Day: March 16, 2020

Our friend, the Web, brings monopolies and lies

The World Wide Web began as a sort of democratic ideal.
There were no borders, no barriers; it was equal access and equal potential. And then … well, human nature took over.
These days, Niall Ferguson (shown here) says in a PBS special Tuesday (March 17), the Web is “an increasingly polarizing and unstable pace, where the truth itself is at a disadvantage.”
It’s also far from equal. In their respective fields, he said, Amazon has 40 percent of the business … Facebook has 70 percent … Google has 90 percent. Read more…

Best-bets for March 18: Witches & rappers

1) “Motherland: Fort Salem” debut, 9 p.m., Freeform. They forgot to tell us this in history class: Ever since the Revolutionary War, it seems, witches have been a key part of the American army. Now we meet three young ones (two are shown here) in basic training. There’s the privileged daughter of an officer … an angry youth mourning her mom … and an idealist who just wants to do good. Their arguments feel contrived, but other scenes work well – especially the opening and closing ones, showing how potent the enemy is. Read more…