Haiti TV coverage: Reporters saving lives is good, but selling it on TV feels bad

I have watched none of the TV coverage of the Haiti earth quakes. That’s not to say I haven’t been following the story — I just prefer to get my news online. So I’m blogged this story which discusses what appears to be a trend in TV coverage. The aftermath of the Haitian earthquake is one of those stories that alters the guiding principle of journalism – that reporters are…

Technology and Innovation

Great collection of essays that capture the wonder of now-ubiquitous technology that was once strange.  Oliver Wendell Holmes on photography in 1859, Mark Twain on telephones in 1880, Philip G. Hubert Jr. on the phonograph in 1889, up to James Fallows on the personal computer in 1982. These eight excerpts show the attempts of writers, frozen at particular moments in technological time, to imagine how the gizmos and breakthroughs they…