4,000 words. I spent much time wondering whether I'd hit 3k. In the end, I go to the count: 3,945.

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This is frightening. What separates New York from Texas or Florida?
Inside CUNY's antisemitism probe: Campus talks, professors, students under scrutiny https://gothamist.com/news/inside-cunys-antisemitism-probe-campus-talks-professors-students-under-scrutiny?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=shared_twitter via @gothamist

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Wall Street Journal against everything left.
Let’s Get Rid of Left Turns on Downtown Streets
https://www.wsj.com/business/logistics/left-turn-dangers-city-streets-4cbde78f?mod=Threads

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You have a computer with unprecedented power and what are you going to use it to do? Assign airport gates?
Quantum Computing Gets Real: It Could Even Shorten Your Airport Connection
https://www.wsj.com/tech/quantum-computing-technology-optimizations-2e3db5dd?mod=tech_lead_pos1

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International Criminal Court Prosecutor Requests Warrants for Netanyahu and Hamas Leaders https://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/20/world/middleeast/icc-hamas-netanyahu.html?smid=tw-share

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Fascinating & story: Train manufacturer allegedly built kill-switch if locomotives repaired elsewhere; MacGyver hackers found the workaround just in time:
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Their Trains Were Stalled. These Hackers Brought Them Back to Life.
https://www.wsj.com/tech/cybersecurity/hackers-trains-disabled-poland-1b1f501a?st=nqsmoey6ktrsg14&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink

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Guardrails are futile, like suggesting a printing press can be prevented from publishing lies. Generative AI is a general machine that will do what it is told. The issue is the actor. Get used to it.
AI chatbots’ safeguards can be easily bypassed, say UK researchers
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/article/2024/may/20/ai-chatbots-safeguards-can-be-easily-bypassed-say-uk-researchers

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I repeat: Guardrails are futile. Generative AI has no sense of meaning or (dis)information. So, yes, it can be made to say anything. This is not news. It reminds me of early days when people fainted that something could be wrong on Wikipedia. #MoralPanic
See How Easily A.I. Chatbots Can Be Taught to Spew Disinformation
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2024/05/19/technology/biased-ai-chatbots.html

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