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Google Power

Google is pointing from its home page today to a page about World Tuberculosis Day and that, in turn, points to the Stop TB Partnership, a nonprofit organization. A worthy cause, and good for Google for pointing to it. Consider the power of this endorsement. I suspect that with this single link, Google is channeling [...]

Guest Blogging Elsewhere Next 2 Weeks

I’ll cross-post the media related items here, but for the next 14 days you’ll find me over at BoingBoing.

Tracking Simulus Spending: Hire Some Unemployed Reporters

The Obama administration promises it will be accountable in how it spends our (children’s) money in the new stimulus legislation. On the Recovery.Gov site you’ll see, under the heading “Accountability and Transparency,” some strong rhetoric: This is your money. You have a right to know where it’s going and how it’s being spent. So far [...]

Obama Goes Around Sound-Bit Media with Complexity

Gene Koo: Obama’s non-reductive rhetoric. The technology to bypass top-down media is one cornerstone of Obama’s success as a communicator. His nonreductive rhetoric is another.

Atomizing the Audience, Expanding the Debate

Jay Rosen: Audience Atomization Overcome: Why the Internet Weakens the Authority of the Press. In the age of mass media, the press was able to define the sphere of legitimate debate with relative ease because the people on the receiving end were atomized– connected “up” to Big Media but not across to each other. And [...]

"Censorship" Author Responds

Howard Rosenberg replied to my posting that criticized his (and a co-author’s) misguided views on government versus corporate censorship (I don’t believe the latter exists). I’ve posted his email in the body of that post, which you can find here.

LA Times Lists 'Foreclosures' in Top Web Classifieds Categories

From the top of the current LA Times homepage: Could we be reaching a bottom soon in the real estate market?

Principles for a New Media Literacy

(This is an HTML reprint of an essay (PDF) of the same title, recently published as part of the Media Re:public project at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. I’m posting it here with some links to source material that don’t appear in the PDF version.) Media are becoming democratized. Digital [...]

Pulitzer Prizes in the 21st Century

The people who run the Pulitzer Prizes, undoubtedly America’s premier journalism awards, have taken some useful steps into the 21st Century with new rules that welcome online-only entries. From the official rules (PDF): Entries for journalism awards must be based on material coming from a text-based United States newspaper or news organization that publishes—in print [...]

NY Times Continues to Push Old-Media Boundaries

UPDATED Two interesting developments today at the New York Times online: The first, and most noteworthy, is the paper’s welcome discovery that aggregation of and links to things it didn’t produce in-house improve the audience experience. As the graphic shows, the green-highlighted items below the story summaries are links to coverage in other media — [...]