Monthly Archives: April 2005

Wired News: The New Old Journalism

Wired News: The New Old Journalism

Because whether we’re talking today or 10 years ago, it’s not the medium, it’s the reporter.

And if “we’re talking 10 years from now,” it won’t be the reporter either.
Penenberg’s other Wired “Media Hack” contributions have tended to be much more insightful. So either he’s getting defensive (“we’re still relevant as we teach journalism students to write the same way as we did 10 years ago”) or he was a bit lazy in his critical thinking. No, not the buzzword. The actual reflection.
I’m sure Penenberg and others see the implications of people’s appreciation for the convenience of skipping “reporters” to get critically at the writing itself, whether the author has been trained at NYU’s journalism department or did a dissertation in molecular biology in Madrid.
It’s this thing with journalists: they tend to think that they’re better than people at processing information. So instead of helping people use their own variety of perspectives, they delude themselves in the notion that they’re the closest thing to “objectivity” that the world can get. Not to mention the fact that they think “objectivity” is an absolute value, in and of itself (they probably never appreciated a tasty old cheese!). Well, the other problem (that we see in blogs, including my own blogging activities) is that people focus on “releasing early” instead of seeing the broad picture. No, it’s not about “depth.” It’s about taking a step back. Very few things are extremely time-sensitive and none of them is covered particularly well by journalists.
Hey, it’s not their fault. They’re trained like that. So I wouldn’t ever blame journalists. But I think journalism is more of a problem than a solution.
Once in a while, I get the impression that there’s hope and that journalists will finally see the light. But then, even the most “enlightened” act reactively.

Ah, well…


Stem Cell Research and Morals

Wired News: How Much for a Dozen Human Eggs?
How about research outside of the US? Any insight from elsewhere?
In fact, hasn’t there been an exodus of sorts among stem cell researchers who flew from the US for similar reasons?


(US) National Homebrew Day

National Homebrew Day

In 1979, the American Homebrewers Association originally claimed National Homebrew Day to be the first Saturday in May. On May 7, 1988, Congress officially recognized National Homebrew Day. Homebrewers around the world use the day to celebrate beer and brewing and attract attention to their hobby.

No idea Congress had recognized it. Wasn't 1987 the year homebrewing was made legal again?


Google and Ignorance?


Goal: Communicating Ideas


(Spoof) Science and Hyperbole

The Onion | Amazing New Hyperbolic Chamber Greatest Invention In The History Of Mankind Ever
There seems to be a pattern on “foul language” in this issue of The Onion. This item lets us think about how neutral science should sound…


(Spoof) US Foreign Policy

WARNING: Very “inappropriate” and non-PC but quite insightful.

The Onion | Report: U.S. Foreign Policy Hurting American Students’ Chances Of Getting Laid Abroad