Currently in Los Angeles — January 18th, 2023

The weather, currently.

Sunshine's back in Los Angeles!

I hold myself in fetal position, rocking back and forth, chanting, “we need the rain. We need the rain” until the words no longer hold meaning. Out of the corner of my eye, I notice sunlight bleeding through my window, the light blinding after nonstop grey days. I crawl to the sill and peek outside. Blue skies. Dry grass. An influencer in cut offs. It’s 55°F and a little windy, but no water clings to the window pane. Are the storms over? Can I go back to wearing my Tevas?

Yes. Wednesday’s temperatures might peak at 58°F, and that wind is still threatening to dump a palm tree on your Subaru, but we’re done with storms. For now. I had heard more atmospheric rivers could crawl through Los Angeles, but right now the forecast is clear for the rest of the week. Rejoice, dance in the not-rain, enjoy the fresh snow in the mountains. We are back to dry, frigid nights, but I’m welcoming the lows in the mid-40s.

—Renée Reizman

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.