Sunday, May 20, 2012
A lot of times, media stories we find funny, touching, or just plain interesting that don't make it onto the show end up on our twitter feed. We're collecting some of our favorite stories every sunday in a blog post we call "Our Week in Tweets." To read the stories, just click on the links that appear within the tweets. Feel free to comment below, and follow us on Twitter to see all the stories we've been talking about!
Saturday, May 19, 2012
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Thanks, and happy reading.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
A new documentary ‘Under African Skies’ is out that revisits Paul Simon’s 1986 album Graceland. The film (which I haven’t seen) reunites Simon with some of the contributing musicians and wades back into the political controversy surrounding the recording of the album, its runaway success and the subsequent tour.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
(A version of this article appeared on the political science blog The Monkey Cage)
Last week, On the Media did a story about how the figure of 85% of recent college graduates living at home is based on a more or less made up number. But this is not the only statistic about college graduates routinely cited by the media as a sign of the economic apocalypse. In this article, I take on a number that has more foundation in reality, but, taken out of context, makes it sound like the job situation for recent college graduates is hopeless.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Mike McGrady, a decorated newspaper reporter at Newsday, died over the weekend. According to The New York Times, he went to Yale and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. He even won an Overseas Press Club Award for a series of columns about Vietnam from the front.
The reason why he's got a substantial obit in the Times today is not for any of that however, but for being the driving force behind an astonishingly successful literary hoax.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Last month, we spoke to government transparency activist Carl Malamud about his plan to publish safety standards that are incorporated into law. These standards regulate things like water treatment, building design, even bike helmets, but since they are copyrighted by the industry organizations that write them, if you want to read them, you have to pay upwards of hundreds of dollars. Yesterday, Malamud published the first batch of these standards on his website, public.resource.org.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
We only have an hour of air time a week to report on stories that we find compelling, but for every story that warrants coverage on our show, there are dozens of incremental stories, small but interesting media tidbits, and updates to stories we've previously covered. For these smaller stories, we like to keep our listeners informed through the On the Media twitter feed. We've decided to collect our favorite media stories for the week in a recurring blog segment we're calling "our week in tweets." Please contribute in the comments, or just join the conversation on twitter!
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Unless you were dead or in jail yesterday, it was nearly impossible to miss the interview that President Obama did with ABC News about his support of same-sex marriage. ABC aired an excerpt from the interview at 3PM yesterday afternoon, but they were scooped by almost 10 minutes by Reuters Deputy Social Media Director (and former ABC employee) Matthew Keys.
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
In February, I sent out numerous Freedom of Information Act requests to different government agencies to see if they had any information on me in their files. I received my response letters from most of the agencies, and they're on the one hand fairly anticlimactic, and on the other hand illuminating of how potentially weak FOIA can be.
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) held their annual awards ceremony last Thursday in New York City, and among the usual winners – Time, The New Yorker, etc. – was Tim Rogers, writer for D Magazine, a small monthly magazine in Dallas. Rogers won “best profile writing” for his piece about one of the public faces of the famous internet hacker group, Barrett Brown. Rogers's profile is called “Barrett Brown is Anonymous.”
Thursday, May 03, 2012
On this week’s episode, we’re talking about the one year anniversary of Osama Bin Laden’s death. Today, the government released a trove of declassified materials from the raid on Bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound. If your Arabic is up to snuff, you can see the original documents here. If not, helpful English summaries are this-a-way.
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
This week, a British high court declared the self-described "most resilient BitTorrent site" guilty of "massively infringing on copyright", and ruled that British ISPs must block access to the site. Since The Pirate Bay is infamous for telling legal interlopers to sodomize themselves with retractable batons, the team at The Pirate Bay doesn't seem too concerned.
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post Books Blog.
The most effective campaign posters of every era leave as much as possible to the voter's imagination. They are like Japanese manga: the less detailed the image, the more easily we can identify with the candidate, the more space for projecting our dreams. The more specific the image, the greater the risk of creating a feeling of "otherness" which translates into death at the polls.
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
"This Report examines whether or not there is good evidence to suggest that the Committee and its predecessor Committees have been misled by any witnesses during thecourse of their work on the phone-hacking scandal, which continues to reverberate around News International and to have major repercussions for the British newspaper industry as a whole."
Today the British Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee released their report on the Murdoch’s News International phone-hacking scandal.
Monday, April 30, 2012
About a year ago, OTM talked with Ars Technica’s Nate Anderson about the wifi-snooping tendencies of Google’s Street View. The project was not only taking panoramic pictures for the Google Maps application, but also picking up data from the unsecured wifi signals it came across.