February 20, 2009

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Analog TV starts its slow fadeout and Comcast is as strong as ever. Also, can the newspaper industry come up with a new online business? If not, does it matter if newspapers die?

Digital Killed the Analog Star

This week, TV stations began the switch from analogue broadcasts to digital. Legislators and viewers have had three years to prepare for the change, yet it was fraught with complications. Kim Hart, a Washington Post reporter, explains why.

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The Die is Cast

Comcast is now the cable monopoly in 40 of the top 50 markets. It’s the third largest phone company in the US, and the largest provider of broadband internet to homes, with nearly 15 million customers, many of whom apparently hate Comcast. Wired Magazine senior writer Daniel Roth

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Word Watch: Bipartisan

Obama promised to bring a bipartisan spirit to Washington. But this week he signed the 787 billion dollar stimulus package with basically no Republican support and the media declared it a failure of bipartisanship. What's bipartisan really mean anyway? James Morone, a professor from Brown University,

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Getting Desperate

The newspaper industry is in a frenzy trying to figure out how to save itself. Kachingle, an online service that will launch next month, offers yet another possible solution: encourage online readers to voluntarily contribute to newspapers and other websites they like. Kachingle CEO and founder ...

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Stopping the Press

Getting lost in the frantic search for a business model to save newspapers is a simple question: why? Would the death of the newspapers as we know them really be apocalyptic? Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll and political blogger Matthew Yglesias take a step back to ...

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War of the Worlds

Earlier this month, right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders was denied entry into the United Kingdom to screen his controversial film about Islam. The British government's decision sparked the ongoing debate about free speech, xenophobia, and a clash of cultures when it comes to Muslim immigrants in western societies. In a ...

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