NPR disabled online comments. Should more media outlets join them?
What is it about cartoons and caricatures that riles politicians, religious figures, business fat cats, authorities and people of different stripes?
A union campaign can easily test the principles of a progressive organization.
Airlines have taken a fundamentally different approach to the market. Rather than continue to battle one another to the bottom with discount pricing, the industry is now widely practicing what's called "capacity discipline." They have effectively curbed supply in order to fuel demand, and it's working. But how doesthis relate to the publishing industry?
It is the biggest changing of the guard ever seen in the media world: The so-called press lords and moguls, like Murdoch, are stepping down. The newcomers are often barely 30 years old, much like the founders and owners of Google, Facebook, and Apple.
This has once again highlighted the corruption that has come to characterize this country, whereby just about anybody with the money can dictate their terms to the government, where newspapers will sell their editorial line in return for government cash and where the government has no idea about what the Internet really is and doesn't care anyway.
We have seen the rise of a community known as the disgruntled commenter, the one who picks fights, hates the writing, never has anything nice (or productive) to say. But that's the price we pay and, well, I've come to realize it's a relatively small one.