In the latest episode of the podcast Crazy/Genius, we speak with residents of East New York—and hear some frightening parallels.
Derek ThompsonWe'd like to think the use of facial recognition and other surveillance tech to monitor, terrify, and oppress minority citizens is a foreign concept.
This is the latest episode of Crazy/Genius, and I think it's our best work yet.
Derek ThompsonI understand WHY the wolves are coming out for Dara Khosrowshahi. Uber's IPO kinda sucked.
But I don't understand what critics think it should do.
"Tell a better story!" is Biz-speak for "I got no substantive ideas, just want my stock to be higher"
Derek ThompsonThe latest Crazy/Genius ep is about what 20+ years of digital pornography has taught us about its effect on sex and relationships.
But more deeply, it's about a profound irony:
We now talk about the entire Internet the way we used to talk about porn.
Even among kids with high test scores, blacks and Latinos are less likely to get college degrees and prestigious jobs than white and Asian students.
Derek ThompsonEquality of opportunity exists in this very strange space where it's simultaneously:
a) one of the last issues that almost everybody love to valorize
b) an obvious myth, whose solutions require a level of radicalism that almost nobody wants to talk about
Local newspapers are failing to make the digital transition larger players did — and are in danger of vanishing
Derek ThompsonThis is a brutal statistic about nonprofits saving the news:
"Between 2010 and 2015, foundations gave $80 million to local and state nonprofit news orgs ... less than one one-100th of the $8.3 billion in revenue that newspapers lost during that time."