September 2, 2005

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Friday, September 02, 2005

Fantasy sports and virtual financial markets, what happens when the worlds of reality and make-believe collide? And, thoughts on the coverage of Katrina.

The Unasked Question

Early in the week, discussions began online about the way much of the TV coverage of Katrina's impact was ignoring obvious questions of race and class. On Wednesday, Slate media critic Jack Shafer accused TV news of skirting one of the most visually clear aspects of the story – that ...


Exile on Main Street

Among the evacuees from the flood on Tuesday was much of the staff of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Huddled in the back of newspaper delivery trucks they quickly relocated to a temporary newsroom in Baton Rouge. Brooke speaks with Times-Picayune editor Jim Amoss about how exiled reporters are covering their ...


Accounting for Taste

Remember the V-chip? It’s an electronic circuit that can be used to filter out shows you deem offensive. Recently a group of media companies banded together to better publicize the device, which seems awfully altruistic. After all, why would CBS want to help us block out CSI? The answer: they ...


Dot Triple X

What's in a name? For the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), domain names are the way to organize a chaotic global internet. But when ICANN proposed a .XXX domain for adult-content, it sparked a political fight. Those debating the new .XXX suffix are an uneasy alliance of ...


The Sporting Life

Over 25 years, fantasy sports have become a real-world pastime, affecting how millions of fans interact with actual sports played on actual fields. Once upon a time sports fans were devoted to ball clubs, or certain iconic stars. Fantasy owners, however, live or die by the fortunes of players who ...


Virtual Economy

This week, World of Warcraft, an online role-playing game, reached more than one million players in North America, a continental first. More players means more participants in the virtual economy, where real dollars buy fake goods. In fact, you can even invest in these fantasy realms. In December, an Australian ...


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