11.12.18

FRATRICIDE.

National Public Radio take incoming from their audience left.
There are dozens of reports detailing how Amazon’s shipping policies negatively effects [c.q.] both the environment and workers, but one wouldn’t have any idea either was a concern after listening to NPR’s sexed-up report (Morning Edition, 11/21/18, “Optimized Prime: How AI and Anticipation Power Amazon’s 1-Hour Deliveries.”

The report, detailing the “Artificial Intelligence” behind Amazon’s delivery systems, relies entirely on interviews with Amazon flacks. The only people Amazon operations; Jenny Freshwater, director of software development; and Amazon VP Cem Sibay. No outside parties were sought for comment, let alone anyone remotely adversarial, such as labor organizers or environmental activists.

Indeed, the words “labor,” “worker” or “employee” are nowhere to be found in the six-minute report: Christmas packages simply deliver themselves with the help of brilliant Amazon execs and this mysterious AI technology. If Amazon’s marketing department wrote and produced a segment on their AI technology for NPR, it’s difficult to see how it would have been any different.
The use of public money to support propaganda hipster content STEM recruiting material for the host universities is censorship per se.  That's true whether it's "Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting" or "News Busters" grousing about the content your tax dollars are paying for.

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