In season two, which debuts on Hulu May 29, Ramy doubles down on being a niche show exploring what it’s like to be a first-generation Egyptian-American who grew up in New Jersey. The series is aware that it can’t be a voice for all Muslims. Youssef can’t dissect the experiences of women, or black Muslims, or queer Arabs, or those who recently immigrated to the U.S. with the same degree of precision he does with his own experience. But he knows how to get a conversation started, and sometimes that’s what’s most important. … [Read more...] about Hulu’s ‘Ramy’ is back—with even more provocative questions for the Muslim-American diaspora
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In the U.S., state governments have largely carried the burden of responsibility for finding and allocating medical resources and determining mitigation policies. This has led to a patchwork response to COVID-19, with governors taking varying approaches to the outbreak. Alabama governor Kay Ivey, for example, didn’t call for residents to shelter-in-place until April 4 and allowed businesses to begin reopening on April 30 with some social distancing rules. New York, by contrast, established its stay-at-home order on March 22. It has begun reopening business in phases but has extended its stay-at-home order until June 13. Donovan says the success of these diverging tactics—New York’s more cautious rules versus Alabama’s aggressive push to reopen— will be judged along political party lines. … [Read more...] about As health misinformation and politics collide, social networks face a choice
As an investor in early-stage technology startups, I’m excited by the possibility of seeing something new. We’re often reluctant to look seriously at companies in the social networking space because competing with the incumbents seems virtually impossible. But Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Snap aren’t going to be able to convert their business models overnight. They’re going to spend a few years fighting this issue in Congress and in the courts. And they’re going to do everything possible to prove that they’re not monopolistic and don’t deserve antitrust scrutiny and regulation, which will limit their willingness to squash innovation. … [Read more...] about Trump vs. Twitter: Is there a silver lining in the Section 230 fight?