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The new breed of companies are the fastest-growing in history. Uber, Instacart, Alibaba, Airbnb, Seamless, Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook, Google:

These companies are indescribably thin layers that sit on top of vast supply systems ( where the costs are) and interface with a huge number of people ( where the money is).

There is no better business to be in.

– Tom Goodwin ‘The battle is for the customer interface’ TechCrunch

Idea: Maybe “a single, emblematic college rape case” does not exist. Maybe the hunt for such was ill-conceived from the start. Maybe that’s the wrong way for Rolling Stone to have begun

– Jay Rosen ‘Rolling Stone’s ‘A Rape on Campus.’ Notes and comment on Columbia J-school’s investigation‘ PressThink

Yet the editors and Erdely have concluded that their main fault was to be too accommodating of Jackie because she described herself as the survivor of a terrible sexual assault.

Social scientists, psychologists and trauma specialists who support rape survivors have impressed upon journalists the need to respect the autonomy of victims, to avoid re-traumatizing them and to understand that rape survivors are as reliable in their testimony as other crime victims.

– Sheila Coronel, Steve Coll, and Derek Kravitz ‘Rolling Stone’s investigation: ‘A failure that was avoidable’Columbia Journalism Review

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