OUR NEWS FEEDS ARE TOXIC


We need a way to clean up our media environment ~ by Paul Greenberg

The polluter has to pay.


If there’s one thing I’ve learned from two decades of environmental reporting it’s this simple rule. When industries like coal and oil are allowed to reap extraordinary profits from the environment without paying for the cost of the damage they inflict they have zero incentive to behave as responsible members of society.


In the last few years I’ve been writing more and more about the Tech Industry and surprisingly I’ve come to the same conclusion about the media environment. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media companies are the major conduits through which fake news and incitements to intolerance pour into the nation’s collective reservoir of consciousness. And yet as things stand today the companies that are most responsible for dumping media toxic waste are the least liable under the law. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act states “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.” In other words, right now, the owners of all those pipes that are dumping all that toxicity into our media environment explicitly don’t pay.


As we start to move into the thornier phase of the Biden administration it’s therefore imperative that we begin to reform our media laws so that they more closely behave like environmental laws. We have a Clean Water Act that prohibits the dumping of harmful chemicals and refuse into our waterways. We need our Communications Decency Act to behave more like a Clean Media Act — a law that would make the polluter pay, not only for the cost of dirtying the environment but for the time and expense it takes to clean it up.


To extend the metaphor it’s worth looking a bit more deeply into what makes The Clean Water Act so effective. The Clean Water Act, signed into law overriding President Nixon’s veto, pledges that the major waterways of the United States should be “swimmable and fishable.” Americans should be able to immerse themselves in American waters without getting sick and draw value from those same waters. The media environment should be similarly clean. We should be able to spend time immersing ourselves in news and not be sickened by calls to violence and discrimination. And like a fisherman fishing in clean water, we should be able to draw usable value from our media waterways. We should not have a media environment like Russia’s, so spoiled by misinformation that citizens find themselves unable to make informed choices in their day-to-day lives.


The Clean Water Act requires that major waterways of the United States be “swimmable and fishable” . . . The media environment should be similarly clean


With the fishable and swimmable premise established for the media environment we can follow the Clean Water Act’s guidance even further. The Clean Water Act focuses on regulating “point source polluters” — entities that introduce pollution directly into the environment — the pipe owners themselves. When the EPA seeks to punish an automobile plant for dumping leftover car paint into a river, they fine the plant not the autoworker who painted the car. The same should hold true for the owners of the media pipes — the Facebooks, Twitters and YouTubes of the world. Sure the guy who made an Islamophobic, fact-free meme is culpable. But it’s very hard to track down that guy and punish him for his misdeeds. That’s why we need to police the Media Outflow Pipe Owners (MOPO’s?) so that they in turn police the bad actors on their sites.


MOPO’s should also have to pay for remediation and repair of the environment they’ve polluted. Dirty Media, like dirty water, has downstream effects — sickening the thoughts of young people, corroding the pipes and bridges of society, building up like DDT in our minds over time — and so we need to figure out a precise mechanism for making polluters pay. Judges in Clean Water Act lawsuits typically assess damages done to the environment by putting a unit cost on, say, a spilled barrel of oil and then multiplying that cost out by the number of barrels spilled. It was through a calculation like this that litigators slapped a $20 billion fine on British Petroleum after it leaked more than three million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Social media may defend themselves by saying they can’t really control how misinformation spreads throughout their networks. I’m pretty sure if Twitter were liable for each instance a hateful meme was shared, the company would figure out a best available technology to scrub that meme from its platform ASAP.


Lastly, should a media company be found to be irredeemably toxic the government should have the authority to create something equivalent to a SuperFund site out of it. It shouldn’t only be up to Apple to ban Parler from its sales platforms. The media equivalent of nuclear waste needs government containment, oversight and continued monitoring until its half-life diminishes to something approaching harmless.


All of this is a tall order and if the government does choose to abolish section 230 from the Communications Decency Act there is sure to be intense blowback from Tech. That’s because a large part of their business model relies on not being liable for the damages they themselves are causing. But fixing this problem is an urgent imperative. The very existence of good governance depends on it.
American media polluters have amassed fortunes equivalent to those of the pharaohs of Egypt. Our loss has been their gain. For the sake of our health and the health of our children going forward, it’s time to fix the upstream problem so that all of us downstream can start to think our way clearly and rationally into the future.


More of my thoughts on media and/or the environment in my two new books by Paul Greenburg

Goodbye Phone, Hello World and The Climate Diet

HOW TO WRITE SIX-FIGURE ARTICLES?

Scan viral content sites for new topics to instantly earn six figures…

Kiran Yasmin
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Feb 22 · 4 min read


In the freelance writing industry, money is considered motivation to work harder and better. Various aspiring writers feel shame about what they are earning every month. In an urge to make more than enough, they take writing courses and often copy the content or ideas of top writers. They are not ashamed of their skills and hard work. They are probably ashamed of confessing that they are making pennies. This may not be the case of every single writer, but it is obviously the situation of those who are writing solely for money or have families to take care of.


The good news is that anybody can write six-figure articles. The Internet is full of viral content sites to get ideas from. Here are a couple of examples for you.

Get $200 To $500 Per Article
Manage your own time and make enough money…
medium.com

This Website Pays Content Writers $100 Per Post
Feel free to write as much as you want…
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  1. BUZZFEED.COM
    Unique Visitors: 220000000
    BuzzFeed is one of the best independent digital media companies in the world. It is known to leverage data and innovation to reach millions of people every month. The website has loads of topics. You may choose a category of your choice and read a few articles to create similar stuff. However, you are not permitted to copy anything. Some of the main options are given below.
    ORIGINALS
    You can create videos, quizzes, lists, and plain yet informative articles.
    BRANDS
    Like BuzzFeed, you can write portfolios of top personalities or talk about different brands that are trending on the Internet.
    STUDIOS
    If you are able to produce original content for cable, film, and digital platforms, you will be paid heavily and your articles may go viral, making you millions of dollars.
    NEWS
    World-class reporting and investigation stories can be written to get more and more visibility.
  2. VOX.COM
    Unique Visitors: 25700000
    Vox covers everything from culture and science to technology, politics, history, and health. Like BuzzFeed, this website has plenty of viral content ideas. You can write topics similar to Vox, and if you copy several lines or photos, please don’t forget to cite the original author. Here is what its writers love to write.
    THE HIGHLIGHT
    Vox has a separate section for big and major stories outside of the news cycle. You can go to this section to get some inspiration for your next viral story.
    FUTURE PREDICTIONS
    The site has various professional writers trying to predict the future of humanity. These kinds of stories get lots of views.
    THE GOODS
    This section is devoted to the things people buy on a daily basis.
  3. MASHABLE.COM
    Unique Visitors: 20900000
    Mashable is popular culture, science, technology, and entertainment platform of the United States. It publishes hundreds of news stories every day and was founded in 2005 by Pete Cashmore. If you are scanning Mashable for viral content, you may like the following sections.
    CORONAVIRUS
    These days, everybody is talking about coronavirus and such stories instantly get millions of views. Go to this section to know what is happening in the health sector and start writing something good.
    PODCAST
    If possible, you can create an episodic series of spoken word digital audio files that can be downloaded and listened to by the world’s users.
    ENTERTAINMENT
    Who wouldn’t like entertainment? The world is full of problems, and if you write entertaining stories, people will definitely want to read them. You can create lists or write news stories on celebrities.
  4. BOREDPANDA.COM
    Unique Visitors: 9150000
    Bored Panda is popular art, design, and photography community for creative content creators. Every story published here goes viral, and this is probably the reason why so many people use Bored Panda to get backlinks. You can scan this site to obtain useful information.
    FEATURED
    In the Featured section, you will find some of the best and finest stories. These articles have received hundreds of comments and keep generating more views.
    TRENDING
    In this section, you will find stories that have never been told. You can find various information and photos here.
    LATEST
    Last but not least, this section contains the current or latest information on almost everything. It is good for writers who are looking for fresh and unique content ideas.
    After checking these sites, you will surely get various topics to write about. The more you write, the higher will be your earnings.

THE SECRET RECIPE

TO WRITING AN 800-WORD ARTICLE
IN 30 TO 40 MINUTES

What works for you may be different from what has worked for other writers…

by Kiran Yasmin

The Internet is full of tips and advice on how to write viral stories, how to gain enough followers, and how to get plenty of reads or views. Only a few of these tips and tricks are worth the time of a writer.

It is important for every writer to produce high-quality and unique content.

Every story you write should be free from grammatical and spelling mistakes and must provide the reader with something good and interesting to learn from. I know that not everyone can write content daily, as we all have our own lifestyles or routines. However, when you decide to write a post, you don’t need to devote a lot of time. Thirty to forty minutes are enough to write a story of 800 words.

Here is a quick and effective guide for every aspiring writer.

writing, typing, journaling

Step#1: Think What You Are Going To Write
Time Required: 5 Minutes
The Goal: 200 Words

Before you start writing, you need to spend five minutes thinking about the topic. You may check the most trending posts to have an idea of what to write today. Or else, you can select your own subject or topic and collect information on it right away. Writers should get their head clear and ask themselves the following questions:

What I am trying to argue?

How am I educating my target audience?

What type of problem I will solve?

What actions do I want my readers to take?

Please bear in mind that your article topic should be engaging and informative. It should not be something that wastes the time of readers.

Step#2: Organize Your Thoughts And Information
Time Required: 5 minutes
The Goal: 100 Words

Once you have chosen the topic and have collected the relevant information, the next step is to organize your ideas and thoughts. It won’t take you enough time if you have already written several articles. You may create an outline, which I think is the best way to organize one’s thoughts.

Writers who have multiple pieces of advice or tips on their topics can format their content into “tip” articles, such as 10 Tips To Writing Viral Stories and 5 Ways To Boost Your Performance. Once you are done, you will be ready to move to the next step.

Step#3: Write Fast And Furious
Time Required: 15 Minutes
The Goal: 300 Words

It is going to be the most difficult step, especially for those who have not written much content. However, there is nothing to worry about. You just need some practice and hard work to be able to write 300 words in ten to fifteen minutes. Here are some quick tips for my fellow writers.

Write 100 words in five minutes by following the outline you have made.

Fill each part with something that comes to your mind in terms of information.

Don’t forget to use the information you have collected from different offline and online resources.

It is all about getting the words on the page as quickly as possible. There is no need to worry about grammar and spelling because your focus should be on writing the required number of words. If you pause to consider what you have said, you may lose the momentum and the writing process will be slowed down.

Step#4: Clean It Up
Time Required: 10 Minutes
The Goal: 200 Words

This is the step in which you have to edit and proofread the work. You may write another 200 words as a conclusion if you think that the length of the article is not enough. There are plenty of tools for writers to check grammar and spelling, Grammarly being one of them.


I think that there is no alternative to manual editing and proofreading. Besides writing another 200 words (optional), you should edit and proofread the whole content and make sure it is understandable and readable from a reader’s viewpoint. I suggest you spend a couple of seconds elaborating on your ideas and cleaning up anything that is not clear to you.

Step#5: Write The Headline
Time Required: 5 Minutes
The Goal: 5–15 Words

The headline or title of the most is what will attract the audience. It needs to be eye-catching and informative. You don’t need to spend hours writing a good headline. In fact, you need five minutes to brainstorm a good title.

I recommend writers writing multiple titles or headlines and choosing one of them. You may revise the title to make it look good but the length should not be more than ten words. Attend peer review groups or seek the help of a fellow writer if you are confused about writing a great title.

Last but not least, you should naturally use the main keyword in the title and sub-title.

EVA ~ GODDESS of PARADISE

EVA has an innate curiosity most of us would not begin to understand. She is a simple, innocent woman. One might consider her the first Dr. Doolittle as she claims to even have spoken to a serpent.

She and her companion live an isolated life but Eva does not find herself bored or longing for company as she loves and respects her lush gardens, what they have to offer. Her little family feels safe as the mountains surrounding their gardens appear as if gates simply sprang up there to protect the lush orchard with all its’ trees full of delicious fruits and other exotic perfections.

EVA ~ GODDESS OF PARADISE

MADA seems equally happy to teach their three boys not to argue and takes great pride in bringing them out on hunting & fishing adventures to hone their skills. They are brave and confident boys who seem to have no fear.

Her daily trips to the place where the crystal-clear rivers meet are always exciting. When Eva is not partaking of the succulent fruits from the orchard, she is happy to explore her surroundings, one day much to her delight discovering an underground river. Often, she can be found singing simply to the purest blue sky above. She feels a communion with Mother Nature.

Eva feels a sense of pride to believe she rules over the fish in the sea and the birds in the air as well as every living creature that moves on the ground. What a wonderful existence to live in such a place where bliss and happiness prevail over sadness and evil, where there is no hunger or thirst, no loneliness or hatred, a land where everything she needs is in its’ place before her! She is not concerned about possessing gold, onyx or other riches but rather more concentrated on learning as much as she can about her paradise and making sure it stays pristine and protected for those who come to live there after she is gone.

A-DAH ~ GODDESS OF ENLIGHTENMENT

A-dah has poise and an essence of truth about her. Her aura is distinct and clear to those who choose to see. She is always present but there are many that refuse to accept her for what she represents. Her intent is crisp and uncomplicated, yet her training has been an intense and unending journey. She listens to your inner voice and responds with you, reacting to old ideas and exploring the new with wide eyes. A-dah especially understands the circle of life, embellishing her notes and letters to friends, and is always attracted to life circles in wearables and jewelry.

Her open mind allows her to speak precious words of wisdom thru golden lips. Following each visit with the Goddess, a sense of peace overrides all other thoughts, one emerges with a new and exciting perspective of all previously held truths.

Unencumbered by the strength of your beliefs, her seemingly spontaneous ideas are quite the opposite. Her method is one of patience and attentive concern. One can see in her eyes that she is processing your words and thoughts with careful consideration. The exquisite presentation of a completely new perspective in your own words, spoken through your own golden lips is almost always a delightful surprise.

She delicately prompts you to touch and explore the thoughts you previously held as most private, never before daring to share with anyone but the most precious of connections.

The Goddess is most delighted when she has succeeded in her task of drawing you closer to your new and uncomplicated truths.