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Monthly Archives: September 2010

Redefining “Self”

I have just come back from a fruitful, engaging, and most of all warm and generous weekend sponsored by the organization Images and Voices of Hope. From my stay at the Peace Village in upstate New York, hosted by the Brahma Kumaris, a spiritual group who are themselves based in India, I retain memories of [...]

Is this what we mean by balanced coverage?

On September 11 the Portland, Maine newspaper, the Press-Herald, published on its front page this photograph of local Muslims praying as they ended the month-long observance of Ramadan. Then the newspaper’s editor and publisher, Richard L. Connor, apologized for having published the photograph and accompanying story:

.We made a news decision on Friday that offended [...]

Read All About It!

The Last Newspaper is a timely exhibition coming to New York’s New Museum from October 6 until January 9. An artistic exploration of the meaning of news, the rise and fall of newspapers, and a critique of news gathering and dissemination, the exhibition has a number of interesting partner organizations, a free 12-page weekly newspaper [...]

The Times Says Sometime

The Huffington Post is headlining remarks by New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. from a speech delivered at the International Newsroom Summit in London. Reported on by the EditorsWebLog, Sulzberger responded to a question concerning the New York Times print edition’s future by acknowledging that someday it will no longer exist: “Asked about his [...]

You Are Not A Gadget

Jaron Lanier’s recent book, You Are Not A Gadget, begins with a call to arms that is well worth reading. Lanier, both musician and virtual reality pioneer, indicts the soft thinking that has allowed us to conceive of Web 2.0 as a utopian movement when it is, in so many ways, making us more machine-like [...]