Currently in Boston — January 18th, 2023

The weather, currently.

Mild weather for the next couple of days

There was plenty of melting today with temperatures well into the 40s. It won't be very chilly tonightm, as readings today are just above freezing in most areas. During Wednesday, I'm looking at temperatures in the mid-40s once again, which should clear out most of the snow. Another storm system approaches Thursday. Skies will become mostly cloudy. Rain should develop by the end of the day. Temperatures will only be near 40°F, so it will be quite chilly. Over Northern New England, I'm looking for accumulating snow. The precipitation here may end as snow. Look for seasonable conditions over the weekend.

Dave Epstein

What you need to know, currently.

Currently and Project Mushroom’s founder, Eric Holthaus, wrote a powerful essay for Nieman Lab about his predictions for journalism in 2023 and the ways in which marginalized voices have come together and gained more power amid Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover.

“My prediction is that in 2023, social media will fragment — spurred by Twitter’s ongoing collapse as a left-leaning organizing space — and the social media platforms that emerge will accelerate the rise of the political power of marginalized people in U.S. politics.

I founded Project Mushroom to amplify the voices of marginalized people to achieve climate justice — and our work was just made about 100x easier because of Twitter’s ongoing collapse.

In just four weeks, starting from scratch, Project Mushroom was able to assemble a waitlist of more than 30,000 people, fully fund a $200,000 Kickstarter, and land tens of thousands of dollars in advertising deals from organizations perfectly aligned with our audience — people working for climate justice and willing to partner to make it happen. We were able to charge advertising rates at 3x the national average because of that alignment.

In short, Elon Musk just created a new era of social media: Niche verticals of like-minded people that can charge premium advertising rates and accelerate the interests of their communities.”

Read the full Nieman Lab piece here!

What you can do, currently.