April 17, 2009

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Fox News' tea party coverage; Moldova's Twitter revolution; do-it-yourself video games

Tea Time All The Time

Fox News’ relentless promotion, some might say co-sponsorship, of this week’s tax day tea parties made us wonder: did Fox News cover the events or help to create them? Brooke takes a look at the coverage.

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Brew Up a Brand

Part of the tea party brand was the idea that they were non-partisan. Freedom Works, a group chaired by former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey, was one of the day's big organizers. Freedom Works’ press secretary Adam Brandon talks about the groups' media strategy and ...

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The Other Pirates

On Friday, a Swedish court ruled against the founders of the popular file-sharing website The Pirate Bay and found them guilty of assisting in the distribution of illegal content online. Mats Lewan, an editor at Ny Teknik, explains what the verdict means for file-sharing, for Sweden, and the ...

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The Twitter Revolution

When 10,000 Moldovans filled the streets in protest last week, it was characterized as the ‘Twitter revolution.’ But now that the dust has cleared, what role did Twitter really play? And was it a revolution? Ethan Zuckerman, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, tells ...

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Define Ad

Increasingly, companies are paying users of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to hype their brands online. The Federal Trade Commission has responded by updating its rules to make sure ads are identified as such. But author and blogger Andy Sernovitz says regulating the ads ...

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Chemical Principles

In August 2008 a chemical plant in West Virginia exploded, killing two employees and raising fears of a Bhopal-like toxic chemical leak. A federal investigation into what happened is being conducted but the results might not see the light of day because the chemical company has invoked a ...

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DIY Gaming

Video game sales are astronomical, but like the music and film industries before it, the game industry has become dependent on predictable and expensive blockbusters. But now, as writer Clive Thompson explains, creative independent games are adding to the gaming ecosystem. And Microsoft's Boyd Multerer explains how amateur ...

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The Patriot in the Stacks

Director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom for more than 40 years, Judith Krug died last week at the age of 69. We remember the librarian who crusaded against censorship and railed tirelessly against efforts to ban books.

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