Mar 7, 2018

Axios PM

1 big thing: A Tale of Two Twitters

In a pair of N.Y. Times articles on social media, different lessons learned:

From Generation X... Times tech columnist Farhad Manjoo went back to basics:

  • "In January... I turned off my digital news notifications, unplugged from Twitter and other social networks, and subscribed to home delivery of three print newspapers..."
  • "I have spent most days since then getting the news mainly from print... podcasts, email newsletters and long-form nonfiction... Basically, I was trying to slow-jam the news..."
  • "Now I am not just less anxious and less addicted to the news, I am more widely informed ... in two months, I managed to read half a dozen books, took up pottery and (I think) became a more attentive husband and father."
  • Farhad's Pollanism: "Get news. Not too quickly. Avoid social."

From Generation Z... The Parkland kids have taken to Twitter, and are using its social amplification to savage critics and keep gun control in the news:

  • When Emma González's name "began to trend on Twitter, she did not know how to use it."
  • "You know that meme where it’s a picture of a grandma in front of a computer? ... That was me."
  • "Ms. González was surrounded by classmates who were familiar with Twitter’s ever-evolving dialect of memes, wisecracks and news stories."
  • The Parkland students’ use of quote tweets is one of their most effective tools. [Sarah] Chadwick, in particular, has used the technique, as well as other memes to mock the students’ ideological opponents.
  • But, but, but: "The social media activism has come with a cost for the high schoolers... [Delaney Tarr] was one of several students interviewed who said that she no longer felt comfortable using her Twitter account to express her opinions on pop culture, or the other lighter subjects she used to tweet about."
  • “I’ll start typing a tweet, then I’ll delete it,” she told the Times. “I’ll think ‘what else can I say’ then type and delete again. I do miss having that teenage Twitter account. But we don’t get that regular teenage life anymore. It just doesn’t exist.”
2. What you missed

A Saudi woman puts on her seatbelt during a driving lesson. Saudi Arabia decided last year to allow women to drive, starting in June. Photo: Amer Hilabi / AFP / Getty Images

  1. U.S. jobless forecast of 2.5%: Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics, is going further on last month's bullish forecast, with conditions.
  2. Sarah Sanders said today that there are "potential carve-outs for Mexico and Canada based on national security," on the tariffs announced by Trump. Quotes. Trump wants to sign something tomorrow.
  3. Over 91% of decision-makers at U.S. venture capital firms are men, according to a new Axios analysis. The chart.
  4. Carl Icahn is denying that he knew about President Trump's steel tariff plan before it was formally disclosed. His statement.
  5. Trump tweeted this morning that he's asked China for a plan to reduce the trade deficit by a billion. By the numbers.
3. 1 big chart
Data: Pew Research; Chart: Axios Visuals