The race for social media is on…

So as it turns out the repercussions of Jan 6th are more widespread than first anticipated. The violent attempted insurrection on the U.S. Capitol has made many question, how did this happen. While the people who were responsible are being identified, there is blame also being pointed towards institutions in society. Namely, the tech and social media giants out there.

And they are aware of the situation as well. Notably, the race by Google and Apple to pull down the right wing platform Parler. Followed by the move by Amazon to pull it’s hosting of the platform. More interesting is the fact that a judge has agreed with Amazon. This isn’t a fight over free speech, but rather a disagreement between private entities. It is telling to find that in recent months, all the social media platforms have discovered they’ve had the ability all along to police activity on their platforms.

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The best laid plans…and all that.

Try to remember the start of this pandemic. I know it feels like a lifetime ago, but really try to remember the start. The uncertainty and the sudden shift thrust upon our lives. From workplace to social structures. Especially our education system. Literally overnight, our school system went from a safe and reliable place to send our children to become better citizens, into incubators of this dreaded disease.

Many were optimistic that technology could help us through this uncertainty. Shifting to a new online distance learning could save the day. Possibly opening up new horizons in the ways our children are educated. However, three months into this grand experiment a new reality is setting in. The experience of online learning is leaving much to be desired. I’ve yet to hear from any parents or teachers who are entirely satisfied with the status quo.

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