OCT. 26, 2021
In the first years of POLITICO, some folks bashed us for speeding up and trivializing the news. Don’t blame us! It wasn’t our idea; we were just trying to keep up with the new technologies that keep reshaping media. In those days it was about the digital revolution shrinking attention spans and cranking up the news cycle to dizzying speeds.
Now 15 years on, technology is again revolutionizing how we get our news. These days algorithms, big data and artificial intelligence are curating reality for us. Facebook, the biggest curator of them all, has figured out that what drives engagement is provocation. So Facebook has tuned its algorithms to maximize conflict. What could go wrong?
This is likely not a good thing for humanity — but hey, like many other calamities before, there is always the hope that it’ll generate some epic cartoons.
It’s easy to make oneself look smart and prescient when curating cartoons with the benefit of hindsight. If you want to delve further into my uncurated and more recent scribblings, take a look at my archive page. Also check out our Cartoon Carousel, a weekly gallery of cartoons by other ink-stained wretches that POLITICO publishes every Friday.