The highs of a train pulling into the station immediately as you swipe your MetroCard are matched in intensity only by the lows of being a second too late and having the doors close in your face. Somewhere in between is pacing around, staring into the tunnel and hoping to see a light. Knowing for sure when the subway is coming won’t be easier anytime soon, with the MTA announcing yesterday that despite fare increases, countdown clocks at stations will not be expanding beyond the numbered lines for at least three to five years. Wireless Internet, meanwhile, won’t be in all stations until 2018, at which point a single ride will cost approximately $19.99.
Facebook didn’t tiptoe to avoid poking the bear on the left. They went right up to the bear and stabbed it repeatedly. And then goaded the right’s bear to join in the stabbing.
The power of leftist outrage mobs has been well-discussed. The power of conservative outrage mobs to affect corporate and political policy, even from left-leaning organizations, is arguably less acknowledged.
In no small part to placate the right, the liberal company Facebook misled the nation again and again about the nature of Russian interference in the election. They repeatedly fed right wing conspiracies while waving away criticism from the left. It’s hard to see how an ardently Trumpist company could do much better.