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Current Topic: Media

Eat The Press |
Topic: Media 11:42 am EDT, Oct  4, 2006

Swapping a "D" for an "R" last night, Fox News and "The O'Reilly Factor" labeled disgraced pedophile Congressman Mark Foley, longtime Republican, as a Democrat.

Brit Hume says "The accusation that Fox News is on the right-wing bandwagon comes mostly from those who don't watch the channel." I wonder why.

Eat The Press |

Risk - AdverBox Advertising Blog
Topic: Media 2:02 pm EDT, Aug 29, 2006

I'm not sure which of these Singaporean Risk ads would be more offensive in the west, the arab royals in the Whitehouse, or the implication (am I missing something here) that having a black woman running Canada would require a war. The current Governor General of Canada is a black woman. In fact, this picture looks a bit like the Risk ad. I suppose they meant to imply an African country taking over Canada by force, or perhaps they thought they were photoshopping a picture of England.

However, I'm suprised that Indians taking over China isn't offensive in Singapore...

Risk - AdverBox Advertising Blog

Friendster lost steam. Is MySpace just a fad?
Topic: Media 9:17 am EST, Mar 23, 2006

A lot of folks have asked me "What went wrong with Friendster? Why is MySpace any different?" I guess i never directly answered that question, even though i've addressed the causes in other talks. Still, i guess it would be helpful to piece some of it together and directly attend to this question.

* Social technologies succeed when they fit into the social lives and practices of those who engage with the technology.
* People use the social technologies that all of their friends are using.
* Social technologies need benevolent dictators who love their constituents.
* It's not all about productivity.
* It is not about technological perfection.
* Is it all a fad?

This essay by Danah Boyd is worth a read. Danah is a Berkley PhD student who has been watching this space very closely for quite some time now and has always shown some good insight. Also take a look at the followup post where she talks about the term "super publics" in the context of traditional communications theory.

Friendster lost steam. Is MySpace just a fad? - IT Crowd
Topic: Media 1:20 am EST, Mar 14, 2006

CTRL ALT DELETE your TV and watch the IT Crowd online!

I saw some of this at Interz0ne and it is absolutely hillarious. If you have ever wondered what would happen if the guys from Monty Python started hanging out at 2600 meetings this is probably it... - IT Crowd

Boing Boing: Media shutdown in Kenya -- TV station, newspaper torched
Topic: Media 1:15 pm EST, Mar  2, 2006

Masked, plainclothes police carrying assault rifles staged a midnight raid on the country's oldest newspaper and its sister television station early Thursday, burning tens of thousands of newspapers in the most dramatic attack on the press in Kenya's history.

Boing Boing: Media shutdown in Kenya -- TV station, newspaper torched

Brian Krebs and 0x80 - (
Topic: Media 3:53 pm EST, Feb 22, 2006

You do realize that you have basically betrayed a legacy of protecting journalistic sources (that at the WaPo includes the most infamous of such, Deep Throat), not only that but you have inadvertnatly (we can only assume it was inadvertant) destroyed faith in the concept of journalists protecting their sources, making it more difficult for future sources to come forward.

Read the threads... Apparently there is a googlemap link to 0x80's likely neighborhood.

Brian Krebs and 0x80 - (

Boing Boing: Democracy: a new platform for making and seeing TV on the net
Topic: Media 10:34 am EST, Feb 22, 2006

A new suite of free and open tools let you watch TV, make TV, and recommend TV in a way that's easier, cheaper and more accessible than ever before.

Has anyone played with this?

Boing Boing: Democracy: a new platform for making and seeing TV on the net

MySpace rises as new online star
Topic: Media 1:22 am EST, Feb 13, 2006

The Internet has a rising star whose name isn't Google. Just over 2 years old, MySpace now has 2 1/2 times the traffic of Google

The development comes as the leading portal, Yahoo, becomes more like MySpace, starting a social-networking service called 360 and buying content-sharing sites such as Flickr and

MySpace rises as new online star

N.Y. Times Editor-Reporter Dies After Attack in NW
Topic: Media 1:10 pm EST, Jan  9, 2006

David E. Rosenbaum, a longtime editor and reporter in the Washington bureau of the New York Times, died yesterday after being beaten and robbed Friday night near his home in upper Northwest Washington.

Was this a hit?

N.Y. Times Editor-Reporter Dies After Attack in NW

Internet Backlash
Topic: Media 12:56 pm EST, Dec 13, 2005

There is a stupid notion going around that the news media would be better off if anyone and everyone got to make a contribution to it. Blogs and podcasts are examples of this and reader-generated electronic "newspapers" are beginning to spring up. People who should know better see this as democratizing the flow of news and information...

I have been concerned about this new, online "citizen journalism" becoming the source of more disinformation than truth, a concern that actually extends to most of the Internet.

Some people in the media are absolutely giddy about the opportunity to pile a complete and total indictment of the entire Internet on top of this incident. Oh my god! People can express their own views without control from the 4th estate! How will we ever know what is true anymore?!

Check out the headline on this article:

For all its wonders, the world-changing effects of the digital civilization contains a slimy, anarchic undercurrent of democracy run amok.

There is so much that is broken about the perspectives being offered around this incident:

The idea that Wikipedia and encyclopedias are the same kinds of things and their value should be judged by the same criteria.
The idea that Wikipedia must either be 100% reliable or completely useless for any purpose.
The idea that people are not capable of critical thinking and should not be responsible for doing it.
The idea that the alleged connection to the Kennedy Assasination would have been viewed as credible by anyone who isn't nuts.
The idea that internet anonymity is a bad thing.
The idea that "supporting freedom of speech" is compatible with "demanding accountability." (Haven't you people ever heard of the Federalist Papers?!)
The idea that the highly reliable totally awesome 4th estate should be the arbiter of the truth, when in their articles about this VERY incident they have repeatedly twisted this guy's voluntary resignation from his job (which he had to do because of the pressure THEY would put on his employer if he hadn't) so that it appears as if he was fired. "Man looses job over wikipedia prank..."

The biggest problem here is the idea that a national press campaign and the threat of lawsuits are a reasonable way of dealing with a problem on a publically editable wiki! This notion is so irrational that one suspects John Seigenthaler of taking advantage of the opportunity because he wanted to launch a broder attack on the Internet. You gunna sue me for suggesting that, John? Go ahead. Make my fucking day.

Internet Backlash

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