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Tuesday May 06, 2008
By MortazaviBlog on May 06, 2008
As I was driving back from Java One in San Francisco Monday evening, I listened to the BBC report on KQED.
The BBC carried a 5-minute-long report on Iraq, describing the "conflict" there and the immense rise in poverty and lack of basic services, without once managing to mention that taboo word: "occupation".
In the morning, Financial Times carried a picture on the front page describing how sophisticated military equipment was being used to create an exclusion zone around the oil terminals in southern Iraq, from whence 1.5 million barrels of oil were carried away every day on British, Australian and American ships.
For how long can a country be dispossessed of its resources, supply the world with vast quantities of oil and live under military occupation by foreign powers, with vast parts of its population reduced to abject poverty with every passing day?
Saturday Apr 12, 2008
By MortazaviBlog on Apr 12, 2008
In modern times, distribution has become the bottleneck or the "filter" for ideas.
Those sources that have access or control of distribution shape the ideas that arrive before our eyes and ears.
Internet, at least as it stands today, affords distribution to other sources. However, this medium of distribution might not last long as we know it and, as the volume of content grows, searching for what matters becomes like searching for a needle in a giant haystack.
Monday Sep 17, 2007
By MortazaviBlog on Sep 17, 2007
I subscribe to two papers that are delivered every morning at my doorstep: The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times.
For three days now, Financial Times has carried stories and pictures of a bank run in the UK, involving Northern Rock, a financial institution focused on savings and loans geared to the mortgage market. (Some have argued that if there's only a single bank run, we do not have a bank run. However, financial crisis have their own way of diffusing to neighbors.) This morning, FT carries, above the fold, a 1/4 page picture of a crowd waiting to withdraw their savings from a Northern Rock branch.
No two industrial economies or countries are as intertwined as the UK and the US. Yet, if you read The Wall Street Journal this morning, you would hardly notice anything going amiss in the UK. On the front page, the news of the bank run is reflected only in a two-sentence paragraph falling on the fold, making it hardly visible, with a jump to page 3 of section C ("Money & Investing"), a section which bills an educational piece on yield curves on top of its own fold. On page C3, two short columns summarize the least salient parts of story, with no mention of a bank run.
I should end this by noting that the electronic version of FT, accessible here in California, has no images like the ones in the print edition on its front "page" today. However, one can find relevant images on Flickr -- like the one I've posted here.
Saturday Aug 04, 2007
Friday May 04, 2007
By MortazaviBlog on May 04, 2007
We are witnessing the close of a decade when blogs might begin to mirror meaningless news and when meaningful news might begin to appear as blogs, like these Reuters Alternet Blogs.
With its independent board, Reuters continues as one the most independent media and news organizations in the world.
Tuesday May 01, 2007
By MortazaviBlog on May 01, 2007
Wednesday Apr 11, 2007
By MortazaviBlog on Apr 11, 2007
On the other hand, many sources of news media are beginning to use a similar naming convention for their mobile editions:
These are no-nonsense text editions that are easy to load and read. Using this de facto naming convention seems like a good idea and a tradition that should probably spread and continue.
Sunday Apr 08, 2007
Wednesday Dec 20, 2006
By MortazaviBlog on Dec 20, 2006
This is a grand idea and a great use of the machine.
The only potential downside I could see is that BitTorrent works best when a piece is popular. For it to work for programming that does not always suit the popular taste of the masses, a major news outlet must also use enough torrent seeds to ensure these programs remain available for distribution. This way the less popular programming can still have the minimal torrent seeding necessary for efficient distribution while the more popular programming gets the benefit of additional distribution through the collaborative distribution BitTorrent makes possible as a piece becomes increasingly popular. In other words, popularity should (and can, thanks to BitTorrent) pay for itself.
One day, the designer of BitTorrent will be considered a great visionary who changed the face of the Internet. He made a great leap to make the copying and distribution machine more efficient and more fair.
Thursday Dec 14, 2006
By MortazaviBlog on Dec 14, 2006
Roberto Chinnici puts some probing questions to non-mainstream English language TV channels. His solution to their problems to break into the U.S. market: Use the web to your advantage to be disruptive with conventional TV programming.
To address the complaint regarding economic cost of bandwidth, finding a way to include decent advertising may prove sufficient. Furthermore, there can be a web-based subscription model that collects small subscription fees (or micropayments) for access to programming. This will work because bandwidth will still be able to serve all users particularly if programming does not emphasize real, real-time news and breaks content into pieces available separately.
Tuesday Nov 14, 2006
Sunday Nov 05, 2006
By MortazaviBlog on Nov 05, 2006
There is a big difference between bloggers and blogging and professional journalism. For an example, see this video production by two British journalists (from The Guardian) on the mid-term U.S. elections which shows how professional journalists with a bit of resources and a bit of freedom of action can easily outdo any media-caster (of any variety of media) in very good style even if not in the full range of content.
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