NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen is joining Pierre Omidyar’s news venture.
Ethan Zuckerman at My Heart’s in Accra. Remembering Aaron: activism and the effective citizen
Zuckerman gave talks to two groups on the same day. First he spoke to a group of media executives with Public Broadcasters International and then later he opened a Hackathon at MIT Media Lab in memory of Aaron Swartz. Zuckerman speaks about citizenship and journalism.
He makes a lot of sense to me. So I was surprised that he reported angry reactions to his talk from the first group. I’m not sure how to follow-up but I would love to see criticisms fleshed out. In any case Zuckerman’s talk feels important to me.
Compare Is Glenn Greenwald the Future of the News? I try to limit my visits to The New York Times as I’m not a subscriber. The Guardian has a good summary of the exchange between former NYTs Exectuive Editor Bill Keller and Greenwald.
Andrew Bacevich at Tom Dispatch. Always and Everywhere
The New York Times and the Enduring “Threat” of Isolationism
On July 2nd, net art pioneers lizvlx and Hans Bernhard, otherwise known as UBERMORGEN, received a call from a close friend who worked at the Vienna International Airport. According to their source, Bolivia’s presidential aeroplane had landed in Schwechat – and that Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower, was on board as a guest of Bolivian president Evo Morales.
Sensing an unprecedented opportunity for access, the pair grabbed their stuff and cabbed to the former main terminal, where their friend led them through airport security into a small, stuffy, neon-lit office. There, the Austrian authorities had deposited Edward Snowden “like a questionable parcel that nobody wanted to touch”, as the artists describe. (The Austrian government still denies that Snowden was ever in the country.)
Editorial: The raging global discussion about the proper limits of surveillance of the past few months will become harder to ignore
The Guardian newspaper responds to The Daily Mail’s editorial, The paper that helps Britain’s enemies by asking newspaper editors around the world what they think.
On Thursday the Daily Mail described the Guardian as ‘The paper that helps Britain’s enemies’. We showed that article to many of the world’s leading editors. This is what they said
I am glad to see editors defend the principle of the public’s right to know.
Elizabeth Rubin quoted by Suzie Linfield at Guernica. The Hubris and Despair of War Journalism
What Martha Gellhorn teaches us about the morality of contemporary war reportage.
Ann Jones at Tom Dispatch. The Forgotten War
12 Years in Afghanistan Down the Memory Hole
Ann Jones Web site
(I went to look at Jones’s book Kabul in Winter (2003) at Amazon. I’m not sure why now, but the BS reviews calling her a misandrist got my goat. Jones’s writing about Afghanistan has been and continues to be exceptional. There are links to many articles on her Web site.)
Often when news is breaking I’ll head over to Twitter to check out what people are Tweeting. As I remember it, Saturday night I was burnt out on reading. I’d been reading articles on Israel and Palestine, and felt a little over-loaded. I knew there was a horrible terrorist situation in Nairobi, Kenya, but I didn’t check into Twitter with the intention of following it. But just in my stream I was a little surprised by the tenor of the conversations going on.
Perhaps part of what made the Tweets surprising was just the timing. I arrived close to the time when the news broke that Ghanaian poet and statesman Kofi Awoonor was among the dead. I took notice of lines of his poetry and that the Tweets were coming from Africans from many nations. I was impressed how the lines opened conversations about the crisis that were personal and compassionate. I was pleased to see Tweets about where to give blood too. I wasn’t quite so surprised about that because I follow some of the people behind the crisis mapping tool Ushahidi.
As the crisis continued over the next few days I did use some Twitter hashtags to follow events. But also found plenty in my personal feed. I found this a bit curious.
— Amit Chaudhuri in The Guardian. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Slum by Katherine Boo – review
This American view of a Mumbai slum is impressive
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