Platform Companies Are Becoming More Powerful — but What Exactly Do They Want? – The New York Times

Platform Companies Are Becoming More Powerful — but What Exactly Do They Want? close story-meta-footer close story-meta Photo Credit Illustration by Andrew Rae During a February ride in San Francisco, Travis Kalanick, the chief executive of Uber, was recorded arguing with and eventually berating an Uber driver from the back seat of his car. The […]

How the White House made me Real News – The Washington Post

Screen shot of the White House newsletter. Thanks, White House newsletter! There are two possible explanations for why the White House daily newsletter included my piece about the budget, a piece composed almost entirely of onomatopoeic noises (PEW PEW! GRRRRRRRR!) typed out in all caps. Either they read it and loved it, especially the part where I […]

Brain drain – The Verge

Genius, which raised $56.9 million on the promise that it would one day annotate the entire internet, has been losing its minds. In January, the company quietly laid off a quarter of its staff, with the bulk of the cuts coming from the engineering department. In a post on the Genius blog at the time, […]

What clicks actually mean: Exploring digital news user practices

Abstract This article problematizes the relationship between clicks and audience interests. Clicking patterns are often seen as evidence that news users are mostly interested in junk news, leading to concerns about the state of journalism and the implications for society. Asking and observing how 56 users actually browse news and what clicking and not clicking […]