October 15, 2010

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Friday, October 15, 2010

People in holes, plus candidates who lie and reporters who recap

When Good News Attacks

The world was transfixed and elated this week by the televised rescue of 33 men who had been trapped for 69 days more than 2000 feet underground in a Chilean mine. It was good news to be sure. Bob explains.

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People in Holes

If there’s one hard-and-fast rule about journalism, it’s that readers, viewers and listeners will respond to stories about people stuck in holes. NPR reporter Mike Pesca looks back on the media magic created when a person is trapped underground.

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Political Lies and the Press

Fibs, fabrications, untruths – call them what you want but why do media seem to care a lot more about some political lies than about others? American Prospect correspondent Paul Waldman thinks he knows why and has developed a few rules for candidates to consider when dealing with ...

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Upton Sinclair and the Modern Media Campaign

Sixty-six years ago Upton Sinclair, muckraking journalist and erstwhile socialist, won the primary for the governorship of California by a landslide. The response from the state's newspapers and the motion picture industry was swift and merciless: they used every trick they could think of to defeat him. Greg ...

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The Art of the Recap

Recapping, the practice of writing snarky, lengthy summaries of TV shows and movies, has exploded in popularity on the web in recent years. Richard Lawson, a recapper for Gawker.com explains his process and the appeal.

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Invasion of the Mind Snatchers

Consumers could buy televisions as early as the 1920s, but the medium didn't really dominate American culture until the 1950s - the era of black and white sitcoms, nuclear families and nuclear weapons. Author Eric Burns' new book, Invasion of the Mind Snatchers, charts not only the rise ...

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