Sep
18
2013

The Price of Twitter Is Based on the Cost of You

Twitter birds (cc image: Darren Barefoot)

On the verge of an IPO, Twitter is estimated to have a market value of $15-16 billion. What does that mean for our society?

Oct
24
2012

Did Twitter Kill Media Diversity?

Remember how corporate media's campaign coverage used to offer wide-ranging, diverse perspectives? Me neither. But Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank apparently thinks that's the way the world used to work, until Twitter came along and the press corps turned into one giant exercise in groupthink. He writes today (10/24/12) that campaign reporters have one eye on the actual debates, and one eye on social media: This was to have been the campaign when Twitter and other social media allowed new voices to enter the debate, delivering a more diverse array of opinion and helping candidates reach beyond the media filter. […]

Jan
20
2011

Don't Joke About Sarah Palin: How to (Maybe?) Get Booted From Fox News

From comedian Joan Rivers' Twitter feed (read from the bottom up if you can): Fox says, for the record, that Rivers wasn't canceled due to the joke; the show was overbooked, and she'llbe rescheduled. As someone who has been booked–andthen canceled–by Fox a couple of times, I'm skeptical of Fox's story here.

Oct
13
2010

Spreading the Word in the Era of Social Media

In the era of social media, the audience itself has a big say in how big the audience is. If you'd like FAIR's messages to reach more people, there's a number of simple things you can do to help. 1. Comment on the blog. A lively comment section draws readers to a blog. If you want an interesting conversation about media criticism, post the kinds of comments you think are interesting. 2. E-mail links to your friends. The simplest way to share content on the Internet–just copy and paste the url and send it to interested parties. 3. Post links […]

Jul
16
2009

When Reporters Are Present, Yet 'Fail to Bear Witness'

Arianna Huffington's latest column (Huffington Post, 7/13/09) presents a compelling portrayal of the power of new democratic media–versus the self-preserving corporate model of news gathering–in the Chinese government response to major riots last week: "It choked off the Internet and mobile phone service, blocked Twitter and Fanfou (its Chinese equivalent), deleted updates and videos from social networking sites, and scrubbed search engines of links to coverage of the unrest." But here's the rub: "At the same time, it invited foreign journalists to take a tour of the area": That's right, it slammed the door in the face of new media–and […]

Jun
29
2009

'Catch Phrase' vs. Reality in Iran

Knowing how much "we reporters love a catch phrase," Iran writer Reese Erlich (ZNet, 6/28/09) wants you to know that, despite "Twitter being all a flutter in the west," current reporting is "highly misleading" in that "Iran is not undergoing a Twitter Revolution. The term simultaneously mischaracterizes and trivializes the important mass movement developing in Iran." After tracing the concept's origins back to self-obsessed Western media–"desperate to find ways to show the large demonstrations…reporters were getting most of their information from Tweets and YouTube video clips"–Erlich gives us the reality of the situation: First of all the vast majority of […]