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January 1, 2018

Blogging More in 2018

I intend to resume regular blogging on international affairs, diplomacy, media and politics at The Diplomatic Times Review in 2018.

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Will Media Wars Continue in 2018?

According to BBC media editor Amol Rajan, “… the backlash against big tech companies will intensify in the coming year. Many of those who have led the charge against, for example, Google and Facebook, are publishers with a strong commercial incentive to do so, because those two companies are taking their advertising dollars. That is not to invalidate the stories, of course,” he wrote on December 30, 2017, BBC blog. See “Media: What to look out for in 2018.”

“But if they continue then so, too, will the entrapment of this whole debate in a language and intellectual prism which is out of date,” Rajan added. “All the calls for regulation and social control of these companies are happening within a framework for media - whether legal, social, or moral - which is simply not suitable for these companies.”

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The News in 2018

I’d love to see legacy and online news sites work hard to identify and eliminate fake news in 2018.  I’d love to see practitioners of fake news end the practice. I’d love to see people who only read news that reinforce their world view expand their world outlook. Is that asking too much?

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