Hostile takeover

[T]here was a time, in America, when the government paid for infrastructure and the public had a say in important local services. With Ubers ruling the roads, Birds ruling the sidewalks, Elon Musk running our subways and Domino’s paving our roads, that age is gone.

Farhad Manjoo H/T @ayjay

There was inordinate attention paid to national affairs (versus local) even before the internet, but the internet has exacerbated the problem by putting local media on the ropes. Manjoo highlights other reasons why corporations can work their will, including Travis’s Law.

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