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May 6, 2009 4:21 PM   Subscribe

Steve Coll [pdf], Marissa Mayer [pdf], and Arianna Huffington [pdf] testified today at the Senate Commerce Commitee's hearing on The Future of Journalism, but clearly the main attraction was David Simon [pdf].
posted by Jeff_Larson (22 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
PDF's, really?
posted by empath at 4:42 PM on May 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


When you're dealing with the government it's what you get?
posted by Jeff_Larson at 4:43 PM on May 6, 2009


Hearings! I'm sure Congress will be able to solve the problem! Also I'm sure they won't try to use it to solidify incumbents' political advantages through control of the press!
posted by grobstein at 4:48 PM on May 6, 2009


Each journalist should have an embedded army unit! That'll do the job!
posted by Artw at 4:56 PM on May 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


Why do people show up just to read their essay to Congresspeople? Can Congresspeople not read?
posted by GuyZero at 5:19 PM on May 6, 2009


It's about reading it into testimony, GuyZero. The same thing happens at Parliament in Ottawa during committee meetings. The testimony becomes part of the permanent record, called Hansard here in Canada - I don't know what it's called in the US.
posted by LN at 5:38 PM on May 6, 2009


Why do people hate PDFs?
posted by Rumple at 5:51 PM on May 6, 2009


This has nothing to do with the post, but I once interviewed for an entry-level editorial position at the Huffington Post at their 'headquarters' (i.e. the lady's mansion) here in Los Angeles. I did very well in the interview, but as I was leaving hit my head on a low door frame -- not once, not twice, but three times. Also, I nearly tumbled down the stairs; my new dress shoes were too slick on the bottom.

Clumsiness killed my future in journalism.
posted by ford and the prefects at 5:53 PM on May 6, 2009 [3 favorites]


John Kerry: Newspapers Are "Endangered Species".

WATCH: Arianna Huffington Testifies About The Future Of Journalism; Responds to Kerry's Questions about Huffington Post.
posted by ericb at 6:01 PM on May 6, 2009


Why do people hate PDFs?

Because they're not encapsulated postscript? Hell if I know. If you need to preserve presentation, I can't think of a significantly superior format. SVGz maybe?
posted by pwnguin at 6:20 PM on May 6, 2009


Most people hate PDFs because of Acrobat Reader and how it causes web browsers to freeze up for upwards of a minute as it loads al its ponderous libraries into memory.

(Yes, I know about Acrobat alternatives. I'm just saying why most people hate PDFs.)
posted by JHarris at 6:41 PM on May 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


David Simon's piece was spot on - great post!
posted by speug at 7:19 PM on May 6, 2009


Why do people hate PDFs?

I don't hate PDFs, but most of the things that I want to read that are in PDF format (like congressional testimony) could easily be converted to fairly simple HTML that I would find easier to access and read.
posted by A dead Quaker at 7:32 PM on May 6, 2009 [4 favorites]


"Pontious Pilot"? Let's assume that was Huffington's spell-checker...
posted by Ron Thanagar at 8:14 PM on May 6, 2009


speug, thanks! I'd hoped for more talk about it, but yeah adobe reader sucks.
posted by Jeff_Larson at 8:14 PM on May 6, 2009


If Arianna Huffington's idea of saving journalism is to give a mouthpiece to those that are pushing for the legitimacy of dangerous and execrable pseudoscientific quackery (the anti-vaccine crowd, homeopathy, colon cleansing, et cetera) then I don't want a thing to do with it.
posted by Rhomboid at 8:16 PM on May 6, 2009 [4 favorites]



Why do people show up just to read their essay to Congresspeople? Can Congresspeople not read?
posted by GuyZero at 8:19 PM on May 6 [+] [!]


What's really going to blow your mind is that they submit their opening statements.. they really don't have to read any of it unless they feel like it or have to repeat bits fifty times for members that wander in halfway through the hearing. I think Rangel said at some hearing today (to Sebelius?) that really the witnesses are just there so that the MOCs can have tv time showing how smart/hardworking they are for their constituents. This was just another bad Rangel joke, but like all silly things it is mostly true.
posted by xorry at 8:43 PM on May 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


Note also that sometimes there's a disconnect between what is said in the room and what actually gets entered into the record.

http://www.google.com/search?q=julie+gerberding+congress+testimony+censored
posted by intermod at 9:01 PM on May 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


If Arianna Huffington's idea of saving journalism is to give a mouthpiece to those that are pushing for the legitimacy of dangerous and execrable pseudoscientific quackery (the anti-vaccine crowd, homeopathy, colon cleansing, et cetera) then I don't want a thing to do with it.
posted by Rhomboid at 11:16 PM on May 6 [3 favorites +] [!]


And doesn't pay most of her contributors.
posted by etaoin at 5:52 AM on May 7, 2009


Murdoch to start charging for online news - cutting edge!
posted by Artw at 9:42 AM on May 7, 2009


Radio was supposed to kill newspapers.

Television was supposed to kill newspapers.

Third time lucky or another false alarm? You be the judge!
posted by IndigoJones at 4:40 PM on May 7, 2009


"I've got a degree in Homeopathic Medicine!"

"You've got a degree in baloney." (activates water cannon)
posted by Scoo at 6:16 PM on May 7, 2009


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