'Alternative' media can be corrupted too.
Narco News publisher Al Giordano is pulling out of Alternet
, which he said has a near monopoly in the market of "alternative" news syndication. He outlines a number of problems with Alternet's operation and its director: in addition to taking half
the fee paid for content, he says Alternet also stole content and blacklisted writers. He also touches on the sometimes rivalry with "alternative" news groups, including FAIR
, Project Censored
, and IndyMedia
, and expresses hopes for looming competition
. In the fight to legitimize "alternative" media, are the evils of the mainstream unavoidable? [More inside]
Mom kills, dad kills: Two takes on tragedy
This article looks at the differences between the Andrea Yates case and that of Adair Garcia, a Los Angeles man accused of murdering his children. The article discusses gender differences, but I wonder if ethnicity plays a role as well. (Here's
another link, since the URL field on the "post a link" page seems to be cutting it off).
Felt threatened since 9/11? Take this survey.
It attempts to link our perception of threats with our exposure to particular media -- good approach, unlike some other 9/11 surveys.
A print journalist admits her fear of blogs "What the blog threatens to do is dislodge the traditional news media's corner on the "scoop" market. With their unorthodox reporting strategies and lightning-fast publishing schedules, blogs are making it clear that you don't need to have some big, fancy newspaper job to break stories. In fact, you don't even need to write stories; you can just throw a couple of sentences up on your site with some telling links. And you can quote that naked boy in your bed who knows how to hack protocols. Whatever."
has a hodgepodge of things such as Steev's what we talk about when we talk about wrestling
, some unique movie reviews
, and Douglas's adventures with whores in Mexico.
A strange brew. Enjoy.
Afghanistan looks at itself:
Q: So if I brought you free films but they weren't about fighting, would you show them?
A moving photo-essay on rebuilding Afghanistan's media sources.
shark attacks down in 2001. Before September 11, it was the "Season of the Shark." Perhaps we can forgive the newscasters
their excess in this matter. Or may be it's another reason to make sure you get your news from multiple sources and different media--now, more than ever.
File under "How Low Can You Get?".
Las Vegas TV station dubs in sound and gunshots on a video tape showing an attempted robbery at Harrah's. Original footage had no sound so it had to be made more "dramatic".
Court of Appeals Rules That the Media Belongs to Those Who Can Buy It:
Today, the CoA has just declared that the 35 percent ownership cap (applicable to broadcasters who reach more than 35% of the American public) was a prohibition "capricious and contrary to the law," meaning that Viacom and Fox, who were over the limit, are now in the clear to monopolize the airwaves. What does this mean for the future of media conglomerates? Discuss the implications.
Wacky news is on the rise,
and not just here at MetaFilter: it's showing up more and more on mainstream news media sites desperate for your attention (and in traditional print and broadcast media, too). For better or for worse, it's not just for FARK
anymore. We've discussed many a weird news item here (much to mathowie's annoyance); what about weird news as a trend?
Apple announced QuickTime 6 today
with MPEG 4 support but refused to release it. Apple, along with other members of the Internet Streaming Media Alliance
are not happy with the the MPEG-4 licensing scheme
. And they have good reason, among other fees, the plan
includes per minute charges for viewing content, with no maximum amount.
Is this the Moving Picture Experts Group
and their licensing partners
admitting that content will be worthless in 5 years? Is the financial future of the entertainment industry modeled on the utility companies?
Religion, Government, and Media
When all three are combined, as in Saudi Arabia, you get interesting newspaper articles. It would seem very strange to have a mainstream paper such as the New York Times having a section like this.
. Like a torrent of crap down Main St., Blogtown after a heavy rain
Buffy and The Powerpuff Girls versus Pink and Ally McBeal:
Can the modern women become anymore difficult to understand? Makes me yearn for Mary Richards
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?
Al-Jazeera Severs Ties With CNN:
Does it strike anyone as particularly rich that Al Jazeera, the Arab television network, decided to sever ties with CNN after CNN broadcast portions of a video showing bin Laden making his least ambiguous statements yet on al Qaeda's alleged involvement in the terrorist attacks of 9/11? [more inside...]
Talk Magazine finished.
After months of speculation the Miramax
, run by Tina Brown
(former editor of the New Yorker
), has finally been axed. Talk joins Mirabella
, Brill's Content
and many other big-budget mags to have been killed in the last year. If even a magazine backed by a movie house
can't pay its bills, who's next?
A bunch of artists and designers were sent a small Flash file and told to change whatever they wanted, and send back the results. You get to see the mutations
An analysis of some of the web's limitations
as a medium for publishing newspapers' content. It focuses on NewsStand
, the service offering the NYTimes
, the International Herald Tribune
and others in PDF format, and says some interesting things about the respective formats' ease of use and ability to guide readers to what they're looking for. (It has me thinking, is HTML/CSS just too limited to do certain things well?)
The Best Notable Quotables of 2001 Awards by Media Research
Covers a wide range of categories from 'Selected Not Elected Award for Claiming Bush Is an Illegitimate President'
to 'Good Morning Morons Award.'
There are certainly some classics included. (more inside)
The BBC are testing out Ogg Vorbis
for audio streaming. Ogg
is a completely Free and open audio codec. This is great news for Ogg Vorbis, as you don't get a much better endorsement than one of the most respected media services trialling your system.
S-11 Redux: (Channel) Surfing the Apocalypse
So, in the face of our media's shameless propaganda campaign, we have taken it upon ourselves to intuit what the intentions and goals of this war truly are. In what is surely a departure from our traditional NewsVideo format, GNN presents S-11 Redux: (Channel) Surfing the Apocalypse. Culled from over 20 hours of television footage recorded over a one month period and across 13 networks, S-11 Redux is a sound-bite blitzkrieg that challenges the messages we have been fed from our mainstream media and the government it serves. Be warned - this video moves quickly and will require at least two viewings to digest its full impact. You may never be able to look at the coverage of S-11 and its post-impact coverage the same way, ever again
The Big Ten infographics
that accompany The Nation's latest issue
on big media conglomerates lays out just how big they are (maximize your browser for the viacom and AOLTW ones, there's a lot of small type in there).
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?
Here Comes the Sun
Beware NY Times. Watch your flanks NY liberal establishment. Lord
Conrad Black to back Smarter Times
Ira Stoll and co in new conservative daily paper. Will they make it? (PS. Apparently are looking for editorial staff "willing to work long hours in an entrepreneurial, start-up environment") Start spreadin' the news, these little town blues are melting away, it's up to you, New York, New York...
"Be accurate, be fair, be American"
is the Fox News mantra. Apparently, news with a moral slant is not only helping the Fox News ratings but many Americans report
wanting their news to be "Pro-American." When did it become unpatriotic to at least want news that attempts objectivity? Are "accuracy" and "fairness" always possible if Fox journalists must also subscribe to News Corporation's prescription as to what it means to "be American?"
In death, J.D. O'Neal leaves few with fond memories
“Jerry Dow O’Neal II owned The Current News
, a small gay magazine. [...] By last month, when J.D. O’Neal committed suicide to avoid prosecution and shame, hardly anyone in Kansas City considered him a good friend. The 37-year-old white-collar crook and gay-rights opportunist had created enemies throughout the community. [...] ‘It was important for [J.D.] to appear successful.’ [...] ‘I’ll believe he’s dead when I see the body’ ”
For all your middle east rumor mill needs
Just another alternative media, highly speculative source for rumors... blah, blah, blah Quite a few of their "stories" have been confirmed as of late. Maybe it's worth another look for those of you who have never been.
Clinton speaks, pundits spin: The Washington Times and the spread of a media myth
Yep, the loony right-wingers obsession with hating all things Clinton continues.
At the risk of reopening this recount thread
- The Economist
is running this rather sarcastic correction
in their current edition, along with this strange little 'What if Gore Was President' article
. Does this signal that the Age of Irony is not, in fact, dead - or did someone at The Economist just not get the memo?
Desperate, clueless people scrambling to keep us safe?
Or cynical manipulation of public fear and superstition, keeping the pea hopping from shell to shell while the real machinations go on behind the scenes? Either way, the government seems to be doing their part to see that we don't forget that we're supposed to be terrorized.
Are war reporters manufacturing a picture of a failing war effort?
Slate's William Saletan makes some interesting points. Reporters get frustrated simply reporting the same stuff each day -- they want news
. With the current rarity of dramatic events in Afghanistan, Saletan suggests, media outlets are growing impatient, and letting their "professional biases" distort the picture they present. (Shucks. If only Bin Laden had tried to escape in a white Ford Bronco....)
CNN Chief orders "balance" in war coverage.
Earlier this year, CNN Chief Walter Isaacson got chummy with GOP lawmakers and begged them for tips
on how to attract more conservative viewers. Next, he tried to bring Rush Limbaugh to CNN
. Now he's issued a memo to his reporters, urging them "to balance images of civilian devastation in Afghan cities with reminders that the Taliban harbors murderous terrorists, saying it "seems perverse to focus too much on the casualties or hardship in Afghanistan." Is this "balance", or is he urging CNN to gloss over the realities of what is happening in Afghanistan?
some atrocious reporting from the usually responsible UK Guardian
Just an example of bad conclusions from little information. The sensationalist title of this story, reprinted from the Observer, is, "Anthrax attacks' 'work of neo-Nazis,'" (which seems like bad grammar to boot - why the apostrophe after "attacks"?) and then it begins, "Neo-Nazi extremists within the US are behind the deadly wave of anthrax attacks against America, according to latest briefings from the security services and Justice Department."
But if you read the actual article, here's the closest thing they have to a quote or face supporting this:
'We've been zeroing in on a number of hate groups, especially one on the West Coast,' a source at the Justice Department told The Observer yesterday. 'We've certainly not discounted the possibility that they may be involved.'
Is it just me, or is this drawing a lot out of a little, and just confusing the situation?
Anthrax: the new shark attack?
In all the sensationalist reporting on the anthrax-by-mail attacks, the fact that anthrax affects more than 2,000 people world-wide annually
. Does all this coverage remind anyone else of the frenzy surrounding shark attacks this summer?
Class War - Divided we stand
"Yet at least a tenth of the country — a very influential tenth in the media, the university, politics, foundations, churches, and the arts — is adamantly and vocally at odds with most Americans."
Is NPR anti-Israel?
I listen to NPR all the time and hadn't noticed any (overt) bias against Israel, but I only listen in the mornings...maybe it's on in the afternoon.
Will pictures like this
[not graphic, but disturbing] turn popular support against the bombing in Afghanistan? Or will stories like this
bolster support for military action against the Taliban? What story sways you more?
Is The Media's "Whining" About Access Justified?
A journalist criticizes his colleagues: "The disconnect between the U.S. media and the public they purport to serve has turned into a virtual chasm in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks."
What are/should be the limits on the ability of the press to obtain unfettered information in sensitive times?
A child of an ABCNEWS employee has tested positive for cutaneous anthrax after visiting the network's New York office
, Senate Majority Leader Daschle's office receives an anthrax-positive letter
, and ninety Planned Parenthood clinics receive
the 'white powder' envelopes. This comes after the other anthrax letters sent to NBC and supermarket tabloid publishers... more and more, these anthrax outbreaks seem to point to a domestic origin: specifically right-wing radicals that traditionally target 'the media'
, 'liberals', and pro-choice organizations; and "right-wing extremists [that] are obsessed with biological warfare
". Will President Bush & Attorney General Ashcroft be as eager to hunt down the terrorists that harbor among their own political base?
This NY Observer article
gives some insight to the validity of Debka
as a news source. It fails to confirm or deny the site's legitimacy either way, but it does mention that some of its reports later showed up in mainstream media. While the owners of the site admit that Debka has an Israeli bias, they go on to say, "You can imagine that officials in Israel, who are in charge of whatever they call it, information,
propaganda or whatever, they don’t like us very much."
Has China really sent 15,000 troops to afghanistan to fight on the side of the taliban? I guess we'll find out sooner or later.
"A Slight Case of Anthrax"
CBS pulls tonights episode of The Agency (at least on the West Coast, don't know about East Coast). Hmmm...I can't imagine why:
"The team works against the clock to stop an anthrax threat in the United States. A Belgian kennel has fallen victim to a terrorist attack in which the deadly disease anthrax was used. When the CIA discovers the perpetrator's identity and that Washington, D.C., is his next target, the team mobilizes to stop the criminal before he can reach the capital."
Is the shrinking line between truth and fiction becoming too close for comfort?
Where are you getting your information from lately?
Try getting it from places
where the views
It's getting very scary.
Will Durst: "ABC has its blue circled logo in the bottom right with red-and-white stripes shooting offscreen, and CBS has a motto: 'America on Alert.' Not all of the cable stations have official mottos but that's why I'm here.
Why the media has no credibility....
Read the title, then read the caption under the picture.
National Review Cans Columnist Ann Coulter
as a contributing editor after her call to "invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity." For a person who makes a living out of being as obnoxious, partisan and mean as she can be will this do anything but put her in the spotlight and help her career? The way she has slammed the National Review
since her axing seems to indicate this will be the case. And she's already blaming the "liberal" media and the "anti-Christian bigots."
Daily comic strips have started to react to the attacks. The only two I noticed in today's paper were Fox Trot
and The Boondocks
. Their tones are, predictably, somber. The one comic I'd expect to have something to say, Doonesbury
, is still stuck on an older storyline. Have other strips referenced September 11?
Ron Fineman's On The Record
is a well-done critical look at TV news. It's centered on the LA market and most of the discussion relates to LA stations, but networks and cable channels are covered too and (for a TV news geek like me at least) it's all interesting. The letters section is usually a pretty lively discussion, and the "Broadcasteze Citation of the Week" highlights stuff that anchors and reporters say that no one else ever would.
comes through.. networks actually working together, along with cable companies, as well as Hollywood.
Muhammad Ali and Billy Joel just floored me. You can also donate at foodstores and dozens of other easy to get to places, so there are no excuses. I'm still waiting for them to need for physical labor volunteers.