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  • 17 March 2008 | {CATEGORY}

    Whither goes NPR

    In October of last year, I held up National Public Radio as a media organisation of tomorrow, a non-profit “… hybrid of old and new media,” which offers all of its content free of charge on the Internet. I said that, in the future, “…news companies would do well to follow NPR's lead, embracing Web 2.0 applications while accepting a non-profit model of production and growth.” I may have spoken too soon.
  • 12 March 2008 | {CATEGORY}

    Nation 2.0

    “Like many important concepts, Web 2.0 doesn't have a hard boundary, but rather, a gravitational core. You can visualize Web 2.0 as a set of principles and practices that tie together a veritable solar system of sites that demonstrate some or all of those principles, at a varying distance from that core.” Now take out “Web” and insert “Nation.”
  • 13 February 2008 | {CATEGORY}

    On the borderlands of the Fourth Estate II

    The extent to which governments should be allowed to keep secrets may be debateable, but there never seems to be any tangible benefit to the public from it. One wonders if presumably legitimate secret information – troop movements and weapons programs and terrorism investigations – isn't kept secret out of necessity so much as a symptom of the military conflicts engendered by secret programs of espionage, subterfuge, interrogation, torture, assassination and misinformation that have been alleged to have taken place during and since the Cold War.
  • 25 January 2008 | {CATEGORY}

    On the borderlands of the Fourth Estate

    According to former American Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld: "We need someone in the United States government, some entity, not like the old USIA . . . I think this agency, a new agency, has to be something that would take advantage of the wonderful opportunities that exist today. There are multiple channels for information . . . The Internet is there, pods are there, talk radio is there, e-mails are there. There are all kinds of opportunities."
  • 19 January 2008 | {CATEGORY}

    The future of the Internet is far from certain

    I'm an ardent futurist and a bit of a romantic. Thus when I imagine the future of the Internet, it is usually with optimism. However, Brooke Gladstone's recent interview with Tim Wu, a Columbia University professor of technology and law, caused a crack in that vision. I'll explain why, but first…
  • 8 January 2008 | {CATEGORY}

    Books that journalists should read: Edwin Black

    Did you know that the IBM Corporation helped to organised the Holocaust? Or that corporate and governmental power in America conspired to dismantle mass-transit systems and addict Americans to internal combustion engine vehicles? These are not, as they may sound, conspiracy theories, but the exhaustively researched claims of books and articles by award-winning journalist and investigative author Edwin Black.
  • 12 December 2007 | {CATEGORY}

    What duties have journalists?

    In my collegiate major world religions class, the professor used the opening scenes of the secular film Jerry Maguire to introduce us to the concept of epiphany. For those who haven't seen the 1996 film: the protagonist, Maguire, begins as a rich and successful sports agent, aggressively pursuing clients with smiles, pretence and talk. After he tries to convince the son of a client that the kid's father should keep playing sports despite four concussions, he asks himself, “Who had I become? Just another shark in suit?”
  • 17 November 2007 | {CATEGORY}

    Media democratization on the battlefield II

    George Orwell feared technology would one day be used as a tool of political control. But military blogging - as well as the work of some dedicated mainstream journalists - has shown that technology also enables everyday soldiers and other folks on the ground to expose to the realities of conflict, to pierce abstractions and see the effects on humanity beneath.
  • 6 November 2007 | {CATEGORY}

    Don’t take chocolate from the right-wing media

    I stumbled across a blog this week called MedienKritik: Politically Incorrect Observations in the German Media by David Kaspar and Ray Drake. It is a blog that intends to act as “…a watchdog site dedicated to the documentation of anti-Americanism in German media and the negative influence it has on Germans' perceptions of the United States.”
  • 23 October 2007 | {CATEGORY}

    Media democratization on the battlefield

    Increasingly, U.S. military personnel and people in war zones are talking about war from the inside. These testimonies, which would have been very difficult if not impossible to disseminate before the information age, often offer a stark contrast to the message presented by government and corporate media. There are hundreds of blogs about war and conflict.
  • 17 October 2007 | {CATEGORY}

    Trust me. I’m objective!

    That’s right.  I’m objective.  My capacity to sit down and write means that I have no biases, preconceptions, prejudices, politics or agendas.  I arrived, fresh from Mars, to view the media landscape with complete and unhindered truthiness.  So sit back, read and relax in the confidence that what you’re seeing represents reality as it is.

  • 8 October 2007 | {CATEGORY}

    Helping to revolutionize journalism

    As I write this blog, I'm helping to revolutionize journalism. No, really! I am. I can take this article, paste it, link it and tag it on dozens of websites in view of millions of people. I can establish hundreds of threads between my words and the world. And I can do it at no cost, every day, as much as I want. Usually, I'll even do it for free.