Here is a recording of the entire talk and group discussion led by the amazing writer Jon Elliston at the Carrboro Book Fair. [See also my interview with Ethan the Book Fair organizer.] He discussed much of the new literature on interrogation and torture in the “war of terror”. A large amount of these books came out after the horrible violence that occurred at Abu Ghraib at the hands of US soldiers. It was fascinating to hear about how much detailed information is available about this horrific crime from the US military and other US government agencies themselves. Chief among them is the Taguba Report that made it into The New Yorker article by Seymour Hirsh that broke this awful story to the US and possibly the world. Many of us at the talk questioned the trustworthiness of all of this government information. If they somehow they let us read these terrifying accounts, what more violence hides under the rocks?
One of the most interesting parts of this recording, IMHO, is the response from the audience after the talk. One gentleman in particular said the talk was “very naive” and proceeded to tell a story about being abused in a southern jail, right here in the good ole’ USA.
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For this interview I spoke with Dan Smith, VP of Circulation at the ContraCosta Times (a newspaper in the Bay area of Northern California). We had just finished a tour of the University of Southern California‘s Integrated Media Systems Center. I asked him what he thought of the technology demos we had seen? He was impressed by the ‘Serious Games’. They were 3D first person shooter style environments not unlike the look and feel of Doom. Instead of killing people and creatures this ‘Serious Game’ was built to help students learn about biology. This was accomplished by navigating a virtual micro-world inside the human body. It’s wonderful to have Dan’s perspective as a newspaper man. The Mobile Media Conference fostered an interesting confluence of the worlds of news, entertainment, and education.
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Todays podcast is a short interview I conducted in LA at the Mobile Media Conference. While we were on a bus going to the University of Southern California‘s Integrated Media Systems Center I asked Howard Ownes of the Ventura County Star a question? Should there be more public broadband wi-fi networks and how should they be created? Municipal, Private, or Corporate. This is a very cool conversation that gets to the heart of the matter. Very relevant to some discussions going on here in Chapel Hill, NC. It’s wonderful to get other perspectives, even if I don’t completely agree with them all. 🙂 mobilemedia
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This weeks podcast is a recording of a talk Dan Gillmor gave at the UNC School of Journalism on Monday, February 14, 2005. He discussed his ideas about the future of citizen journalism and covered many of the points in his new book called We The Media. His book is under a Creative Commons license and is available as a free download here. I’ve included the first 27 minutes of the talk in this podcast. If you are interested in listening to the rest it’s available in the Audio Archives section. Soon video of the event, shot by folks at UNC, should be online too.
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The News & Record, the local paper for Greensboro, NC, just hosted a public forum where local bloggers discuss the future of media with Dave Winer. Dave asked some direct questions of the newspaper folks and the bloggers. I was also very glad to hear Jerry L. McClough, the Blogmaster for 102 North Carolina NAACP blogs, bring up some serious gaps in local reporting. We need more perspectives to reach a wider audience! Here’s the Greensboro NAACP blog. Also, Dave talked about the beginning of podcasting too.
Continue reading Local Bloggers in Greensboro Talk with Dave Winer
This weeks show is a very interesting discussion/interview with Roch Smith the founder of greensboro101.com. He’s part of the Greensboro, NC grassroots journalism revolution. We talked about his site, it’s future, and media in general.
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This weeks show is a two part interview with blogger extraordinaire Ed Cone. He’s a professional journalist who’s “beat” is technology and most specifically the inner working of blogging. We talked about a bunch of stuff such as the Greensboro News & Record‘s exploration into blogging, citizen & professional journalism, local & national blogging, critical thinking, the law, etc. Here is part two.
Continue reading Interview with Ed Cone, Pt.2, 01/16/05
This weeks show is a two part interview with blogger extraordinaire Ed Cone. He’s a professional journalist who’s “beat” is technology and most specifically the inner working of blogging. We talked about a bunch of stuff such as the Greensboro News & Record‘s exploration into blogging, citizen journalism & professional journalism, local blogging & national blogging, and education. Here is part one. Part two will out in a few days.
Continue reading Interview with Ed Cone, Pt.1, 01/16/05