March 23, 2007

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Show Summary: The Iraq war on YouTube, "genocide" reconsidered, and McDonalds tries to clear its name.

Theater of War

The war of images took another step forward this month when the U.S. military announced the creation of its own YouTube channel. Army Major Armando Hernandez explains why the Pentagon is bringing the fight to the enemy and to the small screen.

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Not Forgotten

The Iraq war is 4 years old, and the American body count still climbs. This week, Brave New Foundation launched the Iraq Veterans Memorial, an online tribute by friends and families of those killed. Jim Miller discusses memorialization in the YouTube age.

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The Restless Many

Way before the story of the fired U.S. attorneys hit the front pages, it was front and center on TPM Muckraker. The blog's reporter Paul Kiel describes how his site has mixed investigative reporting with the power of the reading masses to advance the story.

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We Wish to Inform You

The Rwandan media were instrumental in stoking the genocidal violence that erupted in 1994. Since then, the government has proposed strict limits on what journalists can say. Attorney Enrique Armijo traveled to Rwanda to advise the government on its new media law.

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Genocidal Tendencies

Is Darfur, in fact, a genocide? How about Bosnia or Congo? Spiked editor Brendan O’Neill believes that the “G-word” has been politicized, and has become, in many cases, racist. He explains why he thinks the term does more harm than good.

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Dirt Stains

Sunday marks the 30th anniversary of the disappearance of Argentinian investigative reporter Rodolfo Walsh. The military regime that killed him is gone, but the Dirty War’s legacy lives on in Argentina’s newsrooms. Rachel Hopkin reports from Buenos Aires.

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The High Court

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Morse v. Frederick, or, as it’s more commonly known, Bong Hits 4 Jesus. That phrase is at the center of perhaps the most important student free speech case in 38 years. Student Press ...

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Sad Clown

McJob: an unstimulating, low-paid job with few prospects. That’s how the OED defines it, but McDonald’s is hoping to change that. While most proprietary eponyms are harmless, some seem to rankle their namesakes. Just ask Barbie.

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