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  •  Now they need to resign (4.00)
    "How can you claim to be the rightful gatekeepers of news when you have failed the American public so fully? You feed them Michael Jackson, Kobe Bryant, Martha Stewart, and every single WMD lie the administration has fed you, with nary an attempt to learn the truth. And we are supposed to trust you? You've had your chance. You failed."

    I would have loved to see their faces after you said that!

    "They didn't leave us a plan...it was more like a series of actionable items..."

    by lapin on Tue May 25, 2004 at 08:44:31 PM PDT

    •  scorn (4.00)
      A journalism professor said, literally, "You are a danger to this country." It wasn't meant as a compliment, but I took it as one.

      Others, however, decided I represented the face of the future media consumer and were more interested in how they could capitalize commercially.

      •  which is worse? (none)
        ..

        "You might can fuck him up sometimes, but, bitch, nobody kills the motherfucking Rooster. You know what I'm saying?"

        by the threat is democracy on Tue May 25, 2004 at 09:07:01 PM PDT

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      •  wow (none)
        That sounds exactly like what I expected from them. I'm proud of you, big guy. :)

        Did the professor follow up with any reasons, by the way?

        Don't understand NY politics? Try The Nor'Easter

        by jd in nyc on Tue May 25, 2004 at 09:08:13 PM PDT

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      •  This is their prime coping mechanism... (none)
        in dealing with eventual irrelevance.

        The writing is literally on the blog "wall".

        While you are at it, please "out" this traitorous ivory tower journo-hack, at your earliest convenience...

        Bring the rest of the mildly curious into the light...

        open up your eyes just to check that your asleep again; president gas is president gas again...

        by rgilly on Tue May 25, 2004 at 09:40:31 PM PDT

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      •  Fear of the Internet (4.00)
        A journalism professor said, literally, "You are a danger to this country."

        This attitude goes beyond politics; it is symptomatic of the transformational effect the Internet is having on our society. Ever since the mid-90s, people in established industries have been predicting doom for Our Way of Life due to the Big Bad Internet. Travel agents worrying that Internet travel-planning would destroy their business and thereby doom society. Realtors worrying that Internet real estate listings would destroy their business and thereby doom society. Record companies worrying that Internet file sharing will destroy their business and thereby doom society. Big-media journalists are just the latest bunch who fear that the Internet will destroy their livelihood and thereby doom society.

        The reality is that, in the Internet Era, people still want to travel, buy houses, listen to music, and read news and analysis. The Internet is merely changing the way we go about those activities. The folks who figure out how to adapt will prosper, those who don't will become as obsolete as telephone answering services.

        The professor represents the latter group; the folks looking to cash in on the media consumption habits of bloggers and their readers are the latter.

        Confusion to the enemy!

        by YT on Tue May 25, 2004 at 11:27:13 PM PDT

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        •  don't forget your doctor (none)
          The health care arena has been well up in arms for the past few years blatting about how information from the Internet will "harm" patients.

          A discussion list that I belong to has debated the issue of 'quality' information to death and back, and members of the list have tried to gather data on incidents in which patients were harmed by bad Internet info (quack cures and the like).

          So far, the sky hasn't fallen as was predicted. In fact, the rise of discussion lists that allow people to connect with other patients and talk freely about 'cures' and offer advice to each other tend to keep them safe and give them more ammunition to carry when they talk to their own doctors. (I shamed one of my docs into learning how to do a test she'd neglected to pick up on with a practice guideline from the Internet.)

          As usual, it is the political and social realities (for example, financial barriers that keep people from gaining access to health care) that are far and away more harmful than something that gives people power to make their own decisions.

          It isn't the Internet that the professor fears. It's the loss of his own little postage-stamp square of turf over which he has power.

      •  question (none)
        who was the journalism professor?

        "By focusing fear and hatred on the Tutsi, the organizers hoped to forge solidarity among Hutu." -- Human Rights Watch

        by a gilas girl on Wed May 26, 2004 at 05:30:27 AM PDT

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