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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Who What Why

This week in "What the media didn't warn you about", Russ Baker, a forensic journalist says:
We’re the products of our environment, and, in many respects, the media defines that environment. ... : the more you watch, the worse you perform on knowledge exams. 
Russ is defining the scope of the symptoms our corporate media monolith. But describing the disfunction  acknowledging the problem, is just the beginning. If we are to survive as a free nation, we need to deal with the hard realities, and dispense with easy answers. We must dispense with childish fantasy and become adults.

If vulnerability is the birthplace of change, innovation, and creativity, then America's sickness stems from its myth of invulnerability. We pretend to control things, we live in fear of change, and we use our media and our drugs to numb ourselves, but when you numb the pain you also numb the joy.

Glad to find another worthy journalistic effort at WHOWHATWHY.com

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

San Diego cop fears camera is weapon

At what point do we stop suppressing truth and force all police to wear recording devises all the time? Video Cameras are only dangerous to those who have something to hide.

Photography Is Not A Crime (PINAC) published a video of San Diego Police Officer, M. Reinhold, of the Western Division, 5215 Gaines Street, San Diego, CA 92110, Phone: (619) 692-4800

This is a direct result of the leadership of 


A citizen who is dissatisfied with police services or believes they have witnessed or been a victim of police misconduct can file a complaint using one or more of the following methods:
  • By telephone to the San Diego Police Department Communications Division at (619) 531-2000. A supervisor will be dispatched to contact the reporting citizen as soon as possible.
  • In person at any police facility.
  • By telephone or in writing to the Chief of Police:
    1401 Broadway, MS 700, San Diego, CA 92101
    (619) 531-2777
  • By telephone or in writing to the Internal Affairs Unit:
    1401 Broadway, MS 709, San Diego CA 92101
    (619) 531-2801
  • To the Office of the Mayor, City of San Diego, 202 C Street, San Diego CA 92010
  • In person, by telephone or by writing to the Citizen's Review Board on Police Practices:
    202 C Street, MS 9A, San Diego CA 92101
    (619) 236-6296
  • By the Chief's Confidential Telephone Recorded Hotline at (619) 531-2672.

Friday, April 5, 2013

The Big Round Table

Following upon the heels of my ideas, this "Big Round Table" publisher has developed a KICKSTARTER campaign to rase money and start a web site. Marketplace Report

We seemed to have set off a bit of a journalistic firestorm yesterday by calling into question the sanctity of the editor’s role as sole arbiter of taste, especially in the new digital order in which we work, and read.
Twitter lit up with angry, and then angrier accusations that we were advocating “crowd-sourcing” that most sacred of roles, and, taking that logic a perilous step further, that without editors in the pilot’s seat, all manner of bad things would befall the state of stories. And writers, too!

The Big Roundtable is a storefront for longform journalism—pieces from 5,000 to 40,000 words—and a lab studying what and how readers read. The storefront will launch at the beginning of September 2013.
Stories that need to be told
It is both an incubator and a launch pad: within the safe confines of a walled-off, password-protected site, the BRT becomes a place where writers can get feedback and gain an audience for their stories. Stories will be published in the Big Roundtable's store.

Nothing makes writers so happy as being read, being paid, and being in the company of other writers.