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Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis blogs at

He is a new-media columnist for The Guardian in London. He is associate professor and head of the entrepreneurial journalism program program at the City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism. He is a partner at

He wrote "What Would Google Do?" and is now writing "Public Parts," a book about publicness, due out in 2011.

Jarvis was creator and founding editor of Entertainment Weekly, TV critic for TV Guide and People magazines, president and creative director of Advance Internet, Sunday editor and associate publisher of the New York Daily News, a columnist on the San Francisco Examiner, and a reporter and editor on the Chicago Tribune.

His fuller statement of disclosures is here.

Entries by Jeff Jarvis

Heart to Heart: An Exchange of Valentines Between Arianna and Jeff Jarvis

(12) Comments | Posted February 16, 2016 | 10:58 AM

Dear Arianna,

I'm sending up the Bat Signal for you. We miss you, we need you -- the old you, the political you -- especially now, as the nation faces nothing less than a crisis of democracy. It seems your ambition these days is to become the ersatz Oprah. You're...

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Election of the Narcissists

(6) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 1:08 PM

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump do indeed have something in common. It's not anger. It is narcissism. 

Sanders is doing what cynical politicians have done since the birth of the craft: He makes empty promises that he knows he cannot keep. Even if he did not face a Republican-strangled Congress,...

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Angry, White Primaries

(398) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 8:56 AM

This election, as we've all heard, is dominated by angry white people.

That is because the primary system is fundamentally racist. The first two presidential contests occur in states whose populations are 92% and 94% white, respectively. They are the only primaries that media pay attention...

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A Tribute to David Carr

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2015 | 11:53 AM

I debated whether to write a tribute here to David Carr. There are many more who had the privilege of knowing him much better than I did. Though it is quite appropriate that, as Andrea Peterson beautifully phrased it, the "wired collective voice of Twitter howled 'David Carr'"...

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The Right to Remember, Damnit

(15) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 6:55 PM

A reporter asked me for reaction to news that Google has put up a form to meet a European court's insane and dangerous ruling and allow people to demand that links to content they don't like about themselves be taken down. Here's what I said:

This is a...

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Philanthropy and News

(1) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 7:35 AM

On a trip to Silicon Valley with my new dean, Sarah Bartlett, I heard technology people express concern about the state of news. That is good of them, for they have had a role in the disruption of news -- and I'm glad they have. Now they need to consider taking...

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Rethinking News: First, Kill the Useless TV News Stand-Up

(62) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 3:09 PM

I was about to launch into writing a post about the most irritating habits of local TV news -- starting with the most objectionable: the stand-up -- when I got a surprising email from a producer at Fox Channel 5 News in New York: "We are working on a story...

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Can Ezra Klein Tear Apart the Old Article?

(2) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 1:28 PM

All the excited buzz about Ezra Klein's new venture at Vox Media (congratulations to both) misses the real significance, I think: That, as best as I can tell, Klein & Co. will specialize not so much in topics but in forms of journalism, tearing apart the old, omnibus article and...

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Public Disease

(3) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 11:38 AM

I cannot possibly do better than Zeynep Tufekci in taking two journalists -- New York Times columnist and former executive editor Bill Keller and his wife, Guardian writer Emma Keller -- to school in a brilliant post that explains how each exploited and offended, misinterpreted and mistreated...

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Verizon, Caught Red-Handed

(61) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 4:28 PM


Verizon is violating FCC conditions and its promise that it open up its high-speed LTE network to any device.

The company has now on multiple occasions refused to connect my Google Nexus 7 LTE tablet, though the device...

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A Sullied Date

(10) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 11:26 AM

This 9/11, not the first, is the one when I feel most hopeless about our nation. 

On that day a dozen years ago -- after washing the debris of the day off me -- I held hope that the tragedy would unite Americans to stand against tyranny...

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Hot Off the Press

(38) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 8:51 AM

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Some quick thoughts on Jeff Bezos' purchase of the Washington Post:

A reporter asked me whether his purchase was "an act of philanthropy." Probably yes, but I hope it is much more than that. I...

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The Government and Its Secrets: A Matter of Principles

(130) Comments | Posted June 8, 2013 | 4:52 PM


America is supposed to be a nation governed by principles, which are undergirded by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and carried into law. The discussion about the government and its capture of *our* data should...

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Voluntary Media

(11) Comments | Posted March 3, 2013 | 3:02 PM

Two important but too-unsung women in media -- performer Amanda Palmer and Google ad exec Susan Wojcicki -- met at an idea this week: that media and advertising are becoming voluntary.

They also touch on ideas I've been trying to write about: that media should be in the relationship...

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Public Is Public... Except in Journalism?

(157) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 4:39 PM

Reporters and editors used to decide what was to be made public. No longer. More and more, the public decides what will be public... and that's as it should be.

In today's Times, David Carr...

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We Get the Net -- and Society -- We Build

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2013 | 4:56 PM

The next time you see someone on Twitter point to an argument and gleefully announce, "Fight! Fight!" and you retweet that, think about the net you are encouraging and creating. You're breeding only more of the same.

Oh, we've all done it. At least I'll confess that I've done...

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Conseil aux médias et musulmans: ne nourrissez pas les trolls!

(2) Comments | Posted September 17, 2012 | 8:28 AM

Le crétin qui a réalisé cette vidéo, ayant soi-disant déclenché les émeutes et les tueries en Egypte et en Libye, est l'exacte définition du troll : il l'a faite pour provoquer la réaction qu'il était certain d'obtenir. C'est ce que font les trolls.

Ceux qui ont...

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Advice to Media and Muslims: Don't Feed the Trolls

(1094) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 5:26 PM

The jerk who made that video, the one that supposedly incited rioting and murder in Egypt and Libya, is the very definition of a troll: He made it to elicit the reaction he was sure he'd cause. That is what trolls do.

Those who reacted are trolls, too,...

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Reporters: Why Are You in Tampa?

(379) Comments | Posted August 25, 2012 | 7:53 PM

I challenge every journalist in Tampa for the Republican convention -- every one of the 15-16,000 of you -- to answer this:

  • Why are you there?
  • What will we learn from you?
  • What actual reporting can you possibly do that delivers anything of value more than...
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Life Without Mediation

(55) Comments | Posted August 25, 2012 | 9:43 AM

The shooting near the Empire State Building demonstrated in yet more ways how news will arrive without mediation.

On Twitter, some objected to my linking to photos from the scene taken by witnesses immediately after the crime, without warning of their graphic nature. The alleged murder victim...

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