Tech is Giant, Monolithic, and Scary: This week, Paul Ford and Rich Ziademeet with Louise Matsakis to discuss how tech reporting has evolved alongside the hyper-growth of tech companies. How has the role of journalists changed? Which companies are difficult to talk to, and which are the easiest?
More often than before, Louise says that journalists are playing the role of content moderators, forcing platforms to do more introspection and make broader changes. We touch on what’s topical in tech reporting today: What can be done to stop the culture of harassment prevalent on big platforms, how should scaling companies deal with oversights that screw people over, and how could we imagined role of the Facebook Press Secretary?
- Louise Matsakis
- Know Your Meme: Chaotic Good, Chaotic Neutral
- Amazon’s Electricity Subsidies, Bloomberg
- Time magazine sold to Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and his wife for $190m, Gaurdian
- Journalists Are Not Social Media Platforms’ Unpaid Content Moderators,Motherboard (VICE)
- Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act
- Google Wants to Kill the URL, Wired
- Unmasking Reddit’s Violentacrez, The Biggest Troll on the Web, Gawker