July 30, 2010

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Friday, July 30, 2010

The WikiLeaks document dump, the politics of numbers and Henry Luce

How to Read a WikiLeaked Document

Having been in Afghanistan with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines last August, Wired reporter Noah Shachtman found that the full picture of that time is missing from the intra-military communication leaked by WikiLeaks. Shachtman explains how a reader should interpret the supposedly raw, unvarnished documents.

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From One Transparency Advocate to Another

WikiLeaks leaked the biggest collection of classified documents in U.S. history, a fact that should make government-transparency advocates proud. But even some of WikiLeaks most likely allies have mixed feelings about precisely how this leak took place and how WikiLeaks operates. Longtime open government writer

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This week, the Librarian of Congress ruled that “jailbreaking” your smart phone is not a violation of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. Many in the tech world cheered, but Jonathan Zittrain of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society says that although you can break free ...

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Sex, Drugs, and Body Counts

Numbers we encounter in the media are often, to say the least, untrustworthy. Some, like casualty figures in Darfur, may be deflated, some, like the street value of drugs, may be inflated, and still others are simply pulled by institutions out of thin air. Brown University professor Peter Andreas, co-editor ...

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Prime Number

Numbers justify fear. 50,000 abducted children, for example, or 50,000 predators prowling for kids online. That last figure was once touted by the NBC show "Dateline." But where did it come from? As this piece from 2006 points out, 50,000 is something of a Goldilocks number in the media – ...

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The Man Time Forgot

The name Henry R. Luce is firmly enshrined in the annals of American publishing. But few remember the legendary Time editor’s erstwhile partner, Briton Hadden. It was Hadden, not Luce, who conceived the idea not only of Time, but of the "newsmagazine" itself. In this interview from 2006, Brooke spoke ...

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The Publisher: On Henry Luce

Columbia University professor Alan Brinkley argues that Luce didn't so much betray his partner as make a typical business decision after Hadden's death. In his new biography, The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century, Brinkley discusses what motivated one of history's most powerful media titans.

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The Jingle Contest Resolved

Present and future business models for monetizing the newspaper industry has a new theme song, as decided by you (or someone like you who decided to vote). Brooke announces the winner.

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