September 9, 2005

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Friday, September 09, 2005

How the politics of Katrina play in the foreign press, and an argument over a word: refugees. Plus a displaced critic reviews 50 years of New Orleans on the big screen, and the golden anniversary of a record-breaking book called Guinness.

Word Watch: Refugees

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the National Association of Black Journalists called on media outlets to refer to people fleeing New Orleans as "evacuees," rather than "refugees." Many complied, but others, after consulting their dictionaries and style guides, decided the new term lacked the scope befitting a national catastrophe. ...

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Gaming Blame

It didn't take long for people trying to figure out what went wrong in New Orleans to start pointing fingers at the White House. In response, President Bush and his supporters have attempted to deflect blame back onto the blamers themselves. Bob reflects on the phrase "blame game" as the ...

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not dot gov

As authorities scrambled in the wake of Katrina, media technology was being harnessed by ordinary citizens to assist the displaced. With no official mandate, central organizing principle, or pay, Internet users compiled lists, message boards, and lists of lists and message boards. BuzzMachine blogger Jeff Jarvis tells Bob about Recovery ...

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The Moviegoer

From A Streetcar Named Desire to Down By Law, what many of us think about when we think about New Orleans is a result of its ongoing portrayal in movies. David Lee Simmons, culture critic for the city's alternative daily, The Gambit, talks with Brooke about the cinematic depictions of ...

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The Installment Plan

This summer, the highest-rated prime time show in New York City wasn't CSI or Law & Order. It was La Madrasta, a telenovela produced in Mexico. The telenovela form has been a TV staple south of our border for 50 years, and recently has emerged as the vehicle Spanish-language TV ...

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Ham Radio

It was back to the future for CBS this week, as the network launched a podcast version of "The Guiding Light," a soap opera first broadcast as a radio show 68 years ago. But even though soap operas may have started as audio-only, nowadays it's pretty clear they're dependent on ...

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Record of Records

Last month, a Canadian named Suresh Joachim entered the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest continuous rocking in a rocking chair. But he told a reporter that the record he most wants to break is the one held by Ashrita Furman... for the most number of Guinness records ...

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