Wednesday, November 30, 2005

This is the 100th posting

A milestone of sorts for this blog, which I admit probably reads more like a database of stories about the media.

My goal in creating this blog was to generate ideas and discussion for broadcast educators, the public, and others who are interested in and care about the vital role the media play in our democracy.

I've intentionally left my opinions and experiences out of this blog...and that is another reason why it appears to be more of a database than a real blog. I believed that adding my opinions to this blog would have diluted the purpose of fostering debate and discussion.

I hope those of you who have taken time to read the posts and connect to the links have found important information. May the discussions continue as I (soon) move on to posting number 101.

One review of the new Nightline...

...and it's not all that positive.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

The sound of music

There is an on-going debate in the music industry about copyright protection and fair use. This article in the Financial Times highlights some of the critical issues.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

China blocking foreign newspapers

According to a report in the Financial Times, China is concerned that international media helped foster revolutions in Georgia, Ukraine and elsewhere. Because of those fears, the country is holding off on allowing foreign newspapers to print in China.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

A new "Deep Throat"?

It's hard not to think of that term after Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward acknowledges that Scooter Libby was not his source as he learned about Valerie Plame.

Libby trial

The Libby defense team may seek to have additional journalists testify as part of his indictment in the Plame leak case.

Kenneth Tomlinson...bad boy, bad boy

At least that's what the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Inspector General concluded in a report about Tomlinson's practices while he led the CPB.

The FCC and indecency

An interesting report in the Wall Street Journal about the commission not cracking down on indecency to the degree that was expected.

Monday, November 14, 2005

The television landscape changes...almost daily

I think one of the most important questions is this -- are television executives prepared for the changes listed in this and other recent stories about television, programming and computers/Internet, etc., or are they merely getting swept along in this torrent of change?

Monday, November 07, 2005


Aaron Brown out at CNN? Say it ain't so!

Testifying at the Libby trial

A well-written piece in the Wall Street Journal that discusses whether journalists will testify at the upcoming Scooter Libby trial.

TV on demand

A major breakthrough -- and probably a victory -- or viewers.

There's gold in them...iPods

Or at least that's what some people think...

(please note that you might need to open an online account from BusinessWeek in order to view this article)