Media, politics, Technology

Facebook creates Orwellian headache as news is labelled politics. by Emily Bell Archive of political content becomes battleground between publishers and platforms. Sun 24 Jun 2018. Facebook logo reflected in a person’s eye Should companies such as Facebook just rely far more heavily on human judgment or should they leave it to algorithms? George Orwell wrote in his essay Politics and the English Language: “In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics’. All issues are political issues.” When Facebook constructed a new archive of political advertising, had it thought a little more about this concept of what is “political”, it might have more accurately anticipated the subsequent Orwellian headache. As it is, journalists are finding their articles restricted from promotion because they are lumped in with campaigning materials from politicians, lobby groups and advocacy organisations.

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Gender, Media

Male journalists ignore female peers on Twitter, study shows. Men’s domination of online political debate leaves women struggling to be heard. by Jim Waterson Media editor Sun 24 Jun 2018. Male journalists reply to each other 91.5% of the time, according to the study. Male journalists dominate online political discussion because they mainly interact with other men and ignore women, according to a study of American political reporters.

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Media, Race, Social Problems

The media isn’t diverse – and this leads to appalling reporting. by Steven W Thrasher. Nov 2017. Our racially monolithic mainstream press is particularly ill equipped to cover an increasingly non-white world when it declares itself to be ‘objective.’ The well-deserved outcry regarding the New York Times’ insufficiently critical profile about a Nazi in the American heartland has exposed a commonly held myth about journalism: that our profession is objective. This is a lie.

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