February 29, 2008

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Friday, February 29, 2008

Show Summary: The media's love affair with Obama; the irresistible urge to call elections before they're over; the Smurfs turn 50!

Love Is On The Air

Do the media have a crush on Barack Obama? National Journal columnist William Powers thinks so. Powers says that while Hillary Clinton has to work to recast herself against a pre-written narrative, Barack Obama is virtually a media blank slate.

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The Early Word

Campaign correspondents tread a narrow path between political analysis and outright prognostication. Once quick to predict the future (Google these words: wrong about New Hampshire), are reporters now more circumspect? And is all coverage created equal? New York Magazine’s John Heilemann weighs in.

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Broadcasting to the Converted

If you still get your TV from over-the-air analog broadcast, you'll receive only static in less than a year - that is, unless you get a new TV or a converter box. The Washington Post's Rob Pegoraro says there's widespread confusion even though it's not that ...

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People Power

There's a new era of online community and it's challenging our notions of entertainment, activism and audience. Clay Shirky’s new book, Here Comes Everybody, depicts this online world, driven by networks that grow and act in never-before-seen ways.

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WFB RIP

This week marked the passing of editor, publisher, columnist, author and TV host William F. Buckley Jr., one of the most prominent media figures of the 20th century. But to remember Buckley as just a media phenomenon may be giving him short shrift.

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A Shred of Evidence

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the East German secret police scrambled to shred the records they'd been keeping on their citizens. German computer scientists are now digitally reassembling 600 million scraps of paper from life under the Stasi. Reporter Andrew Curry chronicled the process for ...

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Smurfiversary

The Smurfs turn 50 this year and this week the first season of the U.S. television series was released on DVD. Over the years, the little blue creatures have been criticized by feminists, embraced as Communists, and even used by UNICEF in a shocking ...

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