RHODcast: Jan 14, 2021

Republic of Broken Windows, 2 – Ethan Zuckerman

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It took a vastly complicated apparatus for my words to reach you now. Any number of interventions could have forced them off the information superhighway and into the digital ditch. Which is, sort of, what’s happened this week to the Thoughts of President Trump. For the moment, a number of hugely powerful private enterprises – Twitter, YouTube, Reddit and others – seem to have ganged up on a president whose greatest delight of a morning was to pick up his phone and, with a flourish, dispatch joy or sorrow to all parts of the known world. But not now. One of the great students of the internet, ETHAN ZUCKERMAN, reminds us that it’s very hard to kick someone off the web.

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