Supercreator AM: Six months later
Looking back at the horror of the Capitol Attack (and ahead at what’s next). Plus: Uber and Lyft have a driver problem and the NBA Finals start tonight.
Good morning and welcome to Supercreator AM, a new free newsletter from The Supercreator to guide you through what’s happening at the intersection of politics, culture and creativity to start your day — and why it matters — in five minutes or less. It’s Tuesday, July 6. I’m Michael, writing to you from New York City. Here’s what you need to know as you start your day:
THE CAPITOL ATTACK, SIX MONTHS LATER ⇢ Jan. 6 was supposed to be a jubilant day: Jon Ossoff and Rev. Rafael Warnock were elected as Georgia’s new US senators, which gave Democrats control of the White House and both chambers of Congress. Instead, most of us watched in disgust as a mob of Trump-supporting insurrectionists attacked the nation’s Capitol in an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election by disrupting Congress while they formalized then-President-elect Biden’s victory. Five people died and more than 140 people were injured during or after the domestic terrorist invasion. In the six months since more than 500 people have been charged. And after Republicans blocked a bill in May to create a commission to investigate the events leading up to and through the attack, last week Speaker Nancy Pelosi created a House select committee to provide the public with answers — a task that’s unlikely to be completed until well into 2022.
⇢ From Jacques Billeaud at AP News: “Rioters accused of erasing content from social media, phones”
⇢ From Hugo Lowell at The Guardian: “Capitol attack: what Pelosi’s select committee is likely to investigate”
NIKOLE HANNAH-JONES SPEAKS OUT ⇢ The New York Times journalist, who won a Pulitzer Prize for the 1619 Project that reexamined the legacy of slavery in America, sat down for a conversation with CBS This Morning’s Gayle King that aired a few moments ago. The interview is Hannah-Jones’s first since she was approved for tenure by the University of North Carolina last week, a move a white UNC graduate and donor attempted to block due to his discomfort with the 1619 Project. I plan to watch a recording of the interview after I publish this issue and will report any news in this afternoon’s Supercreator PM newsletter.
⇢ From Kate Murphy and Martha Quillin at The Herald Sun: “UNC trustees approve tenure for Nikole Hannah-Jones, bringing end to campus controversy”
BNC @BNCNews"Do you feel like UNC is a place where you want to be?" BNT's @marclamonthill asks Taliajah M. Vann @TaliajahV how she feels in the aftermath of @UNC 's decision to finally grant her #tenure. #BlackNewsTonight. https://t.co/Zh2G9SD9oS
UBER AND LYFT TRY TO WOO DRIVERS ⇢ The companies behind two of the leading ride-sharing apps have a mess on their hands of which they have only themselves to blame: A shortage of drivers in the US has caused prices for rides to increase by 27 percent between January and May. As a result, they’re rethinking how they recruit the workers to whom they’re unwilling to pay a living wage or offer employer benefits. Uber is considering funding education and professional development programs for drivers. Lyft could introduce a new partnership that would discount gas or insurance or supplement the cost of buying a vehicle, which would reduce drivers’ expenses. And both companies are offering drivers email insights to help maximize their earning opportunities.
⇢ From Preetika Rana at The Wall Street Journal: “Uber, Lyft Sweeten Job Perks Amid Driver Shortage, Lofty Fares”
ADVERTISERS PAY MORE TO TARGET ANDROID USERS ⇢ When Apple launched an update to iOS 14 a few months ago, it included a new policy that required apps to request permission to track customers. At the time, the move was expected to hit companies like Facebook with business models that heavily rely on digital advertising. And new data shows that less than a third of iOS customers opt-in to tracking, which has plummeted the prices of mobile ads targeted to iOS customers, while rates for to advertise Android users have spiked. Here’s why: Digital advertisers say the iOS update makes ads less effective because they can no longer extract the personal data that once made their ads so effective. But Google has yet to require app transparency so advertisers are swarming to Android customers while the getting is still good.
From Patience Haggin at WSJ: “After Apple Tightens Tracking Rules, Advertisers Shift Spending Toward Android Devices”
THE NBA FINALS START TONIGHT ⇢ Ask a basketball fan in your life and they’ll tell you this season has been a wild one: For starters, the regular season was 10 games shorter than usual and the playoffs have been marred by disappointing injuries to some of the NBA’s biggest stars. But through it all, the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks made it to the championship round, which starts tonight. Both teams haven’t been to the Finals in a while: It’s the first trip for Phoenix since Bill Clinton was president and the last time Milwaukee made it, President Richard Nixon was about to resign in disgrace. The first two games of the series are on west-coast time. And there once was a time where I could stay up and watch the entire game without dozing off. But you can count on me to be asleep by halftime of tonight’s game. The casualties of adulting, I guess?
⇢ From Ben Rohrbach at Yahoo Sports: “2021 NBA Finals preview: Phoenix Suns vs. Milwaukee Bucks”
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