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Two interesting cases in honourable press mendacity. 1. The Daily Beast’s tempestuously appealing nympho-con Meghan McCain (yes, that one) argues that the Sanford sex scandal shouldn’t be enough to ruin a promising politician’s career 2. The revelation that the NYT and the Wikipedia executive purposefully suppressed news of reporter David Rohde’s kidnapping by the Taliban […]

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Apologies for the hiatus, a twitter obsession and a couple of weeks back in the UK got in the way. Mea Culpa. Twitter: Beating that horse till it shines. Twitter: Beating that horse like it’s going out of style. I was thinking today about the informal lunches at the reuters Institute for Journalism which I […]

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about divergence, about how modern communications technology gradually makes cultural artifacts more fragmentary. Like, say, my Dad, you can know all there is to know about a subject which almost no-one cares about. That’s always been possible. But now, speaking proportionally, something can be legitimately considered “famous” which almost […]

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One of the strangest experiences of life in Japan is the ongoing surprise I feel at how few stereotypes of Japan I share with the other people on my team. Capsule hotels, we were all expecting. That’s National Geographic stuff. Bikeshares, yeah. An orderly culture. But when I had to explain not just the mechanics […]

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“rethinking news priorities”

(From the Rocky Mountain News. Images link to original Twitter feed, and story via journalism.co.uk) There’s been a slew of interesting predictions for the newspaper and magazine industries in the last couple of days. Gawker sci-fi hub io9, obviously considering the future as a whole their territory, reported on ex-Conde Nast James Truman’s predictions for […]

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