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Last 50 tweets from @sivavaid
In reply to @kjhealy
The only exceptions to this rule are (a) Steve Prefontaine and (b) Dave Wottle.
Replying to @kjhealy
Except in men鈥檚 field hockey. The villains are India.
 
Cleveland Guardians fans should be glad Bob Feller is not around today to give his opinions on Fox News.
 
My new pet peeve as a podcast listener: claiming that a podcast is an "investigative podcast" when it is very much not.
Replying to @pamelacolloff
I鈥檓 still investigating how to make ProTools work. So every podcast I record is investigative.
 
BREAKING: The MLB Cleveland Guardians introduce their new mascot:
GIF
 
Who will be the first political theorist or classicist called onto CNN to explain 鈥済uardians鈥?
 
In reply to @sivavaid
To that point, a while back, I made the argument that data about Fox viewers suggested that the channel didn鈥檛 really have to worry about losing viewers to CNN or MSNBC so much as it had to worry about losing viewers to the more extreme right-wing outlets like OAN and Newsmax. 1/
I think a lot of people (whispers: political scientists who are new to studying media) don鈥檛 grasp the extent to which media outlets constantly monitor social media engagement and adjust on-the-fly to maximize it 鈥 thus ceding editorial control to the algorithms and audiences.
 
gosh i love interviewing academics

me: so how did this dish become trendy?
ppl: idk Instagram?
sociologist: it was correlated to this trade act, which created a boom of flour, which incentivized people to make cheap and tasty baked goods, thereby revolutionizing the industry.
 
'Don鈥檛 buy the rockist propaganda: disco didn鈥檛 suck, it tripped.' Fantastic piece at @lucidnewssite by @erik_davis about 'how freaks of color shaped psychedelia.' HT @KenEvolver! cc @jackshafer @arttavana @PHXated @kurt_loder @Winter @brianmdoherty lucid.news/how-freaks-of-鈥
 
What will they guard?

Not rings.

[ducks]
JUST IN:

Known as the Indians since 1915, Cleveland鈥檚 Major League Baseball team will be called Guardians. trib.al/nesgHP8
 
Alabama has had a 280% increase in cases over the last 14 days, and the Governor is all like
 
They鈥檙e all scared of their own audience.
Replying to @chrislhayes
This is why I resist the whole 鈥淔OX is behind the anti-vax movement鈥 thing. Fox is reading and reacting. It rarely leads. It just panders and amplifies. As paranoid white supremacy has grown louder and bolder, Fox has followed quickly.
 
They鈥檙e all scared of their own audience.
 
Why do the Team USA outfits look like they'd report you to HR for cursing
 
You must absolutely immediately read @annasproul's newsletter about how to approach your book party if you ever think you might want a book party. neonliterary.substack.com/p/author-freak鈥
Author Freakouts, Part 5: But What About My Book Party?
neonliterary.substack.com
 
There is so much nonsense flowing around about how FB, Insta, YouTube, etc. can, do, and should handle troublesome content. Rarely do we take the time to look at the complexities and nuances of the policies and practices. Thank goodness we have @TarletonG.

Please read this.
Today, Facebook/Instagram announced 鈥渟ensitive content control鈥 for Instagram, giving users the ability to modulate how much 鈥渟ensitive content鈥 they鈥檙e shown in the 鈥渆xplore鈥 recommendation page. Some things to notice: about.fb.com/news/2021/07/i鈥
 
THIS THIS THIS THIS
In reply to @TarletonG
Dealing with misinfo, esp. in a pandemic, we may need to set aside the sharpened knives of the 鈥渇ree speech debates鈥 to admit that its never been true that everything gets published, nor would we actually want that. This means intermediaries always have some say in what makes it.
 
In reply to @TarletonG
Reduction policies are an underexamined part of the suite of moderation tools platforms use, and it鈥檚 important if we want to take seriously what we hope platforms will do in response to pernicious problems like hate+misinfo. It is not an unqualified good, nor unqualified bad.
 
In reply to @TarletonG
鈥淩educing鈥 sensitive content requires three things: (1) distinguishing parts of the platform as having different standards of responsibility - as Instagram has here, applying it to the explore recommendations but not to user鈥檚 feed.
 
With the delta variant driving up Covid infection rates, it's time for NYC to start requiring vaccination for some activities & jobs.

Amid high polarization & low social trust, it's not easy to have a thoughtful conversation about. But we need to.

nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-ope鈥
 
In reply to @JamesSurowiecki
Well, you can try. Seriously, we are under such constant attack by FOIA, emails to the president calling for our firing, boards doing line-item budget vetoes, and threats to our lives and families that there is already a substantial chilling effect rolling through right now.
Oh, I forgot about SLAPP suits. We are facing a bunch of them as well. I鈥檝e been threatened twice this year. Had to buy extra insurance and find a lawyer.
 
鈥淐olleges and universities鈥? You can鈥檛 tell tenured faculty what they can and can鈥檛 say in the classroom.
Replying to @JamesSurowiecki
Well, you can try. Seriously, we are under such constant attack by FOIA, emails to the president calling for our firing, boards doing line-item budget vetoes, and threats to our lives and families that there is already a substantial chilling effect rolling through right now.
 
In reply to @sivavaid
Sadly, nothing like that is on the agenda in the United States.
Replying to @sivavaid
CORRECTION: Twitter had a rare, profitable quarter in the second quarter of 2021. But it was likely a one-off.
 
In reply to @sivavaid
you're going to be very disappointed by the next 4 months of delta coverage then as people figure out "vaccinated" doesn't mean "impervious," and a "mild infection" in a vaccinated person can mean feeling like dogshit for a week followed by a not insubstantial risk of long covid
Replying to @KarlBode
I already am. Presenting the low likelihood of either as something common or likely is really going to mess everything up. (And I have long-Covid symptoms myself)
 
In reply to @sivavaid
But restrict what companies can learn about us, how long they can keep our data, and how they can use our data, and you might get somewhere.
Replying to @sivavaid
Sadly, nothing like that is on the agenda in the United States.
 
In reply to @sivavaid
Go ahead and spin off Insta and WhatsApp. Both would be broke in a year. And Facebook would still have all the money and all the users.
Replying to @sivavaid
But restrict what companies can learn about us, how long they can keep our data, and how they can use our data, and you might get somewhere.
 
In reply to @sivavaid
Again, it鈥檚 about the surveillance and the infrastructure. Facebook and Google have so many built-in and built-out advantages over any upstarts that they are practically invulnerable.
Replying to @sivavaid
Go ahead and spin off Insta and WhatsApp. Both would be broke in a year. And Facebook would still have all the money and all the users.
 
In reply to @sivavaid
We really must get beyond the idea that competition offers any sort of relief or is any sort of threat to the dominance of Facebook and Google. You really have to have unfettered faith in markets to believe that things would get better with more firms in play.
Replying to @sivavaid
Again, it鈥檚 about the surveillance and the infrastructure. Facebook and Google have so many built-in and built-out advantages over any upstarts that they are practically invulnerable.
 
Snap is fast approaching Twitter in the number of users.

Neither company is likely to earn a profit any time soon 鈥 if ever.

Why? Neither does data harvesting and ad placement like Facebook and Google 鈥 both of which had a decade head start on competitors.
Replying to @sivavaid
We really must get beyond the idea that competition offers any sort of relief or is any sort of threat to the dominance of Facebook and Google. You really have to have unfettered faith in markets to believe that things would get better with more firms in play.
 
Snap is fast approaching Twitter in the number of users.

Neither company is likely to earn a profit any time soon 鈥 if ever.

Why? Neither does data harvesting and ad placement like Facebook and Google 鈥 both of which had a decade head start on competitors.
 
In reply to @sivavaid
I mean the anti-vax set isn't really tied to logic anyway. And most coverage of breakthrough cases I've seen immediately and heavily reiterates that vaccination still greatly protects you from hospitalization and death.
Replying to @KarlBode
Yeah. If you read carefully or completely. My point is that asymptomatic breakthrough cases should not be news, even when it鈥檚 members of the Texas legislature or athletes. But even vaccinated people are freaking out about Delta when there is no reason to.
 
Hannity: 鈥淒o your own research. There鈥檚 a ton of it at the tip of your fingers on your own phone.鈥

Misinfo researchers everywhere:
GIF
 
Hm. 搂110(3) is pretty straightforward: The performance of a musical work is non-infringing "in the course of services at a place of worship or other religious assembly." That strikes me as superseding any medium-specific rules, as long as "other religious assembly" applies online
 
I鈥檓 concerned that fear among the vaccinated about breakthrough Delta cases are undermining. The most common anti-vax retort I am seeing is 鈥測ou can get infected anyway.鈥 So the more we freak about about asymptomatic Delta infections among the vaccinated the more we feed that.
COVID UPDATE: What鈥檚 changed and what鈥檚 stated the same since I wrote the tweet that said vaccinated people have far greater things to worry about then the Delta variant?

And what would I say now? 1/
 
In reply to @ASlavitt
What is not the case is that evidence of breakthrough cases are concerning. They are news because they are surprising to people but in many cases they are found in routine testing without symptoms. 13/
 
In reply to @ASlavitt
My friend the scientist @EricTopol says it this way: just because the vaccines are great doesn鈥檛 mean you need to constantly stress test them. Plenty of vaccinated people live in areas w lots of unvaccinated people & with case spread. Wearing a mask can鈥檛 hurt. 12/
 
In reply to @ASlavitt
Vaccinated people should view Delta as a slight difference as well. UK studies which are the closest thing we have suggest instead of 95% protection against infection, it may be closer to 88%. 8/
 
In reply to @ASlavitt
As awful as Delta is to unvaccinated people, in a weird way, it has helped vaccinated people by out-competing variants thatevade the vaccine. Delta attaches much more easily to cells but it is easier for the vaccine. So far more contagious has meant easier for the vaccine. 7/
 
Many congratulations to my brilliant @LeedsUniMedia colleague @hesmondthing for being elected as a Fellow of the British Academy and my equally brilliant co-author @bzelizer for being elected a Corresponding Fellow! thebritishacademy.ac.uk/news/the-briti鈥
The British Academy elects 84 new Fellows recognising outstanding achievement in the humanities and social sciences
thebritishacademy.ac.uk
 
God help me, I read that bastard鈥檚 manifesto. Professional obligation. And this is correct 鈥 extensively plagiarized from American sources, it鈥檚 a blueprint for the current fascist right.
 
I regularly recommend Digital Dead End by Virginia Eubanks to folks looking to understand issues around technology and poverty
 
Only six.
New York becomes sixth state in U.S. to ban child marriages wapo.st/3zqR6kb
 
JOB: TT Assistant Professor, Journalism & Media Studies, Rutgers
universityaffairs.ca/search-job/?jo鈥
 
In reply to @page88
On his routine rape and battery of the photographer and model Pattie Boyd:
 
In reply to @page88
To spark memories. Here is Eric Clapton on Jimi Hendrix in 1968 in Rolling Stone.
 
 
 
This @erinaroo on the Cville eviction prevention vote is spot on. I鈥檓 grateful to Council for investing in LAJC attorney & outreach鈥*&* it鈥檚 but one slice of a continuum of systemic change we need to work towards to ensure stable safe housing for everyone: cvilletomorrow.org/articles/81401鈥
 
Absurd that the US Olympic Committee didn鈥檛 make vaccination a condition of participation.

Pro sports leagues can鈥檛 do this without the agreement of players鈥 unions - which stupidly refuse to agree to it. But the USOC had no such obstacle, and should鈥檝e put a mandate in place.
 
Reminder that when Bob Marley shot the sheriff it was because the sheriff was a racist "downpressor"; when Eric Clapton shot the sheriff it was because the sheriff had come to his ranch to try to confiscate the guns that EC and the other sovereign citizens were stockpiling.
 
In reply to @sivavaid
Is it just final FDA approval?
Why would that matter? They can launch massive ad campaigns now. They can lobby at any time. They do over every other issue that affects their businesses.
 
 
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