April 1, 2005

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Friday, April 01, 2005

Extreme makeover, White House edition and more!

I Dunnit

For the past two months, one of the hottest prime-time attractions in Iraq has been a reality TV show called "Terror in the Hands of Justice." The show airs twice a day on the state-run Al Iraqiya, and features captured insurgents staring into the camera and confessing to their crimes. ...


Wounded in Abstraction

For every military official we see interviewed about the war in Iraq, there are tens of thousands of unseen soldiers carrying out that official's decisions. Especially absent from mainstream coverage have been the men and women wounded in action. Salon national correspondent Mark Benjamin, one of very few reporters following ...


The Shape of Film to Come

This week, the Supreme Court heard the case of MGM v. Grokster, a case which pits the major music and film houses against "peer-to-peer" programs that allow anyone to freely trade material via the Internet. The entertainment industry claims the software makers are arming pirates. The software makers say the ...

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French Provincial

Normally, we hear about companies trying to maximize their exposure on Google. But not everybody wants in. Recently, the world's most popular search engine was slapped with a copyright lawsuit by the world's oldest news organization, Agence France-Presse. Essentially, AFP is charging Google with stealing its news content. As University ...


Cold off the Presses

This month, the Associated Press advised its 17-hundred member news organizations that it will now offer two versions of many of its big news stories. The second version will be much the same as the original, except for its lead, which will be filled with imagery, narrative devices, and creative ...


Gender Detector

Who penned the words you are reading now - a man, or a woman? With the help of a recently developed computer algorithm, you'd have a good chance of guessing correctly. The program analyzes a writer's use of simple words like "you," "the," and "with" - and has an 80 ...



If op-ed pages are supposed to reflect a cross section of perspectives, a quick survey of bylines suggests that they aren't doing a great job. Somewhere between 80 and 90 percent of all opinion pieces are written by men. The disparity recently sparked a public dispute between USC law professor ...


Extreme Makeover: White House Edition

The notoriously drab White House press room may soon be getting a face lift. Renovation plans reportedly include a temporary relocation of facilities across the street. And that's raised the suspicions of some reporters, who see it as another attempt to reduce their already skimpy access to the President. From ...


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