The Media and Politics world really, really, really is trying hard to put this in front of you today. Gas prices are skyrocketing, and it is up to the President to save us. And he’s not doing it. So we need to debate it. Really. Gas Prices Taking Their Toll on Obama – Politics – The Atlantic Wire. There’s a war of words over energy policy going on right now. It comes down to the taxpayers giving money to big oil or spending more on exploring new technology for renewable energy. We could easily spend a whole post looking at how much hypocrisy is laden in the conservative proponents of the free market railing against the market setting the price[…]

  This graph from Sunday’s New York Times is making the rounds, even showing up at the competition like the Washington Post. This is good. Because it shows very clearly what’s going on. Because of the charged atmosphere of what constitutes opinion and what is observation in today’s journalism culture, it is hard to get a straight story on this. So let’s break it down, this isn’t a story about who’s fault it is – Bush or Obama. In the context of this debt debate, this graph shows a crime being attempted, a bait and switch.   In order to balance the budget and bring government spending into scope, Republicans (who have vowed not to raise any taxes at all[…]

Tens of thousands of people have been following Andy Carvin on Twitter in the past few weeks as he’s taken on the herculean effort of following and sharing news and information from the middle east revolutions. He’s been doing great work, moving the news conversation forward and showing a new type of editorial correspondence in the social media space. This morning, a massive earthquake has rocked northern Japan and we’re following the subsequent tsunami as it moves across the Pacific. And Andy Carvin is on it. He’s doing great work again, and now it is time to appreciate it and move on and up. He doesn’t need to move out of the way, he needs help. And NPR and other news[…]

Glenn Luther wrote up a really nice post on yesterday’s Future of Media panel at DC week. I posted a comment there and am reposting it here to track back. the elephant in the room was and is, if there is still a value proposition in associating advertising content against editorial content online. then, do media companies realize they are in the advertising business as much or more than they are in the content business? then, what are they doing to innovate the advertising problem online to raise the value for publisher, advertiser and consumer? Bankoff mentioned that SBNation was able to build a business through scale… “off the backs of bloggers,” was the language I remember. This reminded me[…]

While folks were grousing around arguing about policies, treaties, accords and laws to deal with climate change, popping off pithy catch phrases like cap-and-trade and talking like going green meant going broke, something interesting happened: the free market has organically cut carbon emissions by 7%. the largest drop since the EIA started measuring data in 1949. Our Carbon Emissions Were Down in 2009 – GOOD Blog – GOOD – StumbleUpon. The common counter point to the climate change response with green technology is that it will kill economic growth. While it appears that the recent recession had something to do with this cut in carbon emissions whereby high fossil fuel prices caused people to cut back on consumption, the energy[…]

Good press that may move the stock needle for the old guard investors, but AOL seems to be making another, deeper step into being a TimeWarner style content company here. Once, AOL’s greatest features were community driven – instant messenger, e-mail, buddy lists — all of the old bbs community features that kept people in touch with each other. Features that Facebook natively does and does better. First, AOL thought of itself as an ISP, then it tried to be a major media company. Now it is trying to find a mix to create new newsroom that is really a hybrid of an algorithm like google news, a social media tracker like twitteruly, and make editors SEO marketers. I don’t[…]

#nprthink is going on right now over at npr, i’m watching the hash on twitter as friends and generally smart people talk it over. i posted the item below on lostremote.com back on November 14, 2006. it caused quite a ripple and got a response from current magazine. since cory moved lostremote over to the tumblr microblogging platfrom, we lost the archives, but this one got copied over and reposted enough that i found a copy to repost here so i could tweet it back to the crowd. Where’s the public in public broadcasting online? (via Lost Remote) Ok, so I’m blogging this a day late, but the one who keeps coming up a dollar short online is public broadcasting[…]