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The start of my reaction to the New York Times attempted exposé of working conditions at Amazon:

The New York Times exposé of working conditions at Amazon lacks two key attributes: context and — I can’t quite believe I’m saying this — balance.

Like everyone in my feeds, I read the story with something verging on horror. Since then, I’ve seen many tweets presenting another perspective and just read a point-by-point rebuttal by an Amazonian.

Where’s the truth? in the mix. Except as a reader, I had to go search for that mix.

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The New York Times exposé of working conditions at Amazon lacks two key attributes: context and -- I can't quite believe I'm saying this -- balance. Like e...
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+Stephen Bertoni  Funny... Scott Wilson and I had a discussion about Silicon Valley reporting... we agree that it shows bias.
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I've just started a media column for the Observer (the New York one). Here is the first outing. A snippet from the start:

Journalists, understandably, will tell you there are too few of their kind left in the world. But considering how much they repeat each others’ work, perhaps the truth is that we have too many of them.

Every day on Google News, you can find hundreds, often thousands of versions of the same news, sometimes when it’s not even new. Why did the world need countless reports on the recent blue moon when the event — merely a calendrical oddity — is perfectly well-explained on Wikipedia? Did every media outlet on earth really have to write its own version of the story of that mysteriously colored dress? Editors send 15,000 journalists to each of the political conventions where nothing unexpected happens (well, unless Donald Trump shows up).

After newspaper newsrooms shrank by another 10.4% last year over the year before — the total workforce cratering to 32,900 from a 1990 high of 56,900 — how can we still afford such inefficiency? Why does the industry produce so much duplication?

The answer, of course, is economic. The problem is the old, mass-media business model, which still sells advertisers volume: a thousand pairs of eyes at a time. As a result, every news organization thinks it needs its own take on any story so it can fill its own page and have a place for its own ad and get its own page view and earn its own pennies for each one....

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Journalists, understandably, will tell you there are too few of their kind left in the world.
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+Tracy Steel Well said Tracy.  
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You’d expect me to say this but Google’s transformation into Alphabet is a brilliant move that enables +Larry Page, +Sergey Brin and their company to escape the bonds of their past — They’re just a search company. Why are they working on self-driving cars and magical contact lenses and high-flying balloons? — and go where no one has thought they would go before.

To Wall Street and countless bleating analysts — not to mention its competitors and plenty of government regulators — Google was a search company, though long ago it became so much more. I don’t just mean that it also made a great browser, the best maps, killer email, an open phone operating system and some of the best phones, and a new operating system (and the damned fine computer I’m writing on right now) — and that it acquired the biggest video company and the best traffic data company. I don’t just mean that Google has for a long time really been the powerhouse advertising company.

No, Google long ago became a personal services company, the post-mass-market company that treats every user as a customer it knows individually. That is the heart of Google. When they say they “focus on the user and all else will follow,” they mean it.

But Google was also a technology company, working on projects that didn’t fit with that mission.

So this move lets Page and Brin move up to the strategic stratosphere where they are most comfortable. It lets them recognize the tremendous job +Sundar Pichai has been doing running the company that is now “just” Google. It lets them invest in new experiments and new lines of business — cars, medical technology, automated homes, and energy so far, and then WTF they can imagine and whatever problems they yearn to solve. It lets them tell Wall Street not to freak at a blip in the ad market — though, of course, the vast majority of the parent company’s revenue will still come from Google’s advertising business.

A journalist asked me a few minutes ago whether there was any risk to the change. I couldn’t think of any then. I suppose one risk is that this will only freak out especially European media and regulatory technopanickers, who will now go on a rampage warning that — SEE! — Google does want to rule the world. But what the hell. They were going to do that anyway.

A few weeks ago at Google I/O, I had the privilege of meeting Page. To introduce myself, I said that I wrote a book called What Would Google Do?. “Oh, I remember,” he said with impish grin and then he asked: “What would Google do? I want to know.”

See, I don’t think even Larry Page knows what Google — er, Alphabet — will do. He is now setting himself up for discoveries, surprises, exploration, experimentation, and a magnificently uncertain future. Who wants a certain future? That’d be so damned boring. So horribly conventional.

Disclosure: I own Google — er, Alphabet — stock. And I now lust after Alphabet swag.
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I was thinking about why +Google  would rename the company Alphabet with these new and a few untested moonshot projects under its canopy.  _Alphabet_ is kind of a boring sounding name IMO.  But then it hit me.  It's a play on words, tongue in cheek. Alphabet. --> Alpha bet. --> Betting on alpha companies and ideas.  In other words, betting on moonshots. 
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Hillary Clinton's campaign gives The New York Times a badly needed lesson in journalism, the danger of scoop-thinking, the danger of unnamed sources, and the need especially today to just get it right. Damnit. 
Hillary for America Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri recently wrote a letter to the New York Times' Executive Editor Dean Baquet.
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Between BO and HilLIEry it is difficult to discern who is more bumptious, ("offensively self-assertive".) They are both a sockdolager that discombobulates you to the point of feeling catawampus. These lollapaloozas of political power speak for themselves. If you feel hornswoggled by any foofaraw, you just may want to absquatulate, (verb used without object, Slang. to flee; abscond.)
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Poor +Sundar Pichai. He sat down for an interview with a New York Times technology reporter, only to find himself bombarded with the same question a half-dozen ways: Aren't mobile phones bad for us? I hate it when reporters do that. Sometimes, I just tell them: No matter how often you ask me that, I will not be giving you the answer you want. 

First question: "Do you see mobile phones heading down a path of social unacceptability? Do we have a problem of overuse?" 

After acknowledging that phones can do good things -- goddamned miracles, I'd say -- the reporter comes back to his plaint: "But then people start doing things like checking their email at dinner. Are there things Google is doing to return people to where they are and reduce the temptation to look at their phone?" Like everything else, isn't this your fault, Google? 

Sundar tried to politely deflect: "You’re asking questions that have nothing to do with technology. Should kids check phones at dinner? I don’t know. To me that’s a parenting choice."

The reporter tries again. And then again: "As you have risen in the ranks at Google, have you noticed that people use their phones less in meetings with you?"

And again: "Have you done anything to ease back? I have a policy that I’m not allowed to walk around the house with my phone. It has to stay in one room."

Oh, jeesh. I imagine the reporter getting Grandma's telephone table from the front hall and tying an iPhone to it. Some of us would say that eliminating the need for wires was progress. 
Google’s senior vice president of products speaks at length about how Google products and apps try to balance giving you information with letting you live your life.
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Why should he worry when anyone check THEIR e-mail in THEIR mobile VOLUNTARILY? Its up to the end user. 

Also, how couldn't a stupid NYC reporter not know that Google should care for how and when you use your mobile? 
Whatever he use from Google and whenever is, no matter how he uses, he claims Google has a part in the ultimate effects [Be it the reporter broke with his girlfriend in chat or he was pranked by his friends on Fool's Day] and he wants them to take people where they were  [He wants them to repair the effects]
And why should a service provider take care in returning people to where they were? It is totally a reverse process in development and no one would do that.

He should've raised those questions in a live program of news channel, not to a technician, as they provide services for demands from customers.
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Weird vision of Taylor Swift on stage last night caused by harsh spotlight and bad camera phone ... or proof that she is an apparition. 
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Journalists can be better at knowing a lot about the users in their communities. 
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I agreed to each and every word until it came to +Jeff Jarvis conclusion. And I don't know if I got it right because some paragraphs are fighting against each other.

The suggestion of wonderful crowdsourcing tools like Ushahidi is in contrast to
1. "This kind of granular knowledge is the currency of the web, which is how Facebook and Google have come to monopolize traffic and advertising."
and there is
2. "You don't make communities," Zuckerberg replied. "Communities already exist. They're already doing what they want to do."

Does that imply we should leave the "currency of the web" to Zuckerberg and Google –
or wouldn't it make sense to run an organization with its own bundled decentralized protocol, resources and API (the resources of the media) wrapped in a decentralized social network and CMS for maximum reader retention and to control each aspect of your business (and maybe to overcome #landesverrat  [germany here] ). Decentralized solutions spring up like mushrooms today. 
I truly believe it is necessary to build a new "community". Yes, "they're already doing what they want to do" – but they do it for Mark and on his devices.
I think we should listen to people like Tim Berners Lee. For instance things like Cruiseable mentioned by +JD Lasica could be built with a decentralized protocol and the medias' API structured data with a few clicks and I think his sentenence "The new face of journalism can be done in verticals" should be a must.
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Bravo: The episode of Star Talk in which I got to chat with Neil deGrasse Tyson about journalism and media is now entirely on YouTube. Enjoy (I hope): 
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Well done Jeff!
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Find the real pigeon. 
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For all the flak pigeons inspire (&, in NYC, particularly), I continuously enjoy their role as artistic muse.
I first noticed her art as a young child zoomed on a scooter towards the pigeons, then stopped short, seemingly bewildered that this loft wouldn't scatter into flight.
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Taylor Swift in action last night in NJ. She does put on a helluva show. (I was there in my daughter's posse.)
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Keep up the good work Jeff we love twit and you on the show and Google is a awesome company
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