Category Archives: News

Tweeting fire in a crowded theater…

That’s what British PM David Cameron essentially argues happened in the U.K. riots.  Two men received four-year jail terms Wednesday for inflammatory Facebook posts. Never mind that nobody but police showed up for one bloke’s post about a “Smash Down” and the … Continue reading

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Tornados, Floods and Fears

My 10-year-old went into an absolute panic as we drove along listening to an NPR story about the Southern tornado and flood devastation. We will be leaving Washington in a matter of months for my new job at Eastern Kentucky. Spokane has … Continue reading

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Gaddafi losing social media war

Perhaps one day world dictators will be effective in using social media to be persuasive. That didn’t happen today. Even as rumors swirled that Gaddafi has been shot, the Libyan government sent out a mass text message threatening protesters they would face … Continue reading

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Ethics of disclosure

After the initial shock of Lara Logan’s brutal beating and sexual assault, another realization hit me: CBS was announcing that one of its own reporters had been raped …. not in a 60 Minutes special six months later, but within days after … Continue reading

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Me and Al … Jezeera

Turn on Al Jezeera’s live feed. Go ahead. Do you feel a bit hip, edgy, maybe cooler than your less media savvy friends? Don’t just follow AJEnglish; actually retweet an Al Jezeera story. Now how do you feel? Do you wonder what your … Continue reading

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Micro-local meets HuffPost meets the World

Two big things happened in the last 24 hours: Google exec and internet activist Wael Ghonim tweeted that he’d been released from an Egyptian jail and Arianna Huffington announced a merger with AOL. Google has created a spreadsheet to track missing … Continue reading

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Multimedia ≠ Real Interactivity

Murdoch’s new product The Daily offers really cool multimedia projects but no web links, no contacts to the writers, no comments pages. Hey, it’s anti-Open Source and proud of it. So, we have a nationally targeted magazinish product that gives us … Continue reading

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