February 20, 2024 - 6:00pm

→ Ireland: king of the EU’s new censorship regime

Move over Brussels, there’s a new censor in town. Ireland’s social media regulator, Coimisiún na Meán (The Commision), has launched its user contact centre, which allows members of the public to report on one another for breaches of the EU’s Digital Services Act (DSA). Coimisiún na Meán is now set to be the biggest regulator on the continent, with oversight for 450 million Europeans.

The DSA came into full effect at the weekend, with CoimisiĂşn na Meán taking on a majority of the regulatory caseload. The body has the ability to fine digital platforms millions of euros for failing to properly educate people about “misinformation”, while it has been suggested that its public complaint function will invariably be used to target political dissidents. Another free speech victory for the EU…

→ Zoomers really don’t want to work

 Gen Z’s reputation for work-shyness only seems to be growing. Late last year American psychologist Jean Twenge wrote about how attitudes to work plummeted among young people after 2021, remarking that all those TikToks about “quiet quitting were onto something”.

Now, a new survey by Indeed has revealed that like dating, ghosting is rife among this age cohort. Based on a survey of 1,500 businesses and 1,500 people, as many as 93% of Zoomers said that they’ve not shown up for job interviews. In addition, 87% claimed that, after securing the job, they never showed up for work on their first day. Maybe military conscription isn’t such a bad idea after all.

→ The anti-Trump Resistance is burned out

Facing 91 felony counts and a $355 million fine, it would be understandable if Donald Trump was getting tired with this whole politics thing. But he’s not the only one: according to a recent New York Times story, anti-Trump voters (aka The Resistance) are grappling with a similar kind of sentiment. “Some folks are burned out on outrage,” said one progressive, while another claimed that “we’re kind of, like, crises-ed out… It’s crisis fatigue, for sure”. Hallelujah! After 8 years of catastrophising about everything from Russiagate to the looming threat of civil war, America’s guardians of democracy are (we hope) finally going to take some time off.