We need to re-build news delivery. Here’s how.

For me, Wired magazine’s recent must-read yarn about Facebook’s woes reinforces a certain nagging hunch:

The supply chain for news, if you think of it as a product to be brought to market like any other, urgently needs to be re-engineered from the ground up so that it’s less reliant on Facebook and other Death Star-sized tech companies. It needs more redundancy, more antifragility, to borrow a useful buzzword from author Nassim Nicholas Taleb.

Both publishers and the public need this to happen, albeit for different reasons. For publishers, it’s a matter of business viability, so they’re not forever stuck on someone else’s digital toll road. For the public, it’s a matter of reliability and quality of the information that acts as a lifeblood for civil society.

Facebook (and its Big Tech peers, in fairness) simply aren’t equipped or incented to fix this. Sure, it’s possible they can, given…

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I Watched All 629 Episodes of The Simpsons in a Month. Here’s What I Learned.


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The show hates Lisa.

Before I explain what I mean, let’s back up for a second.

Among fans, there exists a kind of Standard Narrative about The Simpsons, which goes like this: the show was at its best for roughly a decade, between Season 3 and Season 13 (let’s call this the Golden Age). Since then – from Season 14 to Season 29 – The Simpsons has been largely awful (let’s call this the post-Golden Age period). In fact it’s widely held that during this latter period, The Simpsons hasn’t just sucked: it’s been essentially a completely different show, which many former fans find deeply unfunny and are happy to pretend doesn’t exist. For a long time, I was one of these fans. Occasionally I’d catch a new episode, and it would make me feel uneasy, for reasons that I didn’t fully understand. In these episodes, The Simpsons looked…

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Thank Gods It’s Sunday: A Spoiler-Free Review of “American Gods”


Thank Gods it’s Sunday. 

That was my first thought when I realized the day had finally come for the premier of the Starz series American Gods. After getting to experience all the great fanfare of the series at SXSW this year and trying (and failing) to get into the screening of the first episode, I knew that April 30, 2017 could not come soon enough. That said, I am going to try my best to provide a spoiler-free review of the series adapted from Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed novel: American Gods.

I want to first start by discussing the visuals of the show. From the moment the show opens, we are provided with stunning, albeit gory, scenes. The way the entire show looks is reminiscent of the “Battle of the Bastards” episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Maybe even better, if that’s possible.



The visual appearance of this…

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