This week the Library of Congress announced that it would begin to keep an archive of all Twitter posts dating back to the site’s inception in March of 2006. The collection numbers in the billions of tweets, with over 50 million new tweets each day. Fittingly, LOC first announced the new archive [...]
A few days ago the site Wikileaks released a classified video showing a US Apache helicopter gunning down a Reuters employee and his rescuers who were mistakenly targeted as insurgents. The video is extremely disturbing and has provoked a passionate reaction from the blogosphere.
The NY Times blog, At War, has posted an interesting roundup of the [...]
A piece in today’s New York Times neatly wraps up the discussion we had in class last week about the pay wall model for newspapers. And, similar to our discussion, it offers no conclusion on the issue. At this point any discussion can only be speculation. The only existing pay wall models (Financial Times and Wall [...]
A quick follow-up from today’s discussion of the iPad. From recent reports it really does seem like the iPad has the unique opportunity of revolutionizing (and hopefully revitalizing) the profitability of advertising in the media. But the models for doing so seem to differ. It will be interesting to see which approach ends up working the [...]
A new feature on the NY Times website: TimesCast. Between 1:00 and 2:00 PM the front page of the Times’ site features a short video produced by Times’ staffers and editors about the major news stories being covered. The video is another manifestation (with a twist) of our newfound desire for fast news. The difference here [...]
A piece in today’s WSJ covered one of the strangest uses of Twitter I’ve come across. In an attempt to “lighten up the observance of Passover” a group of Rabbis has decided to tweet the entire story of the exodus from Egypt over the course of the two weeks leading to the Jewish holiday, which begins [...]
In the United States it is easy to take our internet freedom for granted. But in many parts of the world the safety and freedom of bloggers and citizen journalists are often compromised. Authoritarian states have been known to take any measure necessary to silence online dissent. Threatened Voices is a special project of the advocacy branch [...]
As a region, the Middle East has long been known for unabashed media censorship. Governments not only influence, but some also own the major publication in a particular country (ex. Egypt’s majority share in Al-Ahram). In such an environment, the potential for popular expression through new media seems limitless. In the past years hundreds of blogs, thousands [...]
I thought that for the follow-up post to my presentation I’d write about one of the (pretty funny) recent uses of the Ushahidi platform. In the aftermath of the monster snowstorm(s) in Washington, D.C. a few weeks ago, the Washington Post created a website called www.snowmageddoncleanup.com.
The site, which has reports from [...]
These days even the US Army is jumping on the new media train (assuming, that is, you consider an iPhone application a type of new media – I certainly do). “US Army News & Information” provides iPhone-friendly content from Army.mil – everything from Army news from around the world, to photos and videos from the field, [...]