Knowledge belongs to the in-group
Re main-line media, don’t we also have much less than in the past? How many newspapers do we have as compared with 1932 (FDR’s first election), 1952 (Eisenhower), 1980 (Reagan), even 2000 (Bush), and now?
J.M., really great to be reading you again regularly and congrats on your MIIS appointment, makes us colleagues to an extent (again)! Keep up the great work.
Really cool insights, thank you. The winners sure do write the history books.
Regarding social media ownership/control and this dynamic, I think this is really is in the forefront of our political conflicts. Michael Flynn’s so-called 5G warfare is explicitly about control of online narratives and discourse, and this same concept seems to be motivating other right wing players like Musk. Controlling the online information space becomes critical as democracies are based in collective decision making. Its not great that billionaires would control that space.
A public nonprofit social media service might actually garner broad trust and have transparent moderation practices. It would need a whole lot of seed money tho.