Before and after

There has been a not-too-subtle change in the officially accepted take on COVID-19 in the last couple of weeks. Ben Shapiro was one of those who documenting the flip-flopping in a Twitter thread.  After promising to “shut down the virus,” not the economy nor the county, President Biden conceded last week that there is “no federal solution” to the pandemic. It is… Read More Before and after

Price is high

Tech companies were in the spotlight last week with lawsuits aplenty. Italy is fining Amazon $1.3 BN for abusing its market dominance. Rohingya refugees are suing Meta (Facebook) for $150BN. The  group from Myanmar’s Muslim minority claim that Facebook amplified hate speech and violence against them in a 2017 military crackdown which saw 10000 killed. A UK competition watchdog… Read More Price is high

Let it flow like a river

In recent weeks, the headlines have been filled with the news of several high-profile legal cases (here and here), sparking much commentary on the judicial system and the nature of justice. After the vindication of Kyle Rittenhouse, the trial for the killers of Ahmaud Arbery and the case against Andrew Coffee also concluded, both defendants claiming self-defence. Though the details varied considerably,… Read More Let it flow like a river

Reality Check

John Hanke, the CEO of gaming company Niantic, recently tweeted that the idea of the “metaverse” is a “dystopian nightmare.” Niantic, the company behind Pokemon GO is mapping the world, making a database to help future developers of augmented reality (AR) technology. Hanke has an unease about the project, knowing that “bad actors” could abuse such information, but… Read More Reality Check

The verdict

Kyle Rittenhouse has been acquitted of all charges after a Kenosha jury deliberated for almost four days. The killing of two men and wounding of a third during riots in Wisconsin last year was ruled an act of self-defense. There were celebrations outside the courthouse, with motorists honking their approval of the verdict. However, violence broke out in Portland and other cities… Read More The verdict

The chattering class

A Federalist reporter and a Newsweek journalist sat down for a conversation and the result is an insightful critique of the news media. Emily Jashinsky and Batya Ungar-Sargon discussed the changing patterns of news reporting and consumption, concluding that today’s highly-educated journalists are out of touch with “middle America.” Ungar-Sargon argues that political polarization is really an elite phenomenon, as… Read More The chattering class