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The Republican majority in the FCC plans to remove equal access protections so that a few giant internet service providers can do whatever they want, including increase prices, slow download speeds, and even block access to websites for political reasons:
The Republicans’ claim that turning over the internet to the free market will benefit consumers is specious, as 50 million homes only have access to one internet service provider. There is no free market without competition:
The changes will permit monopolies to charge whatever they want for internet access and censor the internet to promote their agendas:
Net neutrality protects the people’s access to the internet:
Here is a site that makes it easy for you to contact your Congress member to voice your opinion and save the internet:
If enough people demand net neutrality be saved, Congress and the FCC will notice that the public disagrees with their plans:
Protests are planned nationwide Dec. 7:
An FCC member is urging the public to demand net neutrality be saved:
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai attacks celebrities for their criticism of his plans to gut net neutrality protections:
Republicans continue to favor giant corporations over the people:
Now one media company will be able to own several broadcast stations and the local newspaper in the same city. The result will be less diversity of opinion with fewer voices:
And many low income Americans will no longer receive subsidies to help pay for broadband internet at home:
Next up for the FCC is its plan to kill net neutrality. This would make it possible for internet service providers to charge fees to some wealthy websites and apps for faster speeds, which would slow down the internet for everyone else. ISPs would even be able to block or throttle lawful internet content:
If the accusation is true, Trump would have crossed a line into banana republic authoritarianism:
Fox News CEO Rupert Murdoch has contacted AT&T twice about purchasing CNN, which would explain Trump’s eagerness to force the sale of CNN. Fox News is the mouthpiece of the Republican Party:
Trump’s media handlers and the Russians knew they could use fake news and ads in social media and the internet to manipulate millions of voters. Now it will be interesting and scary to see whether they can do it again.
Another scary question is whether social media and the internet will kill democracy, and whether we will even notice:
The great hope in the early days of the web was that it would facilitate democracy by leveling the playing field so that anyone could participate in the process and have a voice. Trump, though, turned that potential for good upside down.
I agree with the tech evangelists who point out that social media is neither inherently bad nor inherently good. But, as we saw with the election of Trump and the success of Brexit, it can be used with devastating effect to manipulate millions of people to act against their own interests. The algorithm beast is constantly learning at the speed of light, and its data are available for sale to the worst possible political candidates.
Here is one way to defend yourself against this manipulation:
Another way is to read the best of journalism:
John Stuart Mill was right in pointing out that truth does not always defeat falsehood in the short run. Truth can win out, though, if we do our part.
It is encouraging to see so many millennials doing their part by reading the best news media:
There is reason to be hopeful about the nation’s future:
Twitter will still allow “President” Trump to continue spewing hate and encouraging violence in his tweets.
Twitter’s new policy rings hollow, as Trump is its worst abuser.
Police and the military will also still be allowed to have Twitter accounts.
There’s just one problem with Trump’s bizarre threats: We have this thing called the First Amendment:
Republican Sen. Ben Sasse asked whether Trump is violating his oath of office to uphold the constitution:
Democrats called on the FCC to publicly refuse to revoke NBC affiliate licenses:
Trump has repeatedly threatened the news media:
Trump, our national nightmare, needs to be impeached as soon as possible (or removed with the 25th Amendment):
Election experts have said that it is very unlikely that Russia could have drilled down so precisely to place targeted advertisements in key districts in the U.S. presidential election without help from the Trump campaign. Trump won the two battleground states — Michigan and Wisconsin — by less than 1 percent. And the ads were seen by 10 million Americans.
Thus, it appears that the Trump campaign likely conspired with Russian spies to steal the U.S. presidential election in a bloodless coup by “weaponizing” Facebook ads and fake news. Trump campaign officials appear to be headed for prison, although Trump could pardon them. Can he pardon himself, though?
Check out these new augmented reality (AR) apps, including the one from IKEA. Then imagine how student journalists and readers could virtually place items where they would like for them to be, such as benches outside the Writing Center at RCC, or a wider variety of food items at the college’s cafeteria. Then imagine using AR and a smartphone to gather and report the news and to share opinions. The possibilities for empowerment and expression are limitless:
Augmented reality and virtual reality spending is forecast to grow from $11 billion now to $108 billion to $215 billion a year by 2021:
And, of course, 360 video will be a part of this new way to report the news:
Viewpoints has its first 360 video:
The Washington Post has updated its app for AR:
Journalists will harness these amazing tools to report the news. The future of news will be exciting.
Trump’s attack was so vicious that several media experts are now even more concerned for the safety of journalists:
There has always been tension between the press and presidents, but Trump has gone way beyond anything ever seen before in the U.S., surpassing even Nixon in attacking the news media.
The new AP style is for journalists to avoid most references to “alt-right.”
The term can still be used in direct quotes or when describing what the movement says about itself:
There comes a point when some older adults lose their minds and behave as children. Trump has reached that stage, apparently, and would seem better situated in a nursing home than in the White House:
This is not someone who can be trusted with the nuclear codes.
Trump supporters boo and assault journalists:
Trump encourages his supporters to be violent (caution: offensive language):
Update: Journalists are still being attacked:
Trump has a long history of attempting to bully people. His brutish behavior may come back to haunt him when the recordings he apparently made are subpoenaed:
Trump recommended that Comey imprison journalists:
Trump is acting increasingly paranoid and unstable, and it’s all uphill from here. Next up may be charges of obstruction of justice, which could lead to his impeachment:
Update: Former intelligence chief James Clapper says Trump and Russia are threatening the nation’s institutions:
Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein says that Trump’s firing of the FBI director represents a dangerous situation:
Update: Trump unsuccessfully pressured the FBI director, prior to firing him, to cancel its probe of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia:
Update: Trump’s attempt to pressure Comey to cancel the FBI’s probe was illegal and may lead to his impeachment:
A national poll has found that “idiot” is the most common word used to describe Trump. Also common were “incompetent” and “liar”:
Trump is so ignorant that he believes fake stories his staff gives to him:
You can watch the event live or later:
White House Correspondents’ Association:
“It is our job to report the facts and to hold leaders accountable,” said the association’s president, Jeff Mason, in his opening comments at the annual event. “That is who we are. We are not fake news…We are not failing news organizations. And we are not the enemy of the American people.”
Guest speaker Hasan Minhaj from Comedy Central nailed it: “Even the president is not beyond the reach of the First Amendment. But the president did not show up. Because Donald Trump does not care about free speech. The man who tweets everything that enters his head refuses to acknowledge the amendment that allows him to do it…I am proud that all of us are here tonight to defend that right, even if the man in the White House never would.”
Carl Bernstein, who exposed the Watergate scandal that led to Nixon’s resignation, also spoke at the event.
“Follow the money, but follow also the lies,” Bernstein said to the journalists at the event.
Trump was too chicken to attend the event:
Trump, called the “liar-in-chief” by Minhaj at the correspondents’ dinner, has lied 469 times in his first 100 days as president, The Washington Post reports. Trump is on a pace to tell more than 6,000 lies in his four years as president, if he lasts that long without being impeached:
Trump claimed success in his first 100 days as president and bashed the news media with bizarre comments:
Trump told a journalist that he thought being president would be “easier”:
Trump says he wants more power to force approval of his agenda and prevent judicial or legislative oversight:
Trump also wants to weaken journalism’s scrutiny of his administration. He threatened, again, to change libel laws:
Trump cozies up to brutal dictators:
Trump says he would be “honored” to met with North Korea’s petulant dictator Kim Jong-un:
Trump’s administration has had ties to Nazi groups:
More musicians need to step up like “The Boss” has to protest against Trump’s attacks against the people and the truth:
More Bruce about Trump:
No surprise here. Republicans always help corporations at the expense of consumers:
Trump has signed the new plan to eliminate privacy protections:
Using a good VPN can help protect privacy, for now at least:
And here is the reason that privacy is essential online. The Trump administration is demanding to know the identity of an anonymous Trump critic:
Spending would increase for the military, the border wall and deportations with Trump’s proposed budget:
Trump’s budget would eliminate all funding for work study for college students.
And it would eliminate all federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities:
A federal program that gives funds to states in part for Meals on Wheels for older Americans on fixed incomes is to be eliminated and another larger program that provides funds for the same purpose is to be slashed by 16 percent:
Trump’s budget would hit California hard:
But the rich will get huge tax breaks.
Violence, hate, ignorance, greed and cruelty win big with Trump’s budget.
Not only do these security flaws make it possible for Trump to use the spy agencies to snoop on his critics, but they also open the door to hackers worldwide to steal data from innocent people as they conduct banking and make purchases online:
There is strong interest in staying well-informed among the millions of new subscribers to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, NPR, public television, and ProPublica.
The increase in paid subscriptions for some of these news media is rising faster than at any time in U.S. history. Some of these news media are seeing increases of 200 to 300 percent in just a few months. The New York Times added 500,000 paid subscribers:
While research is ongoing about the causes for the increased interest in high quality news reporting, it is clear that Americans are concerned about the threats coming from the Trump administration.
Trump lies daily, and so the total will grow quickly:
Trump’s total number of lies will be in the many hundreds in just his first year. He is on schedule to lie more than 1,000 times yearly.
The Trump lies:
Update: Trump has now lied more than 1,000 times in just his first seven months in office. He is now on target to lie more than 1,700 times in his first year as president:
The new motto arrives as Sunshine Week approaches:
Right on cue, Trump bans major news media from an off camera meeting while allowing extreme right wing news media such as the white supremacist Breitbart blog:
Trump’s ban of news outlets may be unconstitutional: