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Posts from ‘February, 2006’

Investment Bank's Blogs, Wikis and Other Conversations

For a piece in CIO Insight magazine, “Banking on Blogs,” I talked with JP Rangaswami, chief information officer at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein about his use of modern communication tools. One takeaway: In particular, he’s adopted a variety of conversational tools—weblogs, podcasts, instant messaging, wikis and the like—which he believes are fundamental to fostering better communication […]

A Hollywood Map Mashup

HBO is using Google Maps in a clever way to promote the the Sopranos series, which starts a new season soon. At Behind the Scenes: Sopranos Maps, you’ll find locations annotated with videos, photos and episode details from Season 5. (The image here is at Shea Stadium in Queens, NY, and of course that’s the […]

Thai-style Citizen Journalism

It has not been reported very well outside Southeast Asia, but Thailand is in political upheaval with protests over Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra‘s sale of Shin Corporation to Singapore’s government investment arm, Temasek Holdings, under dubious terms. People have taken to the streets in protests over the past few weeks calling for his resignation, with […]

Even Bigots Deserve Free Speech

George Will: Less Freedom, Less Speech. In 1989, in two speeches in Austria, Irving said, among much else, that only 74,000 Jews died of natural causes in work camps and millions were spirited to Palestine after the war. An arrest warrant was issued. Last November Irving was arrested when he came to Austria to address […]

Digital Media Advice Can Come from Many Quarters

SF Chronicle: At Berkeley theology school, evangelicals advise on using media. “Electronic Christian Media” has been taught before at Berkeley’s Holy Hill campus, but the difference this semester is that Heller, a politically moderate, interdenominational Christian, has recruited nationally known evangelical Christians as guest lecturers. Each guest will show the course’s 17 students how evangelical […]

Is It Journalism? Does it Pretend to Be?

New West Network: Denver Media Offering Politicos Free PR Outlet. In south metro communities, at least, several politicians — including the House Minority Leader and a couple of wannabes who hope to be ensconced in the Colorado Capitol after next fall’s election — have discovered that they can post whatever they like in “news stories” […]

Google's Website Creator

It’s not entirely lame, but Google Page Creator will have some distance to travel before it’s all that useful. The company describes it as “a free online tool that makes it easy for anyone to create and publish useful, attractive web pages in just minutes.” Over at Search Engine Watch, Chris Sherman has this analysis, […]

A Media Call to Duty

William J. Bennett and Alan M. Dershowitz: A Failure of the Press. We two come from different political and philosophical perspectives, but on this we agree: Over the past few weeks, the press has betrayed not only its duties but its responsibilities. To our knowledge, only three print newspapers have followed their true calling: the […]

Columnist Corrects His Editorial Page

The Chicago Tribune’s Eric Zorn thwacks his newspaper’s clueless editorial page: It wasn’t exactly “Dewey defeats Truman,” but the cute valedictory “Bloggy, we hardly knew ye” in a headline atop a Tribune editorial Wednesday seems likely to take a place in history alongside such clouded crystal-ball pronouncements as “Who the hell wants to hear actors […]

Sports Association's Attempt to Control the News

News organizations are beginning to fight back against the absurd and arrogant demands of sports leagues and entertainment conglomerates (often the same entities, in my view). As the Honolulu Star Bulletin notes today, it’s not publishing pictures from the pro golfing tournament being held in its backyard. “The organization wants control over all stories and […]