December 20, 2002

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Friday, December 20, 2002


A new look at Channel One, the television outlet for public schools. It's attracting more criticism for its rampant commercialism.

Blogging Lott

This week, amidst a wave of controversy, Senate majority leader Trent Lott announced his resignation from the leadership role. Lott's inflammatory remarks were intitially ignored and it was only days later that the story came under mainstream scrutiny. But according to New York post Columnist John Podhoretz, the comments were ...



Media consolidation was a big theme in 2002-and it looks like it will be again in 2003. Popular cable channels are up for grabs, and media giants look like they're getting ready to move in for the kill. Most of the cable channels being eyed for purchase are niche channels, ...



Bill Arkin, Michael Moore, "Green Onion," and hip hop pronunciation: Brooke shares listeners' letters.


Faking It

Now there's a new way for activists to register their complaints against a company that does business with dictators or - like Dow Chemical, does not take responsibility for the Bhopal disaster in India back in 1984. A software program called ReamWeaver allows users to replicate and make subtle alterations ...


Global Libel

Australia's high court has ruled that prominent businessman Joseph Gutnick can sue Dow Jones & Company for defamation in an October 2000 article published in Barron's. The decision has left media lawyers in the U.S. in disbelief. Why? Because the Australian court has ruled that Gutnick can sue in his ...

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Online Moot Court

The Internet sparks a wide range of disputes, but it also has the power to resolve them. Right now, the Internet is home to about 40 websites devoted to alternative dispute brokering. Now, the technology is catching the attention of law schools. This month, law students from around the world ...


Smart Mobs

Smart mobs. Text messaging is transforming us into hive-style animals. Mobs of hundreds, even thousands, controlled by no single person yet with a mind of its own, are communicating and changing the way we transmit news. Whether it's the whereabouts of Prince William in his Scottish college town or political ...


Channel One

On a given morning, 40 percent of secondary schools in the U.S. are watching Channel One, a daily TV news program targeted at a student audience. In return for piping Channel One into their classrooms, schools receive free video equipment. But opponents say that the schools are not appropriate venues ...


Man Bites Dog

Tabloid papers like the New York Post depend on big, splashy headlines to push newsstand sales. And there's a real science to crafting them. Which headlines work better than others? Michael Shain and Mike Pearl, both veteran tabloid journalists, have created a card game called "Man Bites Dog," bringing the ...


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