Monthly Archives: February 2012

What is Civic Video? A Center for Civic Media brainstorm with Howard Blumenthal

Howard Blumenthal knows a few things about TV. His father produced Concentration, a famously long-lived game show on NBC, and Blumenthal grew up, in part, on the set. Concentration, with Hugh Downs, 1968 Blumenthal went into the family business, working … Continue reading

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Linguistic isolation

As some of my readers know, I’m finishing writing a book on cosmopolitanism in a digital age. There’s lots of ways to think about cosmopolitanism; in my case, I’m thinking of the ways in which people build ties of friendship … Continue reading

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Wadah Khanfar, former director general of Al Jazeera, to speak at MIT Media Lab

A little more than a year ago, the world changed in a sudden and dramatic way. The long-time leader of Tunisia, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, was ousted after a month of largely peaceful street protests demanding an end to … Continue reading

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The lobbyist and the quilt

I try to keep an eye on stories about PR and lobbying firms that work on behalf of dictatorial governments, like our oil-rich friends in Equatorial Guinea and the ever-complicated nation of Rwanda. (See this recent piece by Geoffrey York … Continue reading

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News in the Age of Participatory Media

I’m teaching my first class at MIT this spring, a “special topics” class at the Media Lab. (This is evidently how new classes get launched at MIT -they’re “special” the first year before they become official. All that means, I … Continue reading

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