The Federal Communications Commission has announced
that they would propose new rules allowing content providers to pay ISPs for priority "fast lanes," reversing their earlier position and effectively rejecting the principle of net neutrality
held since the earliest days of the internet. The full set of proposed rules will be announced on May 15. [more inside]
What I think we forget–or worse, never even realized—is the extreme privilege often inherent in “digital literacy.”
Yes, much of the Internet is free. But it takes time and energy to develop the skills and habits necessary to successfully derive value from today’s media. Knowing how to tell a troll from a serious thinker, spotting linkbait, understanding a meme, cross checking articles against each other, even posting a comment to disagree with something–these are skills. They might not feel like it, but they are. And they’re easier to acquire the higher your tax bracket.
- The New Digital Divide: Privilege, Misinformation and Outright B.S. in Modern Media
Jail for sharing HBO Go passwords
New York Times tech journalist Jenna Wortham made a confession that could be used to send her to prison for a year or more. What was the startling criminal admission
? She uses someone else’s password to sign into the cable-subscriber-only HBO Go app to watch ‘Game of Thrones.’
Brian Lam quit Gizmodo after feeling burnt out from a frantic digital existence.
“I was tired of doing posts that were obsolete three hours after I wrote them,” Mr. Lam said. “I wanted evergreen content that didn’t have to be updated constantly in order to hunt traffic. I wanted to publish things that were useful.”
In the wake of the venerable Boston Phoenix changing to a glossy magazine format
and rebranding itself as simply The Phoenix (as well as the ongoing turmoil at the Village Voice
), Salon's Will Doig writes the obituary for the age of the alt-weeklies. The Phoenix responds.
A treatise on fungibility, or, a framework for understanding the mess the news industry is in and the opportunities that lie ahead. The younger the person you ask, the less likely it is you’ll find that link between wanting to know what’s going on and grabbing a paper or opening up a news website. They use Pinterest to figure out what’s fashionable and Facebook to see if there’s anything fun going on next weekend. They use Facebook just the same to figure out whether there’s anything they need to be upset about and need to protest against.
Newstweek: fixing the facts.
Newstweek is a device that injects fake news into unsecured wireless connections. More info at hackaday.
In February, AOL acquired
the Huffington Post for $315 million. (Previously)
The formation of The Huffington Post Media Group was announced
, to integrate content for a new combined, claimed audience of "117 Million Americans and 270 Million Globally."
Then, AOL fired 200 US employees (leaving many sites without editorial staff
) and began restructuring
. Today, they announced that 30 brands
, including popular site Slashfood
, will be closed or folded into existing Huffington Post sections. [more inside]
Restoring Journalism Maureen Tkacik talks about her life as a journalist, the nothing-based economy, and the future of journalism. She suggests abandoning authority and productively channeling narcissism.
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No Secrets: Julian Assange’s mission for total transparency.
A New Yorker profile of WikiLeaks
founder Julian Assange and his "media insurgency."
Google began inviting
volunteers to a public preview test
of their new Wave
web-based collaborative email and document communications platform yesterday, which enables users to "communicate and work together in real time." Initial reviews
this past May
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Chinese news site dispense with user anonymity.
Includes an updated list of sites China actively blocks, including Human Rights Watch
and Amnesty International
(?!? - both links work only outside of China). prev
The Nieman Journalism Lab
is a collaborative attempt to figure out how quality journalism can survive and thrive in the Internet age. At Harvard they are working with the Business School on new business models, the Berkman Center for Internet and Society
on understanding online life, and the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations
on one potential path for news organizations.
NPR's On The Media
presents a short set of pieces about comments on news websites and the challenges of "digital democracy," with discussion from Ira Glass
about responses to a show about teenage runaways, and New Republic editor and critic Lee Siegel
, who posted anonymously to respond insultingly to comments on his own blog. And a Roanoke newspaper editor
discusses how one paper sees the integration of comments into online news sites and whether it's a valuable reader service. [more inside]
Baby's first internet
comes amidst other, less illustrated, concerns
about the all-consuming 'blogosphere' and increasingly online life. The problems, it seems, are somewhat novel
and (one assumes) almost endless
As a result of the Dutch film Fitna
, Indonesia has blocked several websites including MySpace and YouTube.
This follows hot on the heels of a new bill which could see people face six years of jail time or a 1 billion rupiah fine for being caught sending out porn, “false news” or racial or religious slurs on the Web.
The Indonesian government will start censoring the Internet next month with specialised software. Very disappointing for a country which had a reasonably free press.
Akamai's Internet Visualizations.
Akamai is a major mirroring and caching service which serves up a large chunk of all internet traffic. They are now sharing some pretty visualizations based on their data which used to be customer only. News
. Real-time Web Monitor
. Network Performance Comparison.
Before RSS and personalized aggregators such as Personalized Google
, there was CRAYON
, a service that allowed you to "CReAte Your Own Newspaper" by providing a page with links to chosen sources. [mi]
It's a site dedicated to monitoring news articles and discussion threads at the BBC. For censored comments from BBC news threads: Watch Your Mouth
. And now it has implementation that tracks changes in news articles, to see how things are edited: Revisionista
. Here's a couple
Shock and gore.
The people behind "the world's goriest website
", why they do it, and what it says about us.
From See It Now to Download it Later.
A possible milestone in internet broadcasting: on Monday, NBC's Nightly News
will become the first national network news broadcast to be made available for free over the internet.
In the Hot Zone
Yahoo! have hired journalist Kevin Sites
(previously discussed here
) to 'cover every armed conflict in the world within one year... to provide a clear idea of the combatants, victims, causes, and costs of each of these struggles - and their global impact'. The NYT
(reg required) quotes Lloyd Braun, Head of Yahoo! Media Group, saying that he hopes they can combat the "growing public distrust of network news... [with] a transparency I think the Internet user wants and the news audience is craving".
Here's A Really Neat
" feature on how much we rely on the good 'ol Net for our daily dose of news and knowledge.
I've gradually abandoned almost all other sources of news, to the point where TV, magazines and news papers have pretty much disappeared from my life, but unlike the Slashdot guy, I still get a fair amount of "Information
" from books.
He's got a good question, and there are some really Good Answers
at Slashdot, but I'm curious about the mefites... "Is the Internet Your Source of Knowledge?
From his post:"...but if I'm trying to look up something and can't find it online in a couple minutes I generally just blow it off, as if there's no other place to look. This realization seems sort of stunning. I'm very curious if other Slashdot readers have become dependent on the Internet to that level, and what their thoughts are on the subject."
According to a study
Teens and young adults spend more time online than watching TV, and looking at Other Studies
, they all seem to point the same way.
Is print dead?
With his own blog in place Tristan makes interesting observations on today's blogs.
He's definitely got a point when it comes to the variety of information on most blogs... sometimes it seems I can visit 20 blogs and see the exact same source articles over and over again. An interesting read from tnl.net, as always.
Next move - nationalizing the internet infrastructure in Europe ?
300 staff and union officials have blockaded themselves at the network operations centre in Belgium following Dutch telecoms company KPNQwest bankruptcy filing. Stocked up on provisions, taking shifts unpaid to keep the centre fully operational. "If we leave, then in three to five days there will be the largest internet slowdown in European history." From the article - KPNQwest's infrastructure covers 60 cities around Europe, estimated between one third and one half of all European internet traffic.
this also recently happened to our friends at k10k.com along with numerous other legitimate domains in the recent past... an outrage. the blood trail does not lead very far:
heres what stinks my friends....
go to: www.k10k.com .... then click on merchant accounts... and take a look at who the number 2 listing is.... oh, i bet verisign comes up a few other places as well .... thoughts? - i suggest a boycott of netsol and versign until appropriate action is taken or at least their support for this organization ceases.
Drudge clone Mens News Daily,
has vowed to challenge the drudgereport
in this Washington Times article.
Politics set aside, with hundreds of other second rate "drudge wannabe" breaking news sites like OnlineWorldNews
ultra-news, etc etc. when does it stop? How much breaking news do we really need. The news can only break so many ways, no?
What is the future of online news.
Will subscription eventually win through? Is there a viable business model that will allow independent publishers (such as Salon) to survive, or will we see further media consolidation? Where does blogging fit into this spectrum?
Why Don't People Read Newspapers from Other Countries?
The early promise of the Web was that it would create a smaller world. Yet, most individuals read their local newspaper or their favorite national newspaper online. For example, most people I speak to are surprised that there are English newspapers in Pakistan- there are at least two good ones- Dawn
and The Friday Times
. I see a lot of posts on MeFi from UK papers such as The Guardian and also from Australian papers. How about the English newspapers from the rest of the world? Have we stopped browsing?
aggregates the latest news coverage on tomorrow's elections and highlights Tuesday's weather in Virginia
, New Jersey
and New York City
. All of the forecasts say it's going to be a wonderful day -- sunny and mostly sunny -- as voters go to the polls. But here's the real question: Does this favor Democrats or Republicans?
Don't tax my Amazon Purchase!
Legislation is in process to permanently
prohibit taxes on Internet purchases. Whatever will Massachusetts and California do for revenue? Tax a satellite or two, I'd guess.
Americans want self-regulated Internet - or do they?
A Markle Foundation survey out today seems to contain contradictory responses: 60 percent say rules for governing the Net should be developed by non-governmental organizations. But 64 percent also say that government "should develop rules to protect people when they are on the Internet, even if it requires some regulation of the Internet." Um, so which is it?
CBS changes their mind!!!
I was one of the few people who was considering paying the $20 to watch the Big Brother feeds all summer long. I figured that I spend at least that much money on beer during a night out that three month's on entertainment for $20 seemed like a bargain.
However, CBS apparently listened to all the complaints and now instead of a "Free Trial", they are giving the internet feeds away for free.
Good CBS. Now expose Will, Justin, and Mike as the jerks they are on Tuesday's episode and you'll have a happy camper.
Okay, and give me Hardy's phone number as well.
Good news is hard to find. There's the traditional elitists
, the foreign sympathisers
, the biased leftists
, and the information-clogged portals
that help organize them. Sometimes it seems like we'll have to settle for what makes us laugh
. Where do you get your news?
the news versus e-mail news
Is this link, an article about spreading news via e-mail and the net, an example of my present posting?