"As thousands of Central American migrants made their way northward through Mexico, walking a treacherous route toward the US border, talk of "the caravan," as it's become known, took over Twitter. Conservatives, led by President Donald Trump, dominated the conversation, eager to turn the caravan into a voting issue before the midterms. As it turns out, they had some help—from propaganda bots on Twitter."
In a broad sense, music has a lot to thank technology for. But tight now there are some sticky technology-related issues that are impacting songwriters and performers, and we heard about some of them at the Vill Vill Vest festival in Bergen, Norway.
“A younger generation of [individuals] has grown up in a world that has been reliant on technology as an integral part of their lives, making it impossible to imagine life without being connected. This has been referred to as an ‘always on’ lifestyle, It’s no longer about on or off, really. It’s about living in a world where being networked to people and information wherever and whenever you need it is just assumed.”
Axel Springer, the German publishing house, is pushing back hard against the dominance of both Facebook and Google. On the heels of several scandals and less traffic from Facebook, other publishers are following suit.
The Drum spoke to the news curation platform founder and chief executive, Mike McCue, about how the company looks to keep momentum on its side, its philosophy towards publishers and advertisers, and how it avoids allowing fake news to disrupt its platform.
Don’t have children, a great writer once told Michael Chabon. Each one represents a novel you’ll never publish. Here, Chabon (father of four) considers what was lost when he defiantly ignored that advice.
Tech companies that don't have storytelling at their core are recruiting their way into the future of television, poaching high-end names from TV networks or household names that they know will lure viewers.
The first series of Norwegian political thriller Occupied came dangerously close to creating a diplomatic situation, telling the story of a fictional near future in which Russia invaded Norway in an effort to restore its oil and gas reserves.
Bias in journalism is nothing new, but there are growing concerns technology is pushing us into echo chambers where we only hear one side of the story. Now a startup says it’s using AI to bring us a truly impartial source of news.
The American version of Skam, the breakout Norwegian, low-budget web series about realistically flawed young people dealing with growing up, has made its debut. SKAM Austin has been comissioned for Facebook's Watch video platform, and is aimed at a global audience rather than Norway's more modestly numbered teenagers. Is it succeeding? We gathered up some reactions.