Archive for April, 2007

Editor and Publisher argues that Virginia Tech’s college newspaper deserves a Pulitzer

The argument is over here. If his suggestions were ever to come true, it would be the first time a college newspaper was ever recognized for the award.


Related posts: Virginia Tech’s college newspaper manages to scoop major news organizations

Wikipedia versus Citizendium

Citizendium was created by Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger as an attempt to replace “Wikipedia as the go-to destination for general information online.”

The project officially launched about a month ago, and Read/Write Web has a long analysis of the progress thus far, and whether the new encyclopedia is living up to its hype.


Related posts: Wikipedia as a news source, How journalists keep secrets, A Wikipedian’s fake “authority”

Bill O’reilly debates Richard Dawkins on atheism

Check out this youtube clip of the event:

via pharyngula

Wikipedia as a news source

I’ve seen several articles like this one taking special note that during a major news event, Wikipedians constantly update Wikipedia articles with new information. Several media analysists are now arguing that Wikipedia is no longer just an encyclopedia, but also a news source as well.

I think there are several things wrong with this notion. To list:

1. Wikipedia articles are mostly in chronological order, while news articles use an AP style with their lede, putting the most important information on top and then working its way down. Essentially, most news articles ruin the ending in order to provide the most pertinent information first.

2. There’s no original reporting. Because of citation rules, Wikipedians have to rely on other news sources to break the news first. So you won’t learn anything from a Wikipedia article that you didn’t see on CNN first.

3. There’s no effective way for the site to alert readers that there’s breaking news. Sure, in the V. Tech shooting, people were linked to the page and more readers piled on. But when it comes to more obscure news, most people wouldn’t even be aware for awhile that the page is being updated.

And the Christians shall set you free

Mike Daisey was performing a monologue at the Globe Theater, and was surprised that the seats were packed. Well, it turned out that 87 of the people were Christian protestors, and halfway through the show, they got up and walked out. But they didn’t leave before one of them walked up to the stage and drenched his handwritten notes with water.

Here’s the video of what happened:

The Onion spoofs This American Life

Hehe, as a This American Life fan, I took great joy in reading this Onion article:

CHICAGO—Producers of the long-running Chicago Public Radio program This American Life announced Monday that they have completed their comprehensive 12-year survey of life as a modern upper-middle-class American.

In what cultural anthropologists are calling a “colossal achievement” in the study of white-collar professionals, the popular radio show has successfully isolated all 7,442 known characteristics of college graduates who earn between $62,500 and $125,000 per year and feel strongly that something should be done about global warming.

via bookslut

Myspace and Livejournal hacked?

In the span of the last few minutes, I’ve had several friends IM me and ask if I could log into Myspace. I remember reading somewhere that this month was national Hack Myspace month, and it looks like they were successful, they probably managed to crash their servers.

Others might remember a similar attack on Six-Apart’s Livejournal. Well guess what? Livejournal doesn’t appear to be loading right now either. Mark my words, both have been hacked, it’ll be all over the internet in a few hours.


Related posts: When viral advertising backfires: People don’t like being duped, Anna Nicole Smith dead

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