Archive for the ‘Media’ Category

The Problem With Being Muslim

There has been some discussion in the media lately about whether President Barack Obama is a Muslim or not. Despite a recent survey that showed that as many as 20% of Americans asked believe this might be the case, it is clear from the evidence that this is not true. Just because a person or […]

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Veterans Day – Rememberance Day – 2009

Since the days of exploration in the history of both the United States and Canada, the brave and the not-so-brave among us have put themselves into harms way in the name of the good of our nations.  They have prevented our territories from attack, and they have saved the lives of our citizens and residents.  […]

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Plague!!!

Well, it’s likely not the bubonic plague or anything like that.  It might feel like it, of course, but it isn’t. Really, I think I have the common cold.  In my 47 years of experience as a human, the symptoms I have seem to match up with that scenario.  But I have one other concern.  […]

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Spontaneous Demonstrations for Healthcare Reform

I have been thinking a lot about the health care “debate” that has been going on in this country lately.  The most significant part of the debate is not IF we need health care reform, but how to do it, and just how soon it can happen. In my opinion, this is one of the […]

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Walter Cronkite (1916-2009)

We have seen a number of public figures pass away lately.  Some hold a higher stature and get more news coverage than others.  Walter Cronkite, though he was ling retired, is one of those people deserving of a note in passing. The television was not a central focus at our house growing up, but I […]

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Fixing the Newspaper Websites

One function of a newspaper used to be to edit copy. The newspaper never tried to print every single letter to the editor. Nor should they try to publish every comment made online. If the editors wold actually “edit” then the online publication would be much better for it.

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The Newspaper of the Future

We have had some time to get used to the fact that Seattle is now a one newspaper town.  We have found that so far,  the world has not yet ended as we know it, nor has the level of journalism in the city’s other newspaper changed radically.  Of course, change has been happening all […]

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Redefining the Newspaper

We have known for a long time that the newspaper industry is in decline.  Newspapers, large and small, have been cutting their staffs and the size of their print publications for several years now.  Despite the fact that the presence of competing media is good for the quality of journalism, it is looking like Seattle […]

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The Sorry State of Radio

As long as we have been talking about snow and floods and other recent weather phenomenon in Cascadia, I think we could take a moment to look at how we are getting our news about it.  After all, if there is really a weather emergency, or simply a week’s worth of snow on the ground […]

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It’s in the P-I

It is with a sad and heavy heart that I contemplate the rumored sale of one of Seattle’s two daily newspapers, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.  While the newspaper’s owners claim that the paper has not made a profit in decades, it is truly important for a city or a region to have as many reliable news […]

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