Memo to media establishment: Ignore blogs at your peril

Web publishers and bloggers are already stealing readers, advertisers and classifieds. Particularly for young people, journalism has become, in the words of NYU professor and PressThink.org blogger Jay Rosen, more of a conversation than a lecture. That conversation, at least for now, almost always begins with a traditional news story, which is then subject to annotation and dissection on blogs, which are now read by 27 percent of the U.S.…

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Journalism Is Itself a Religion: Special Essay on Launch of The Revealer

1.) J-School as School of Theology 2.) The Journalist’s Creed 3.) The Orthodoxy of No Orthodoxy 4.) Practicing Journalism But Not Understanding It 5.) The First Amendment as Press Religion 6.) The God Term of Journalism is the Public 7.) A Breakaway Church in the Press 8.) Interview at the Axis of Evil –Jay Rosen –Journalism Is Itself a Religion: Special Essay on Launch of The Revealer (Press Think) Another link…

Journalism's 'Ethical Vertigo'

“The ideal of objectivity, properly understood, is vital not only for responsible journalism but responsible scientific inquiry, informed public policy deliberations and fair ethical and legal decision. The peculiar Western attempt to be objective is a long, honorable tradition that is part of our continuing struggle to discern and communicate significant, well-grounded truths and make fair decisions in society,” [UBC journalism professor Stephen J. Ward] writes in his book [Invention…

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Machine learns games 'like a human'

A computer that learns to play a ‘scissors, paper, stone’ by observing and mimicking human players could lead to machines that automatically learn how to spot an intruder or perform vital maintenance work, say UK researchers. CogVis, developed by scientists at the University of Leeds in Yorkshire, UK, teaches itself how to play the children’s game by searching for patterns in video and audio of human players and then building…

Reading and Seeing

Literary critics who never use but one approach remind me of a child who, playing with a piece of transparent red plastic, has just discovered this effect. ?Look, mommy,? she says, ?the refrigerator is red!? ?Look, mommy, the stove is red too!? ?Look, mommy, the dish towel is light red and dark red!? ?Look, mommy, the floor is dark red with bright red spots!? ?Look, Mommy, my green socks are…

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Google Raises Word Limit to 32

Google greatly advances its web search by raising the word limit to 32 words. Previously, only up to 10 words were allowed. –Google Raises Word Limit to 32 (Google Blogoscoped) The casual user probably won’t notice a difference. It was really hardly any trouble to cut out some of the words in a string that Google truncated, but the blog entry notes some situations where the added capacity could be useful.

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53-keys New Standard Keyboard

After 130 years of typing the same way the keyboard has finally grown up. [Who or what was doing the typing? The subject of the sentence is "the keyboard". The word "typing" is a dangling modifier.] Standard Keyboards of Santa Maria, California announced [missing word -- "an"] “alphabetical” keyboard that offers user-friendly benefits and quick data entry for any level user. New Standard Keyboards debuted [stylistically awkward… “introduced” would be…

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The Being John Malkovich Effect

Sure, blogging can serve as a corrective to the ideological blind spots and commercial orientation of the corporate media monopoly, Fact Checking Their Asses and Working the Ref and restoring some semblance of balance in the absence of the Fairness Doctrine. But bloggers who want to remedy what ails the corporate McMedia monopoly should grab a clue from Chris Allbritton and haul their larval, jack-studded flesh up out of their…

Study: Watching Fewer Than Four Hours of TV A Day Impairs Ability To Ridicule Pop Culture

A Columbia University study released Tuesday suggests that viewing fewer than four hours of television a day severely inhibits a person’s ability to ridicule popular culture. “An hour or two of television per day simply does not provide enough information to effectively mock mediocre sitcoms, vapid celebrities, music videos, and talk-show hosts?an essential skill in modern society,” said Dr. Madeleine Ben-Ami, a professor of cognitive science and chief author of…

Academics give lessons on blogs

Until a few months ago, the attention paid to web logs, or blogs, focused mainly on politics and the media business. However, many in academia followed the web-diary of Salam Pax, the famous Baghdad blogger during the build-up to the war in Iraq. Now, the technology that has been an alternative source of news to many academics is being incorporated more fully into university life. Blogs are giving departments, staff…