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Views Preview: YouTube's Hate Speech Dilemma

YouTube says it's banning hateful and extremist speech from neo-Nazis, white supremacists and terrorists.  But that's a tough task.  And in the past few days, the social media giant has also taken down videos -- at least temporarily -- from people fighting hate speech by quoting some of the perpetrators.  Is the solution to bad speech really less speech? 

Kevin Roose, New York Times: “The Making of a YouTube Radical,” June 8, 2019

Paris Martineau, WIRED: “YouTube is Banning Extremist Videos. Will it Work?,” June 5, 2019

Suhuana Hussain and Samantha Masunaga, Los Angeles Times: “YouTube's purge of white supremacist videos also hits anti-racism channels,” June 6, 2019

Jack Shafer, Politico: “Why YouTube Should Stay Weird,” June 7, 2019

Alarming Improvement in DeepFakes

Regina Rini, New York Times: “Deepfakes Are Coming. We Can No Longer Believe What We See.,” June 10, 2019

Cade Metz and Scott Blumenthal, New York Times: “How A.I. Could Be Weaponized to Spread Disinformation,” June 7, 2019

Dessa’s Meta Labs, Medium: “RealTalk: This Speech Synthesis Model Our Engineers Built Recreates a Human Voice Perfectly,” May 15, 2019

News v. Tech: The Right Fight?

Andrew O'Reilly, Fox News: "Lawmakers and journalism groups blast big tech for sending news industry into 'economic freefall'," June 11, 2019

Brian Stelter, CNN Business: “Can newspapers be saved from Big Tech? This proposal aims to try,” June 9, 2019

Jack Shafer, Politico: “Newspapers’ Embarrassing Lobbying Campaign,” June 10, 2019

Marc Tracy, New York Times: “Google Made $4.7 Billion From the News Industry in 2018, Study Says,” June 9, 2019

Erin Shulte, Traffic: “A Miracle in Minneapolis -- How the Star Tribune became the most successful metro paper in America — a decade after going broke,” June 6, 2019

Rose-Colored Glasses?

Margaret Sullivan, Washington Post: “Journalists can’t repeat their Watergate-hero act. The reasons should make us grieve.,” June 9, 2019

Looking Back on Tiananmen

The Chinese Storytellers, Columbia Journalism Review: “What international coverage of Tiananmen got wrong,” June 7, 2019

New York Times: "Hong Kong Protest Updates," June 12, 2019

NYT Tracks Political Promises

Michael Slackman, New York Times: “It’s Easy for Leaders to Make Promises After Disasters. But What Happens Next?,” June 10, 2019

Simon & Garfunkel to the Rescue

Tiffany Hsu, New York Times, “Volkswagen, With New Ads, Wants to Put Its Cheating Past Behind It,” June 5, 2019

David Kiley, Forbes: “VW Goes Back To The Future In New Ad Campaign To Put Dieselgate in Rear-View,” June 6, 2019

E.J. Schultz, AdAge: “VW Owns Up to Emissions Scandal in Remakes of Iconic ‘Lemon’ and ‘Think Small’ Ads,” June 5, 2019

MIKE MCKEAN directs the Futures Lab, the experimental newsroom and technology testing center of the Reynolds Journalism Institute. He founded the School's Convergence Journalism program and serves on the MU Information Technology Committee. McKean is a leader in the School's partnerships with Apple, Inc., and Adobe Systems to transform journalism education through pervasive computing. He is a frequent trainer and guest lecturer at top media companies and universities in China, has helped establish convergence journalism programs at Shantou University and Moscow State University, and has conducted Internet workshops in the United States, the Russian Federation and Albania. McKean has been honored with the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching and the MU Faculty-Alumni Award. He earned a bachelor's degree at the Missouri School of Journalism in 1979 and a master of arts in political science from Rice University in 1985. McKean has served on the J-School faculty since 1986.
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