US media cowed by patriotic fever
claims Dan Rather. As a non-American, I have no idea what news broadcasts have been like in America since September 11th. Is Rather correct?
Southern Gothic gets downright surreal.
I'm not sure what the point of this site is, or if there is one, but as a Birminghamster, I applaud local attempts to mix fact and fiction with the brio usually reserved for articles about us in the national media.
A Weblog Foundation proposal
aninteresting proposal via http://aintnobaddude.blogspot.com/ to help sustain blogging as an important aspect of media and online community. Any ideas for or against this proposal?
Media Silent on Pipe Bomber's Leftism
So newsmax says The same media establishment that is quick to label right-wing extremists refuses to call admitted pipe bomber Luke John Helder a left-wing extremist.
I did a little (very little) digging, and they might have something there, more below.
In re: the middle-east conflicts, you can't believe everything you read, if only because so much that is rather obviously important and relevant seems to be never-the-less falling off the map, so-to-speak. Want proof?
Perhaps someone can give me a rationale explanation as to why this story
is not to be found in any major news outlet
When I was a newspaper-slinger back as a youngster, I became acquainted with that odd funnypages subgenre-the soap opera comic strip
(i.e. Winnie Winkle
,Rex Morgan, M.D.
and the pinnacle of the genre Gasoline Alley
Moving at the brisk pace of 4 panels a day, these entertainments must have seemed quaint even in their early radio days infancy, yet they gained devoted followings and Dr. Rex
and Skeezix and the Gang
are actually still active. While the strips are published on the web, I'm surprised that there hasn't been a whole-hog revival of the genre. Heck, Brenda Starr
could be truly funky hip modern woman if the right person retooled her a bit and I imagine many web community administrators could relate to Mary Worth
French culture in crisis ?
After the Vivendi Universal
french CEO Jean-Marie Messier
chairman Pierre Lescure yesterday, many questions arise
. Will Vivendi, through Canal+, continue to help French cinema the way Canal+ did in the past ? Is this the last straw in a long series of acts and declarations from Vivendi's CEO against "Franco-French cultural exception" ? Has The Man finally won in France ? What's to happen in all the other countries were Vivendi (or any of the BigCo) basically owns
the culture through local companies ?
WebLogs bring less traffic than major media sites.
There isn't any surprize there, but what kind
of traffic does each bring?
...those Google/Scientology articles I wrote didn't get nearly as many links from blogs... but they were of much broader interest to readers than the blog articles, so when a few major media sites linked to them, they got a ton of traffic.
Major media sites have to appeal to a common denominator, while smaller sites (MeFi) can focus on quality and thought provoking content. Is there any wonder there's less people interested in the specifics?
New US paper aims at Afghan war truth
What do you do when you are fed up with the biased and slanted coverage that the major news organizations are giving the "war on terroirsm"? Start your own newspaper of course.
"A newspaper aimed at providing news of the war in Afghanistan is to be launched this month. Its editors argue that the mainstream media in the US are not providing a full picture of the war and its effects. "
""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
(via Yahoo news) just can't seem to get enough of itself. I'm all for creativity in presenting light-news pieces, but one line in this piece strikes me as over the top:
"The feds launched their, um, probe into the matter after fielding dozens of viewer complaints about the salacious commercial cum fall-sweeps stunt."
Did a major news organization just use a pun on the word "c*m" in one of their stories? Is this what our media has sunk to?
White House media advisor spins the war in London.
President Bush has sent "military advisors" to Yemen, Georgia and the Philippines to help with the war on terrorism. Did anyone know he sent his #2 media man, Tucker Eskew
, to London as a "media advisor" to Tony Blair's #1 media man, Alastair Campbell
, to help spin the war to the Brits?
Do you think a U.S. administration would ever agree to a foreign government rep "advising" them on how to talk to their citizens? Or do they already?
The editor-at-large of The Spectator has resigned in protest at the publication of an anti-American article.
There has already been some discussion of this here
but the British press seems to be tearing itself apart about how much to support the War on Terror, and what viewpoints it's acceptable to express. The offending article will presumably appear here
sometime in the next few days, though its content is somewhat predictable given the views of the author
. Funny quote: "I want to be in the magazine more often than I seem to be". Maybe the price of freedom is eternal whingeing.
Business magazine editor sleeps with interviewee.
Harvard Business Review editor Suzy Wetlaufer interviews retired GE CEO Jack Welch for HBR. They begin a torrid romance (Welch is, of course, still married to his second wife.) Other editors find out about the romance and Wetlaufer cancels her story. Other HBR editors call for her resignation and the managing editor merely reassigns her. 2 other HBR editors quit in disgust. You can't make this stuff up!
Additional coverage via Financial Times
; Boston Globe
'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?