ICYMI MT @ValaAfshar By 2031, most schools will provide students with augmented reality glasses to improve learning outcomes. By 2032, flagship smartphones start shipping with embedded holographic projections. The METAVERSE is already here. Is your company ready?
This article concerns the “independent state legislature theory” which argues state legislatures have the authority over federal elections without checks from state constitutions or state courts.
Imagine this doomsday scenario, per @Thom_Hartmann: In the next presidential election, although the Democrat won the popular vote in Georgia, their legislature decided it can overrule the popular vote and just awarded the state’s 16 electoral votes to the republican. An hour later we hear from five other states with Republican-controlled legislatures where the democrat won the majority of the vote, just like he had in 2020: North Carolina (15 electoral votes), Wisconsin (10), Michigan (16), Pennsylvania (20) and Arizona (11). The election is stolen, and the new Republican president declares martial law as there is chaos in the streets.
Congress could enact voting rights legislation to prevent this, but you must vote in a majority of democrats in the midterms.
Important repercussion to Roe: RT @realcc 3 major arthritis nonprofits are collecting patient stories to organize a response to the (uncommon but concerning) phenomenon of patients in states like TX being denied Methotrexate post Roe v Wade overturn.
Public schools in Texas would describe slavery to second graders as “involuntary relocation” under new social studies standards proposed to the state’s education board. A group of nine educators submitted the idea to the State Board of Education as part of Texas’ efforts to develop new social studies curriculum, according to the Texas Tribune .
RT @AttorneyNora In June, @freepress & 50 civil rights allies urged @Google to stop collecting location data. Google just announced it will delete location history for users visiting places sensitive to their health. Big win! Next: stop collecting all our data, @Google!
HT @LauraB7 An accessible ecommerce site doesn’t require an expert. Learn the six most common accessibility errors and how to fix them in-house. The non-profit organization WebAIM periodically analyzes home-page accessibility problems of the top 1 million most-visited websites. In 2022, WebAIM found that 96.8% of all home pages tested had at least one error, per the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. It also found that 96.5% of errors fell into one of six types:
MT @annabdavid How do you determine if a book was successful? How do you know if your book idea is good? Do authors have to be on social media and have newsletter lists? For answers to these questions from the iconic @JaneFriedman#authorsoftwitter
Sales of comics and graphic novels rose 62% in 2021 over 2020, according to a new joint estimate by ICv2 and Comichron. Total comics and graphic novel sales to consumers in 2021 in the U.S. and Canada were approximately $2.07 billion.
RT @minjinlee11 Book banning continues. Julie Otsuka’s novel “When the Emperor Was Divine” has been banned for 10th grade English classes in a school district in Wisconsin. Undisputed historical fact: The American government imprisoned Japanese Americans during WWII.
Only 1% of content creators say they regret their career choice, according to new #ContentEntrepreneur#CreatorEconomy research from @TheTiltNews. @JoePulizzi says he’s never seen a stat like that. According to the article, “It takes about 6.5 months on average for a creator to earn their first dollar. On average, it takes 17 months after launch to become a self-supporting business. And then it’s another eight months (25 months since launch) to hire some help.”
RT @michellemanafy Stillwell Partners LLC has sold @advertisingweek, which runs trade shows and educational services for marketing, media and technology professionals, to Emerald Holding Inc., an operator of business-to-business events.
For local newspapers, print circulation has collapsed for every audience except retirees. That’s why the daily paper in The Villages, Florida (metro population 129,752) prints as many copies as the one in Atlanta (metro population 6,930,423). Here’s the economics: “Gannett, the country’s largest chain, still makes $2 in print for every $1 it makes in digital. In circulation revenue, Gannett still makes $9.60 in print for every $1 in digital.”
According to the analysis, the country is losing roughly two newspapers every week, and more than 360 publications across the country have closed between late 2019 and May 2022. “The country is set up to lose one-third of its newspapers by 2025.”
Of Texas’ 254 counties, 27 no longer have a newspaper. Loss of local news coverage has been associated with higher levels of mistrust, misinformation and malfeasance. Only California and New Jersey have lost more newspaper journalists, relative to population.
RT @michellemanafy While the pandemic has dealt a blow to the entire journalism industry — more than 100 local newsrooms have closed since — it’s been especially tough on small, ethnic news outlets that may not have the resources to stay afloat.
MT @OneWorldLit On Thursday, 7/14 at 8:00 p.m. ET on Zoom, join @EricHolder and @Sifill_LDF as they discuss how we can reverse the current tide of voter suppression and become a true democracy where every voice is heard. Tickets are free and available here. #ReadAndVote#teamPRH
Some good news, from 6/29: RT @amandalitman In the days immediately after the draft decision to overturn Roe first leaked, 2000+ people signed up to consider running for local office at http://runforwhat.netI.n the days since the decision was final, another 2k+ people have signed up.
MT @diversebooks Good news: we’ve extended the deadline for Walter Grant applications to July 31! We are awarding $2,000 grants to unpublished diverse writers & illustrators based in the US, with specific grants set aside for trans, Muslim, and Native/Indigenous creators.
RT @LatinxinPub We love reviewing and including books written by Latine/Caribbean writers. If you have a book out in 2022 or 2023 please fill out this form so we can include you in our monthly books on sale post, and other opportunities
iHeartMedia and Charlamagne Tha God have announced the first-ever Black Effect Podcast Festival to celebrate Black voices in the podcast industry. The event, sponsored by Nissan, is Sunday, August 28 at the Avant Gardner, Brooklyn Mirage.
TikTok has been the #1 downloaded app in the world for three years, with over half-a-million new users every day. Every day! To tap into that sizable audience, publishers, authors, and retailers are collaborating with avid book fans who have created popular content for the platform’s “BookTok” community. Learn how with this power panel! Free for @WMG_NYC members, $15 for non-members. Register today!