Monthly Archives: April 2004

AP Stylebook worthless at porn mag

April 22, 2004
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Maud’s blog has an amusing entry about a guy who lied his way into the editorship of a gay-porn mag. Maud’s excerpt: There was the flamboyant gay editor who could barely speak English?let alone use grammar correctly; the standard office whore; and a bitter old copy editor who had been with the company for...

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Making sense of Columbine

April 21, 2004
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Dave Cullen deflates the popular myths about the high school massacre. The first steps to understanding Columbine, they say, are to forget the popular narrative about the jocks, Goths, and Trenchcoat Mafia and to abandon the core idea that Columbine was simply a school shooting. We can’t understand why they did it until we...

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Taking the morning off

April 21, 2004
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Not much happening anyway.

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Scanning brains for evidence of politics

April 20, 2004
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From the New York Times: He lay inside an M.R.I. machine, watching commercials playing on the inside of his goggles as neuroscientists from the University of California, Los Angeles, measured the blood flow in his brain. Instead of asking the subject, John Graham, a Democratic voter, what he thought of the use of Sept....

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Outsourcing and brain drain

April 20, 2004
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It’s OK when we lure the best and the brightest away from their homelands, but it sucks when their homelands lure them back. The problem is not the inevitable transfer of certain business functions to where they can most efficiently be performed, but the migration of the entrepreneurs and experienced workers who create the...

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Why we do this, part #134

April 20, 2004
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Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, who says there’s never been a famine in a country with a free press, describes the connections between a free press and a just society. The first – and perhaps the most elementary – connection concerns the direct contribution of free speech in general and of press freedom in particular...

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USA Today discovers Iraqi bloggers

April 20, 2004
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Here’s the scoop. What’s interesting to me about the Iraqi bloggers is not their actions, but their audience — judging from the comments at the blogs I’ve seen, the readers are mostly Americans desperate to be told what they want to hear; a smaller but perhaps noisier group consists of people angry that the...

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Required reading for newsies

April 20, 2004
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William Greider on our inability to remember. The war in Iraq is different from Vietnam in one fundamental respect: A substantial portion of Americans (and others around the world) were in the streets protesting this venture before the shooting started. The media generally dismissed them and often caricatured the protesters as aging hippies on...

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When pictures become news

April 19, 2004
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Newsdesigner shows the Seattle Times Sunday front page. I’m guessing it took the editors at the Times about three thousandths of a second to decide on their lead art. The objective description: some people in an airplane’s cargo hold tend to a bunch of boxes decorated by American flags. No drama, no emotion, no...

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Tim Porter posts, at long last

April 19, 2004
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He’s been away for a few weeks … today he weighed in on why management is so crappy at so many newspapers. I have become increasingly convinced in the last few months, however – persuaded by interviews with dozens of editors, reporters and heads of journalism training organizations for a couple of projects I...

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