Sensationalist Headlines And Chicken/Egg Arguments

Today’s Richmond Times Dispatch front page screams about how that evil devil music is leading kids to kill people left and right. Or, rather, how one kid may have been influenced by violent rap lyrics to murder four individuals: Police: Lyrics may have played role in Farmville slayings Investigators are trying to determine whether a suspect’s…

Tiananmen At Twenty

James Fallows at The Atlantic: I am guessing that you will see no real-time TV reports from the Tiananmen Square area today, and little or no photography. This is based on personal experience there last night, China time, which also leads to personal advice for anyone in Beijing thinking of going there today. During my…

The Buzz Bin: Newspapers Are Like Department Stores

Geoff Livingston over at The Buzz Bin makes a great analogy – Newspapers Are Like Department Stores: For department stores, many chains found their death in a trojan horse — the mall. With the rise of the mall, department stores were asked to anchor these megaplexes. But inside the smaller stores were more nimble, better competitors who specialized…

Do Journalists Add Value?

Jeff Jarvis challenges Journalists to ask themselves a tough question: Journalism can’t afford repetition and production anymore. Every minute of a journalist’s time will need to go to adding unique value to the news ecosystem: reporting, curating, organizing. This efficiency is necessitated by the reduction of resources. But it is also a product of the…

Fair Use, Fair Game

Checking out NRO articles this morning I found an interesting disclaimer at the top of the article Planned Parenthood Matters: EDITOR’S NOTE: This column is available exclusively through United Media. For permission to reprint or excerpt this copyrighted material, please contact Carmen Puello at cpuello@unitedmedia.com. The article is an interesting read but I kept coming back…

How Not To Use Twitter

Person gets a job at Cisco.  Person tweets that they’re not all that excited about job.  Person gets tweeted back at by Cisco employee.  Person does not get job. Person then learns a lesson and shares it with others: Should Tim Levad have backed off? Not necessarily; it was crass of me to say what I did…

Charlie Gibson On Media

Charlie Gibson doesn’t get it either, really, and Mark Biggs calls him out on it: Gibson began with a somber rehash of newspapers cutting jobs and going out of business. “The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is gone — gone,” he said with dramatic effect. After blaming young people for getting their news online for free, he went on…

Newspapers: Adapt Or Die

Sen. Chap Petersen chimes in on yesterday’s Washington Post coverage on the lack of journalists: Should anyone care if news reporting dies out? That’s a great question.  Not everyone is obsessed by the state legislature.  However, on a day-to-day basis, it has more impact on the lives of Virginians than any other political body.  We write  the criminal laws,  the health laws,…

The Washington Post Is Afraid Of Change

The last week has seen a bombardment of articles from newspapers crying about how necessary they are for the sake of society and community.  Two recent examples out of The Washington Post point out that newspapers coverthe police and the legislature better than anyone else can ever hope to.  In the latter, Marc Fisher writes: Across the nation,…

Are Virginia Bloggers Journalists?

While that’s not the full question in play in Waldo Jaquith’s recent legal troublesit certainly is a large one as Thomas Garrett and his lawyers try to get information from Waldo about his commenters and their private information.  From the Motion To Compel: [W]hile Virginia recognizes a qualified repotter’s privilege, see Brown v. Com., 214 Ya. 755,757…