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CNN drops PS3 price story as Stringer comments are confuted

Comments published in a CNN article yesterday purporting to be from Sony CEO Howard Stringer regarding the planned pricing for PlayStation 3 have been removed after it emerged that he had not said anything on the question. [...] So where did the information come from, then? The culprit appears to be a Hollywood Reporter article on another interview with Stringer, which appeared a few weeks ago and also appeared to…

CNN drops PS3 price story as Stringer comments are confuted

Comments published in a CNN article yesterday purporting to be from Sony CEO Howard Stringer regarding the planned pricing for PlayStation 3 have been removed after it emerged that he had not said anything on the question. [...] So where did the information come from, then? The culprit appears to be a Hollywood Reporter article on another interview with Stringer, which appeared a few weeks ago and also appeared to…

Story Framing: Four Vital Ingredients

Framing a story is like building a house. Just as you determine how many rooms the house should have, you focus on the main idea of your story and what you want to say. A poorly framed story is vague and pointless, and your writing suffers. Good adjectives cannot make up for a bad story or bad idea. “This is a tool (not a rule) to get a handle on…

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$100 laptops aim to bring children the world

Researchers unveiled a prototype of a $100 hand-cranked laptop computer on Wednesday and said they hoped to place them in the hands of millions of schoolchildren around the globe. About the size of a textbook, the lime-green machines will be able to set up their own wireless networks and operate in areas without a reliable electricity supply, MIT researchers said at a United Nations technology summit. –$100 laptops aim to…

In a losing race with the zeitgeist

It’s become cool to dismiss movies as awful. Wherever I go, teenagers say, with chillingly casual adolescent contempt, that movies suck and cost too much – the same stance they took about CDs when the music business went into free fall. [...] What’s really driving the studio folks crazy is that a huge chunk of their core constituency – young moviegoers – has evaporated. Poof! They’ve scattered to the winds.…

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Meet the Press

The most subtle and cogent analysis by a rhetorician of how The Times or CNN frames its stories has all the pertinence to a reporter or editor that a spectrographic analysis of jalapeno powder would to someone cooking chili. This is not a function of journalistic anti-intellectualism, though there‘scertainly enough of that to go around. No, it comes down to a knowledge gap ?- one in which academic media critics…

Kindertransport Performance Discussion

I enjoy discussing things in EL250 in general just because I feel like I learn a lot about all of you who are in there. I feel like I know you all a little better after having these kinds of discussions in class. That is really important to me because I enjoy learning about people and what experiences they have that are different than my own. It really makes me…