Google threatens to boot US publication after censoring critics of China Communist Party

Google again took action to disenfranchise a US publication if news reports are correct. The search/ad/YouTube etc. behemoth, having received a report about the Web site The Federalist, threatened sanctions—loss of revenue from advertising—if offensive comments weren’t removed.

That’s right. If the comments weren’t acceptable to Goo, whack ‘em. Continue reading “Google threatens to boot US publication after censoring critics of China Communist Party”

Why do we feed the tech beasts who want to consume us?

A day or so ago, I was talking to my daughter about her music business. She redesigned her website, and I thought it looked great. I told her she might consider creating a community discussion group on her website in addition to groups she has on social media.

Eye roll.
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Small publishers, beware the Facebook ad glitch, censorship

Yesterday I wrote a column expressing my thoughts on the Republican National Convention holding some events here in Jacksonville, Florida. I wrote that column after reading stories in media promoting Democrat Party leaders’ opinions on the matter. Those party leaders don’t want the opposition party to be able to host convention events here. Continue reading “Small publishers, beware the Facebook ad glitch, censorship”

To host RNC or not to? Pluses, implied threats, and confusion

My home city of Jacksonville, Florida is being considered to host parts of the Republican National Convention scheduled for August. Naturally, on social media Jaxxers are debating the pros and cons. Some things become evident if you sift through all the social media rhetoric. There are definitely some positives. There are definitely implied threats. There is absolutely a lot of confusion, partly stirred by partisan media. Our entertainment and hospitality industry is hurting right now, and a large event could be beneficial to all.

So should Jacksonville host parts of the convention? Note my use of the word “parts”. Continue reading “To host RNC or not to? Pluses, implied threats, and confusion”

Alan Jackson pivots with drive-in concerts

Talk to anyone who makes a living doing music and a key word emerges—pivot. That’s what virtually every self-employed person in the music sector has had to do after Coronavirus shutdowns. That pivot didn’t just occur in the indie music sector. It’s also occurring in the superstar sector, and country music’s Alan Jackson is pivoting in a big kind of way. Continue reading “Alan Jackson pivots with drive-in concerts”