June 18, 2010

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Inaccurate oil spill numbers past and present; why Radiolab's Jad Abumrad can't use the word "sperm" on iTunes; the world's most popular tweet?

How Much Oil Really Spilled From the Exxon Valdez?

As politicians and journalists try to make sense of the BP oil disaster, they frequently refer to the 11 million gallons spilled from the Exxon Valdez. Riki Ott, a marine toxicologist and author, explains that it's in fact a disputed figure the media have ...

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Obama from the Oval Office

Most bloggers, pundits and commentators weren't much impressed by Barack Obama's first Oval Office address. Bob talks about the performance and why the venue may have drowned out Obama's message.

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Zimbabwe's Only Independent Daily Newspaper

Zimbabwe's last independent daily was shuttered by government forces in 2003, leaving only the "official" newspaper. But publisher Trevor Ncube has recently started a new independent daily called NewsDay. Ncube describes the life-and-death challenges facing journalists in Zimbabwe and why the government is letting him publish ...


Information Wants to Be Expensive

The idea that “information wants to be free,” says Michael Hirschorn in the current issue of the Atlantic, has been the most powerful meme of the past 25 years. But in the mall-like app era of Apple, he argues, that meme is moderating.

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Has Apple Become the Morality Police?

Do we want Steve Jobs to act as a de facto V-chip for users of Apple products? Adult users of Apple products? Radiolab host Jad Abumrad and DailyFinance media columnist Jeff Bercovici weigh in.

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Brazil Fools the World with Twitter Hoax

Cala Boca Galvão. Is it the new Lady Gaga single? A campaign to save an endangered South American bird? A runaway Twitter meme? The Berkman Center’s Ethan Zuckerman and IMPRENSA editor Igor Ribeiro explain.

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Closing the Book on Bloody Sunday

Reporters rarely get a second chance to correct the record. But British reporter Peter Pringle did in 1998 when the British government decided to reopen the inquiry into Bloody Sunday, the 1972 massacre that took place in the city of Derry, Northern Ireland. In 2002 Brooke took a look at ...

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