Trump and COVID-19

[This essay was also crossposted to Facebook on October 2, 2020.] If your response to the news that President Trump has COVID-19 was “it’s a hoax,” then this essay is directed to you. Given all the gaslighting and lying from the president, skepticism is...

Why I’m leaving Facebook

https://qz.com/1342757/everything-bad-about-facebook-is-bad-for-the-same-reason/…Facebook didn’t intend for any of this to happen. It just wanted to connect people. But there is a thread running from Perkins’ death to religious violence in Myanmar and the...

The Matrix has you

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/05/smartphone-addiction-silicon-valley-dystopiaI deleted the Facebook app from my iPhone and my iPad. Life improved. I had more time, since I wasn’t checking Facebook all the time. Now I look in on it maybe once a week....

Which they very clearly do

http://gizmodo.com/facebooks-fight-against-fake-news-was-undercut-by-fear-1788808204″…it’s now clear that democracy suffers if our news feeds incentivize bullshit.” The first obligation of the Fourth Estate is truth, and the problem is the Facebook seems...