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Oh that Heavenly….Drone

A pet peeve of mine has always been the editorializing that newspapers routinely get away with when they publish a photo of a politician or other well know person along with a negative story that depicts them as troubled or discomforted by the news.  But the Internet is a slightly different.  I almost fell out [...]


Refreshing Independence

I’m not at all sure that blogs will replace journalism as we know it.  I am sure that the best independent journalists provide a view that has become institutionally difficult or impossible for ‘professional’ journalists to supply. I think of how war reporter Michael Yon allows emotion to enter into his reporting in a way [...]


Fox’s Popularity

Conservatives have been celebrating the extraordinary popularity of Fox News in the era of Obama. A recent example is In From the Cold’s description of drastic cutbacks at ABC News and the continuing struggle for ratings at CNN. For me this raises the question of whether or not the shrinkage affecting traditional print journalism is [...]


Something is Happening

This post by Shannon Love at Chicago Boyz argues in The New York Times of Cable News that Fox’s dominance of the cable news business is driving news content similar to the way the New York Times has long determined what stories will be reported on. I’m not at all sure it is that simple, [...]


The Unthinkable

John Plunkett of the UK Guardian  writes here about a subject near and dear to the hearts of newspapers these days. The Financial Times editor, Lionel Barber, has predicted that “almost all” news organisations will be charging for online content within a year. Its a pretty savvy article recognizing that financial papers like the Financial [...]


Purpose

I propose developing a new media theory as called for by Camile Paglia based on the work of Marshal McLuhan, Norman A Brown, Leslie Fiedler, as well as Eric S Raymond, Glenn Reynolds and others. See the Invitation for fuller information and how you may be able to participate. I want your help just like Linus Torvalds wanted help developing Linux.

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