If the people at the MRMW conference believe that using robots to spy on us as we shop is such a good idea, why aren’t they making information about this session open to the public in general? […]
It is a time of fear in the face of freedom, a time of an emptying country and swelling cities, a time for the widening of previous roads and the opening of new paths, yet a time when these paths are mined by knowing algorithms of the all-seeing eye. It is the time of the warrior's peace and the miser's charity, when the planting of a seed is an act of conscientious objection. These are the times when maps fade, old landmarks crumble and direction is lost. Forwards is backwards now, so we glance sideways at the strange lands through which we are all passing, knowing for certain only that our destination has disappeared. We are unready to meet these times, but we proceed nonetheless, adapting as we wander, reshaping the Earth with every tread. Behind us we have left the old times, the standard times, the high times. Welcome to the irregular times.
They could be sunning themselves at the beach, but in 60 cities across the nation today (and in a few other places) Americans are protesting the newly revealed warrantless surveillance state in a new movement self-organized on social media called Restore the Fourth. If past behavior is any indication, major newspapers like the New York […]
A massive protest by Occupy Wall Street is underway.
The New York Times (you know, “All the News That’s Fit to Print”) refuses to cover it anywhere on its front page, where over a hundred other news headlines sit.
Among the stories the New York Times decides is “fit […]
Big media organizations such as the New York Times have lost touch with what genuine grassroots organizations look like. What these corporate news operations describe with the the term “grassroots” nowadays is rather like their own organizations: Designed for consumption by individuals, but only though a system of distribution controlled from the top down, powered by large payments from a few sources with a lot of money. […]
There were huge and dramatic May Day protests throughout Manhattan and across the country yesterday, but if you look at the front page of the New York Times, you wouldn’t know anything had happened at all. […]
Americans Elect, a 501c4 corporation working to arrange the election of its own presidential ticket in 2012, has rolled out its publicity campaign today with a piece written by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. Friedman wrote his column after being invited by Americans Elect to tour “its swank offices, financed with some serious hedge-fund […]
Laurie Goodstein of the New York Times does good service this morning, informing us that a movement against religious freedom is spreading far and wide across America.
We’ve heard before of a push by Sarah Palin, Mark Williams and other prominent figures in the GOP-controlled wing of the “Tea Party” to ban the building of […]
NEWSPAPER EMPLOYS PANICKY REPORTER
On visiting Times Square for a movie with his daughter:
As a parent, I confronted a new calculation. Asymmetric warfare had advanced from downtown to Midtown, from 2001 to the present moment.
As a reporter I had covered the aftermath of 9/11 and now found myself revisiting long-buried worries. I decided […]
In the past year or so, I’ve written two posts strongly critical of the New York Times’ technology reporting. The two articles about which I wrote, both by Stephen C. Williams (5/1/2008 and 10/20/2009), included images taken directly from Apple and Motorola corporate press kits and presented no “facts” about the products beyond those offered […]
You can write for the New York Times Technology section, and I’ll show you how in four easy steps:
1. Subscribe to the Apple Press Release newsfeed at http://www.apple.com/pr/ so that every time Apple comes out with a new gadget, you’ll know right away.
2. When an Apple corporate press release pops up on […]
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