November 3, 2006

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Friday, November 03, 2006

How YouTube has the law on its side, why the media falls so hard for Borat, and John Kerry steps in it again.

Kerry’d Away

If you turned down the sound on your TV this week, it might have seemed like you were watching Campaign ’04, not Campaign ’06. Politicians took turns inveighing against John Kerry and George W. Bush, and their relative support for the troops. Washington Post national political editor John Harris is ...


The Party Knows

Going into the final days before the election, national Republicans remained as confident as ever about their prospects for victory. Never mind that poll after poll shows Democrats in a good position to retake the House, and possibly even the Senate. Are the GOP’s internal polls showing something different? Bob ...


Catch and Release

Haters have been predicting that as soon as YouTube had any GoogleCash, content owners would start slapping the company with copyright lawsuits. Much of what can be found there, of course, is pirated material. But Columbia Law School professor Tim Wu explains to Brooke why YouTube


Popularity Pays

Print journalists are accustomed to getting paid according to the length of their articles. But writers at the monthly magazine Business 2.0 are now being compensated on the basis of their popularity, as well. At least when it comes to their online output. Will giving journalists the same incentives as ...


Intelligent Designer

Will Wright, creator of “The Sims,” has a brand new game on the way. In “Spore,” gamers begin as a single-cell organism, and evolve, over time, by earning and spending DNA points. John Seabrook wrote about the game in this week’s New Yorker, and joins Brooke to discuss ...


Gimme that Online Religion

For booksellers, hotel guests, and the faithful, one book remains a mainstay – The Bible. But despite the book’s unending popularity, for many, it remains a daunting read. Enter Slate columnist David Plotz, who has decided to read the book from cover to cover, and blog about it ...



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Character Acting

We’re all used to hearing all about celebrity marriages, breakups, and adoptions on TV “news” shows. But when serious journalists interview explicitly fictitious characters, do they cross a new and unacceptable line in info-tainment? Bob thinks so. He speaks with journalism ethicist Kelly McBride and film reviewer Lewis Beale about ...


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