Does A.G. Sulzberger Even Understand What a Public Editor Is?

“Why hadn’t I heard about what the Reader Center had been up to?”

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Last year The New York Times announced it was ending the public editor — a role created to help readers get accountability from the paper of record in the wake of the Jayson Blair scandal in 2003 — and replacing it with the Reader Center.

Ever since, readers of the Times have lamented the loss whenever an article or op-ed comes out that draws consternation. The paper’s final public editor, Liz Spayd, was less than beloved, but her predecessor Margaret Sullivan, now a media columnist at The Washington Post, earned the respect not just of readers, but of those inside the Times newsroom.

A friend at the Times recently asked me what I thought of the Reader Center. I replied that I didn’t know it had been set up or even what it did. I’m a home delivery subscriber to the Times, a native New…

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Overnight Fame, Instant Notoriety

“In a world where anyone can become a star almost overnight, the Internet has shown that with a single move as mindless, insensitive, and shocking as what Logan Paul did in Japan, one can just as quickly earn notoriety.”

My Life As An Aspiring Software Engineer

If the Internet has taught us anything, it is this: it can make people instantly famous, but it can also just as quickly make them infamous.

Such was what happened with YouTube superstar and actor Logan Paul recently. Paul first attained fame in the now-defunct Vine, a video hosting site similar to YouTube, where he posted 6-second video loops of himself that were wacky. He eventually started vlogging in YouTube where he quickly gained tons of fans. Today, he has a massive audience of more than 15 million followers. He is known for creating outrageous, goofy, and sometimes irreverent content. This paid off very well for him, literally earning him over $14 million in ad revenue for his videos last year.

But on New Year’s Eve, he went way too far. He visited Japan with his crew to film an episode in the infamous Aokigahara Forest, also known as the…

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Google’s search update is a moment of clarity, not catch-up

Google is updating how it curates your search results [Google blog], with a focus on highlighting trending news and localized content on mobile. While they seem to be prioritizing the "follow" option for topical interests, here's what I found the most interesting from its announcement: Diversifying content in News: "News stories may have multiple viewpoints from… Continue reading Google’s search update is a moment of clarity, not catch-up

A framework for understanding fake news 

The Wikimedia Foundation (which operates Wikipedia and its associated community projects like Creative Commons) funded new research into the supply and distribution of misinformation, fake news and falsified content.  The research provides a helpful framework that makes it easier to discuss this complex and tricky topic. The representative chart below divides trends of fake news… Continue reading A framework for understanding fake news