The Connector

Micah Sifry
A newsletter on democracy, organizing, movements and tech
Created 15 Sep 2020
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  • The Toxic Media Platform No One is Talking About
    13 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    I’m traveling this week out to the west coast to take care of some family-related stuff, so forgive me for a shorter-than-usual round-up. Hopefully The Connector will be back up to full strength again...
  • Who Needs to Organize the Far-Right When Facebook Will do it For You?
    05 Oct 2021 • 10 min read • 1 0
    Yesterday, Facebook and its sister properties Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger, were down for more than five hours worldwide. The effects were massive. Some people, like software developers, were me...
  • Things That Make Me Go, Hmmmm…
    28 Sep 2021 • 9 min read • 5 1
    —Veteran Democratic campaign consultant Hal Malchow has a smart piece in The Hill arguing that most of the money being spent in electoral politics aiming to convince voters to support particular candi...
  • The Unfinished Work of Frank McCourt Jr.
    21 Sep 2021 • 13 min read • 7 1
    Bigfoot, noun: a prominent or influential person. Bigfoot, verb: to assert one’s authority or influence (over); to throw one’s weight around. This is the story of an unfortunate collision between two ...
  • Occupy Wall Street at 10
    17 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    As promised earlier this week, here’s my new piece in The New Republic on why it mattered, and also a stab at what it meant to people who participated in it. I’m happy with how the piece turned out, t...
  • The Opportunist: Andrew Yang's Third Party Gambit
    14 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 1 2
    When Politico’s Alex Thompson reported last week that Andrew Yang, failed 2020 presidential candidate and failed 2021 New York City mayoral candidate, was planning to launch a third political party ne...
  • When MoveOn Went Missing in Action
    08 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 2 3
    A footnote to last week’s examination here of how the US antiwar movement, most notably the giant e-organization MoveOn.org, navigated the challenges of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Last Wednesday, ...
  • Afghanistan, the Internet and the Antiwar Movement
    31 Aug 2021 • 12 min read • 3 4
    “The Internet, not the street, not the campus, is the fundamental component of today’s antiwar movement — a force for organizing, raising money and influencing politicians and the media via blogs and ...
  • The Social Dynamics of Facebook’s Rise (and Fall?)
    24 Aug 2021 • 11 min read • 0 1
    Last week, I finished reading Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang’s new book An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination. By coincidence, the day I put the book down was the same day that the F...
  • Downfalls at Home and Abroad
    16 Aug 2021 • 7 min read • 3 0
    “You can’t talk a nail into going into a board. You can’t charm the nail into a board. It has to be hit with a hammer.” That’s outgoing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo trying to put lipstick on his pig...
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