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Violence, fabricated news, and responsible media

By Egemen Bağış – In history no medium of any kind has evolved as the way media has. From radio broadcasting to large box-sets, to today’s social media networks and online viewing capabilities.

In 1946, Darryl F. Zanuck, a powerful Hollywood producer at 20th Century Fox, said that television wouldn’t last because “people will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.” Today we can only smile with amazement at the sheer inaccuracy of this prediction.

Another prediction by British journalist, publisher, and politician C.P. Scott was slightly truer when he proclaimed, “Television? The word is half Latin and half Greek. No good can come of it.” While it is not true that no good comes of media, it wouldn’t be a far-fetched call to assert that modern day mass media exposes society to violence, degradation, and vulgarity.

The effect of media is profound and far-reaching. It influences our values, our daily routines and even our thinking with our deep-seeded ideologies and beliefs. Also today media is much more accessible. Media is in our homes and our mobile phones.

It is through TV and internet that our communities are introduced with extreme visions of violence. Social media brings forth a steady stream of live atrocities at the touch of a finger. Video games teach our young how to handle weapons they would otherwise never even heard of. We must, therefore, take extra precautions to ensure that our families and communities do not get contaminated from this toxic fallout. more>

Politicians Overreact to AT&T-Time Warner Deal

By Paula Dwyer – To understand the folly of blocking this takeover, think back to 1974 to the original AT&T antitrust case, which also began from a fear of vertical integration. Back then, the concern was that a single company controlled all the local landlines and the company that made the equipment.

For sure, AT&T had a monopoly, but it was created and sanctioned by the federal government. All that was needed was a government deregulation order and a green light that it wouldn’t block competitors.

Instead, the U.S. sued to break up Ma Bell.

After eight years of courtroom battles, AT&T in 1982 consented to be broken into seven Baby Bells and AT&T, which could only offer long-distance service. Many mergers later, one of AT&T’s offspring, Southwestern Bell, had acquired four of its siblings plus the old AT&T, and took the AT&T name.

The two remaining Baby Bells joined with GTE and became Verizon. The result is even more concentration than before.

If the U.S. had simply deregulated plain old telephone service, any one of these technologies (fiber-optics, Arpanet, cellular network) could have forced AT&T to adjust or disappear. more> https://goo.gl/XLVsfB


Can Transparency Be Legislated?

By Paul Eder – Data in government is also a slave to its context and its interpretation.

One can draw any potential number of conclusions from data in its raw form. In government, many of these conclusions will be tinged by political orientation or other less transparent motivations.

Therein lies the rub.

The data may be transparent but the correct context and interpretation remain unclear. more> http://tinyurl.com/lu3wgp7

The New Yorker: Battle Of The Strategy Titans

By Steve Denning – If this academic scuffle was about something as remote from reality as, say, a new interpretation of Proust or the causes of the First World War, we could leave the professors and their surrogates to continue with these scintillating fisticuffs at their leisure. But since real issues are at stake, issues that have a bearing on our prosperity, both now and in the future, it’s worth taking the trouble to sort out what, if anything, is sensible in Lepore’s diatribe and what’s not. more> http://t.co/ReITn05H5X


The Role For The Business Press As Watchdog And Think Tank

By Paul Glader – News organizations could do a better job of labeling and explaining the difference between news and opinion. And news organizations should recognize their potential to expand their opinion and analysis role.

Employing more experts and producing new kinds of reporting and analysis is a smart way forward for news organizations. more> http://tinyurl.com/p7xpwoh

Why Nate Silver can’t explain it all

By Malcolm Harris – Between media startups Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight.com and Ezra Klein’s Vox.com, the newsplaining corner of the online media business is about to get a lot more competitive.

When commentators, journalists or guys at parties presume to explain, they start from the presumption that they already understand both sides of the argument and have come to a definitive conclusion.

.. if Actually Journalism can’t find a way to examine its own underlying conditions, it will be actually worthless. more> http://tinyurl.com/kmxyt4g

The 2013 Jealousy List: The 41 Best Stories (and One Book) We Didn’t Write

Businessweek – In this season of relentless kindness, envy is often sadly neglected. Which is why we bring you the First Annual Jealousy List, a compilation of the great pieces of journalism in 2013 that left Bloomberg Businessweek’s staff sick with resentment.

“Bay Watched: How San Francisco’s Entrepreneurial Culture Is Changing the Country”
It took me two subway commutes to finish this story by Nathan Heller for the New Yorker, and the morning I did, I ran over to Bryant Urstadt’s desk and said, “I’m soooo jealous of this story.” more> http://tinyurl.com/mkjpaqq

The crooked mirror of a media monopoly

neweurope.eu – What then is a monopoly? A monopoly is a market arrangement precisely defined as featuring a sole purveyor who sells products that have no close competitor. A monopoly is the complete absence of any competition. The word has Greek roots that mean “selling alone”. This is the definition of the problem.

Publishers are also concerned about the fact that freelance journalists who represent nobody but themselves are attacking freedom of speech in Bulgaria in a campaign to discredit independent media, with only the Kapital circle media joining in. more>

This is no ‘golden age’ of journalism. These are the news media end times

By Bob Garfield – Over at Slate the other day, Matthew Yglesias argued that journalism consumers are enjoying a “golden age”.par
The news industry has gone from being obscenely profitable to slightly profitable to ‘e2’80ldblquote at least, in the case of newspapers ‘e2’80ldblquote largely unprofitable. All of that fantastic content Yglesias was gushing about is paid for by venture capitalists making bad bets, established media companies digging into their savings accounts to pay the bills, displaced workers earning peanuts, amateurs, semi-pros, volunteers and monks.par
I would say that the business model is unsustainable, but losing money is not a business model. It is a going-out-of-business model. more> http://tinyurl.com/cllfxg2

The Glory Days of American Journalism

By Matthew Yglesias – American news media has never been in better shape. That’e2’80’99s just common sense. Almost anything you’e2’80’99d want to know about any subject is available at your fingertips.par
Yet essentially none of this bounty is reflected in the deeply pessimistic latest edition of the Pew Research Center’e2’80’99s annual State of the Media Report. Pew’e2’80’99s overview makes no mention of the Web’e2’80’99s speed, range, and depth, or indeed any mention at all of audience access to information as an important indicator of the health of journalism. more> http://tinyurl.com/d23om8v