Taming the Wild West (Part Two)

In Part One of this blog, I wrote about how individuals who browse the Internet can become wary, skeptical content consumers. They can become personal editors, better able to identify and avoid content that is really propaganda and falsehood masquerading as reliable information. Of course, that would still leaves us facing the brutal fact that […]

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The Problems of New Apps

To me, the more fundamental question is one that could be asked of the coverage of all new apps, whether in transportation, mobile technology, printing and much else: Are reporters and editors blinded by the sizzle of new ideas, to the extent that the articles they produce start off as largely adulatory and enthusiastic rather than objective and balanced?

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The Arc of the Ebola Crisis

The specter of contracting Ebola is a dystopian nightmare. Whether fear of the virus justified the media’s panic-fueling coverage is another matter. Here are some incontrovertible facts: Ebola is a frightening, often deadly scourge. It is highly contagious, but only when the infected person is showing unmistakable signs of the virus: fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and […]

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When a Crisis Really Hits Home–UPDATE

By Paul Bernish Since this blog first appeared, several publications have delved into the causes of Target’s security breach, and the results are not encouraging. The retailer, apparently, was extremely vulnerable to hacking and data theft. More ominously, its own security systems didn’t uncover the attack; that came from a malware expert who alerted Target […]

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The Social Media Investment

NOTE: Twitter’s IPO was filed on October 3, and with it more details about the company’s plans were made public, including the fact that it hoped to raise $1 billion, and that it had sustained operating losses through the years. One potential cause for hesitation about buying Twitter shares is that the social media’s ability […]

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