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Misery, Fear, Loss, and Confusion in Haiti Four Months After the Quake

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

This is my second trip to Haiti after the January 12 earthquake that killed up to 300,000 people and left 1.2 million homeless, although neither of th...

Newsweek: What Went Wrong

Michael Hastings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Hastings

The decision to basically abandon reporting sealed the magazine's fate. Maybe it was inevitable, maybe the Newsweek execs had no choice, but it suggested to me that the end was near.

Leave Sean Penn Alone

Michele Langevine Leiby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michele Langevine Leiby

The gotcha culture of the media in Washington and elsewhere is occasionally mildly entertaining. But at an event where many people have gone to such great lengths to do something good, what could be more unseemly?

Right Wing, Wrong History

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Shaffer

Hippies, draft resisters, the Weathermen, rock bands, college radicals, feminists, and peace marchers were not all siblings in one big anti-establishment family.

Schools in Orange Jumpsuits

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

Something has broken apart in our society. While testing is a reasonable component of the education process, pretending that evaluation is a hard science -- that you can reduce a child's mental growth to a statistic -- is not.

The F Word: Aren't We Cheneyed Out Yet?

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

At what point do we call them the family of mass intimidation and simply stop playing into the Cheney clan's tired old terror tactics? Liz is the lat...

John Buffalo Mailer Talks New Orleans Through The Eyes Of Strippers (Part I)

Mark Coker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Mark Coker

The whole city seemed like a walking party to our eighteen year old sensibilities. It did not take me more than a couple of days to realize that New Orleans held for me the best of original American culture.

TV, Advertising, and Newspapers are dead - deal with it...

Brett King | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Brett King

You know what - change is a funny thing. For me, I can't wait untill I can watch all my movies and TV shows on demand instantly whenever I want withou...

Be First on the National Billboards-May-Not-Talk-to-Me List

Kirk Cheyfitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Kirk Cheyfitz

Researchers at NEC in Japan are working on a billboard that will scan your face, guess your age, determine your sex and then deliver an ad personalize...

Verizon/Google iPad Killer

Shelly Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Shelly Palmer

Today's most interesting stories in technology, media and entertainment.

Manorexic Mannequins?

Dr. Susan Albers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Dr. Susan Albers

Do we see pressure for men to have an "ideal body type" in other ways besides mannequins? Sure. Men are now being subjected to airbrushing in the media to give them the perfect body.

Live Events Are My Favorite Social Media

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Abe Schwartz

Social media is great for meeting people in a given field, but it's nice to get out. I've met quality contacts at live events this year, and it's more fun and lively to engage with people and communities in person.

Cancer Warning Ring Any Bells?

Russ Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Russ Baker

A recent New York Times column from Nicholas Kristof illustrates, almost inadvertently, why the rise of new, less cautious reporting outfits (WhoWhat...

Stick to the Script

August J. Pollak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
August J. Pollak

Democratic scandals and other news items that have already been decided. To see more of August J. Pollak's cartoon "Some Guy With a Website," che...

Conclusions Re Learning from YouTube

Alexandra Juhasz | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Alexandra Juhasz

This post provides some context to understand the thinking behind and learning from my 2007 Media Studies course, Learning from YouTube, recently feat...

Juan Mendez on International Human Rights

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

"The U.N. simply does not have adequate support of the world powers," Juan E. Mendez told me. Coming from anyone, this might be less important. From...

The F Word: Newsweek and New Media

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Laura Flanders

This week, Newsweek's owner, The Washington Post Company, put it on the block, its ink turned to red and its fiscal outlook poor.

Net Neutrality and the Third Way

Tracy Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Tracy Rosenberg

Thank you Mr. Genachowski, but speaking for myself, I'd wish you'd gone for the whole enchilada. While the regulators may forbear, I'm not so sure those you regulate will be quite so forbearing.

Geeks Rule: Why Media Ownership Still Matters

Tracy Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tracy Rosenberg

After years of clearly destructive consolidation and lawsuits, the FCC will hold a public hearing next week to debate modifying the existing anti-trust regulations for print and broadcast outlets. Does any of this matter any more?

Will Your ISP Become Your TV? The Comcast NBCU Merger

Lowell Peterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lowell Peterson

A central concern raised by the merger's critics is that one company will have too much influence if it controls both the production and the distribution of media.

FCC Gives Hollywood Control of Your TV Set

Shelly Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Shelly Palmer

Remarkably, the FCC will allow Hollywood to disable the analog outputs of your cable box while you are watching certain movies. The MPAA thinks this will reduce piracy.

Poop Is Popular

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

Poop Is Popular. CBS's Harry Smith is having an on-air colonoscopy. This is just one example of the media embracing what I predict will become a Poop Is Popular national "movement."

Biblical Social Justice and Glenn Beck

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Glenn Beck says Christians should leave their social justice churches, so I say Christians should leave Beck. Beck attacks the very heart of our Christian faith, and Christians should no longer watch his show.

Ignore the Media's Rahm Obsession

John McQuaid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
John McQuaid

While the recent spate of Rahm Emanuel profiles offer some insight into the workings of the Obama presidency, they're simply not interesting. They reveal more about the media than our current political predicament.

Nevada Politician & Journalists Engage Constituents One Tweet at a Time

Christina Gagnier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

Something you don't see everyday is a politician "live tweeting" (by themselves) from the floor of a legislative session to keep constituents apprised...