Or, rather than mentioning goodbye to Ailes himself, Lewinsky is saying goodbye( and good riddance) to the atmosphere he created. As she wrote in a Monday column for the New York Times:” This is not another obituary for Roger Ailes, who died last week a year after being ousted at Fox News. It is, I hope, instead an obituary for the culture he purveyed — a culture that affected me profoundly and personally .”
Lewinsky outlines the lane that Ailes’ success build Fox News into the cable juggernaut it is today was closely tied to the sensationalization and 24/7 coverage of her most painful public minutes. She writes 😛 TAGEND
Just two years after Rupert Murdoch appointed Mr. Ailes to head the new cable news network, my relationship with President Bill Clinton became public. Mr. Ailes, a former Republican political spy, took the story of the affair and the trial that followed and made certain his anchors hammered it continuously, 24 hours a day.
It ran like sorcery: The tale hooked spectators and constructed them Fox loyalists. For the past 15 times, Fox News has been the No. 1 news station; last year the network constructed $2.3 billion.
Some experts have noted that spectators received Fox for the first time because of the crisis. John Moody, a Fox executive editor, reflected on that interval:” The Lewinsky saga threw us on the news map .” As he threw it in another interview:” Monica was a news channel’s dreaming come true .”
Their dream was my nightmare. My character, my lookings and “peoples lives” were picked apart mercilessly. Truth and fiction mixed at random in the service of higher ratings. My family and I huddled at home, worried about my going to jail — I was the original target of Ken Starr’s investigation, threatened with 27 times for having been accused of signing a false affidavit, stymie justice, suborning perjury and other misdemeanours — or worse, me taking my own life. Meantime, Mr. Ailes huddled with his employees at Fox News, dictating a lineup of talking heads to best exploit this personal and national tragedy.
Lewinsky is a known fact that every network relentlessly covered her tale — after all, it was a sexuality scandal and it involved the president of the United States. In 1998 and into 1999 , no national news story loomed larger. Nonetheless, the nature of Fox News’ coverage felt different to Lewinsky, as though there was ” no rumor was too unsubstantiated , no innuendo too vile and no accusation too abhorrent .”
Lewinsky points out the karmic incongruity of this turn of events in her column.
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” As the past year has uncovered, thanks to brave ladies like Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly, it is clear that at Fox, this culture of exploitation wasn’t limited to the screen ,” ATAG 11 TTshe wrote.” The incongruity of Mr. Ailes’s career at Fox — that he harnessed a sexuality scandal to build a cable juggernaut and then was brought down by his own — was not lost on anyone who has been attaches great importance .”
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Windows 10 is one the smartest, most consistent and well-thought-out Windows updates in a decade and it aches me to see people repudiating an operating system that would likely improve their digital lives.
But there’s also a thing called free will and people have a right to just say no. And when they do that, you have to accept their decision and move on. Eventually, people usually induce the right call or realize that holding onto aging technology is actually hurting them in other ways.
There’s no question Microsoft wants everyone to upgrade to Windows 10 it hopes to have a billion installs by 2018. That’s why they constructed it so simple, offering free upgrades to all Windows 7 and 8.1 users.( Those upgrades cease to be free, by the way, on July 29 .)
However, a free upgrade doesn’t mean much to you if you do not want to upgrade. Yes, upgrading to Windows 10 is a very good notion for most, but we all know that some people have no interest in the new, and often with good reason. Perhaps they’re operating age-old hardware that can’t operate Windows 10 without difficulties or, more likely, they have legacy software and systems that are incompatible with it.
When a California travel agent purposed up with a Windows 10 installation that, she told The Seattle Times , i> she never approved, it constructed her computer all but unusable and virtually sabotaged her business.
She sued, won, and Microsoft was forced to hand her $10,000 for her troubles. Despite the judgment, the Seattle-based software giant admitted no wrongdoing. Yet it clearly did something wrong in its original implementation of the upgrade process.
A break with tradition
Soon after Microsoft liberated Windows 10 last year, it began inspiring Windows 7 and 8.1 users to upgrade. The large pop-up window, reproduction here from Microsoft’s own Windows 10 assistance site, looks like any other Windows operating system dialogue box.
In the far left upper left corner is a static Windows logo and “Get Windows 10. ” Opposite it, on the right side, is the traditional Window minimize icon and, next to that, a white “X” on a cherry-red button. That button, that “X”, should intend close without taking any action. That’s what it means invirtuallyall other Window’s dialog boxes.That’s what it has entailed since at least Windows 95, probably earlier, and dialogs in most other OSes work the same. In fact, onecouldargue thatMicrosoftinvented this particular interfacemetaphor.
Here’s a look at a classic Windows 95 dialogue box. Note the minimize and close icons.
The cherry-red “x” in the Windows 10 Upgrade Notification box, however, violated Microsoft’s own interface regulations a fact Microsoft cops to in theWindows10 Support Page:
This notification means your Windows 10 upgrade will occur at the time indicated, unless you select either Upgrade now or Click here to change upgrade schedule or cancel scheduled upgrade. If you click on OK or on the cherry-red X, youre all set for the upgrade and there is nothing further to do.
In this one-of-a-kind Windows dialogue box, “X” somehow adopted the same entailing as the “OK” button. The only lane to stop the upgrade was to select “Click here to change upgrade schedule or cancel scheduled upgrade.”
To be fair to Microsoft, that information and link is pretty much dead center in the dialogue box. But to be fair to consumers, they’ve been trained by Microsoft( and others) to use dialog boxes in a fairly specific lane. Changing the meaning and activity behind that “X” is something porn pop-up window programmers do. Shutting one window is not a signal for them to stop, it’s a message telling them to open more and more.
Did the California travel agent encounter this box and think she had rejected the upgrade by clicking the cherry-red “X”( probably without even reading) when instead she had just made Microsoft tacit acceptance to perform the upgrade? Maybe.
As I said, Microsoft never admitted wrongdoing, but in the wake of the travel agent’s suit, it is changing how this dialog box operates specifically making the cherry-red “X” close the window with no further action.
Microsoft Mashable with this statement from Microsoft Windows lead-in Terry Myerson 😛 TAGEND
We started our journey with Windows 10 with a clear purpose to move people from needing Windows to picking Windows to desiring Windows. Towards this goal, the coming week well launch a new upgrade experience for millions of PCs around the world. The new experience has clearer alternatives to upgrade now, prefer a period, or refuse the free offer. If the red-x is selected on this new dialog, it will reject the dialog and we will notify the machine again in a few days.
When I discussed this turn of events with Tech Editor Pete Pachal, he wondered aloud if Microsoft might fire someone over this. Nonetheless, I don’t only one person is responsible. Theupgradedialogueboxes were carefully designed( there’s even asecond confirmationbox that also breaks the red-X-means-closerule ). This was likely a grouptask, a self-conscious great efforts to nudgepeoplea little harder in future directions of the new.That was clearly a larger misstep that is likely sits in Myerson’s lap.
I understand whyMicrosoftdid it. It was trying to avoidthe situation it faced with Windows XP( and even Windows 95 ). Times after release, people were still operating this OS( and other, even older ones) on antiquated PCs, systemsMicrosoft wasforcedto continue tosupport until it ultimately said no more.
Gettingeveryonetechnically on the same page is a beautiful dreaming, but ignores the reality ofbusiness, techmigrationand legacy systems. Customers don’t procession in lockstep from one thing to the next, andno quantity of engineering or sleight-of-hand is going to change that.
An X is an X is an X.
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