Monthly Archives: August 2014

Journalism and the internet: Is it the best of times? No — but it’s not the worst of times either

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Journalism and the internet: Is it the best of times? No — but it’s not the worst of times either

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Having just written what I consider a defense of the internet’s effect on journalism and the media industry, I didn’t expect to have to do it again so soon. But just after Andrew Leonard’s short-sighted piece in Salon about how the internet has crippled journalism, David Sessions wrote on the same topic in Patrol magazine, and arguably did an even worse job of describing the current state of journalism, calling it a morass of “cynical, unnecessary, mind-numbing, time-wasting content.”

It’s not just the over-riding pessimism of both of these pieces that bothers me. It’s the failure to appreciate that the complaints they have are the same ones that have been made about journalism for decades — combined with the unrestrained longing for some mythical golden age of journalism.

In his piece, Sessions says that he used to be an optimist about the internet, that he rarely read the printed paper…

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Spam Poetry Challenge – Want to Participate?

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Poem challenge I hereby challenge you in a writing duel 😀 Photo Source: By Ildar Sagdejev (Specious), CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0, via Wikimedia Commons

I was clearing out my Spam folder for comments here at WordPress and had an idea – imagine that?! I want to challenge you bloggers to a Spam Poetry Challenge.

Here are my rules to participate (it’s easy!):

  • Take any four lines from comments in your Spam filter for your blog
  • Write a poem that includes at least part of each of the four lines in your poem (It doesn’t have to be the entire line)
  • Post your poem plus the four lines of Spam to your blog and link it back to this post.
  • Leave a comment at my post here to let us know the link to your poem so that we can read it!!

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Here, I’ll start the challenge with my entry. This poem is titled “Hello…

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Netflix is now paying Time Warner Cable for direct access and faster streams

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Netflix is now paying Time Warner Cable for direct access and faster streams

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Time Warner Cable signed a direct interconnection deal with Netflix, making it the fourth of the big four U.S. ISPs to sign paid peering agreements with the streaming video provider. Presumably, this agreement should improve the Netflix viewing experience of Time Warner Cable’s broadband subscribers who also like to tune into Netflix fare.

Time Warner confirmed the deal happened in June and the implementation has been rolling out this month. The interconnection doesn’t come as a huge surprise given that Netflix has signed agreements with Comcast, Verizon and AT&T in the last few months after fighting with the providers directly and through its transit providers [company]Level 3[/company] and [company]Cogent[/company].

That fighting unfortunately left consumers caught in the middle between Netflix and ISPs as the quality of their video streams suffered and both Netflix and ISPs blamed each other. While Netflix has signed these paid peering agreements with ISPs, it…

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