Sunday, December 13, 2015
Link Me Up
This map, minus the red dots, was made up by the Washington Post for a Dec 2 story about mass shootings in 2015. They actually just updated the map after the "San Bernardino" shootings, and linked it to their original story from July.
Someone added the red dots and put it on Facebook. The graphic attributes the red dots to "data by SoundVision.com." That's a non profit that seeks to improve the image of Islam and Muslims. I don't immediately see the graphic on their web site, but some enterprising Facebook user who knows how to use the internet and computer graphics could have come up with the graphic in a few minutes. Many people post videos to web sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram directly from their cell phones now with just a few "clicks." That's the only reason people have become aware of how violent the police are, and the only reason police violence is an issue. The federal investigation of the Albuquerque Police Department likely woldn't have occurred otherwise.
If you read the Washington Post story, it used data from ShootingTracker.com, as this graphic states. Established news organizations rely heavily on the internet now. You see entire stories sometimes based on "tweets" that go out over Twitter. In many articles, several words in each sentences contain links to the news organization archives or Wikipedia.
Billionaire Jeff Bazos, founder of Amazon, bought the Washington Post a couple years ago and is being credited with vastly improving it. The new investigative news site The Intercept was founded by another internet billionaire, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar.
We can see locally the significance of the decline of traditional media. The Albuquerque Journal's owners make no effort to put out a balanced, fair product; they simply ignore news they don't like and use the paper to propagandize for Republican elected officials and their own Neoliberal views of economics and politics. But there are alternatives struggling to make an impact, and you can see the potential for something else and the importance of keeping the internet a free and open place. That struggle is ongoing. Almost every week lawmakers try to slip into one or another bill something that would privatize the internet. Please pay attention.
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