"This story has affected me,” Huppert said. “I own a boat. And yesterday when I hooked it to my vehicle, I checked the chains before I left my garage. By the time I got to the end of the driveway, I got out and checked them again. When I stopped at the gas station to fill the trailer ties, I checked the chains a third time."
Boyd Huppert, from Poynter’s story on his television station, KARE-11 in Minneapolis, and their simulated trailer crash.
Your Tumblr curator is a native Minnes(n)otan, and the story hits close to home. Make sure you have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!
"I don’t have to tell them it is scary."
— KWTV’s Gary England, on covering tornadoes. The Oklahoma City meterologist estimates he has tracked more than 1,000 tornadoes, and without a doubt, that estimate is “on the low end.” Monday afternoon, England and his team of seven meteorologists were tracking five storms on computers at the same time.
"I think killing innocent people with drones is rude. I think keeping people who are innocent in indefinite detention for 11 years is rude.
There are a lot of rude things about our policies, speaking out is actually not rude, but it’s the basis of a Democratic society where people use their voices to try to make our country better and our policies more in line with the rule of law."
— Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin defends “heckling” President Obama. (via mediaite)
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"The system is slowly destroying itself. I’ll give you an example of how this might work out. Let’s suppose you say in the future, journalists will figure out how to attach themselves to advertising more directly so they’re not left out of the loop. Right now, a lot of journalism is aggregated in various services that create aggregate feeds of one kind or another and those things sell advertising for the final-stop aggregator. And the people doing the real work only get a pittance. A few journalists do well but it’s very few — it’s a winner-take-all world where only a minority does well. Yes, there are a few people, for instance, who have blogs with their own ads and that can bring in some money. You can say, “Well, isn’t that a good model and shouldn’t that be emulated”? The problem is that they’re dependent on the health of the ad servers that place ads. Very few people can handle that directly. And the problem with that is the whole business of using advertising to fund communication on the Internet is inherently self-destructive, because the only stuff that can be advertised on Google or Facebook is stuff that Google hasn’t already forced to be free."
In his new book, Who Owns the Future?, Jaron Lanier discusses how advertising is killing journalism.
90 years ago, a newspaper journalist identified the exact same problem – goes to show how little progress we’ve made.
Well, this is grim.
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