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How to Bamboozle a Billionaire

Continuing his “hey, let’s get to know normal people” tour, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his wife traveled to Alaska and came back with some musings on the “basic income,” the idea of giving everybody in the country a monthly check to live on whether they do any work or not. But in drawing on Alaska […]

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Facebook and Silicon Valley’s Gated Boomtowns

Facebook has just announced its plans to build an old-fashioned “company town”—except that these days, since Millennials are never expected to act as if they leave college, it is called a “campus.” Facebook’s proposed Willow Campus in Silicon Valley’s Menlo Park won’t just have offices. It will have 1500 units of housing, along with grocery […]

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How Fake News Happens

For most of Tuesday, many left-leaning Internet users were convinced that they had just read a leaked version of the official inauguration poem for Donald Trump, and OMG can you believe how awful it is. Let me specify that, technically speaking, the poem in question is actually better than most inauguration poems, in the sense […]

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Fake News Is Really Bad, Unless It’s About Someone We Hate

The furor over “fake news” on Facebook supposedly tipping the election for Donald Trump was only ever going to end one way. I just didn’t expect it to get there so quickly. The recent “fake news” hysteria came, after all, from the same people who previously brought us “fake but accurate.” If you don’t remember […]

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The Future Still Lies Ahead

Top Stories of the Year, #1 This has been such a horrible year for politics that some people were wishing for a giant meteor to strike the Earth and put us all out of our misery—and they were only half-joking. But there is, thank goodness, a lot more to the world than politics, and from […]

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Liberalism Is Dead, Long Live Liberalism

Top Stories of the Year: #5 It’s time to count down the top five stories of the year, looking back at the big events of 2016 and reviewing my coverage of them. We’ll start the countdown with #5, a continuation of a long-running story, but one that reached new milestones this year: the ongoing death […]

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The Facebook Shakedown

After a month of being hammered over the highly dubious claim that “fake news” on social media tipped the election to Donald Trump—as opposed to, say, having a really awful Democratic candidate—Facebook has announced their solution: outsourcing content decisions to legacy media “fact-checking” organizations that are notorious for bias, for holding politicians and activists on […]

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Escape from Soviet Valley

I recently warned that the campaign against Palmer Luckey, one of the creators of the Oculus virtual reality headset, was an ominous sign that Silicon Valley is adopting a Soviet-style code of all-pervasive political conformity. The goal of the campaign against Luckey was to get his new boss, Mark Zuckerberg—Facebook bought out Oculus in 2014—to […]

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Soviet Valley

Oh no, we’re not going to do this again, are we? Two years ago, Mozilla (creator of the Firefox browser) forced out its co-founder and new CEO, Brendan Eich, after it was revealed that he once gave $1,000 to an advocacy group that opposed gay marriage. Now for some reason The Daily Beast decided it […]

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Facebook Can No Longer Avoid Being a News Organization

A few months ago, Facebook came under a lot of criticism—including from me—for revelations about ideological bias in its “trending” news section, where recent Ivy League graduates would routinely suppress conservative news sources they didn’t like. Part of the reason this was a scandal is that Facebook had previously implied there was no human bias […]

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