Elon Musk’s World of Hurt

One of the more striking aspects of the conversation around Musk’s pursuit of Twitter, including from Musk himself, has been its U.S.-centric focus. Much of the discussion has been framed against the backdrop of the U.S. culture war and the ersatz controversy over so-called cancel culture, such as around whether Musk will invite U.S. figures like Donald Trump, Katie Hopkins and Alex Jones to rejoin the platform after they were banned by the previous management for violating Twitter’s policies on hate speech and disinformation. Yet Twitter is a global platform. Read More …

Kentucky Fried

It’s only Monday, but the Worst Idea of the Week Award (Early Decision) goes to: the GOP-controlled Kentucky state legislature, for its override of Governor Andy Beshear’s veto of a bill that will allow local politicians to appoint anyone they want to library boards and block major library spending. Read More …

How to Support Your Local Library

The solons behind the various library e-book bills may harbor a sincere, good-faith belief that they were merely supporting state-supported free public libraries and protecting consumers. But the striking similarity among the bills in multiple smacks of an orchestrated campaign to create new law on digital redistribution of copyrighted works on a state-by-state level without having to confront the federal Copyright Act head-on. Read More …