A Dangerous ‘Beast’: FTC Should Restructure Facebook

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For a tool that originally connected people and helped topple dictatorships, it’s a crippling insight into human nature that such a revolutionary good can become a weapon. Perhaps more sharp is this adjective: “Facebook has now turned into a beast,” according to United Nations special rapporteur for human rights Yanghee Lee.[1] In submitting a report to the Human Rights Council in early March 2018, Lee expressed concerns over the media giant’s role in the ethnic cleansing and mass refugee crisis of the Rohingya Muslim people group in Myanmar. The crisis, in which Time reports nearly a million have fled to neighboring countries since August 2017 and at least 6,700 were slain last year, was “substantively” fueled by the promotion of violent content and hate speech on the network.[2] A chairman of the U.N. fact-finding mission into the crisis condemned Facebook for being the medium in which acrimony spread between the persecuted and a party of ultranationalist Buddhists. [3]

The Realist and the Romanticist

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This is my take on Tyson Motsenbocker’s “A Kind Invitation”.

Somewhere, at some time past, there were two young boys, close friends who were together since birth. One day they were out fishing, reeling in the night’s dinner, when they saw far off two figures walking along the shore.
Now, as they got closer and closer, they could make out an older man and a smaller girl. Soon enough they could see their faces.
“Hello,” said the man.
“Hello,” said the girl.
“Hello,” said the two boys.
“My name is Time,” said the man, “and this is my friend. Her name is Love.”
“Won’t you come and walk with us today?” asked Love. “There are wonderful things just ahead and we want to see them with you.”

We Don’t Know

Songs and Poetry

They came one by one
and I saw it all, the whole village fall
They attacked father and son
and when they left there were none
except me and my camera lens
and all my family and friends

My brothers and their sisters, on the radio we hear your pleading voice
But oceans apart, we change the station for some other noise

Across the hills and across bodies of water
there danced bodies full of life, a husband and his sweet wife
Now lost from home is this man’s little daughter–
he’s a prince become pauper, no longer father–
but found is our locked front door
and the walls we put up by four

Strained is my neck
staring down at my desk
as these images flash on TV
They came one by one
for the father and his son
That might as well have been me

I don’t want to watch the news
seeing another war we might lose,
but I can’t hold my breath
Why is no one asking why
other people sin and other people die,
yet we’re the ones safe from death?

My brothers and their sisters, on the radio we hear your pleading voice
But oceans apart, we change the station for some other noise

UNC’S Cameron Johnson to miss 4-6 weeks after NBA 2K18 loss

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Graduate transfer Cameron Johnson injured from frustrating defeat by Theo Pinson in NBA 2K18. Pinson has struck twice now, causing Joel Berry II to sit out almost a month ago. (Photo: Jim Hawkins/Inside Carolina)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Hours before North Carolina guard Joel Berry II returned to play against Bucknell Wednesday, guard Cameron Johnson went into surgery after suffering a torn meniscus in his left knee.

The cause of Berry missing four weeks, and now Johnson for a potential 4-6, is one in the same: NBA 2K18.

The graduate transfer from Pittsburgh apparently lost a game against teammate Theo Pinson, a senior forward, and then released his frustration by kneeing a wall.

“I’m not proud of owning Joel and now Cam, knowing my actions led them to miss these early weeks. I mean, I can’t help that I’m that good,” Pinson tweeted yesterday.

Pinson also played Berry before his injury almost a month ago. The senior wing won with the Golden State Warriors to Berry’s Cleveland Cavaliers. Johnson apparently took the same route.

The difference was in the loss. Johnson’s style differed slightly than Berry’s, who had punched a door, breaking a bone in his right hand.

“I don’t really know what compelled my knee to fly like that,” Johnson said. “And I don’t know why 2K just hands the game over to people.”

Head coach Roy Williams was disappointed as well: “They both did a silly thing,” he said at an announcement Wednesday. “But if you’re at Carolina, you’re competitive. That’s for sure.”

Due to an unrelated sprained neck, Johnson also missed the season opener on Nov. 10 against Northern Iowa. Perhaps from an intense focus on the screen.

“He may be new to us and is taking time off the court, but I’m confident we have a good player here,” Williams said. “I just need to get my boys off that dadgum box-station.”

Johnson started every game for the Panthers last season, averaging 11.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in more than 33 minutes a game.


This satirical piece was originally for VICE Sports, but has not appeared there.