< All reading lists
This is an incomplete list of the shortform reading (and listening and watching) I've been doing lately.
Shortform reading list
Published September 29, 2023. Read on September 30, 2023
Social media CEO will meet seven lenders on October 5
"Elon Fires Half Of ExTwitter's Election Integrity Team, Because A Manager Liked A Tweet Calling Him A Fucking Dipshit".
Published September 28, 2023. Read on September 28, 2023
There is no doubt that it's not always easy to figure out what social media websites should do about election disinformation.
Published September 2023. Read on September 28, 2023
Watch 24 hours of an American day, and the invisible crisis hiding in plain sight
Published March 15, 2023. Listened on September 26, 2023
Misunderstandings (honest or otherwise) about Section 230 abound — across the political spectrum and, of course, in Congress. Each side believes weakening or eliminating the law will achieve its own distinct goals, and both sides are wrong. Following the most recent (but far from the first) very frustrating congressional hearing about Section 230, this week we’re joined by TechFreedom’s Free Speech Counsel Ari Cohn for a discussion about why and how congress constantly gets Section 230 so wrong.
Published September 25, 2023. Read on September 26, 2023
What happens when large language models are asked to provide justifications for book bans?
"The Lawsuit Matryoshka" (Podcast).
Published September 21, 2023. Listened on September 23, 2023
Rudy Giuliani's ex-lawyer is suing him for non-payment; Hunter Biden is suing the IRS for airing his dirty laundry; the FTX bankruptcy estate is suing SBF's parents for being morons.
"Episode 365: Link Taxes Are (Still) Bad" (Podcast).
Published September 12, 2023. Listened on September 19, 2023
Earlier this year, we had an episode looking at Canada’s proposed social media link tax and the many ways it would be terrible. Since then, that link tax has become law (though not yet come into effect), and unsurprisingly proven that the dire predictions were correct. Also since then, the Cato Institute’s Paul Matzko published an excellent paper on link taxes in general, and Paul joins us on this week’s episode to discuss the many reasons that a link tax won’t save the newspaper industry.
Published September 18, 2023. Read on September 18, 2023
Chaining people to desks for educational programs behind bars — in lieu of adequate staffing or training — actually leads to more violence, jail reform advocates say.
Published September 15, 2023. Read on September 17, 2023
An obituary for my friend David, remembering how he lived.
"What About All the People I Didn't Indict?" (Podcast).
Published September 12, 2023. Listened on September 14, 2023
A special grand jury wanted even more RICO charges; Peter Navarro has lost in politics and now in court; bad legal advice is published on the internet