To truly reflect on how much time we spend looking at screens of some sort renders us with an incredibly dense pit in our stomach.
I realize the irony, (or maybe hypocrisy), here, lamenting about the very thing that connects you and I; reader and writer. The screen is our portal to one another, and to a world of near limitless information. This is something that will likely have a much larger impact on our species than we can fully comprehend at this point. Remember, we are effectively omnipotent, as long as our cell phone is in our pocket. We can simply reach out to Wikipedia and know the answer.
This is a truly beautiful and enlightening new reality, just so long as we keep free.
That’s what concerns many Americans about the latest overreach by Microsoft.
Corporate and neocon-backed startup NewsGuard is one step closer to its vision of bringing its “unreliable” news rater to every screen after Microsoft makes it an integral part of its Edge mobile browser.
Rather than having to download an app as before, Edge users on Android and Apple devices can now just click one button to enable its “green-red rating signal if a website is trying to get it right or instead has a hidden agenda or knowingly publishes falsehoods or propaganda.”
Among the green-rated websites: Voice of America, CNN, Buzzfeed, the Guardian, New York Times and the Washington Post, as well as left-leaning upstarts such as Vice News and Refinery 29. Ones that are given the red warning label of “failing to maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability”: RT and Sputnik (obviously enough) and the right-wing Daily Mail, Breitbart and the Drudge Report, in addition to hundreds of other non-mainstream news websites such as Wikileaks.
The move comes as Americans are being bludgeoned with truth, lies, and videotape at a near fever pitch, all to be left wondering at what point we take control back from the informational gatekeepers.
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