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Links 1 through 10 of 183 by Amy Gahran tagged mainstream+media

"A legal challenge has been launched in the US against a number of websites amid claims that they were engaged in "covert surveillance" of users.

"The lawsuit alleges that a number of firms, including Hulu, MTV, and Myspace, used a Quantcast Flash application to restore deleted cookies.

"The lawsuit says that the application was creating so-called "zombie cookies" from deleted files."

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"Though I’m a traditionally trained reporter, most of my journalism has been online, where documenting how a story has been found is both easily done (through links) and often done. Bloggers generally explain how they discovered a news item.

"As a result, bloggers also set themselves up for accusations that they’ve just “ripped off” some traditional news outlet. By carefully listing an originating source, and sometimes a “via” source, they expose how news flows.

"In contrast, a traditional media outlet typically does not document how a story came to life. It’s all a mystery. News just seems to emerge magically out of thin air in the middle of a newsroom. Or, it’s down to all those hard-working reporters out there defending democracy despite newspapers earning less these days because of all those rip-off bloggers."

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On Sunday, 5/23, the Washington Post published an 1167-word, detailed critique of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's gender presentation.

Really, THIS is what matters here? Would the WP ever devote more than a passing mention of a "plain, dowdy" appearance or feel entitled to explore the sexual orientation of a male judicial nominee?

This is the worst of journalism: Sexist, prurient, prejudicial (quite literally, and pun included), and pandering.

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"Desiring a mongamous relationship doesn't need justification, but neither does a desire for any other type of relationship (including not being in a relationship at all, as Bella DePaulo emphasizes on her Living Single blog). But it seems hard to defend a essentially monogamous nature to love itself without first assuming that lovers want monogamy, which is circular reasoning."

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"The Austin American-Statesman recently began to let advertisers pay for tweets that appear on two of the Statesman's Twitter accounts, @Statesman and @Austin360. Two local businesses -- a restaurant and "Mansion of Terror," a local haunted house -- took the Statesman up on its offer last fall and paid for a couple of days worth of tweets.

"For $300 per day, the advertisers were given one tweet in the morning and one in the afternoon. They sent their tweet to Quigley, who looked it over and then sent it to a Statesman advertising representative to publish. Quigley said he worked closely with the paper's ad department to establish some guidelines for advertisers."

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"Foursquare may still be relatively small (around 450,000 users), but wow have they been able to woo certain areas of the mainstream quickly. We already know about the deals with Conde Nast, Marc Jacobs, the New York Times, and others — some of which are pulling in revenue. And then there’s the Bravo deal, which has already included a commercial spot. But now, Foursquare is getting love in the bright lights of Vegas.

"Yes, the pictures above and below were taken at the Miracle Mile Shops attached to the Planet Hollywood hotel in Las Vegas. As you can see, the huge ads entice users to check-in at the mall. If you do so, they might highlight your check-in, any tips, and even show who the current mayor (the Foursquare user who has checked-in most often) of the mall is prominently."

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"Once it became known that Lightfoot had not in fact gone to his eternal reward, plenty of people spent the next several hours doing another thing that people love to do on Twitter: blame Twitter for spreading a fake news report. But as Peter Kafka correctly points out, Twitter didn’t kill Gordon Lightfoot — traditional media did. It appeared to start with a prank phone call (remember the telephone?) to the management company representing Lightfoot’s close friend and fellow musical legend Ronnie Hawkins, from someone pretending to be Lightfoot’s grandson.

"Hawkins then started calling people to let them know, who in turn alerted Canwest News Service, which called Hawkins to confirm the news and then published a brief news item that got picked up by a number of the chain’s newspapers. That report was then spread by reporters on Twitter, including Canwest political reporter David Akin, who later wrote a blog post about the role he played in the story."

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"Oct. 31 TechCrunch broke a big story called "Scamville: The Social Gaming Ecosystem of Hell" about how Zynga was making money by selling scam ads.

"Arrington packaged his story with a video of himself taking on Anu Shukla, CEO of one of the scam-ad distributors. He also ran an "insider's confession" piece by a former scammer. He followed with a story on how Zynga CEO Mark Pincus acknowledged the problem & said Zynga would stop running those ads, & another story about how Anu Shukla was pushed out of her company, and another story about Shukla's replacement admitting that the company had, indeed, been running scammy ads. On Friday Arrington posted a video clip where Pincus, the CEO of Zynga, told a laughing audience of scumbag developers about all his scumbaggy things.

"A Sat piece on Zynga (and other FB game companies) with the headline, "Virtual Goods Start Bringing Real Paydays." The two reporters interviewed & quoted Pincus, but included not a single word about the scammy ads."

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mathew Ingram: "I don’t think it has to be a binary choice. I think a smart reporter or writer won’t say things that would damage his or her credibility, either on Twitter or anywhere else."

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"Are you on Twitter?

"The hosts on C-Span have taken to asking the guests on their various shows some form of that question, and it turns out the answers are highly illuminating. This montage of them has been floating around since last week, and it reveals the stunning -- if not exactly surprising -- ignorance and incuriosity of the Beltway media elite."

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