March 19, 2010

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Friday, March 19, 2010

States trying to ban release of 911 tapes, plagiarism detection software for newspapers, the FCC's new broadband plan

A Man, a Plan - Broadband

After many months of fact-finding and opinion gathering, the FCC at last released its long-awaited National Broadband Plan. But will it bring better internet speeds at lower prices? Consumer advocates and the FCC's broadband chief weigh in.

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Minister of Information

Edward Tufte is perhaps the country's foremost evangelist for the clean, clear and rich presentation of complex information. The Obama administration's stimulus package is flooding the economy with 787 billion dollars for employment and public works projects. Put the two together, as Obama did earlier this ...

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Bob and Brooke read from a few of your letters and comments.

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To Catch A Thief

With plagiarism detection software, media organizations can check articles for stolen content before they get published. However, hardly any news organizations actually use the software. The Columbia Journalism Review's Craig Silverman says that it's time for organizations to start investing in these programs to ...

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The Dirty Dozen

Slate editor-at-large Jack Shafer has been covering the plagiarism beat for some time and he's found that throughout every scandal the excuses remain the same. On the heels of two plagiarism scandals last month, he talks about a list of ...

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Cribbing Through the Ages

Plagiarism is constantly in the news these days, as it was in 2006 when Harvard student Kaavya Viswanathan's How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got A Life was exposed as less than original. But, as we know, claims of literary plagiarism go back centuries. So why do people ...

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The Soundtrack of Emergency

Whether it's cable, local or tabloid television, producers love to play recordings of real 911 calls whenever they can. It may make dramatic television but some state's legislators argue it's an invasion of privacy for the victims and families captured on tape. Sonny Bransfield, executive director of the Association of ...

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Air Kiss

Darryl Pinckney is a serious writer and journalist who has been a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books for more than 30 years. He was also, for more than a year, a fiercely ardent fan of the long-running CBS soap opera "As the World Turns." How did ...

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Tropes Galore

The website catalogs some 20,000 plot devices and dialog conventions that show up throughout pop culture. Freelance writer Zachary Pincus-Roth explains that the wiki-structure of the site has allowed contributors to identify some bizarre and hilarious tropes.

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