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Good Riddance To Mainstream Media

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Mainstream media is dying. The network evening news audience is in steady decline; the big three magazine publishers, Time Inc., Condé Nast and Hearst have all closed or consolidated titles; and the newspaper industry has been especially ravaged, with dailies folding across the country. Increasingly people get their news from the internet and from cable channels. Advertisers are moving on to Google and other non-traditional sources. Do these developments leave us better off? The democratization of news, in an unfiltered internet to which all bloggers and news aggregators have equal access, is a good thing. It encourages a diversity of voices, competing to provide information and analysis. Others argue that the public loses when traditional journalistic standards are no longer upheld, and where resources to investigate and report critical stories are no longer available. Can mainstream media re-invent itself to thrive in a digital age? Does it matter?

  • Paul Butler

    3 Items
    • Former Federal Prosecutor & Professor, Georgetown Law
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    Paul Butler, author of ‘Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice,’ talks about jury nullification, and current issues in the war on drugs and criminal justice with Post-Exchange reporter Jamie Loo.

    Thursday, April 8, 2010

    If you are ever on a jury in a marijuana case, I recommend that you vote “not guilty” — even if you think the defendant actually smoked pot, or sold it to another consenting adult. As a juror, you have this power under the Bill of Rights; if you exercise it, you become part of a proud tradition of American jurors who helped make our laws fairer.

    Tuesday, December 20, 2011

    I have jury duty on July 2, and I can't wait. If I get put on a jury in a non-violent drug case, I'll vote "not guilty," based on my principles -- even if I think the defendant actually did it.

    Wednesday, July 1, 2009
  • Nick Gillespie

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    • Editor-at-Large, Reason
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    Gillespie and Welch answer the question: ‘What does a libertarian think about the war on drugs and how do we change it?’

    Wednesday, June 15, 2011

    Gillespie speaking at an SSDP conference on the topic of ‘What Would a Sensible Drug Policy Look Like,’ and discussing how drug prohibition functions as a ‘structuring event’ in American life, forcing all sorts of activity to pay hypocritical and misdirected lip service to a Just Say No mentality.

    Saturday, October 25, 2008

    Legalize drugs and then tax sales of them. And while we're at it, welcome all forms of gambling (rather than just the few currently and arbitrarily allowed) and let prostitution go legit too.

    Wednesday, May 20, 2009

    Why is it that ostensibly pro-drug movies can never quite deliver the goods, can never quite depict drug use as something other than depraved?

    Thursday, March 1, 2001
The End of Mainstream Media
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Clay Shirky March 13
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Jeff Jarvis April 7
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Michael Massing August 13
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Eric Alterman March 31
Making Mainstream Media Better
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Thursday, October 1, 2009
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Carl Sessions Stepp April 1
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David Simon January 20
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Lin Grensing-Pophal September 1
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Moneymaking Ideas
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Michael Massing September 24
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Bill Keller with a reply by Michael Massing September 24
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Walter Isaacson February 5
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John Nichols and Robert McChesney March 18
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Jack Shafer March 27
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John McQuaid September 19
State of the News 2009 - Pew
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Abandoning the News - Carnegie
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Non-profit Models
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Office of U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) March 24
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11th Congress March 24
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Joseph Curl September 24
Business of News - Carnegie
Miscellaneous Articles
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Michael Sokolove August 9
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Paul Starobin September 11
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Jake Coyle July 1
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Ian Brown October 4
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Howard Kurtz October 2
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Douglas A. McIntyre March 9
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Douglas McIntyre January 12
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Marisa Guthrie September 21