2022-04-22: the week's news
Birds in flight, all day and all night.
It turns out that “Alan Lee has a talent for being wrong”.
In particular, the first attempt to adjust the by-line structure failed miserably. the Week’s News will continue to be edited by Alex Power for the foreseeable future.
the Newslettr is in preliminary discussions to bring additional by-lines into the publication in May. Until that is finalized, there will not be additional by-lines.
And now, some of the Week’s News.
Publication Rotation: this week, the Newslettr is experimenting with Friday publication instead of Thursday publication.
Yarvin Engaged: Vanity Fair announced the engagement of Curtis Yarvin and Lydia Laurenson. Yarvin, a long-time listing on the Newslettr’s blog-roll, is a political philosopher and computer scientist. Laurenson, a journalist and publisher of The New Modality, wrote up her thoughts at edencircle.net .
Carousel of Birds: a note from Alan Lee, the man who has a talent for being wrong.
This appears to be some tea-leaf reading. Alan Lee tends to make spectacular “swings-and-misses” at these types of things. We expect the real story during the earnings call next Thursday.
The Trouble With Trends: the Newslettr agrees with a recent Tweet suggesting that algorithmic trending topics should simply be removed from Twitter. This is one of those features that seemed like a good idea a decade ago, but is fairly obviously a bad idea today.
Above, an example of an inappropriate lead trend. “No evidence” of some rumor I hadn’t heard. This is rumor-mongering. And, even if both “Reuters Fact Check” and “Forbes Magazine” claim that there are “social media” rumors, that still isn’t an excuse for Twitter to run it as a “trending topic” headline.
Contact Laundering: one of the Newslettr’s private accounts recently got a fundraising email from Stacey Abrams. As we certainly didn’t sign up for her list, this was something of a surprise. The problem of “list laundering” in the Democratic Party is quite long-standing. While the Newslettr likes some of Ms. Abrams’ writing, we strongly denounce her email-marketing tactics.
Some Religious Humor: a joke so bad the Newslettr is running it out of spite:
What is one thing an everything bagel never has? A Kosher-for-Passover certification.
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