The user revolution has begun, powered by decentralizing technologies.

From the birth of language to the dawn of the Internet, the technologies that push humanity forward allow us to collaborate at new scales. We agree on a common purpose, and work together in groups of increasing size and power.

Today, with so many of us connected online, the goal of 3.5 billion people frictionlessly sharing knowledge and collaborating is, in theory, an achievable one.

So why hasn’t the Internet united us? Why is our trust in institutions — government, media, and business — eroding? Why is it so hard for us to make compromises to achieve the ends we desire? …


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Now that Facebook decided to stop denying it has a fake news problem, the world-dominating social network is making several mediocre moves to try to stem its flow.

These range from attempting to prevent fake news domains from monetizing their traffic, to allowing users to “flag” posts that could be fake, then send highly flagged content to a news peer review.

These approaches are both lackluster.

Fake news websites can use whatever monetization strategy they like. They are not constrained to monetize through an ad network Facebook controls. The second approach is no better. The peer reviewers include, among others, ABC News, an outfit that itself leverages exaggerative headlines in order to get web traffic like practically every journalism operation online. …


This post originally appeared here on the Forbes Under 30 Network blog.

Now is an excellent time to start a career in media.

Much of what I do at Slant is support emerging writers, photographers, and videographers as they launch careers in digital journalism and build their online audiences. Naturally they have worries. Sometimes these worries are intensified by older advisers saying scary things about the industry, even though it’s actually a promising time for young people.

Sure, entry-level jobs at print publications are becoming fewer and farther between. Even the big online publishers can only hire so many full-time staffers. …


On Tuesday the Columbia Journalism Review published a story entitled “Why aren’t There More Minority Journalists?” It’s an important question, and I’m glad CJR is asking it.

The statistics in the piece are pretty shocking. Between 1968 and 2014, “the number of black newsroom employees has increased from ‘fewer than 5 percent’ to 4.78 percent.” In other words, it possibly hasn’t increased at all.

The reason for the discrepancy between “minority” and white newsroom hires (I say “minority” in quotes because, statistically speaking, white people don’t have much time left as the majority in America) isn’t that fewer non-white candidates study journalism or apply for positions on the ground floor, as Ben Williams of New York Magazine once speculated. …


Last week, Gawker reported on a text-message conversation in which Condé Nast CFO David Geithner solicited a male sex worker, who then tried to blackmail him. The internet exploded at Gawker, calling the story gay-shaming. In response to criticism, Gawker Media founder Nick Denton apologized and took the story down.

Monday, the gossip site’s executive editor, Tommy Craggs, and Gawker.com editor-in-chief Max Read, left the company. Craggs and Read opposed the decision to remove the story, along with the rest of the editorial board. And I agree with them.

While Slant, the news site where I am editorial director, may or may not have chosen to publish a story like the one Gawker staff writer Jordan Sargent wrote about Geithner (I’d seek out and probably follow the guidance of my full editorial team), we wouldn’t have subsequently removed it from our page. …

Amanda Gutterman

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