August 13, 2010

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Friday, August 13, 2010

A look at net neutrality and what we've learned about the reporting of the dropping of the atomic bomb, 65 years later.

Net Neutrality, A Musical Interpretation

This week saw yet another sally in the battle over net neutrality. Verizon and Google jointly proposed that wired access to the internet remain open and as is, while mobile access ... well, it's complicated. And so we offer this musical allegory to help put the players in context.

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60 Years Late: An Untold Story

When the atomic bomb exploded over the port city of Nagasaki, Japan in the late morning of August 9th, 1945, tens of thousands of civilian Japanese died immediately. By October, many thousands more were dying of a mysterious disease, but journalists were barred from the affected areas so few accounts ...

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White House Meddling in the First Film About The Atomic Bomb

Despite Hollywood's appetite for drama, it has almost never depicted one particularly epochal moment in U.S. history: the dropping of the atomic bomb. Nation magazine contributor Greg Mitchell explains how the first film about the bomb, in 1947, set the template. It's cautionary tone was revised and peppered with mistruths ...

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A Film Unfinished

Israeli director Yael Hersonski's "A Film Unfinished" is a movie about a movie. It's a documentary about the Nazi propaganda footage known as "Das Ghetto," shot in the walled-off Warsaw Ghetto in the spring of 1942. Hersonski says that in a world saturated with grisly images, her challenge ...

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Chain Rule

We all know that Orson Welles drew his inspiration for the film “Citizen Kane” from the life of William Randolph Hearst. But over time, the character called Kane has become so conflated with the man named Hearst that we tend to think of the movie as a biopic. Kenneth Whyte’s ...

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Does Science Fiction Predict the Future of Journalism

What's the future of journalism? Amidst countless conferences, anxious op-eds and much hand-wringing, longtime journalist Loren Ghiglione believes he might have found some answers in an unlikely place - science fiction. Despite his initial disdain for the genre, Ghiglione argues that sci-fi is full of predictions that we'd be wise ...

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