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WE SURVIVED THE STRIKE! Of course we did.

February 13th, 2008 · No Comments

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Back around November 5, when the Writers Guild of America first called a strike against the major entertainment studios, there were almost hysterical reports in the news media — what are we going to do without new episodes of our favorite TV programs? Like, Omigosh! The January 25 Entertainment Weekly even had a special “Strike Survival Guide” issue with cover of a bearded Conan O’Brien (who, along with David Letterman, used the time off the screen to watch his facial hair grow) that boasted “67 tips to beat the entertainment dry spell.”

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Tags: Elections · Internet · Journalism · Labor News · Television News

No Time to be Neutral on Net Neutrality

July 11th, 2007 · Comments Off on No Time to be Neutral on Net Neutrality

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But now major telephone companies and cable companies, which control 98 percent of broadband access in the U.S. (through DSL and cable modem service), would like to dismiss net neutrality give faster connections and greater priority to clients willing to pay higher rates.

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Tags: Cable Television · Internet · Media Economics

The End of Shock Jocks?

April 25th, 2007 · No Comments

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What Imus hadn’t counted on is the replay of his comment by hundreds of thousands of viewers on YouTube and the Media Matters website. Mr. Imus, welcome to the new world of media watchdogs and the Internet.

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Tags: Internet · Journalism Ethics

October Surprise?

October 22nd, 2006 · No Comments

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I was just a bit wary of politics at play when gasoline prices topped out over $3 a gallon during the summer, then dropped more than $1 this fall.

I find that I’m not alone in my mistrust. A nationwide USA Today/Gallup Poll conducted in late September found that 42 percent of Americans think “the Bush Administration has deliberately manipulated the price of gasoline so that it would decrease before this fall’s elections.”

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Tags: Elections · Internet · Journalism Ethics