Billionaire-owned media makes the “free-press” a mouthpiece for the ideology of the super rich. It ignores the urgency of the climate crisis, radicalizes readers, and actively promotes right-wing propaganda.
So here’s a quick rundown of
billionaire-owned/controlled media outlets:
Twitter (with financial-aid from the Saudi billionaires) Mark Zuckerberg,
Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp Rupert Murdoch,
News Corp (Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun, Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, several Australian outlets) Michael Bloomberg,
Bloomberg Jeff Bezos,
The Washington Post John Henry,
The Boston Globe Glen Taylor,
Star Tribune Patrick Soon-Shiong,
Los Angeles Times Sheldon Adelson,
Las Vegas Review-Journal Joe Mansueto,
Inc. and Fast Company Laurene Powell Jobs,
The Atlantic Marc Benioff,
Time Chatchaval Jiaravanon,
Fortune Cox Family,
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Mortimer Zuckerman,
US News & World Report Barbey Family,
Village Voice Stanley Hubbard,
Hubbard Broadcasting Carlos Slim Helu,
The New York Times Warren Buffett, regional papers (~70)
The Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Metro and the i The Barclay Brothers,
The Telegraph and the Spectator Patrick Drahi,
Libération and L’Express Alexander and Evgeny Lebedev,
Novaya Gazeta, the Evening Standard, and The Independent
Billionaires also have collectives or consortiums – like the
Economist, which is owned by the Agnelli family, the Cadburys (chocolate), the Rothschilds (banks) and the Schroders (banks), along with some staff and former employees.
So how does one escape the
tyranny of Twitter? Here are a few articles to help you decide if Mastodon is worth moving to ( I have).
techdirt Why Would Anyone Use Another Centralized Social Media Service After This? Wired Mastodon Is Hurtling Toward a Tipping Point Guardian Firefox and Tumblr join rush to support Mastodon social network The Verge Where to find Verge staff on Mastodon Mozilla Blog Mozilla to Explore Healthy Social Media Alternative CNN As Twitter backlash grows, rival Mastodon reaches 2.5 million monthly users techdirt I Speak Fluent ‘New Social Media CEO Who’s In Over Their Head’ Business Insider Elon’s stale playbook Techmeme Top News Wired Mastodon Features That Twitter Should Steal (but Won’t) SF Chronical Elon Musk polls Twitter users on whether he should step down, hours after another controversial policy change The Hollywood Reporter Twitter Bans Linking to Mastodon, Facebook, Truth Social and Other Competitors IGN Twitter Will Now Suspend or Remove Accounts Promoting Links to Some Social Media Platforms USA Today/AP Twitter bans users from promoting rival social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram and Mastodon New York Times Twitter to Ban Accounts That Promote Rival Social Media Reuters Twitter prohibits users from promoting accounts on Facebook, Mastodon TechCrunch Twitter bans posting of handles and links to Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon and more The Verge Twitter abruptly bans all links to Instagram, Mastodon, and other competitors The Hill How Musk may reinvent the internet without even trying MacStories MacStories Is on Mastodon with Its Own Server Daily Beast Elon Musk Boots WaPo’s Taylor Lorenz From Twitter WSJ How to Use Mastodon, the Social-Media Platform Blocked by Elon Musk’s Twitter PC Elon’s Mastodon Vendetta Makes Us All Less Safe Forbes Elon Musk Bans Journalists On Twitter As More Flee To Mastodon: Here’s Who To Follow Washington Post A guide to getting started with Twitter alternative Mastodon The Guardian Twitter’s suspension of journalists sets ‘dangerous precedent’, UN warns MSNBC McNamee: Musk Twitter suspensions a ‘direct attack’ on journalism & democracy CNET What Is Mastodon, the Alternative Social Network Now Blocked by Twitter? The Intercept Elon Musk Is Taking Aim at Journalists. I’m One of Them. BBC Twitter blocks users from sharing Mastodon links Forbes Twitter Suspends Accounts For Rival Mastodon And Several High-Profile Journalists Business Insider Musk’s Twitter is blocking links to its competitor Mastodon Bloomberg.com Twitter Suspends Accounts of Mastodon, Journalists Covering Musk TechCrunch Twitter suspends Mastodon’s account and bans links to Mastodon servers CNET Twitter Suspends Account Encouraging People to Join Mastodon The Hill Twitter suspends Mastodon’s official account CNN Elon Musk’s Twitter bans CNN, NYT, WaPo journalists without explanation The Verge Twitter is blocking links to Mastodon Thoughtworks Podcast Welcome to the fediverse: Exploring Mastodon, ActivityPub and beyond CYBERSCOOP Fleeing Twitter users face uncertain privacy, security features on alternative platforms The Desk LGBT server on Mastodon blocks group for journalists The Popehat Report Goodbye, Twitter Everything Ends, And That’s Okay. ZDNET You’ve got Mastodon questions, I’ve got answers Tech Policy Press Priorities to Make the Fediverse Sustainable The Next Web Vivaldi browser backs Mastodon to free social networks from Big Tech Bleeping Computer New Vivaldi version integrates Mastodon into the browser sidebar TechCrunch Third-party Twitter app makers turn their attention to Mastodon Business Insider Migration to other social media platforms shows no signs of slowing The Verge The race to build a better Twitter PC Magazine EU Leader Uses Mastodon to Tell Elon Musk How Twitter Needs to Be Regulated Vanity Fair “NO ONE IS GOING TO KILL TWITTER EXCEPT ELON”: AS MUSK’S BLUE BIRD REELS, THE ARMS RACE FOR AN ALTERNATIVE IS ON Dewey Square A Snapshot of the Twitter Migration Electronic Frontier Foundation How to Make a Mastodon Account and Join the Fediverse Slate Social Networks Are Going Much, Much Smaller EscapingTech I Was Wrong About Mastodon CNET Confused by Twitter ‘Replacement’ Mastodon? Here’s How to Get Started NOEMA Mastodon Isn’t Just A Replacement For Twitter Ars Technica How secure a Twitter replacement is Mastodon? Let us count the ways Reason Mystified by Mastodon? We’re Here To Help Time Thousands Have Joined Mastodon Since Twitter Changed Hands. Its Founder Has a Vision for Democratizing Social Media The Markup The Markup: Mastodon’s Moment CMS Wire How to Pick a Mastodon Server Axios How Mastodon, a favorite Twitter alternative, works CNET Twitter Migrants Flock to Mastodon: How Does the Open Source Social Network Work? Android Authority Elon Musk just ended Twitter SMS 2FA (Update: Appears to be back up for some) WE GOT THIS COVERED Some Twitter accounts may become permanently inaccessible thanks to Elon Musk’s meddling The Guardian Musk says he has ‘too much on plate’ amid reports of more Twitter job cuts CNBC SpaceX just bought a big ad campaign on Twitter for Starlink Politico Dems want answers from Musk’s Twitter Mint ‘Embarrassingly wrong’: Elon Musk’s Twitter theory rubbished by ex-employee Axios Elon Musk’s Twitter sees rise in racial slurs, hate speech AP Twitter drama too much? Mastodon, others emerge as options MIT Technology Review Twitter’s potential collapse could wipe out vast records of recent human history Politico ‘Serious risk of breach’ at Musk’s Twitter CNN Playbill leaves Twitter, saying the site ‘expanded tolerance for hate’ Mashable Surprise? Elon Musk’s $8 Twitter Blue hasn’t made very much money so far. Human Rights Watch Musk Chaos Raises Serious Rights Concerns Over TwitterLayoffs of Critical Staff, Impersonation Issues Dog Early Days The Guardian Joining the herd: what’s it like moving from Twitter to Mastodon? The CHIVE Twitter is a sh*tshow right now & the memes aren’t holding back (28 Photos) The GuardianABC AU Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly & Co apologises after fake Twitter account says insulin is free as Elon Musk rolls back verification Washington Post Elon Musk’s first big Twitter product paused after fake accounts spread The Medical Republic Is #medTwitter really leaving Twitter? LA Times What to do if you’re worried about the latest Twitter chaos CNN Elon Musk’s Twitter faces its ‘Titanic’ moment as executives and advertisers flee while trolls run rampant The Guardian Exodus continues at Twitter as Elon Musk hints at possible bankruptcy The Verge Inside Elon Musk’s first meeting with Twitter employees The Verge Twitter reactivated the ‘Official’ gray check for accounts that are actually verified / Things are going just great and nothing is on fire. Yahoo Twitter Gives Blue Checks to Fake Tesla Account, Fake Politicians and Real Nazis on Twitter Blue Day 2 The Verge Elon Musk is putting Twitter at risk of billions in fines, warns company lawyer NBC Two Twitter executives resign as Musk’s chaotic run continues UX Collective Twitter alternative: how Mastodon is designed to be “antiviral” Toronto Star I fled Twitter to check out Mastodon. Here’s what I found CNET What Is Mastodon? The Twitter Alternative for People Flying the Coop Rasberry Pi Raspbery Pi: An escape pod was jettisoned during the fighting ZDNet ZDNet: Why Twitter will fail shortly — Sometime soon, Twitter will crash badly. Here’s why. MIT Technology Review MIT Technology Review: Here’s how a Twitter engineer says it will break in the coming weeks Huffpost What’s The Deal With Mastodon, The Twitter Alternative? The Atlantic Elon Musk Is Bad at This: The Musk era of Twitter has so far been defined by unhinged tweets, fleeing advertisers, and botched layoffs.
by reading move to Mastodon this. Here’s a list of servers to join. I’m here (still trying to figure it out).
The real question now is:
how do we build a media network that actually serves the public interest?
Philip Kotler and I join MIM’s Vyacheslav Pokotylo to discuss wicked problems and : community-based regeneration