GatesKeepers

Gateskeepers.” That was a nice neologism in a clever headline from the Columbia Journalism Review, in an article by Tim Schwab.

He was referring to the curators of news in the Fake News Media. The focus of the article was the huge influence bought by Bill Gates via grants, contributions, seminars, special gifts, etc. I was surprised that they were willing to publish at all on this topic.

While we are all diverted by the pernicious influence of George Soros’s money, hardly any notice is paid to Bill Gates’s money. Perhaps Gates just seems less malevolent.

The article is long and fully packed. Here are the best excerpts:

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evil Google — curator of your information flow

I put up a couple of recent posts to observe on a surge of obituaries on the news business.   But all y’all internet denizens are still reading news.   You just don’t take daily newspapers anymore, and only a very tiny share of y’all subscribe to any kind of news provider.   That is the way most of us operate any more.   But information flow, especially the flow of recent events information, aka ‘news,’ is now screened for most receivers of news by evil Google.

Yeah, I know; some Ratburghers are boycotting Google by using DuckDuckGo and a couple of other search engine alternatives.   But the problem remains.   Over half of all news articles that are accessed on the internet were landed on through an evil-Google search, which means that evil Google gets a shot at screening the news for over half of all internet news consumption.   This finding comes from a Northwestern University study that was recently presented at the “2019 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems” that was held in Glasgow.

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