Archives for March 2005

Terri Schiavo, RIP

Psa 55:18: He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me.

Terri Schiavo, RIP

Psa 55:18: He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me.

Jay Rosen joins RTNDA panel

I’m enroute to the West Coast for meetings with a client, so there likely won’t be a lot of activity here for the next couple of days. Of course, it’s always a problem traveling east to west for me, because I wake up a 4 o’clock in the morning, so I may have more time to blog than I think.

Meanwhile, I’m thrilled to announce that Jay Rosen is joining our panel (Are We Becoming Irrelevant?) at RTNDA on April 20th. This will be an historic and important discussion on citizen-generated journalism and how it is and will impact broadcast news. If you haven’t already done so, make plans to attend this. It is very rare to get all of these people on the same panel:

Jay Rosen
Dan Gillmor
Jeff Jarvis (via Webcast)
and me

As Roy Scheider said in Jaws, “We’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

Chris Lasch would've loved the blogosphere

Here’s a new post of mine over at the MediaCenter’s “Morph” blog. It’s about one of my favorite subjects — the one and only Walter Lippmann — and quotes historian Christopher Lasch. I also explain a bit how Lasch influenced my life and my views of journalism. Take a look.

Orchids and Brickbats for WOAI-TV

Walter Winchell used to play a little game called “Orchids and Brickbats” in viewing life’s happenings. An Orchid was awarded for what he felt was a good thing, while Brickbats went to those that weren’t. In the spirt of Mr. Winchell, here are my Orchids and Brickbats for WOAI-TV’s online “Media Center.”

  • An Orchid for trying. This is a creative approach to using the Internet for TV. You’ve given viewers/users lots of choices for on-demand, online news viewing. It shows you “get” the notion of the audience being in charge.
  • A Brickbat for the default “playing” of the main video stream without giving users the option to play or not. It shows you don’t “get” the notion of the audience being in charge.
  • An Orchid for giving access to material not seen on TV. It’s a pet peeve of mine that most stations simply repurpose their broadcast video for the Web. All this does is provide stations with the illusion of exploring the Internet.
  • A Brickbat for the page’s quirks with Firefox and another one for the technospeak used to explain how to overcome the quirks. Come on, folks. This isn’t strictly a Windows world.
  • An Orchid for the clean design. The page is simple and easy to navigate. Most importantly, it’s not cluttered with various links and ads.

This is a nice effort by a local station, and I salute them. Now, let’s see how they do at getting involved in the conversation that news has become these days. That is the true litmus test of reinvention, in my opinion.

(Thanks, Jim)

Former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt on the Internet

Here’s an interesting little tidbit that I didn’t know: As early as 1994, the FCC had a rather stunning vision for the Internet. This is revealed by Reed Hundt in a statement posted on the CodeBlog:

…we specifically formed the view in 1994 that the Internet ought to replace broadcast television as the common medium for Americans to communicate.
This is being fulfilled before our eyes, and why are we shocked?