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Monroe Price is director of the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication, , University of Pennsylvania, and Professor of Law at Yeshiva University's Cardozo School of Law in New York.

Blog Entries by Monroe Price

"Stability" and "Media Freedom" in the Arab Spring

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2011 | 10:43 AM

It was predictable, somewhere in the Arab Spring: the forces of security, representatives of the ruling military council, raiding offices and closing down a broadcaster.

Not surprisingly, it was Egypt where this Spring rupture occurred, with the military government disrupting Al Jazeera's specially created local channel,

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Xinhua, China's Soft Power Initiative and the Return of the New World Information Order

(8) Comments | Posted June 7, 2011 | 4:41 PM

I've been tracking elements of China's complicated and ambitious policy of expanding its information sphere to a possibly waiting world. In late May, I heard Dr. Hu Zhengrong, one of China's most distinguished ambassadors to the international academic world, give a talk on this "going out" policy to the International...

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Delaunay, Camnitzer and Cone: Art, Transformations and Identity on an Upper Fifth Avenue Museum Stroll

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2011 | 11:56 AM

Here's a way to celebrate the coming of spring: go to that stretch of Fifth Avenue that incorporates the El Museo del Barrio at 105th Street, the Cooper Hewitt at 90th Street, and the Jewish Museum at 91st Street.

Why? The answer lies with...

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Al-Obedi's Tripoli Surprise and the Packaging of Libya's Future

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2011 | 7:06 PM

How should the international community react to the surprising statement by Abdul Ati al-Obeidi, Libya's current foreign minister, with its dramatic suggestion for a way forward? Is his suggestion of a ceasefire and discussions leading to free elections worth pursuing?

I'd argue that al-Obeidi's contribution, in a...

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Clinton's "Long Game" Advancing Internet Freedom

(1) Comments | Posted February 20, 2011 | 2:03 PM

While Bahrain careens and Egypt moves toward a new stasis, the debate over the shape and role of the Internet intensifies in different register and in different levels of abstraction.

An important forum for this global discussion is the Department of State and its vision for the Internet. There's...

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Battening Down the Hatches, Circling the Wagons: The WikiLeak Effect on the Public Diplomacy of Internet Advocacy

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2010 | 8:27 AM

A few months ago, I blogged here and elsewhere about the similarities and differences between China and the United States in terms of articulated policy concerning the development of the Internet. Wikileaks -- so huge an event in the history of the way we think...

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The Battle Over Internet Regulatory Paradigms

(1) Comments | Posted August 3, 2010 | 4:08 PM

(This post was originally published on the CPD blog at USC's Center for Public Diplomacy).

As global framing contests go, one of the most spectacular is the transnational effort to define proper regulation of the Internet (and in the process characterize China's information policy). In June, China's State...

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He's a Search Engine Manager, She's a Video Online Producer: Changing Love-Occupations in the New York Times' Wedding Section

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2010 | 11:38 AM

Last week, the editors of the Weddings/Celebrations section of the New York Times demonstrated (probably unintentionally) the rise of media careers in the lives of the young socially elect.

David Brooks--before he was anointed as global pundit by the New York Times--wrote Bobos in...

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Latin American Artists in New York -- El Museo del Barrio

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2010 | 11:03 AM

There's only until the end of February to see one of the most dynamic, interesting and original exhibitions now on in Manhattan: Nexus New York: Latin/American Artists in the Modern Metropolis. It's at the nicely refurbished, newly reopened Museo del Barrio in the upper reaches of Fifth Avenue. Take my...

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A Book by Its Cover: Judging Holocaust Memoirs By Appearance Only

(2) Comments | Posted January 21, 2010 | 4:49 PM

[This post was previously published in the January 29th edition of Forward, and you can view all the covers discussed in this blog there].

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I knew there were a lot of "Holocaust-related memoirs" but how oft-rehearsed the genre was I...

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Nursing a Memoir to Publication: Finding a Niche, Defining a Life

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2009 | 5:02 PM

The publishing of a book -- especially one that's personal and not a footnoted artifact -- is still worth celebrating, even if it's being published in the traditional format of pages between covers. This is particularly true if you're the author and the book is primarily about you.

So here's...

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Obama-izing Journalism: Can Reporters be Counted on as Stimulus Watchdogs?

(7) Comments | Posted March 5, 2009 | 11:34 AM

We're already into a decade of immense, uncharted, and widely distributed federal spending but with one vital part of the democracy in jeopardy.

At the same time that our President is engaged in a Hail Mary of economic planning, our much-reputed constitutional mechanism for accountability (otherwise known as newspapers,...

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Farida Batool, Photography and Pakistani Lives

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2009 | 1:57 PM

There's a striking image by Farida Batool in a current exhibit at New York's Aicon Gallery (reviewed at the New York Times). Seeing it was especially astonishing for me because I know something of the artist and the complexity of her relationship to Pakistan, its history and its...

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The National Academy, Survival and Deaccessioning: An Art World Brouhaha

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2009 | 12:34 PM

There's little that excites the art world so much as a deaccessioning brouhaha. The National Academy Museum--one of the loveliest New York cultural institutions that is visited by too few people--has fallen on very hard times. It recently sold two paintings to put some version of real bread on...

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Journalism Bailout Bill: The News and Information for Democracy Act of 2011?

(2) Comments | Posted January 2, 2009 | 10:36 AM

There's yet another newspaper "turn off the lights" commentary in the New York Times, appearing ghoulishly on the last day of 2008: "When the Watchdogs Don't Bark," tracking Zell-related and Journal-Register depredations in Connecticut (Hartford, New Britain and Bristol) and journalistic enterprises laid waste in New Jersey. This summary...

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Delhi Normal, Tensions Submerged

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2008 | 3:46 PM

My biggest personal problem in what seems like a placid, normal Delhi is that wireless is not working in my otherwise-charming hotel. But this means I'm spending more time watching the television news. Today, NDTV had a story on Shiv Sena, the hard-right Hindu organization, seeking to ban and harass...

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Sarah Palin: the All-in-One Reality TV Show

(1) Comments | Posted December 7, 2008 | 6:26 PM

It's hard to have yet another Sarah Palin epiphany, but that's what happened as I was drifting happily through a conference called "Reality Worlds," organized at the Annenberg School for Communication by Marwan Kraidy and Katherine Sender.

Scholars devoted to the genre were generating all sorts of theories...

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Bringing the Obama Inauguration to a Theater Near You

(17) Comments | Posted December 3, 2008 | 12:26 PM

We're less than 50 days away from the Mother of all Inaugurations (maybe that was Andrew Jackson's), and there is an almost unquenchable thirst throughout the country to participate, to celebrate, to possess the moment and relish it.

Is the Inaugural Committee doing enough to slake this thirst? Certainly the...

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Transformative Mobilization: From Obama's Campaign Techniques to Public Diplomacy

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2008 | 10:23 AM

It may be peculiar to comment on one's own blog. But, having recently provided a post on possible directions for Obama's international broadcasting and public diplomacy strategy, I realized I had missed the elephant (or donkey) in the room.

In thinking about a strategy for the new administration, the...

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Changing International Broadcasting in the Obama Era?

(2) Comments | Posted November 11, 2008 | 4:47 PM

Can two late thinkers, a French philosopher and British media scholar, point the way to a new American public diplomacy--or at least an American international broadcasting strategy-- for the Obama era?

Let's start with two unarguable points. The very election of Barack Obama shifts the world of public diplomacy...

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