September 24, 2010

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Drug warriors target journalists, Congress fights piracy and gossip heads west

Mexico's El Diario Pleads with Drug Cartels

After one of its photographers was gunned down by members of a drug cartel, the Ciudad Juarez edition of the newspaper El Diario ran a front page editorial asking "What do you want from us?". El Diario editor Gerardo Rodriguez explains.

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Iran’s "Blogfather" Facing Possible Execution

Citizen-journalist Hossein Derakhshan – who helped inspire a network of dissident bloggers throughout the Iranian diaspora – was arrested in 2008 in Iran and is now on trial facing a number of charges, including "creating propaganda against the Islamic regime." Newsweek correspondent Maziar Bahari, who was himself imprisoned and tortured ...

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Virtual Justice

The proliferation of virtual worlds has led to a rapid growth in the virtual economy, which some estimate at two billion dollars. But when a player of "Second Life" buys a virtual house with real money, who really owns it? Greg Lastowka, in his upcoming book, ...

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Legislation Aims to Fight Digital Piracy

On Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee introduced the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, which aims to shut down websites "dedicated to infringing activities." ThePirateBay.org and other overseas sites are known targets, having long welcomed customers from the U.S. CNET’s Greg Sandoval explains how this bill ...

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Lewis Hyde on Intellectual Property and the Commons in the United States

The internet has created a debate around piracy and intellectual property that feels more heated then ever before. But Lewis Hyde, author of Common As Air: Revolution, Art and Ownership finds that these same issues were of particular concern to the founders of the United States. Hyde argues that a ...

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Letters

Readers respond to Bob Garfield’s interview with Editor and Publisher of the Portland Press Herald from last week’s show.

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Gotham’s Gossip Gloss Grows Dim

We can trace Gotham’s modern reign over gossip journalism to the late 1970s, when the New York Post introduced its “Page Six” column and the tabloid competed for daily dirt. But now, with the rise of outlets like Gawker and TMZ, New York’s star is fading, writes Foster ...

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Equal Slaying Field

Walter Winchell, journalist-architect of the modern gossip industry, had his own keen, if unique, set of principles. Neal Gabler, author of Winchell: Gossip, Power and the Culture of Celebrity, talks about Winchell's commitment to delivering his dish buffet-style.

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