Category: News Media

A Peace Prize for Julian Assange?

In late January, a few days before the nomination deadline for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, I was contacted by an AFP reporter asking if I had any idea who might be nominated this year. I told him I’d heard a few rumors and seen some buzz online about a few potential nominees. But none [...]

Five Things I Love About Twitter

The traditional media have not always been kind to Twitter. Last year, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd confessed, with her customary grandiloquence, that she would rather be tied up to stakes in the Kalahari Desert, have honey poured over her and red ants eat out her eyes than open a Twitter account. In a [...]

The Future of Journalism

THE FUTURE OF JOURNALISM: Or, How Americans Are Learning to Have More Interesting Conversations A Talk at the Literary Society of Youngstown November 14, 2008   Last week, America lost one of its most popular and controversial authors — Michael Crichton. He was best known for his suspenseful technological thrillers, like “The Andromeda Strain” and [...]