“Hate speech” term emerges in Facebook group; serious danger to free speech

Image of painting of Mrs. Warren: Jan Arkesteijn; painting by John Singleton Copley; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Public domain.
Image of painting of Mrs. Warren: Jan Arkesteijn; painting by John Singleton Copley; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Public domain.

To say I was shocked is an understatement. On a page I follow at Facebook, there was an announcement about actress Susan Sarandon coming to a small town to advocate for Sen. Bernie Sanders who is vying for Democrats’ nomination to run for president. The page itself isn’t political—it’s a page for businesses and others in the small town in South Carolina to promote their goods, services, and the town itself.

I know that little town well. I grew up there. Florida may be my now home, but that town is my forever home.

So what shocked me about a run of the mill event announcement? Continue reading ““Hate speech” term emerges in Facebook group; serious danger to free speech”

Is it time to take a hard look at your relationship with Big Tech?

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How dependent are you on Big Tech? If you’re like me, it’s an addiction. From online purchases to product reviews and news, we rely on our devices to purchase and to read. In the US, a handful of  big tech companies dominate the tech sector, and most of us, without hesitation or skepticism,  use one or more of their products or services. Who are these tech titans? Continue reading “Is it time to take a hard look at your relationship with Big Tech?”

New ‘Study’ app to pay you to let Facebook track your apps

Buzz is growing about a new app you can opt into permitting Facebook to track some of your phone data. Facebook plans to pay those who participate—if you’re accepted into the ‘Study’ program. After scandals plagued other similar efforts, Facebook appears to be attempting more transparency with this app. Is it right for you though? Continue reading “New ‘Study’ app to pay you to let Facebook track your apps”

How will new EU copyright regulations impact US musicians, bloggers, and others?

The European Union, a work of art itself in many ways, is addressing what media refer to as “copyright reform.” The consensus on doing this seems to be that the digital age requires such reforms and artists aren’t getting what they deserve for their content. Advocates include Paul McCartney, although it’s hard to accept he hasn’t gotten gobs of money without copyright reform. Web titans like Google and Facebook will be impacted, and so will anyone in the US working on music, blogging, news writing, and in other genres.

Why? Continue reading “How will new EU copyright regulations impact US musicians, bloggers, and others?”

Will social media chaos benefit arts communities in 2019?

At present social media like Facebook and Twitter are experiencing chaos. This was predictable. When you have massive numbers of humans from around the globe interacting, you have a landscape akin to the ‘Wild West’ of yore. Toss in bots, insert human screeners who make decisions to block people like a famous pastor (his page was restored), and media who snark among themselves like tweens on a middle school playground, chaos is no surprise. What’s next in 2019 when it comes to arts communities?  Continue reading “Will social media chaos benefit arts communities in 2019?”