The internet isn’t an adjunct to real life; it’s not another place. You don’t do things “on the internet,” you just do things. The network is interwoven into every moment of our lives, and we should treat it that way.
via The internet is fucked | The Verge @reckless
Wait… haven’t I been saying that for years? The internet hasn’t been a place to go to for a long time, yet it’s still treated like something we don’t know what to with. I’m sure there’s a great paper topic in there about media power discourse and the great duping of the public (because, believe me, broadband providers are certainly duping the public in many ways), but this article from Nilay Patel is important. It’s important because it’s completely correct and we can bypass my wont of sourcing an academic paper on all this and get to the truth of the matter in one well-written article.
That much concentrated power (think about Comcast… they own the pipes, they own the delivery, they own the studio, they own the production) can’t be a good thing. Ever.
Its the difference between checking Twitter once every four hours, or for four hours at a time. Its the difference between texting your friends to stay in touch, and only interacting with your friends through text message. Its the difference between looking at Tumblr for creative inspiration, or letting Tumblr scratch your entire creative itch. Its the difference between watching TV shows you like, and watching TV shows youre supposed to like.
via Offline: missing out | The Verge.
At the same time as CNN was covering the regime, Bahrain was an aggressive participant in CNNs various “sponsorship” opportunities, with official agencies of the regime often boasting of how their extensive involvement with CNN was improving the nations image around the world. Beyond that, there are multiple examples of CNN International producing plainly propagandistic coverage of the regime, often without any minimal disclosure of the vested interests of its sources.
via CNN and the business of state-sponsored TV news | Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk.
The fact that CNN is accepting money from governments is bad enough. However, they have overstepped that grey area into letting it color their journalistic reporting. How can domestic reporting be trusted as accurate and true? For those who still think media bias is a myth… well, you’re in denial.
Thanks to @timcast for tweeting this.
via The Atlantic – Social media’s small, positive role in human relationships
Tufekci makes some excellent observations (extrapolated from a large amount of data) on the benefits of social media. It’s a refreshing counter to the panicky things we hear from friends.
For most people, the choice is not leisurely walks on Cape Cod versus social media. It’s television versus social media.
I worry at times about my peers who feel they must define society and social interactions as one sort of thing: face-to-face conversation. Sorry, but conversations and interactions mediated by technological tools have existed for decades. Non-social media (anti-social media?) like television, newspapers, books, recorded audio, are far more dangerous in creating isolation and blocking out social contact. Social media promote relationships, enable communication, demand conversations.
I’ve heard arguments about the forcing of voyeuristic habits – turning ‘friends’ into objects of observation – and the like, but call bunk on them. You make decisions. If you choose to watch, that’s not the fault of the medium. Place blame and responsibility where it is due.
That’s because, unlike a political campaign designed to get some person in office and then close up shop (as in the election of Obama), this is not a movement with a traditional narrative arc. As the product of the decentralized networked-era culture, it is less about victory than sustainability. It is not about one-pointedness, but inclusion and groping toward consensus. It is not like a book; it is like the Internet.
From Think Occupy Wall St. is a phase? You don’t get it on CNN.com
The international media’s response to the Gifford assassination attempt is so telling. America is so self-serving and self-focused that we can’t see that to the rest of the globe our language looks like that of a small child pitching a temper tantrum.
“People in Holland as in the US are concerned about the tone of our debate, the sharper rhetoric, and especially since for the first time TV news anchors are following the Fox [News] style of figures like Bill O’Reilly,” says Peter van Os, a former Washington correspondent for De Groene Amsterdammer who writes on Dutch politics from The Hague. “The phrase ‘angry electorate’ is now used often here … and we are having debates about what Bill Clinton recently called ‘fact free’ news.”
Europeans have paid attention to numerous stories on former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and her pro-tea party website that “targets” Giffords and includes the comment “Don’t retreat … reload” – as a symptom of the tone in US politics.
A guest column in the German Der Spiegel today warned that vitriolic attacks against Mrs. Palin from the left were themselves a manifestation of intemperate anger, and warned they could backfire by making her a victim of political elites.
via In Arizona shooting, Europe sees an America gripped by doubt, pessimism – CSMonitor.com.
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