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Free Online Content, and Its Discontents

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Does anyone else worry that the proliferation of free online content has increasingly devalued the sorts of artistic media (writing, videos, pictures, music etc.) that can be freely and easily distributed online to the extent that it is going to ultimately discourage creative people from going into those fields (i.e. getting liberal arts/journalism degrees and other education in those fields) since they can’t really profit from doing those things– which is going to degrade the quality of that content overall until it’s really not even worth paying for anyway?

AKIE BERMISS: Free online content. While many have moved on the practical solutions to this new state of things this is a question of — still! — grave importance to me.  iIs been over a decade since the mp3 was introduced to the world and still the music industry is reeling from the blows of that technological leap. Continue reading

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CNN Reimagined

AKIE BERMISS: I’ve recently adopted a new coping mechanism for all the terrible news programs out there.  I now categorized my news sources in three basic groups.  There is the “What Is Happening” category – which is purely informative.  No…

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Arianna Huffington Vs. Bill Keller

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Bill? STFU. I didn’t even know who you were until I read your
editorial. Arianna? STFU. Your website has Justin Timberlake’s
breakup as a top headline.

AKIE BERMISS: Last week a brief news juggernaut conflagration heaved the blogosphere about for a day or so when the executive editor of the New York Times, Mr. Bill Keller, decided to write an opinion piece that cast aspersions on Arianna Huffington. My understanding is that they don’t really know each other. They’ve met in a business context, done some panels and interviews together, and are — obviously — aware of each other’s work. It was really only a boring, self-congratulatory opinion piece until Huffington decided to respond in kind from her HQ over at the HuffingtonPost. While its entertaining to see two news juggernauts lose all sense of composure and start lobbing grenades at each other — it really isn’t news. And it destroys any prestige we’d built up in our minds about what the executive editor of the New York Times — and other of his ilk — might be like. Continue reading

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Louisiana: Awesome or Not?

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT: Louisiana is awesome. Plain and simple. I’m a Texas girl by birth, and while I have an immense amount of pride for my home state (what Texan doesn’t?) I’ve adopted Louisiana after living here for six years. Call me a traitor, call me fickle, call me what you want — I don’t care. I love this state. Continue reading

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The Time Afghanistan Cover

JEREMY FUGLEBERG: Time magazine goes for the stunning, heartbreaking cover image of a brutalized Afghan woman and presents her a symbol of a clear moral choice. It’s a slick journalism move but an inaccurate portrayal of the consequences of choices in Afghanistan.

AKIE BERMISS: The last time I read Time Magazine and thought of it as a critical and probing source for news and news commentary, I’m pretty sure I was in 8th grade and doing a project on the Arab-Israeli conflict. I thought it was just awesome how Time could whittle the complexities of the situation down to a few crucial pillars of disagreement. How they singled out the key players (Arafat, Rabin, and Clinton) who would resolve it. I’d had a Time subscription for a couple of year at the point and I pretty much felt I had a complete grasp of what was going on in the world.

Trouble is, convenient as that was for a 14 year-old boy in Brooklyn, it was pretty much a fairy-tale.

ALLISON REILLY: The only problem that I have with this magazine cover is the implication that the horrific treatment of women only happens in Afghanistan and only is performed by members of the Taliban. Absolutely not true. Women are gang raped and children are kidnapped from their homes in the Darfur region and the United States has done nothing about it. Our country supports Israel, whose army destroys Palestinian homes and families, preventing these people from living a normal life. Native American and Alaskan Native women never see their rape cases brought to justice, and these people are American citizens, living within our own borders. Continue reading

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Mitch Albom

SAM BORDEN: So Joe Posnanski recently wrote about Mitch Albom winning the highest sports journalism award in the land and, if you read his blog post I think you’ll probably agree that – whatever you think about Albom – there is no question that Posnanski has far and away passed him (and, in many ways, all the other so-called giants of the industry) in terms of quality.

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT: I had to read Joe Po’s column twice. The first time I didn’t quite catch it — that ingenious way that he made me both despise and respect Mitch Albom all at the same time. But when I reread the piece I realized that Posnanski himself ought to be in line for a Red Smith Award. Continue reading

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HOWARD MEGDAL: As a Newsweek subscriber on my Amazon Kindle, I am a bit of a hybrid between the forces that are crushing Newsweek and those who are keeping it alive. Molly and Jeff will speak more about the usage of the magazine today; for me, an inveterate reader of publications, I find Newsweek unusually well-edited and vital, despite having read about most of the stories in lesser depth prior to coming across them in Newsweek.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I like reading Newsweek. Granted, I’m not passionately devoted to it. I don’t get a tingly feeling every week when I open my mailbox and find a Newsweek waiting for me—or if I do, it’s a minor tingly feeling; below the one I get when I receive the latest Cooks’ Illustrated, but above the one I get when I have no mail. Still, I enjoy reading Newsweek.

JEFF MORROW: I still love print magazines, but I dropped my subscription to Newsweek five years ago. In an internet world, an accessible news weekly may no longer serve a purpose. Continue reading

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Online News: Free OR Pay Model (updated 4/1 at 11:16 P.M.)

STEVE MURPHY: Newspapers need to adjust to a new, modern business model that leverages their large audience and brand name to find new sources of revenue.
CHRIS PUMMER: Online advertising revenue has fallen short of creating newspaper utopia, now the freeloaders have to pony up. Continue reading

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