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The Amazing Disappearing Election

The Atlantic – Donald Trump and the coronavirus are all-consuming topics. What will happen to the rest of the world’s issues? “News diversity has fallen since 2016’s presidential election, and it’s fallen further in 2020, as stories about the pandemic have taken over the news globally. Fourteen Media Cloud topics—two of them explicitly focused on… Continue Reading

Twitter’s reply-limiting feature is now available to everyone

Engadget – “Twitter is making one of its boldest experiments official. After months of testing, the company is bringing its reply-limiting feature, which allows users to control who can reply to their tweets, to all users. With the update, which is rolling out now to Twitter’s apps and website, users can choose who can reply… Continue Reading

Research – wearing a neck gaiter may be worse than no mask at all

Washington Post – “…as face coverings have become increasingly commonplace in American life, so have questions about efficacy — and now a group of researchers from Duke University are aiming to provide some answers. In a recently published study, the researchers unveiled a simple method to evaluate the effectiveness of various types of masks, analyzing… Continue Reading

The Washington Post Will Soon Be Gone From LexisNexis

Washingtonian: “The Washington Post and LexisNexis have been unable to agree to terms. As a result, the Post‘s content stopped updating on LexisNexis products as of Saturday, the service announced to users last week, and archived content will vanish from the service on October 31…” [h/t Barclay Walsh] Continue Reading

How the pandemic might play out in 2021 and beyond

Nature – This coronavirus is here for the long haul – here’s what scientists predict for the next months and years. “…It is clear now that summer does not uniformly stop the virus, but warm weather might make it easier to contain in temperate regions. In areas that will get colder in the second half… Continue Reading

A Record 75% of Americans Can Vote by Mail in 2020

The New York Times: “About three-quarters of all American voters will be eligible to receive a ballot in the mail for the 2020 election — the most in U.S. history, according to a New York Times analysis. If recent election trends hold and turnout increases, as experts predict, roughly 80 million mail ballots will flood… Continue Reading

People are using Facebook and Instagram as search engines

NiemanLab – During a pandemic, that’s dangerous – Data voids on social networks are spreading misinformation and causing real world harm. Here are some ideas on how to fix the problem. “We are especially vulnerable when we want to know something — such as how to treat Covid-19 — but no credible information exists. At… Continue Reading

PDF: Still Unfit for Human Consumption 20 Years Later

Nielsen Norman Group: “Jakob Nielsen first wrote about how PDF files should never be read online in 1996 — only three years after PDFs were invented. Over 20 years later, our research continues to prove that PDFs are just as problematic for users. Despite the evidence, they’re still used far too often to present content… Continue Reading