Hope Davis loves her Brooklyn neighborhood, but she’s already seeing signs of the economic downturn on the Smith Street shopping strip. “Even the little spa on my corner is advertising 50 percent off facials. Everybody’s suffering; it’s going to affect everybody,” Davis told us at the Cinema Society screening of her film, Synecdoche, New York. She’s also certain that the economy will temper the area’s skyrocketing real-estate values. “It’ll have an effect on the real estate there. It has to! And there’s some correction needed,” she admits. And while the American Splendor star says she doesn’t spend extravagantly anyway, she and her husband and two young children are not buying clothes or going out to dinner as often, and she’s already lost a job in the belt-tightening. “The movie that I was supposed to start making in three weeks collapsed,” she told us. “Half of the financing just pulled right out last week,” she said, adding that she expected the news as the markets tumbled. She says that indie films financed by people who make their money in the stock market will continue to feel the chill. And that’s already trickling down. “We’re hoping to do solar panels on our roof; now we have to wait,” Davis says. “We have to see what’s going to happen, and I have to wait until I get another job.” But she still has, well, hope: “Now I get to stay home, though.”
[Facebook’s rationale for leaving up the Pelosi video] is ridiculous. The only thing the incident shows is how expert Facebook has become at blurring the lines between simple mistakes and deliberate deception, thereby abrogating its responsibility as the key distributor of news on the planet.
Would a broadcast network air this? Never. Would a newspaper publish it? Not without serious repercussions. Would a marketing campaign like this ever pass muster? False advertising.
No other media could get away with spreading anything like this because they lack the immunity protection that Facebook and other tech companies enjoy under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Section 230 was intended to spur innovation and encourage start-ups. Now it’s a shield to protect behemoths from any sensible rules. …
By conflating censorship with the responsible maintenance of its platforms, and by providing “rules” that are really just capricious decisions by a small coterie of the rich and powerful, Facebook and others have created a free-for-all with no consistent philosophy.