The Present Age Weekly Recap: June 17, 2022
LGBTQ rights, Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok
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From me this week: the right’s anti-LGBTQ push, plus a couple of media appearances
On Monday, I wrote about the resurgence of violently anti-LGBTQ rhetoric on the right, and why we need vocal allies now more than ever before.
On Wednesday, I shared a clip of my appearance on The Daily Show’s Beyond The Scenes podcast with Roy Wood, Jr., and Chase Strangio.
And on Thursday, I shared a clip of my appearance on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes.
Stories from others I’d like to highlight
Recode’s Shirin Ghaffary shared a leaked transcript of Elon Musk’s meeting with Twitter employees. It’s… not exactly encouraging, but it’s worth a read.
And in other tech-related news, Joshua Benton has a piece over at Nieman Lab about Facebook’s path to “divorce” the news industry, as well as its TikTok-inspired algorithm changes.
Embedded has a piece that makes me feel old, but that’s okay. It’s about TikTok as the town square.
The great Christopher Ingraham has a neat map breaking down the effect of air pollution on our lives.
And finally, Jack Mirkinson at Discourse Blog has a story with a simple request to the New York Times: please stop publishing terrible journalism about trans people. In case you haven’t noticed, there have been a whole bunch of anti-trans stories being published over there. It’s getting ridiculous, and makes me think that recently-elevated Times managing editor Joe Kahn has some sort of ax to grind. Bad reporting about trans people and our lives will hurt us in major ways.
“Astronaut” by Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s