Kent Mesplay Bio

May 8, 2007

Background:

Kent Mesplay is the son of Lutheran Missionaries and is proud of his Blackfoot ancestry.  He was born and raised in Papua New Guinea, in a rain forest with indigenous peoples.  Mesplay’s background is littered with somewhat curious academic achievements, culminating in a Ph.D. in “Biomedical Engineering with a specialty in limb prosthetics and amputee functionality”.   He has worked with Veterans Affairs Medical Center, taught math, and currently works as an air quality inspector in San Diego. Read the rest of this entry »

Barack Obama Bio

May 8, 2007

Background:

Senator Barack Obama was born on August 4th, 1961 to an American mother and Kenyan father in Hawaii.  In his early years, he was educated in Jakarta, Indonesia and Hawaii. He graduated from Columbia University in 1983, and moved to Chicago in 1985 to work in the community.  Obama graduated from Harvard Law School and has the distinction of being the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review and was a lecturer on constitutional law at the University of Chicago before running for office.  Read the rest of this entry »

YouProfit and YouSue

May 8, 2007

“You Tube has never made a profit.”  Are you kidding me?  Or was this quote taken out of context-is the author stating that YouTube never made a direct profit from showing copywrited material, or never made a profit at all?  It seems strange that if the latter were the case, that Google would have purchased it for 1.65 billion dollars. Read the rest of this entry »

Lessons from the Dean Team

April 28, 2007

It’s interesting and ironic that the Dean campaign relied on new media-yet was delivered a fatal blow by the media of old.  The “Dean Scream” was played constantly on all networks, taken out of context, and made him seem at best, too eager, at worst-a little insane.  So the problem of both new and old media is how to temper the technology with common sense and fairness-we need widespread media education so Americans aren’t so easily duped.  Read the rest of this entry »

Presentation

April 26, 2007

http://www.slideshare.net/sailorv/digitizing-the-social-contract

The Meaning of Punditry

April 24, 2007

When I word associate the word “pundit”, the first image that comes to my head is Bill O’Reilly, shouting down anyone who disagrees with him by asking his usual, if not yet trademarked question, “Why do you hate America?”  So I had to laugh when reading in Dispatches from Blogistan that “the word ‘pundit’ derives from the Hindu pandit, meaning a respected scholar.” Read the rest of this entry »

Breaking the Paper Addiction

April 17, 2007

For all the deserved talk of breaking our oil addiction, it’s surprising that we live in a society with abundant technological resources and yet we still insist on making paper copies available to the demographics most likely to read things online and make paper airplanes out of newspaper.  Read the rest of this entry »

On Editing the Editors

April 10, 2007

I’d like to begin this discussion by dissecting a quote from Yahoo Chief Operating Officer Dan Rosensweig, while speaking to a panel of traditional media:

“We don’t know who your editors are. All our lives we read stuff written by people we don’t know that’s edited by people we don’t know, who might have an agenda.” I sympathize with this sentiment immensely, and will add that it’s not really a question anymore whether they have an agenda, is it?  It seems pretty well established that stories get buried in mainstream when there is a conflict of interest with management/ownership.  Read the rest of this entry »

Dispatches from Blogistan

April 3, 2007

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On “We the Media” pt. 1

March 29, 2007

While I am optimistic for the future of journalism after reading Gillmor’s intro and first chapter, I have to wonder how long it is before one of two things happen:  1) the big media completely assimilate the internet by legal/technical/economic means, such as destroying net neutrality, or 2) the gap between mainstream broadcast news and online journalism never closes.  Read the rest of this entry »


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