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FCC Flexes Its Indecency Muscle - Despite Long Hiatus and Unclear Standard

Apparently horrified by a three-second video clip inadvertently aired during newscast, FCC slams licensee with $325K fine It’s been a while since we checked in on the FCC’s indecency policy. When last we did, the constitutionality of that policy remained unresolved (and, in the minds of at least two Supreme Court justices, seriously in doubt). Show More Summary

Time Inc. Cancels Video Company Acquisition

Time Inc. won’t be boosting Sports Illustrated’s video presence after all. According to The New York Post, talks between the publisher and CineSport — a sports video platform — have broken down. A source told the Post that Time Inc. was looking for ways to bolster SI’s digital offerings, and talks were progressing. Show More Summary

Blog: Mission Journal: Bangladeshi press reined in as Hasina exerts authority

Matiur Rahman Chowdhury has been the host of "Frontline," a popular Bangla-language news show, for five years. Aired live three times a week, the show gained notoriety for bringing politicians, members of civil society, and journalists together to discuss current affairs. Chowdhury distinguished himself from many of his counterparts...

Free Speech, Censorship, Moderation And Community: The Copia Discussion

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As I noted earlier this week, at the launch of the Copia Institute a couple of weeks ago, we had a bunch of really fascinating discussions. I've already posted the opening video and explained some of the philosophy behind this effort,...Show More Summary

The Los Angeles County Department of Ambient Music vs. The Superfires of Tomorrow

You might have seen the news last month that two students from George Mason University developed a way to put out fires using sound. "It happens so quickly you almost don’t believe it," the Washington Post reported at the time. "Seth...Show More Summary

Look to the past for lessons on the news industry showdown with Facebook

News and commentary this week that leading news organizations are close to striking a deal to publish directly to Facebook’s platform reminds me, and others, of an industry faceoff six years ago with Google. As you may recall, Rupert Murdoch had denounced Google for “stealing” content in its news summaries. Show More Summary

Non-Sequiturs: 03.25.15

Dildos and cock rings. Just another day for the Eleventh Circuit down in America's wang. [Southern District of Florida Blog] Everything you need to know about today's Alabama redistricting decisions from Professor Rick Hasen. It's a longer and more nuanced way to say "Pyrrhic victory." [Election Law Blog] The Supreme Court is way eloquent. Show More Summary

The Hill’s ’50 Most Beautiful’ Nominations Open Today

Hey Washingtonians, it’s that time of year: The Hill’s “50 Most Beautiful” list is once again upon us. Nominations for the 12th annual list open Wednesday and anyone is fair game. All you need is one nomination to be considered. Been...Show More Summary

Non-Sequiturs: 03.24.15

Following his surprise resignation, the University of New Hampshire School of Law has banned the former director of its public policy center from stepping foot on campus. There must be something more to this story. Tipsters: time toShow More Summary

Domestic Ecologies

“It is now highly feasible to take care of everybody on earth at a higher standard of living than any have ever known. It no longer has to be you or me. Selfishness is unnecessary. War is obsolete. It... Read More

'The Late Late Show with James Corden' got off to a solid, star-studded start

British actor and comedian James Corden took over hosting duty for Craig Ferugson on "The Late Late Show" on CBS Monday night.  Corden, who is a big star in England, is not yet a household name in America. However, after just one night,...Show More Summary

Authorities in Crimea should allow Ukrainian outlets to broadcast freely

New York, March 24, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in Crimea to allow television and radio outlets based in Ukraine to broadcast in the region, following a statement made by Sergey Aksyonov, the Russia-appointed prime minister in Crimea, indicating that Ukrainian broadcasters that have been taken off...

A view of what “our possible media futures” might look like, out of The New York Times’ R&D Lab

Last night’s news about news orgs publishing directly to Facebook wasn’t a surprise, exactly — we’ve known this was in the works for months — but it’s been a good excuse to think about the permeable boundaries of modern digital media. Yes, you have a website, but it’s less a freestanding entity than a hub...

Taylor Swift slams Princeton Review SAT practice test for questioning the grammar in her lyrics

Do not insult Taylor Swift's grammar. The Princeton Review recently tried to use the singer's lyrics as an example of bad grammar — except they misquoted the lyric in question. In a section titled "Grammar In Real Life," the practice test states that "Pop lyrics are a great source of bad grammar. Show More Summary

The Truth about Infrastructure

Randal O'Toole Everyone from the American Society of Civil Engineers to the AFL-CIO tells us that we face an infrastructure crisis and we must raise federal gas taxes to save our highways, bridges and other infrastructure. However, as...Show More Summary

Today in Media History: ABC’s ‘Nightline’ began 35 years ago

Although its start can be traced back to an earlier program about the Iran hostage crisis, ABC’s “Nightline” officially began 35 years ago today. Frank Reynolds anchored the ABC News program, The Iran Crisis: America Held Hostage, which was launched on November 8, 1979, four days after the U.S. Show More Summary

A Mini Maker Faire at the Library

The Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire was held on October 18, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. With over 6,000 people in attendance, it was a great way to introduce people to a new library, its makerspaces, and the maker culture as a whole. Plans are currently in progress for the second annual faire.

Non-Sequiturs: 03.23.15

Chicago Law grad went up to Alaska and challenged an Iditarod musher to an arm wrestling match. That's when she broke her arm. This decision should trigger an automatic two-spot drop in the U.S. News rankings. [Alaska Dispatch News] ...Show More Summary

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