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Current Topic: Media

Topic: Media 3:32 pm EDT, May  7, 2005

] Podscope is the first search engine that actually allows
] you to search for spoken words within any audio or video
] file. We're starting with podcasts and will be
] adding all types of multimedia in coming months.

Neat! Takes you right to the timestamp in the audio where the thing you are searching for appears.


Wired News: Podcasting Killed the Radio Star
Topic: Media 1:45 am EDT, Apr 28, 2005

] Podcasting will soon break out of the "pod" and onto the
] public airwaves.
] The world's first all-podcast radio station will be
] launched on May 16 by Infinity Broadcasting, the radio
] division of Viacom.

Read as: They are going to play Podcasts.

] In addition to the newfound reach promised by radio
] broadcast, podcasters may be free to include in their
] podcasts some music from major record labels, Infinity said.
] The company said it plans to cover the cost of music-licensing
] fees, which are prohibitively high for most individuals.
] In part because of licensing requirements, which usually cover
] only broadcast and streaming, the company has no plans to
] provide downloadable program archives.

Got programming? Infinity has transmitters..

] Hollander said Infinity does not plan to assert ownership
] claims on content submitted by podcasters, who will remain
] free to publish their podcasts on the internet -- or anywhere
] else they choose.
] "They can give it to us and give it to somebody else, because
] we're not taking anything away from them," Hollander said.
] "We're just helping them reach a broader audience with
] our bandwidth."

There is where the Podcasting space starts to get interesting.

Wired News: Podcasting Killed the Radio Star

Topic: Media 7:57 pm EDT, Apr 11, 2005

Maps google news top stories geographically.


Wired News: Whither The Wall Street Journal?
Topic: Media 9:45 am EST, Mar  2, 2005

] Since most people refuse to pay for WSJ stories, most
] bloggers are reluctant to link to them. It also has an
] impact on anyone who uses the web for research -- and
] there are a lot of us. As importantly, the next
] generation of readers is growing up by accessing news
] over the internet, and one place they are not surfing to
] is With their habits being formed now, there is
] little chance the Journal will become part of their
] lives, either now or in the future.

I've made this observation many times before.

Wired News: Whither The Wall Street Journal?

The Media and Medievalism
Topic: Media 1:05 pm EST, Dec 26, 2004

"The most blatant tyranny is the one which asks the most blatant questions. All questioning is a forcible intrusion. The questioner knows what there is to find, but he wants actually to touch it and bring it to light."

Across the post-industrial West, elections have become eerily manipulated events indistinguishable from corporate advertising campaigns, in which candidates regularly make pronouncements that are obviously insincere or flat-out false but vital to placating millions of voters on hot-button emotional issues. The world loves the untrue statement, and the sliest, most successful politicians deeply internalize this fact.

But few politicians are consistently sly in reading accurately the crowd's daily and hourly shifts in passion, and those who are -- because of the fact of their slyness -- usually find it wiser to cave in to these shifts than to lead the crowd down the hard road elsewhere. Because even our best politicians are cowed by the electoral herd, we must look to another group for the true source of power in our age.

Robert D. Kaplan rocks. In this piece, he channels the Nobel laureate Elias Canetti, with McLuhanesque results.

The Media and Medievalism

CJR November/December 2004: Blinded by Science
Topic: Media 12:13 pm EST, Nov 11, 2004

] The scientific consensus is quite firm that abortion does
] not cause breast cancer. If reporters want to take
] science and its conclusions seriously, their reporting
] should reflect this reality - no matter what
] anti-abortionists say.
] But what happened next illustrates one reason journalists
] have such a hard time calling it like they see it on
] science issues. In an internal memo exposed by the Web
] site, the Times's editor, John
] Carroll, singled out Gold's story for harsh
] criticism, claiming it vindicated critics who accuse the
] paper of liberal bias.

Reality has a "liberal bias."

CJR November/December 2004: Blinded by Science

Wikinews - From Meta; discussion about Wikimedia projects
Topic: Media 10:18 am EDT, Oct 26, 2004

] While we are faced with many new challenges, Wikinews
] will adopt the key principles which have made Wikipedia
] and the other Wikimedia websites what they are today:
] neutrality, free content, and an open decision making
] process.
] We seek to promote the idea of the citizen journalist,
] because we believe that everyone can make a useful
] contribution to painting the big picture of what is
] happening in the world around us. The time has come to
] create a free news source, by the people and for the
] people. We invite you to join us in this effort which has
] the potential to change the world forever.

Wow, what an original concept! :) Wikipedia is more a community then a technology, and they have a lot of momentum. I think neutral POV articles that are community edited make sense, but there are some challenges:

1. Wikipedia articles about politically contentious issues tend to be volatile and poor.
2. There is an issue of timeliness. All of the arguing over the POV of the story must happen in a short period of time before the story becomes old news.

Regardless, I think wikipedia will produce something here thats valuable.

Wikinews - From Meta; discussion about Wikimedia projects

C-SPAN: More Jon Stewart Commentary
Topic: Media 1:42 pm EDT, Oct 25, 2004

] Comedian Jon Stewart talks about the presidential
] candidates and the media in a discussion hosted by
] Syracuse University.

Fucking Hillarious

C-SPAN: More Jon Stewart Commentary

CBS News | Jon Stewart Roasts Real News
Topic: Media 1:40 am EDT, Oct 25, 2004

Jon Stewart was on 60 minutes tonight... Hopefully this will hit the web. CBS will sell a tape for $30, but not until November... He also appeared recently on cspan... This seems to be a clearing house for information:

CBS News | Jon Stewart Roasts Real News

IFILM: John Stewart vs. CNN Crossfire
Topic: Media 1:22 pm EDT, Oct 16, 2004

STEWART: You know, the interesting thing I have is, you have a responsibility to the public discourse, and you fail miserably.

CARLSON: You need to get a job at a journalism school, I think.

STEWART: You need to go to one. The thing that I want to say is, when you have people on for just knee-jerk, reactionary talk...

CARLSON: Wait. I thought you were going to be funny. Come on. Be funny.

STEWART: No. No. I'm not going to be your monkey.


BEGALA: Go ahead. Go ahead.

STEWART: I watch your show every day. And it kills me.

CARLSON: I can tell you love it.

STEWART: It's so -- oh, it's so painful to watch.


STEWART: You know, because we need what you do. This is such a great opportunity you have here to actually get politicians off of their marketing and strategy.

CARLSON: Is this really Jon Stewart? What is this, anyway?

IFILM: John Stewart vs. CNN Crossfire

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