will keep you up half the night when you should be
trying to sleep for an early morning meeting. The post The Secret History Behind Today’s Algeria-Germany #WorldCup Match
being timely and tweeted
is what brought it
to my attention. But what
to share? There is so much good stuff
, that the rabbit hole beckons
Prince and Kelly Clarkson Marry? Idaho No Longer A State? A Pomeranian Blight? Is this flimflamery? No, it is LIE BLOG
, a place for lies.
[via mefi projects
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.
) [more inside]
, the new comics journalism site of Rich Johnston, formerly of CBR's rumor column Lying in the Gutters
As of today, the truly excellent media filter & news digest Cursor.org
is suspending publication. [more inside]
…if you are the single newspaper in San Francisco or Kansas City or St. Louis, you are just highly constrained about how rigorous you can be in the accuracy of your reporting. Because the whole model is: You are appealing to everybody. Because the whole model is: You are appealing to everybody. … That's why the existence of an independent media sector is so important.
Talking Points Memo
is one of the more notable successes in independent journalism and using blogs as a format for journalism. It has broken at least a couple of stories that got picked up by the mainstream press: The Duke Cunningham
bribery scandal, and the U.S. Attorneys firing scandal
. It's grown from being a one-man shop in 2000
to a staff of ten today.
Josh Marshall talks about how it came to be
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]
Scary and amusing in equal measure, If you like it so much why don't you go live there?
is a compendium of bigoted opinions, idiocisms and zenophobic remarks posted on the BBC's Have Your Say
site. [more inside]
Memeorandum goes live
"offers a set of pages
, each page highlighting the best contributions from a different community of writers, recognizing new sources as soon as the community does, and in a form conveying ongoing conversations." There is also tech.memeorandum
. Via Read/Write
...also, previously noted here
as a previous version...
Black Market Press: Back Again
The Popular Tri-State Area Zine Team, Black Market Press is back again, older, wiser, and broadcasting to a much wider readership thanks to the popularity of the Blog. Social and political commentary from the pamphleteering team that brought you Media Blitz
back in 1995. We encourage you to send us links, news, or hate mail.
A newfangled news tangle [via Poynter Online
Superseding the mainstream media, or "quirky parasites"?
Less of interest here than the IraqFilter context itself - which amounts to the question "Is blogging to Gulf II what TV was to Vietnam and cable was to Gulf I?" - is an established medium caught in the act of visibly sizing up this comer, this new kid on the block, this parvenu we know as "blogging."
Is it a valid new medium of reportage, fit to take its place alongside print and broadcast? Or is it merely parasitic, interstitial, even marginal? Inquiring minds want to know. (Note O'Donnell's hedges and his final & bizarrely misplaced condescension: "Maybe Allbritton will start a trend - bloggers no longer dependent on the mainstream for their material." WTF?)
""I think this is one of many weird phenomena that contributes to a national attention deficit disorder."The crawl -- that stream of info-morsels and promotional hooks that seemed so urgent right after Sept. 11, but now seems so annoying and distracting -- seems to carry Gitlin's point with it as it creeps across the screen."
Is this a real problem, or is it just the old guys not hip to the kids' video world? (via i want media
a community weblog and news page for Antarctica. Strangely familiar in many respects