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Josh Hawley and the GOP’s Fake War Against Big Tech

The books of Republican politicians might be described as political romances. Harboring fantasies of an electorate falling in love with them, they come bearing a dowry of policy prescriptions donated by right-wing think tanks. These books occupy a world of willful delusion, where, in 200 or so generously spaced pages,…
bubmag
May 4, 2021
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It’s Time to Pop China’s Online Filter Bubbles

One afternoon in mid-November, a university journalism professor confided in me a not-so-shocking secret: “I only found out today what ‘Versailles literature’ actually means.” China’s latest buzzword was already all over the internet and on every student’s lips, but he had never encountered it during his daily online browsing sessions.…
bubmag
January 6, 2021
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Election reality fails to pop GOP’s online filter bubble

The Trump administration's fight to question the election's outcome is providing a massive field test of the effectiveness of online echo chambers and filter bubbles.The state of play: So far, the evidence from the Trump universe shows partisan delusion winning out over objective reality.By the numbers: Some 70% of Republicans…
bubmag
November 12, 2020
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The Anonymous Culture Cops of the Internet

This sort of research can, piece by piece, help reshape the online landscape so it isn’t quite so tribal and awash in misinformation and vitriol.Photograph by Prostock-studio / ShutterstockGiant tech companies and governments largely determine what content is and isn’t allowed online, and their decisions impact billions of people: 55…
bubmag
August 12, 2020