"On Monday, veteran Washington Post editor and New Yorker contributor Marc Fisher published a deeply reported, scrupulous Columbia Journalism Review cover story
on how the Internet’s metabolism and economy [including instant-headline video start-up NowThisNews
], which places a premium on being first to a story and on attracting clicks, has led to compromises when it comes to the whole accuracy thing. As if on cue, a fun news story
has been making the rounds in the past few days: A survey
found that 11 percent of Americans believe that "HTML" is a sexually transmitted disease. Other findings included that 20 percent believe a "motherboard" is a cruise-ship deck and 15 percent believe "software" is a type of clothing. The survey itself... may not exist
." -- TNR on the Circular Fact Checking ecosystem of online news reporting.
Taking the seen-it route
: Sara Morrison talks about the rise and influence of television show recapping; recapping's advantages for writers; and the origins and evolution of Television Without Pity (<--- time suck warning: TVTropes link!)
Includes lots of links and a handy chart of recappers
. [more inside]
"We are losing much of the history of the twentieth century because the copyright industries are more litigious than ever."
A cogent "primer for reporters [and others] who find themselves lost in the copyright jungle" in the age of Google and the DMCA.