Whom do we trust when we’re looking for information? Increasingly, research shows that Americans are more likely trust friends, peers and word-of-mouth over “experts.” For instance: A 2007 eMarketer survey of the […]
The Geek Manifesto
This hit my email a few minutes ago, and as a proud geek myself, I just had to share. The Geek Manifesto We are geeks, and we are proud to be. We […]
Presidential preference polls: how media create a fake horse race
You can smell that foul odor wafting through the air — presidential politics. Wannabees who won’t say they wannabee are peddling books. Sharply dressed and coiffed “I haven’t decided yet” politicians descend […]
Arianna Antoinette: "Let the motherfuckers eat cake"
A few weeks ago I asked a question: is the Huffington Post a force for good or a liberal sweatshop? In the wake of HuffPo‘s megamillion-dollar sale to AOL, it struck me […]
Issue of pay for bloggers bigger than just Arianna’s windfall
The term “citizen journalism” is not an excuse to withhold pay from bloggers. The Huffington Post has never even made a token attempt at figuring out how to pay bloggers.
We're just serfs in the machines of Facebook, Twitter, HuffPo
I am a content slave — a serf, says David Carr of The New York Times. [T]hink of Facebook, which is composed of half a billion freely given user profiles, along with […]
The future of libraries, part 2
The town of Hull, Massachusetts, is a comfortable blue-collar town on the tip of a little cape off of Boston’s south shore. At one time a fashionable resort, more recently it has […]
So you're 17 and want to be a journalist? Do it — you'll love it.
You’re 17 years old. For some reason you’ve decided you want to go to college to learn how to be a journalist. My hat’s off to you — first, for wanting to […]
Writing for ‘new media’? The old still serves the new
As profs consider changing the names of their schools of journalism and (mass, strategic, public, etc.) communication, they are hurriedly reshaping writing curricula to reflect changes in the media of information delivery […]
Time for journalism schools to unpack the tension between objectivity, subjectivity
Q: What’s the most effective way to piss off a journalist? A: Lie to her. Result: Moral outrage on her part – followed by determined, disciplined digging into why the lie and […]