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Bread and Circuses need beverages, too

Bread and Circuses need beverages, too

| January 15, 2007 | 1 Reply

I happened upon this beautifully produced anachronistic commercial, and it started me thinking. If only the effort that went into producing this product-targeted circus went into promoting newsworthy events.

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In honor of Martin Luther King

In honor of Martin Luther King

| January 15, 2007 | 1 Reply

This is how the Lorraine Hotel looked last night (January 13, 2007) at 9 pm.   I had never been to Memphis until this weekend, so I had never before visited the Lorraine (it is now a preserved historical site).  It was eerily quiet last night, not at all the way it was at the moment […]

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Emerging research issues in media

Emerging research issues in media

| January 14, 2007 | 3 Replies

This post is one of a continuing series of summaries I am creating regarding the sessions I attended of the National Conference for Media Reform in Memphis, Tennessee.  Much more information about the conference, including audio of all of the sessions (and video of many) can be found at Free Press. The academics that spoke at […]

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My most memorable MLK Day

My most memorable MLK Day

| January 14, 2007 | 1 Reply

Martin Luther King Day never meant that much to me. I grew up in a school district where I was a minority. I was an (epithet for white), I was a (epithet for Polish descent). I was a (epithet for German descent). I was a (epithet for culturally Jewish). I was an Atheist (apparently an […]

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Media Reform Speech by FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein

Media Reform Speech by FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein

| January 14, 2007 | Reply

And one more report from the National Conference for Media Reform from Memphis. YOu will not ever find a public servant who is more dedicated and more cool–If you haven’t seen him before, meet FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein:

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Children and media policy

Children and media policy

| January 14, 2007 | Reply

This is one of the continuing series of reports from the National Conference for Media Reform in Memphis, Tennessee.  The conference is sponsored by Free Press. This post concerns a presentation entitled “Children and Media Policy.”  Unfortunately, I was not able to hear this entire presentation.  When I arrived, however, Susan Linn (of Campaign for […]

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How to save the Internet: net neutrality (equal access)

How to save the Internet: net neutrality (equal access)

| January 13, 2007 | 7 Replies

This post is yet another entry summarizing proceedings of the National Conference for Media Reform in Memphis, Tennessee. The conference is sponsored by Free Press. A panel presented yesterday was entitled “Saving the Internet.” [At his plenary speech, Bill Moyers has suggested an alternate way of designating this issue: "equal access to the Internet."] At […]

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Nation Conference for Media Reform – Plenary Speech by Bill Moyers

Nation Conference for Media Reform – Plenary Speech by Bill Moyers

| January 13, 2007 | 1 Reply

For the past two days, I’ve been reporting from the National Conference for Media Reform in Memphis.  This conference is being sponsored by Free Press. Here is a link to the inspiring speech Bill Moyers delivered yesterday.  I’ve sketched some notes below, as well, but there is no substitute for seeing the video of the […]

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National Conference for Media Reform – The Press at War and the War on the Press

National Conference for Media Reform – The Press at War and the War on the Press

| January 13, 2007 | 3 Replies

I’m still reporting from the National Conference for Media Reform, from Memphis.  The conference is sponsored by Free Press.   This afternoon I attended a panel discussion exploring the issues set forth in the title of this post. The moderator, Geneva Overholser (of the University of Missouri School of Journalism), warned that when we criticize the […]

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