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The End of Ownership: Why You Need to Fight America’s Copyright Laws

BY KYLE WIENS01.17.149:30 AM Wired Just the other day, I got a card in the mail for my 30th birthday. When I opened it up, the card started singing “Happy Birthday.” And that little thing — pealing out at the top of its automated lungs — made me laugh. What a strange thing to computerize. […]

This Week Mainstream Media Debated the Meaning of Journalism

JUNE 28, 2013, 5:30 PM by ANDREA CHALUPA BigThink The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald is a traitor and should be arrested. Glenn Greenwald is a hero and a practicing journalist. That’s the debate in mainstream media that’s overshadowing the news that the NSA reads our emails. (For a “so sad it’s funny” look at that issue, […]

BY JILL LEPORE The New Yorker JUNE 24, 2013 An extraordinary fuss about eavesdropping started in the spring of 1844, when Giuseppe Mazzini, an Italian exile in London, became convinced that the British government was opening his mail. Mazzini, a revolutionary who’d been thrown in jail in Genoa, imprisoned in Savona, sentenced to death in […]

On Prism, partisanship and propaganda

Glenn Greenwald guardian.co.uk, Friday 14 June 2013 15.17 EDT I haven’t been able to write this week here because I’ve been participating in the debate over the fallout from last week’s NSA stories, and because we are very busy working on and writing the next series of stories that will begin appearing very shortly. I […]

Techno-Fix

Michael Huesemann & Joyce Huesemann May 2013 Utne Reader Techno-Fix (New Society Publishers, 2011) shows that negative unintended consequences of technology are inherently predictable and unavoidable, techno-optimism is completely unjustified, and modern technology, in the presence of continued economic growth, does not promote sustainability, but hastens collapse. The co-authors demonstrate that most technological solutions to […]

A Convenient Excuse

By WEN STEPHENSON | November 5, 2012 ThePhoenix ….After a quick round of introductions, I explained to my former Globe colleagues that I wasn’t there to “save the planet” or to protect some abstraction called “the environment.” I’m really not an environmentalist, and never have been. No, I said, I was there for my kids: […]

The Myth of Journalism’ s Golden Age

4/25/2013 1:03:10 PM by Todd Gitlin Utne Reader The crisis in journalism today shouldn’t obscure mainstream media’s long history of masking the truth and acquiescing to power. From the Vietnam War to credit default swaps to climate change, in many ways American journalism brought crisis on itself. This article originally appeared at TomDispatch. Everyone knows […]

As One German Weekly Falters, Another Celebrates Big Gains

By ERIC PFANNER Published: April 28, 2013 NYTimes SERRAVAL, France — The two most respected newsweeklies in Germany, Der Spiegel and Die Zeit, are both based in Hamburg, and both were founded by icons of postwar journalism in Germany. But now their businesses seem to be headed in opposite directions. This month, as Der Spiegel, […]

Erasing History

By BILL KELLER Published: April 28, 2013 NYTimes One of my favorite coffee-table books is an odd volume called “The Commissar Vanishes,” a portfolio of doctored photographs from Stalin’s Russia. When Stalin purged one of his fellow Bolsheviks, the comrade who fell from favor was duly cropped or airbrushed out of official photographs. “The Commissar […]

Sponsors Now Pay for Online Articles, Not Just Ads

By TANZINA VEGA -NYTimes Published: April 7, 2013 Articles in a series on Mashable.com called “What’s Inside” looked for all the world like the hundreds of other articles on the digital media site. But journalistically, they were something very different. The articles, about technology topics in a wide variety of products, including modems and the Hubble Space Telescope, were paid […]