Technology, politics, and saving the world in various combinations — Chief Strategist at Harmony Labs— author For ALL the People coming 2/23 bit.ly/fatp-a

Solving our information crisis requires more than one solution because there is more than one problem

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This article is part of a series of thinking examining modern media and our civic life including my new book For ALL the People out now.

Originally published on 7 Bridges

Margaret Sullivan — the brilliant and thoughtful media columnist for The Washington Post — wrote last weekend about how to start undermining Fox News by pressuring their biggest advertisers. Nicholas Kristof picked up the baton this week saying, “the problem with Fox isn’t that it’s conservative but that it monetizes conspiracy theories and disinformation in ways that are sometimes lethal.” …


Smart, thoughtful people have been showing us the way to a more complete conversation about modern media and civic life for decades . It’s time we listen.

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This article is part of a series of thinking examining modern media and our civic life including my new book For ALL the People coming Feb 23, 2021.

Originally published on 7 Bridges

The weeks since the election have revealed in stark relief the civic crisis America faces. It has also brought into the mainstream a conversation about the civic and social dangers of greater connectivity, of the evolution and expansion of media, and the rise and mainstreaming of mis/disinformation that has been happening and been studied for decades. …


A new study reveals that verified users on Twitter are sharing more deceptive information than ever

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This article is part of a series of thinking examining modern media and our civic life including my new book For ALL the People coming Feb 23, 2021.

Originally published on 7 Bridges

As more and more public conversation emerges to examine and explore our media systems and how they are serving and (too often) not serving society, we need to develop more precision in talking about what we’re talking about.

Yesterday, Axios published an article glossing a new study from German Marshall Fund about sharing content from deceptive websites that reveals that verified accounts on Twitter have shared more…


If Trump was a symptom, it’s time to get to work on the dis-ease

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For fours years we have been stuck in a bilious, amoral national haze driven by a leader disinterested in leadership and offended by the idea of service. Opposition and resistance were the watchwords on the Left from the day of his election. On the Right, the reality has finally sunk in for an ever-increasing chorus in the closing days of his time in power that supporting a President who has proven to be both disinterested in governing and unable to be corralled by better public servants (John Kelly et. al.) has reintroduced political violence to American politics. The response to…


Our national civic health needs justice every bit as much as our public health needs the vaccine.

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This article is part of a series of thinking examining modern media and our civic life including my new book For ALL the People coming Feb 23, 2021.

The Obama Administration came into office during a historic crisis. Avoiding a global depression became the justification for all decisions and political risk calculus. And in the chaos of crisis, holding people accountable and reforming systems and regulations that created the crisis took a backseat, and justice for the millions of Americans harmed by greed and exploitation was set aside for the sake of the recovery. …


Humans are insufficient containers for magic. There’s nothing wrong with us: we have just always needed the strengthening, the tempering, the resilience learned from suffering and survival to prepare us for work with the divine. To be a conduit for creativity. To be in the presence of the eternal. To hold fire. To bring the great transformations of the universe to be.

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2020 was uncertain, unexpected, and unrelenting. Cruel, heartbreaking, and both necessary and unnecessary. While we say goodbye on the calendar, it will spill its uncertainty and cruelty for too many into 2021. …


Can a new credibility system help rebuild trust online (and off)?

This article is part of a series of thinking examining modern media and our civic life including my new book For ALL the People coming Feb 23, 2021.

Democracy is a system of faith: our institutions and process work when we imbue them with belief and trust. Misinformation (unintentionally false content) and disinformation (intentionally, nefariously false content) have always been part of our daily information consumption, but the information landscape we live in moves faster and at a volume well-beyond what humans can cognitively handle effectively. And in 2020, according to NewsGuard, unreliable sources nearly doubled their share of information…


This article is part of a series of thinking examining modern media and our civic life including my new book For ALL the People coming Feb 23, 2021.

In this post-election, year-end period of reflection, we are seeing dozens of jeremiads and manifestos rising from all corners and comers. What does this election mean? What will a Biden Administration make possible? Is Trumpism dead? Can society survive mis/disinformation? …


Two years ago, in the midst of the Democratic Primary, I wrote about The Leadership We Need, and I still believe in our desperate need for a new path in American civic life.

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President-elect Joe Biden early Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Wilmington, DE (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Here is what I want to hear from President-elect Biden right now:

Thank you for trusting me, at this moment in our history, at this moment of challenge and of opportunity to lead us toward what we can be.

I will work every moment starting right now to keep this country safe and that starts with our collective public health, with elevating and empowering our doctors to…


“Show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value.” ~Vice President Biden

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If budgets reveal priorities, America’s reveal deeply broken commitments to each other. Absolutely, we should reallocate our budgets (and not just away from militarized police forces), but we also need to recognize how the prioritization of force has deprioritized the things that actually make our communities healthy and safe. We can’t just reallocate: we have to redeem our entire idea of community health and safety.

Policing should not be about punishment and should almost never be about the application of force. We imbue judges with the…

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