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Posts Tagged ‘Daily Kos’

CNN, Steve Jobs, and the Price of Citizen Journalism: FBNY Talks to Jay Rosen

iminjail_2.jpgMeanwhile, back in other news that would be big if it wasn’t for the worldwide financial crisis and/or Sarah Fey Palin: You may recall how last Friday someone calling themselves “Johntw” posted a note on CNN‘s citizen journalism blog iReport (“Unedited. Unfiltered. News.”) saying that Steve Jobs had been rushed to the hospital due to a heart attack (this is not the first time Jobs’ health has been falsely reported, back in August Bloomberg accidentally ran the Apple head’s obituary). The report was picked up by multiple blogs before being denied by Apple and subsequently removed by CNN, though not before Apple stocks had tumbled nine percent in 12 minutes; that’s the equivalent of $9 billion. Questions were immediately raised as to the identity of the blogger and whether he/she was a short-seller and the SEC is apparently investigating. Meanwhile, CNN has confirmed that the posting on iReport was “not vetted or reported by CNN journalists.”

And the citizen journalist rears it head again! Remember the Sarah Palin fake pregnancy story? That, too, initially began as a anonymous post on Daily Kos. And we’re all familiar with the case of Mayhill Fowler and her digital recorder, which rocked both Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Leaving the discussion of the increased leverage the Internet gives to financial rumors for people who can speak to it more knowledgeably than us, there is the larger question of whether citizen journalism is a boon or a danger to the industry. Not to mention, how on earth did we all become so gullible!? To get a better sense we asked citizen journalism advocate Jay Rosen for his thoughts.

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Mark Burnett, MySpace Team Up for a Competition to Pick a Political Candidate

burnettpolitc.jpgWe checked our calendars, just to be sure, but – nope – it’s not April 1. That means either someone at MediaPost Publications has it wrong, or this here story is true:

Just in time for the next presidential election, reality TV impresario Mark Burnett is taking his brand of entertainment to MySpace, with a competition aimed at picking a political candidate.

The new show, Independent, will feature contestants vying for votes via interactive town halls and the like. The show, which also will include a TV component, will award the winner $1 million to be used to further a political goal, through either donations to political action groups, donations to form a new political party or to fund the winner’s own campaign.

MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe boasts in a statement that the show will do no less than ‘help reshape the face of American politics.’

While that probably overstates the case, the show seems to have the potential to at least help reshape Internet programming. In fact, in some ways, the combination of a reality show with politics appears uniquely suited to the Web.

People already are used to getting political information online; many users have proven eager to participate in political discussions on the Web. In fact, some of the blogosphere’s most passionate participants are devoted to political debate. From Little Green Footballs, to Daily Kos, to Wonkette, a good number of the most influential and best read blogs have centered on goings-on in Washington.

Also, politics — unlike trivia shows or celebrity gossip — seems to mix well with the Web. The anything-goes nature of the Internet might benefit would-be politicians; it certainly should help distinguish them from the leading candidates, who go out of their way to stick to the lines that have been vetted by professional consultants.

In related news, FBLA will be moving our headquarters to Toronto.

Don Imus Round-Up: Reports from Blogistan

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Don Imus, his big mouth and his fall from favor has lit up the blogosphere like a pin-ball machine.

April Winchell: so many people to thank.

Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes: rambles on about something to do with news.

The Dark Stuff: trip down memory lane.

Daily Kos: boycott this crap.

Inside Cable News: Larry King interview with Imus cancelled.

Faultline USA: Nappily Ever After, starring Halle Berry.

Tom Zeller: last winter, it was the Jews.

Daily Kos Poster: Black Man On the Bus

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Over at Daily Kos, some guy posting as blklikeme gets his knickers in a twist about girls on a bus by USC:

On the way to my exit point the bus fills with high school students. a group of girls and young women are seated around me. they are girls and women in name only. from their mouths come loud vulgar language that would make those just freed british sailors blush.

Over 500 comments later, which vary between “How hard is it for a black man to get an LA Weekly in this town!” to “Get over it, girls talk trash!” to “Smart women stay way from strange men on the street!”, there’s no conclusion, but everyone feels better for having posted.

FBLA thinks it’s a combination of his skullcap and the lack of capital letters.