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Posts Tagged ‘Bill Boyarsky’

Former LA Times Reporter Takes Dim View of Riots Anniversary

When Bill Boyarsky worked for the LA Times, he covered both the riots sparked by Rodney King and the trial of O.J. Simpson. In his latest column for truthdig.com, he considers the Trayvon Martin shooting and recent hate crimes in Tulsa, Oklahoma within the 20th anniversary context of the 1992 riots.

His conclusions are not happy ones. Although he acknowledges there are differences between the decades-separated incidents, he argues that the U.S. racial divide remains as bad as ever. Boyarsky quotes some interesting data from Rand, Gallup and Loyola Marymount, while also pointing the finger at a layer that was absent during his LA Times days:

We thought communications were fast, but compared with today, news traveled slowly and rabble-rousing nuts didn’t have the Internet to spew their venom… With racist gunslingers inspired by their Facebook and Twitter “friends,” emboldened by permissive gun laws and hating the increasing racial diversity of America, nothing has changed.

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Dude, You Adequately Attributed My Quote

plagiarism_nite.gifWhere does aggregation end and plagiarism begin?

Bill Boyarsky (former City Editor of the Los Angeles Times and current columnist for Truth Dig):

    “There are objections to news aggregation…it’s not plagiarism, everything on the Huffington Post is linked and attributed…There’s no way I could wake up every morning and find all of that myself, that quickly.”

Choire Sicha (former editor at Gawker, New York Observer columnist, and freelancer for Radar Online):

    “The fight currently ongoing between major newspapers and the AP, over what the businessmen like to call ‘repackaging content’ and what other people call ‘stealing’…I subscribe to [New York Observer reporter] Tom Scocca’s definition of plagiarism, and that is, in short form: What does this guy have that that guy didn’t have already? (See how I didn’t plagiarize there, by giving Tom his due credit?)…[However!] You see plagiarism of ideas without credit all the time in Internetland — on a daily basis, it’s an easy thing to commit, too, particularly when you’re writing a blog, and you’re tasked with producing a certain amount of what they call ‘content.’”

Aggregation vs. Plagiarism: Old and New Media Not As Divided As You’d Think

blair_p.jpgPop + Politics poses an interesting question to former L.A. Times City Editor Bill Boyarsky and former Gawker editor Choire Sicha: “Where does aggregation end and plagiarism begin?”

In the article, editor Chris Nelson said the “Old” and “New” Media journalists’ “perspectives were often a study in contrasts.”

But from our reading (and, again, we just got back from vacation), it seems that both agree that aggregation is indispensable, but out-and-out plagiarism is deplorable … and the two don’t disagree that greatly about what constitutes each one.

We’d summarize their statements to help illuminate our point, but — like the article says — sometimes bloggers are lazy.

LAT In 90 Seconds

32456468.jpgMortensen Goes Naked, Arty: A brief history of method acting is described in this piece by Gina Piccalo: “For Eastern Promises, Mortensen set out alone for Moscow, St. Petersburg and the Ural Mountain region of Siberia, spending weeks driving around without a translator. … Mortensen studied the gangs of the vory v zakone (thieves in law). He read books on Russian prison culture and the importance of prison tattoos as criminal resumes. He perfected his character’s Siberian accent and learned lines in Russian, Ukrainian and English. During filming, he used worry beads made in prison from melted-down plastic cigarette lighters and decorated his trailer with copies of Russian icons.” Remind us about this in 10 years, when he’s filming Wild Hogs 2

32456701.jpgMonsters (Scam), Inc.: Online job sites fail to do enough to prevent Web predators from scamming job-seekers, says Joseph Menn.

bbor.jpegHow A Bill Reviews A Law: Former city editor Bill Boyarsky reviews John W. Dean’s new book, Broken Government. Spoiler alert: He likes it.