October 22, 2010

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Photojournalism and Foreclosure

Of the many moving parts of the economic crisis, foreclosure is arguably the most fraught. There are the banks, whose lending practices have been called immoral, if not illegal. And there are the homeowners, who out of eagerness and naivete turned a blind eye to risk. Sometimes the best way ...

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The Firing of Juan Williams

NPR analyst Juan Williams was fired this week after he told Bill O’Reilly that he feels nervous when he sees religiously attired Muslims on planes. Slate’s William Saletan says Williams shouldn’t have been fired, partly because he was a victim of selective editing.

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Financial Journalists and Financial Disclosure

Reuters announced this week that three of their financial journalists were under internal investigation for reporting on securities that they had invested in. According to allegations, the journalists never disclosed their conflict of interest. We wondered why financial journalists don’t just tell their readers what stocks they own. ...

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Data Scrapers

Data Scrapers are third-party organizations that use automated software to copy public data about people and products off of websites, sometimes to sell the information to advertisers. Wall Street Journal Technology Editor Julia Angwin says that this wholesale data capturing may change the way we see privacy on ...

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Bob and Brooke screen this season’s political ads

In the first installment of Media Scrutiny Theater 2010 (MST2010), On the Media hosts Bob Garfield and Brooke Gladstone watch a campaign ad from Democrat Jack Conway in Kentucky's senate race.

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Blurry in Germany

This week, Google announced that nearly a quarter of a million Germans had asked the company to blur images of their houses and apartments on its Street View mapping service. Since Google began taking pictures in Germany two years ago, Street View has been a controversial topic in the country. ...

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The Phone Book

While there have been billions of copies printed, the phone book largely remains a neglected cultural artifact. Ammon Shea, author of The Phone Book: The Curious History of the Book That Everyone Uses But No One Reads talks about the often overlooked cultural impact of the phone book.

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