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Monthly Archives: August 2010

The Post-Fact Society

Timothy Egan’s recent piece  in The New York Times asserts that “forty-six percent of Republicans believe the lie that Obama is a Muslim,” while “twenty-seven percent in the party doubt that the president of the United States is a citizen.” And those who think the president is Muslim, according to a recent Pew survey, think [...]

“On the Line”

Another piece on war, On the Line shows the devastating toll on returning American soldiers. Just published on the VII magazine site, photographer Ashley Gilbertson’s images of exhausted, emotionally taxed phone operators are overlaid with a soundtrack of their voices as they try over and over again to coax veteran soldiers to resist suicide or [...]

Traveling with Taliban

—-An extraordinary, modest short film about a group of Taliban fighters was recently shown on Australian television and now appears on the Huffington Post. Despite considerable anxiety about his own safety, Paul Refsdal, a Norwegian cameraman, traveled with a group of men and boys into the mountains of Afghanistan. His work is intimate and revealing, [...]

What is Journalism?

Somehow I don’t think that anyone really knows what journalism is anymore. We do know what the journalistic industry used to be - various institutions telling us what is happening in the world. We have, increasingly, rejected that approach, finding the system manipulative, commercial, high-handed, ethnocentric, and untrustworthy.
Many have adopted the “journal” part of journalism, [...]

A Future for Journalism Schools?

How long can journalism schools keep feeding students into an industry that is staggering? Well, the University of Colorado at Boulder announced today that it will start the process of “program discontinuance” for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Another university committee, according to an AP report, will look into what a new “information [...]

The worship of AI

There is a very interesting op-ed piece in today’s New York Times on the growing worship of artificial intelligence as replacing and transcending human intelligence. Written by Jaron Lanier, a musician and longtime innovator in virtual reality and other realms, the article can be found here, titled “The First Church of Robotics.” In the headlong [...]

The Debilitating Static of Spam

As I move to reinvigorate this blog, writing more, keeping more in touch, I find that the enormous amount of spam that arrives is an obstacle to any real work–I have had to eliminate more than 5,000 “comments” over the course of this blog as others seek links for products ranging from sexual aids to [...]

US State Dept. Reverses Decision

Last week a reversal of a previous decision by the US State Department will allow Colombian journalist Hollman Morris to attend Harvard University through the Nieman Foundation program. See (Thanks to Anne Cronin for pointing this out.)