Category Archives: Journalism

God, please save the copy editors

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Dear God, if you are listening, it’s me, Rufus. I know you and I don’t talk much these days but you never say anything. Praying to you feels kinda like ranting into a twitter account. But we really could use … Continue reading

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Is it storytelling or curating? #letsblogoff

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Jim Henson’s character “The Storyteller” and his dog. It is what pops into my head when I hear storytelling and it is the standard by which I measure all stories. Probably not fair, but it is what it is. I … Continue reading

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Imagine this as the future of newspaper

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I read yesterday’s Dayton Daily News today and they had a special section included. I don’t know where it is on their web site and I gave up trying to find it. I had hoped to point it to you … Continue reading

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Is that a blizzard up ahead? How we can easily get lured into a false truth

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Many years ago, I was working as an area manager in Minnesota for a company that serviced retail stores. My area was all of Saint Paul, southern Minnesota including Rochester and Mankato and western Wisconsin. I was promoted to a … Continue reading

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What do you think of that Wikileaks thing?

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SOURCE: wikipedia.org If you do anything with a computer, chances are your friends have asked you “What is that Wikileaks thing?” or an even smarter question that tries to hook you into a debate, “What do YOU think of Wikileaks?” … Continue reading

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Why we are engineered for another 9/11; the TSA is working backwards

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The media and blogosphere is going nuts with this recent hulla-balloo over the TSA pat-downs and full-body scanners. In news segment after segment, after the guest tirades about lack of privacy, dignity, pornography scan and whatever else is the convenient … Continue reading

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Curb stomping

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First, watch the opening scene from American History X. It is rather graphic, but please watch it through. (About 7:00min) If you have not seen the movie, please rent it. It will make you very uncomfortable, but it will make … Continue reading

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Serving red-staters only

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Three things of significance have happened in the past year that has made me pause and think that perhaps we may be on a trajectory that should reverse course. 1. The Supreme Court has ruled that corporations have the right … Continue reading

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Real election reform ideas

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This is a very strange election cycle. I think a lot of people are floating ideas ahead of the 2012 presidential election that will be mind-blowing and head-spinning. 2012 may see the electorate perhaps as divided than we were during … Continue reading

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You are bringing a soccer ball to a football game. Why blogs don’t matter.

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Are blogs as important as bloggers think they are? The question itself is a bit of a stretch, but I think the shortest answer to it is one of the most American of all answers — the sports metaphor. “Old … Continue reading

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Yes, Velma Hart, there is a Santa Claus, but he is not Barack Obama. He is you.

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When I saw Velma Hart address President Obama a couple weeks ago, I cringed a little bit as she talked and cringed even more at Obama’s response. And I was just going to sigh deeply and let this go, not … Continue reading

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Shifting words to maintain the “incumbent” narrative

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Did you notice it last night as the primary election results were coming in? The media narrative of “anti-incumbent” is not meshing with the reality, so the use of “incumbent” is being quietly shoved under the rug for words like … Continue reading

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Hello? Can anyone hear me? Koran burning over here

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No, I’m not really burning a Koran nor would I burn a Bible, Torah or rip up a picture of the Pope. I wouldn’t even fling elephant poo on it, hang it in a museum and call it art. Why? … Continue reading

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Questioning the journalistic ethics of Amber Lyon (CNN)

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I found myself wide awake at 4:00 am or so last night with no remote in sight and the channel stuck on CNN. Amber Lyon was running a story about Craig’s List and its change from “Adult” to “Censored.” The … Continue reading

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#140conf Road Trip in Dayton, Ohio – Photos and video

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Jeff Pulver of 140Conf poses with Gary Leitzell, the Mayor of Dayton at the Dayton Road Trip meet up for the 140conf. When we arrived at Blind Bob’s for the 140conf Road Trip Meet Up, there were already a dozen … Continue reading

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