Death for Blogging

Friday, September 23, 2011


Last week the mutilated bodies of a man and a woman were found dangling from a pedestrian overpass in the Mexican boarder town of Nuevo Laredo, with notes explicitly warning that those posting the wrong things on the internet will share the same fate. As Drug cartels in Mexico turn their sights on blogs and twitter feeds, the mostly-anonymous social media may have an advantage that eludes mainstream journalism. Louis Nevaer of New America Media discusses the drug wars and the possibility of a newly empowered Mexican social body.

Comments [3]

Daniel Colvin from Carnation WA

To my heroes at On The Media, will you please, please do a story about how the media at large is ignoring and down playing the protests on Wall Street. On aspect of the story that merits attention is how the major news outlets like the NYT and Reuters are minimally covering the story on there web pages, but not adding any easy or clear links to the stories from the main pages of stories, de facto making the information inaccessible.

Sep. 29 2011 09:34 PM
Selina Stokes from Pueblo, Colorado

I think it's fascinating how we have to search online to find coverage of stories like this here in the US. We very rarely hear of news in our neighbor country on our nightly news channels. If you watch the news shows on the Spanish TV channel's however, the problem with drug cartels and justice systems in Latin America is quite disturbing.

Sep. 28 2011 11:11 PM
Greg Michener from Rio de Janeiro

Fascinating story and great commentary by Louis Nevaer -- citizenry acting on its democratic instincts. Very courageous and a promising new chapter for social media, which had previously only been associated with the downfall of governments. I blog on Brazil at Observing Brazil.

Sep. 26 2011 02:52 PM

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