Archive for February, 2011

Huffington’s Plunder – Chris Hedges, Truthdig

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

This column about the sale to AOL should not be ignored.

The sale … is emblematic of this new paradigm of American journalism. The Huffington Post, as Stephen Colbert pointed out when he stole the entire content of The Huffington Post and rechristened it, The Colbuffington Re-post, produces little itself. The highly successful site, like most Internet sites, is largely pirated from other sources, especially traditional news organizations, or is the product of unpaid writers who are rechristened “citizen journalists.”

Full read here.

Gov. Cuomo speech drowned out with City Councilman Charles Barron-led yells of ‘Tax the rich!’ — NY Daily News

Monday, February 21st, 2011

ALBANY – Gov. Cuomo’s speech on Sunday night to the Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators was interrupted with chants of “Tax the rich!” led by City Councilman Charles Barron. — Glenn Blain, NY Daily News

Barron is a baron. Word! Makes one think of Bill Thompson’s “Term Limits” in the 2009 Mayoral Election. Thompson could have won if voters hadn’t been convinced by the mainstream news media that Bloomberg was strutting on the path to victor. Thompson lost by 4 percent.

Full story here.

Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites Like Twitter – New York Times

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Blogs were once the outlet of choice for people who wanted to express themselves online. But with the rise of sites like Facebook and Twitter, they are losing their allure for many people – particularly the younger generation. — Verne G. Kopytof, NYT, February 21.

Blogging’s soaring popularity reminded me of the mass appeal of  Citizen Band Radio when it was hot. Everyone had a handle. T.B. Knight was my moniker. After a while the sizzle faded. The amateurs had had enough. And the airwave returned  to the highway cops and the truckers who were using it before its mass appeal.  QMfE, “The same thing’s going to happen to blogging,” I told my students.


Radical Changes in Journalism – the Profession …

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

... and the Business — Demand Radical Changes in Journalism Curriculum.

This begs the question: Is D:F/M up to the challenge?