Guardian.UK: Is it justifiable to show footage of people being killed?
Depends on how its framed, IMHO. Characterising the Flanagan video as resembling a ‘first person shooter’ game got me very uneasy. I saw a five year old rack an unattended 9mm Beretta like an old pro - parents were alarmed also. How many guns/shootings do kids see by that age? Not so much ‘what are we doing’ as ‘what are we allowing to happen’ with our culture?
The New Yorker this time. Sorry not to be able to read, sorrier not to be able to give you extra ad revenue by a link.
Romanesko: ‘The rapacious Ms. Huffington seems to believe that journalism skills are worth not
The Nation: Civilian Toll From the War Against ISIS Is Huge. Why Isn’t the Press Covering It?
“... we have demonstrably shown that there is a major volume of material in the public domain alleging significant civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria. We found that material. We published that material. The material was always there. I guess the question is, why haven’t news organizations gone looking for that?”
NY Times: Ad Blockers and the Nuisance at the Heart of the Modern Web.
“Ad blockers could end up saving the ad industry from its worst excesses. If blocking becomes widespread, the ad industry will be pushed to produce ads that are simpler, less invasive and far more transparent about the way they’re handling our data — or risk getting blocked forever if they fail.” If they did not interfere with the reading and comprehension of information, I wouldn’t mind. But when they do, I block them.
The New Yorker: Buckley, Vidal, and the Birth of Buzz.
“Where a debate between two urbane intellectuals ought to have ushered in a golden age of elevated, rational discussion, it instead — due to the personal enmity to which the combatants gave voice — sparked the worst aspects of modern media, a debased version of political talk, the gladiatorial mudslinging that prevails in broadcasting today.”
Autoweek: R.I.P. ‘Lamborghini Batman’.
Sad. Sad for his family, sad for the kids he’s cheered.
Guernica: Just Out of Frame, Alex Carp interviews Sarah Stillman.
“I think I’d been so worried about either scaring them off or making them uncomfortable that I wasn’t respecting the full nature of their experience. I wasn’t fully willing to ask the difficult questions and let the women make choices about what they did and didn’t want to talk about. I was almost preemptively censoring them.” My emphasis; careful there. That’s like taking photos of someone, and dumping all responsibility on their model release. Many can’t foresee what widespread publication may do - but you as the creator do, clearly.
NY Times: Where Clicks Reign, Audience Is King.
“Undigested comments that people might have made to colleagues or friends but later thought better of are now written down as journalism, and ‘get indexed and archived in the same way as a serious news story.’” Important read o’ the day. Don’t miss it. Muchos gracias, All About George on FB.
Must be retrograde something-or-other today ...
I’m running into misspellings in the titles of some RSS articles today. Not in the web-viewable titles, but just the RSS title fields. “Vainity Fair”. “Venders of Egypt”. Kinda bizarre, because that is usually pulled from the article entry itself in whatever CMS is being used.
TG’s Political Wire: Jeb Bush Still Leads the Invisible Primary.
Guardian.UK: Shooting at Tennessee movie theater leaves suspect dead.
“... armed with a gun, hatchet and pepper spray ...” Can it get any weirder? Stay tuned.
Guardian.UK: Drone’s heroin delivery to Ohio prison yard prompts fight among inmates.
Sociological Images: White American Male with a Weapon White American Male with a Weapon ...
Interesting way to parse it all.
Guardian.UK: Native American family attacked in deadly shooting on Montana highway.
I often stop and help folks who look broken down. Looks like I may have to think twice about doing it - or contemplate concealed carry.
The Point: Forward with Fukuyama.
Hmmm. The internet age has seen history expand and contract in myriad ways. Poor education gifts contextless young journalists with near-zero historical perspective, whereas the internet itself is deepening the sheer volume of historical text. History seems to get interpreted and reinterpreted, sliding off current events like eggs off a teflon pan.
Vox: How conservative media helped the far-right take over the Republican Party.
Mirror.UK: Katie Hopkins wants ‘euthanasia vans’ because ‘there are far too many old people’.
Has she met Ann Coulter yet?
Guardian.UK: Obama breaks with protocol in Africa to criticise Republicans’ ‘lack of decorum’.
Mistake. This is the kind of thing Obama does frequently that boggles me. He immediately becomes a target for invective, while vivifying his political opponents - raising their stature in the news cycle. He must be an awful poker player. Leave ‘em to cut themselves to pieces, rather than enter the fray as an outsider; the behavior is predictable - they’ll all turn on you, man.
WaPo: It’s not Dixie’s fault.
A worthy read. Written by one of our leading civil rights historians.
Guernica: Stars in My Pocket Like Bits of Data.
“... the average American encounters a total of 34 gigabytes of information daily.” No wonder I just tried to shelve the milk in my vitamin cabinet ...
Paywalls are blocking me from good content, again.
A couple of articles I was going to link this morning remain unseen because of paywalls. Sorry, publishers. You do this, I can’t publicize your good work. I don’t link unless I can read beyond an excerpt. I also cannot afford to pay for every paywall that may pop up in my RSS aggregator. A renaissance of micropayments? The media’s distribution model needs a rethink.
NY Times: Royal Family’s Nazi Salute in 1930s Stirs Debate in Britain.
Oh please. Not even the NY Times here gives you enough background. The House of Windsor was originally the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, thanks to Prince Albert (with or without his can). There were many Brits in WWI and WWII who were deeply uneasy about the German roots of the British royals. To say the Sun was careful to put this into a historical context ... puh-leez. This was pulling out a historical tidbit and milking it, without giving even a shred of authentic historical context. Why do you think Churchill parked the Duke of Windsor’s rear-end over in the Bahamas? Way too friendly with the Third Reich, by half. Whereas Winnie and George VI would take lunch together every Tuesday, to discuss war progress. King G and the Queen Mum sat through the Blitz in London, along with everyone else ... that should put ‘paid’ to the Sun’s little stunt.
Vanity Fair: An Interview With Rachel Dolezal - “It’s not a costume”.
“It is precisely the look of a white woman who tanned for a darker hue, who showcased a constant rotation of elaborately designed African American hairstyles, and who otherwise lived her life as a black woman, being asked if she is indeed African American. It is the look of a cover blown.” The bottom line is, of course, she can stop with the visual cues and resorb back into the majority race. A true minority can’t, and there are unique experiences and learning involved that one cannot acquire (or be burdened with) without the complete removal of the ‘escape route.’
Mashable/AP: Police tighten Tour de France security after urine is thrown at British rider.
“I certainly wouldn’t blame the public for this. I would blame some of the reporting on the race that has been very irresponsible.” We know this from American politics, don’t we?