So, Google is in the news this week, and not in a good way. The company fired Timnit Gebru, co-leader of its Ethical Artificial Intelligence team, and her release to the marketplace was not amiable. Gebru announced her departure on Twitter after it happened, and immediately made it clear that it was hinky. She said … Continue reading There Are No Winners, Only Losers in the Timnit Gebru-Google Situation
In a word, what’s happening right now in the media, and low key in this country, is a shitshow. It’s like this Fast Company piece from Joe Berkowitz said: “We are heading down a dark path, and laughing all the way about the shoddy paving.” It’s ridiculous, but this is the reality. We are so bogged down … Continue reading The Media Is In Crisis, and It’s Taking America Down with It
So, that person’s refusal to concede the election has me thinking about leadership. Mine, the leaders I’ve encountered in the past, and those I’ve been privileged to work with recently. Self-reflection is really something. I think it’s a mark of maturity — especially when you can do it calmly, with an eye on improvement. Not, say, to … Continue reading Leaders Concede. They Know It’s Not the End, Nor Is It a Sign of Weakness
I was talking to my friend Kate today about my blog topic for the week. Nothing political, we both agreed, and we settled on entertainment. There’s a lot going on — some of it good! Hello, Georgia. We see you, girl — and despite our mutual distaste for some facets of politics these days, we’re … Continue reading Hidden Messages and Cancel Culture: The Whys, Wherefore’s and Whatnots as We Await Word on the Presidency
Trolls are still a thing. Like, a serious thing! It’s so weird, right? It feels kind of pathetic to lash out at strangers online. Or is it just me? I mean, we can see that it’s almost certainly a waste of time. I suppose I should qualify that we. I mean as the more reasonable … Continue reading Social Media Trolling Should Not Be Your Preferred Method of Online Communication
I’m helping put together a diversity-themed event for a client, and an interesting question came up that I want to share with you: Can you have too much diversity? Now, the question originated from a very conservative, white, Christian person, someone who had a work experience where there were apparently a lot of chefs in … Continue reading Can You Have Too Much Diversity?
Journalism can no longer make any claims to objectivity for one very important reason: The viewing and reading public is now an active part of the dialogue. Allow me to explain. Before the Internet and technology enabled us to spread information globally at a click — and comment on that information — newspapers, magazines, TV … Continue reading Sourcing the Truth in Media Is a Subjective Practice
Listen. If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I’m a woman of very, shall we say, definite opinions. I try extra hard to be fair, but I have a perspective, a point of view, a narrative, and I have no qualms in advancing it. However. That doesn’t mean that I always want to … Continue reading Race, Politics, Violence, Race, Stop Tellin’ Me that Shi!
My sister and her friend got me a bike for my birthday, and I’ve been riding it almost every day. It feels wonderful to move fast, propelling myself forward, a cooling wind in my hair — even though I’ve probably eaten quite a few bugs. But I’ve seen a man recently, built, strong, walking along … Continue reading This Is the World that We Live In