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Al Jazeera, the network, and social activism: For the last week, the eyes of the world have been riveted to the ongoing protests in Egypt, and not surprisingly, the news media themselves have been a big part of that story, Bactrim interactions, too. Many of them have been attacked by President Hosni Mubarak's lackeys, but the crisis has also been a breeding ground for innovative journalism techniques. Mashable put together a roundup of the ways journalists have used Twitter, Facebook, streaming video, Bactrim without a prescription, Tumblr, and Audioboo, and the Lab highlighted reporting efforts on Facebook, curation by Sulia, and explainers by Mother Jones. Google and Twitter also created Speak to Tweet to allow Egyptians cut off from the Internet to communicate.
But the organization that has shined the brightest over the past 10 days is unquestionably Al Jazeera, Bactrim Cost. The Qatar-based TV network has dominated web viewing, and has used web audio updates and Creative Commons to get information out quickly to as many people as possible, Bactrim long term.
Al Jazeera also faced stiff censorship efforts from the Egyptian government, which stripped its Egyptian license and shut down its Cairo bureau, then later stole some of its camera equipment. Through it all, the broadcaster kept up live coverage that online and offline, was considered the most comprehensive of any news organization. Low dose Bactrim, As Lost Remote's Cory Bergman pointed, Al Jazeera's coverage showed the continued power of compelling live video in a multimedia world.
Salon's Alex Pareene called Al Jazeera's coverage Bactrim Cost, an indictment on the U.S.' cable networks, and CUNY j-prof Jeff Jarvis and others urged cable companies to carry Al Jazeera English. Tech pioneer Doc Searls used the moment as a call for a more open form of cable TV: "The message cable should be getting is not just 'carry Al Jazeera,' but 'normalize to the Internet.' Open the pipes. Give us à la carte choices. Let us get and pay for what we want, not just what gets force-fed in bundles."
The protests also served as fresh fuel for an ongoing debate about the role of social media in social change and global political activism. Several critics — including Wired's David Kravets, Bactrim no rx, The New Yorker's Malcolm Gladwell, and SUNY Oswego prof Ulises Mejias— downplayed the role of social media tools such as Twitter in protests like Egypt's. Others, though, countered with a relatively unified theme: It's not really about the media tools per se, but about the decentralized, hyperconnected network in which they are bound up. J-profs Jeremy Littau and Robert Hernandez, along with GigaOM's Mathew Ingram, wrote the most thoughtful versions of this theme, and they're all worth checking out, Bactrim Cost.
Tepid reviews for The Daily: Within the bubble of media geeks, one story dominated the others this week: On Wednesday, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. released The Daily, the first daily updated news publication produced specifically for the iPad. Bactrim photos, If you can't get enough coverage of The Daily, go check out Mediagazer's smorgasbord of links. I'll try to offer you a digestible (but still a bit overwhelming, I'll admit) summary of what people are saying about it.
Leading up to Wednesday's launch, Poynter's Damon Kiesow found many of the people who are working for the heretofore secretive publication, and media analyst Alan Mutter and All Things Digital's Peter Kafka examined the reasons why it might or might not take off. Bactrim Cost, Once the app was released Wednesday afternoon, the reviews came pouring in.
First, buy Bactrim online cod, the good: The first impressions of most of the digital experts polled by Poynter were positive, with several praising its visual design and one calling it "what I’ve always hoped newspapers would do with their tablet editions." PaidContent's Staci Cramer was generally complimentary, and The Guardian's Ian Betteridge gave it a (not terribly enthusiastic) "buy."
Most of the initial reviews, though, were not so kind. Much of the 'meh' was directed at lackluster content, Where can i find Bactrim online, as reviewer after reviewer expressed similar sentiments: "a general-interest publication that is not generally interesting" (The Columbia Journalism Review); "Murdoch’s reinvention of journalism looks a lot like the one before it" (Macworld); "fairly humdrum day-old stories that you might read in, well…a regular old printed newspaper" (Mathew Ingram); "little [of Murdoch's money], it appears, has been invested in editorial talent" (Mashable); "the Etch A Sketch edition of Us Magazine" (Alan Mutter); "barely brings digital journalism into the late 20th century, much less the 21st" (Mark Potts).
The bulk of that criticism seemed to be built on two foundational questions, asked by the Lab's Joshua Benton, which The Daily has apparently yet to answer convincingly: "Who is The Daily trying to reach, order Bactrim from mexican pharmacy. What problem is it trying to solve?" TechCrunch (and several of the above reviewers) asked similar questions, and GigaOM's Darrell Etherington attempted an answer, arguing that it's not for the obsessively-Twitter-checking news junkies, but iPad users struggling to adjust to life after newspapers.
A few other issues surrounding The Daily that drew attention: One was its separation from the web by virtue of its place within the proprietary iTunes Store and iPad, as well as the complete lack of links in or out, Bactrim Cost. (That hasn't stopped an authorized daily index of links to the web versions of articles from springing up, though.) Salon alum Scott Rosenberg and j-prof Dan Kennedy led the charge against the walled garden, Bactrim dosage, while the Lab's Megan Garber pointed out the draconian anti-aggregation language on The Daily's AP content, and Justin Ellis wondered how user engagement will work in that closed environment.
Then there were the economics of the publication: Media analyst Ken Doctor had two good sets of questions about what it will take for The Daily to financially succeed (the latter is more number-crunchy). Jeff Jarvis also looked at some possible numbers, and media consultant Amy Gahran chastised Murdoch for investing so much money in the venture. Gahran also looked at the hazards of dealing with Apple, and paidContent's Staci Kramer noted that Murdoch wants Apple to lower its share of the subscription revenue. Bactrim Cost, And on the News Corp. front, Bactrim alternatives, Slate's Jack Shafer wrote about the role Murdoch's impatience will play in its fate, and Subhub's Evan Radowski gave us a history lesson on News Corp. initiatives like this one.
Apple strikes against e-publishers: In its ongoing tightening of App Store access and regulations, Apple made a significant move this week by rejecting a Sony iPhone app that would have allowed users to buy e-books from the Sony Reader Store. GigaOM's Mathew Ingram did a great job of putting the decision in the context of Apple's past moves, No prescription Bactrim online, explaining why they make good business sense: "What’s the point of controlling a platform like the iPhone and the iPad if you can’t force people to pay you a carrying charge for hosting their content and connecting them with their customers?"
But others (even at GigaOM) were more skeptical. Jason Kincaid of TechCrunch said the decision underscores the downside of closed content platforms, and posited that it's the first shot in a war between Apple and Amazon's Kindle, and Slate's Farhad Manjoo urged Amazon to pull its Kindle app out of the App Store. In another widely expected move along the same lines, Apple also told publishers that within two months, any app that doesn't take payments through its iTunes Store would be rejected, Bactrim Cost.
AOL follows Demand's content-farming path: We talked last week about Demand Media's explosive IPO and Google's intention to make content farms harder to find in searches, and we have a couple of updates to those issues this week. First, Seamus McCauley of Virtual Economics explained why he's skeptical about Demand's true valuation, not to mention its accounting methods, doses Bactrim work. And while Google's algorithm limiting content farms is not yet live, search engine startup Blekko has banned many content farm domains, including Demand's eHow, from its search results. Meanwhile, the debate over Demand continued, Buy no prescription Bactrim online, with Adotas' Gavin Dunaway and MinnPost's John Reinan delivering this week's broadsides against the company. Bactrim Cost, AOL hasn't been talked about as a content farm too much as of yet, but that may change after Business Insider's publication this week of a leaked internal document called "The AOL Way," which reads a lot like the textbook content farm strategy guide. GigaOM's Mathew Ingram and Fortune's Dan Mitchell blasted the plan, with Ingram asserting that "the chasing of eyeballs and pageviews is a game of constantly diminishing returns." Martin Bryant of The Next Web, on the other hand, said AOL's model is not a misguided, diabolical plan, but "an inevitable, turbo-powered evolution of what’s happened in the media industry for many years."
Reading roundup: A few things to check out this weekend while you're most likely snowed in somewhere:
— This week's WikiLeaks update: Julian Assange sat down with 60 Minutes for an interview (there's also a video on what it took to make that happen), buy cheap Bactrim, WikiLeaks was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, The Guardian's Alan Rusbridger gave his own account about working with WikiLeaks, and NYU's Adam Penenberg made the case for Assange as a journalist. Reuters also profiled the new WikiLeaks spinoff OpenLeaks.
— A few paid-content notes: The New York Times isn't releasing details of its paywall plan just yet, but it is fixing technological glitches with the system right now, while Media Week reported that some industry analysts are skeptical of its chances. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News announced they'll start offering an e-edition to paying subscribers.
— GigaOM founder Om Malik wrote a simple but insightful guide to creating a successful consumer Internet service, focusing on three elements: A clear purpose, ease of use, and fun.
— Harvard prof David Weinberger has a short, thought-provoking post offering a 21st-century update on Marshall McLuhan's famous "The medium is the message" aphorism: "We are the medium." It's a simple idea, but it has some potentially profound implications, a few of which Weinberger begins to flesh out.
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AOL snaps up TechCrunch: The Internet giant of the '90s, AOL, has been aggressively trying to remake itself as a media company for the 2010s, and it made one of its biggest moves this week when it bought the influential tech blog TechCrunch. Get Bactrim, The deal was first reported by GigaOM and announced on stage Tuesday at TechCrunch's Disrupt conference. AOL also scooped up the web video company 5Min and Thing Labs, maker of the social media reader Brizzly on the same day, though it couldn't snatch the popular All Things Digital blogging crew away from The Wall Street Journal.
Given how central TechCrunch's founder, Michael Arrington, is to the blog's success, cheap Bactrim no rx, the first questions were twofold: Will Arrington be able to continue exercising his iconoclastic editorial voice with AOL, and can the blog remain strong if he leaves. Salon's Dan Gillmor was skeptical about the latter, and Fast Company and The Atlantic gave reason for similar doubts about the former, with a list of Arrington's past criticism of AOL and statements by the founder of Engadget, another blog purchased by AOL, that too many layers of management made the company difficult to work at, Bactrim Mg. (He said things have changed at AOL since then.) For his part, Arrington gave assurances to tech blogger Robert Scoble and TechCrunch's readers that he'll have complete editorial independence and has agreed to stay on for at least three years.
The bigger media issue, Buy Bactrim online cod, of course, is that this purchase signals AOL's deepening transformation into a full-on web media company. As a marketing exec told the New York Post's Keith Kelly, "Nobody gives AOL enough credit for the massive transformation that the brand has undertaken." AOL CEO Tim Armstrong explained the rationale behind the deal to Advertising Age and Bloomberg: TechCrunch's insider, consumer audience can garner premium ad rates, and the TechCrunch brand can give AOL some cred it couldn't necessarily get on its own. He also told GigaOM's Om Malik that he wants to begin developing platforms in communication, buy Bactrim without a prescription, content and advertising for other companies to build on, though he wouldn't go into details.
The Wall Street Journal threw a little bit of cold water on the AOL hype Bactrim Mg, , noting that more than 40 percent of the company's revenue still comes from dial-up Internet service and related subscriptions. Advertisers haven't totally bought into the change yet either, the Journal said. AOL might have come a long way, Where can i find Bactrim online, but it still has a long way to go, too.
Can social media produce real social change?: In a piece in this week's New Yorker, cultural critic Malcolm Gladwell challenged the idea that social media is an effective tool of social change and revolution, comparing it with the civil rights movement and other pre-social media large-scale social reform efforts. Gladwell argued that social media is built on weak social ties, which are good for encountering new information and amassing followers of a cause, Bactrim forum, but bad at inspiring collective action. "The evangelists of social media don’t understand this distinction; they seem to believe that a Facebook friend is the same as a real friend and that signing up for a donor registry in Silicon Valley today is activism in the same sense as sitting at a segregated lunch counter in Greensboro in 1960," Gladwell wrote, Bactrim Mg.
Gladwell expounded helpfully on his points in a chat on the New Yorker website, in which he said, among other things, that he holds up the 2008 Obama presidential campaign as the "gold standard" for social media-fueled civic engagement. Bactrim long term, His piece generated some thoughtful disagreement: The Atlantic's Alexis Madrigal said he liked the article overall but took issue with Gladwell's assertion that online networks don't have leadership or organization.
Others weren't quite so complimentary: In a video conversation, politics professor Henry Farrell and the Cato Institute's Julian Sanchez agreed that social media's weak ties could make it easier to form the strong social ties that lead to significant action. A quasi-anonymous Economist correspondent made a similar arguments to both those points, saying that social media strengthens all social ties, and that networks' bottom-up nature make them particularly subversive. Jeff Sonderman made similar points as well Bactrim Mg, and pointed out that online and offline social networks tend to overlap, so they can't be treated as discrete entities.
There were plenty of other avenues (thoughtful and somewhat less so) down which critics took this debate — see this New York Times feature for six of them — but the most cogent points may have come from Expert Labs director Anil Dash, Bactrim alternatives, who argued that Gladwell is limited by his outmoded idea that the only type of revolutions that produce change are those that come in the form of chanting, sign-wielding masses. "There are revolutions, actual political and legal revolutions, that are being led online," Dash wrote. Buy Bactrim from mexico, "They're just happening in new ways, and taking subtle forms unrecognizable to those who still want a revolution to look like they did in 1965."
Helping hyperlocal news thrive: Many of the U.S.' hyperlocal-news pioneers gathered in Chicago late last week for the Block By Block Community News Summit hosted by the Knight Digital Media Center's Michele McLellan and NYU j-prof Jay Rosen. A variety of ideas, tips, anecdotes flew back and forth at the event, which was ably summarized by the Lab's Megan Garber as well as Lauren Kirchner of The Columbia Journalism Review and Polly Kreisman of the local-news blog Lost Remote. You can also check out videos of several of the sessions at the Reynolds Journalism Institute, Bactrim results.
Garber listed several of the main themes of the gathering: Developing an intimate connection with a community (something of a throwback role for the news media, Garber said), building advertising and branding, and finding ways to share ideas with each other, Bactrim Mg. Kirchner noted the common strain among the participants' description of their own situations: "I’ve figured out how to do this, but I don’t know how to make it last." She also noted the general tension in the room caused by the presence of representatives from AOL and Yahoo, two media companies with large-scale hyperlocal news aspirations. (Elsewhere this week, AOL’s hyperlocal Patch initiative was called the WalMart of news and a potential steamroller of hyperlocal startups, Order Bactrim online c.o.d, though The Batavian’s Howard Owens gave some tips on beating Patch in your own neighborhood.) Afterward, McLellan took stock of what hyperlocal journalists need next. Afterward, McLellan took stock of what hyperlocal journalists need next.
That wasn't the only hyperlocal news resource to emerge this week. J-Lab released a report detailing what's worked and what hasn't in the the five years it's been funding community-news startups. One major conclusion in the report is that Bactrim Mg, hyperlocal news sites didn't replace the journalism of traditional news sources; they added something that hadn't been there before. (Some other key takeaways: Engagement, not just content; sweat equity is big; and the business model isn't there yet.) At Lost Remote, Bactrim treatment, Cory Bergman of Seattle's Next Door Media offered an endorsement of the report, adding that for his startup, "the biggest critical success factor for a neighborhood news site is a passionate editor." And at PBS Idea Lab, Martin Moore made the case for a bottom-up structure in local news sites.
Media trust hits a new low: Gallup released its annual poll on Americans' trust in the news media, Real brand Bactrim online, and in what's become a fairly regular occurrence, that trust is at an all-time low. MinnPost's David Brauer tried to square that finding with Pew's finding two weeks ago that people are spending more time with the news. (My guess: Gallup's survey measures feelings about the traditional news media, while Pew's finding of increased news consumption is attributable largely to new media sources.)
The Atlantic's Derek Thompson asked why trust is so low, and came up with an interesting hypothesis: The news media is telling us not to trust the news media. Citing Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck and Jon Stewart as examples, he concludes, "to consume opinion journalism ... is to consume a product that exists to tell you that the product is inherently rotten." As if on cue, the Los Angeles Times' Andrew Malcolm rattled off a sarcastic litany of things the media has done to confirm people's belief that it's biased, Bactrim Mg.
Reading roundup: Before we get the miscellany, is Bactrim addictive, there were a few smaller news developments that I want to highlight this week:
— The Boston Globe announced that it's planning on splitting its websites into free and paid versions late next year. (The Globe is owned by The New York Times Co., and The Times is also planning to charge for its website next year.) Media analyst Ken Doctor wrote a smart analysis on the Globe's strategy, calling it a plan to retain its print readers in the short run and convert them to (paid) tablet reading in the long run. The alt-weekly Boston Phoenix, Taking Bactrim, meanwhile, didn't waste time in writing Boston.com's obituary.
— Mayhill Fowler, who gave The Huffington Post one of its biggest-ever scoops in 2008 as a reporter for the Off the Bus citizen-journalism project, wrote a kiss-off post on her personal blog announcing she was leaving the site, essentially, because she was tired of writing for nothing. The Post fired back Bactrim Mg, , and Politico's Ben Smith used the incident to wonder if the opinion-oriented blogosphere is moving toward news judgment as the mainstream media makes the opposite transition.
— After Forbes bought his freelance blogging network True/Slant, Lewis D'Vorkin is planning on selling blog space to advertisers alongside the company's news blogs, Advertising Age reported. Reuters' Felix Salmon predicted the plan would spur a uprising along the lines of ScienceBlogs' PepsiGate this summer.
Now the three stray pieces you need to take a look at:
— The Awl's Nick Douglas wrote a great post explaining why online forums are so underrated as online culture-drivers, and why Reddit is becoming more important within that subculture.
— Stanford scholar Geoff McGhee produced a fantastic set of videos on data journalism. Regardless of whether you're familiar with data journalism, this is a must-see, Bactrim Mg.
— And possibly the most essential piece of the week: Jonathan Stray's case for designing journalism from the user's perspective. "The news experience needs to become intensely personal," Stray wrote. "It must be easy for users to find and follow exactly their interests, no matter how arcane. Journalists need to get proficient at finding and engaging the audience for each story." A quote doesn't do it justice; go read the whole thing.
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