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Entries from May 2004

The Emergency Broadcasting Symptom (or, in search of a live broadcaster when disaster strikes)

May 24th, 2004 · No Comments

Normally, in an emergency situation, citizens would tune into their radios to learn about what happened and get safety instruction. But when local police tried to reach the city’s six commercial radio stations early that morning no one answered. All of the stations were on automation, playing music through the night with no live deejays.

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Tags: Journalism Ethics · Media Economics

You’ve Got Spam!

May 1st, 2004 · No Comments

If you are online, it’s probably no surprise to you that by last month, spam accounted for 63 percent of all e-mail volume (up from 46 percent a year ago, and 25 percent just two years ago), according to Brightmail.com. A report at the end of last year stated that the average e-mail user receives 54.4 unwanted e-mail messages a day. Even worse, researchers predict spam levels will only increase – perhaps 75 percent of all e-mail volume by next year.

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Tags: International News · Internet