Monthly Archives: January 2011

Egypt’s Real Speech Problem

Severing internet and cell phone lines means Egypt took a frightening step in censorship: All speech was washed out, not just the political fire. This YouTube video went viral before the plug was pulled, but apparently users inside Egypt cannot … Continue reading

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HuffPost seeks Global Black audience

Arianna Huffington will expand her niche internet news sites to focus on African Americans, possibly as soon as March. The question is whether Global Black will become something like black Barbie, a plastic HuffPost body with painted skin. Global Black is slated to be a … Continue reading

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MLK Connections

Perhaps the most important aspect of ethics is virtue: what kind of person do you want to be? How do you practice good habits to become that person? Today is the 25th anniversary of the MLK holiday. Here are some of the … Continue reading

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Cheating Online: Out of Sight, Out of Mind

For all the wonderful connections distance learning brings, online courses also create disconnects that make cheating painfully easy. Don’t get me wrong: I like online teaching and the voice it gives students who might not otherwise speak out. But students … Continue reading

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When words will hurt you…

Commentators and politicians are calling for dramatic ramp down of the rhetoric that led to the horrible Arizona shootings. And they should.  New York Times Columnist Paul Krugman said: “Listen to Rachel Maddow or Keith Olbermann, and you’ll hear a lot … Continue reading

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Internet beats TV

My cousin is a television news producer and he has teased me that I worked for a dead medium. This Pew Study now provides evidence for what we both knew as inevitable about television: People under 30 now get most … Continue reading

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Ethics of naming a Person of the Year

TIME magazine made a significant value choice when it named Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg its Person of the Year over its third ranking Julian Assange. On one hand Assange did reshape international diplomacy in one giant data dump; on the other … Continue reading

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