Why have information in one place, when it can be duplicated a 10000 times in many places? The web demonstrates very effectively how easily information can become corrupted by indirect communication. Take any news story, then (if you can be bothered), read the same story on different websites. Mostly, they are the same, but some cannot resist adding their own additions to the story.
The aim of this project is to encourage people to start exploring the world of non-corporate online news, websites which avoid the five filters of the propaganda model.
This is older news story from earlier this year, but I never tire of seeing how much funky Apple rip off their customers. I know business is harsh, but if a corporation presents a trendy fashionable front that shields its true nature, then it winds me up like a top.
A fairly accurate description, though question 2.5 hours of news a day – since most daily news is 90% repeated and sensationalised, that is truly a waste of hours – more time that could be spent adding pointless Facebook applications 🙂
Media Cloud is a system that lets you see the flow of the media. The Internet is fundamentally altering the way that news is produced and distributed, but there are few comprehensive approaches to understanding the nature of these changes. Media Cloud automatically builds an archive of news stories and blog posts from the web, applies language processing, and gives you ways to analyze and visualize the data.
A nice change for those of us sick of tabloid sensationalism of doom and gloom. I know as a nation we are a tad on the pessimistic side, but if all we had to go by was British media, we would all be queuing at suicide booths.
Its a good reminder, amongst all the grime of constant wars and greedy bankers, that there is actually good things going on too!
[Robert] Scoble talks about the services and tools like FriendFeed that offer alternate news streams to counter the Facebook hegemony. The discussion also flowed around automated behavior tracking, advertizing, and the interplay between control/privacy within various portable data models