September 29, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
Big news this weekend from the mothership. National Public Radio gets in the social media game with their launch of the NPR Community, a public media framework that ties all digital content posted on the NPR website - both from insiders and member station producers (Disclosure: I am the latter) - to the good people who actually consume it on their computers, mobile devices, and other emerging gadgets.
I'll be joining the community of NPR/member station employees, listeners, and visitors to the NPR Music Site for the online cabal. According to Dick Meyer, Editorial Director at NPR Digital Media, "Many big news operations have had open comments and other "social media" functions for quite awhile. Some of you are grizzled veterans of Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and online news commenting; for some this will be new."
He added, "NPR has been cautious because we want to do it right; we want the comments and the conversations to be useful, friendly and civil; we want NPR employees to participate and talk about their work. We needed the right tools and the right philosophy to come together. Now it has." Read the full announcement.
It's another victory lap for John Dewey's assertions on the role of journalism in a democratic society and another perp walk for Walter Lippman's treatise. Or an uneasy alliance of the two competing philosophies. To me, it's Dewey's "Great Society" turned "Great Community" for public radio's content makers and users. Supported by taxpayers like you. Cool. Meyer adds, "We are not launching the project to get more "hits" that will make more money. We are doing it because it is the respectful thing to do for the NPR community."
True, but the service will bring more traffic to NPR's website, and consequently, more underwriting sponsorship. Station managers grappling with overtaxed work forces, limited resources, and budget shortfalls of their own will view this with the requisite admiration, envy, and possibly some concern. Will the largesse, an unintended consequence or otherwise, trickle down to stations? And while everyone in public radio has their eye on growing the audience, NPR Digital and other capitalized public media institutions (including a handful of stations) are making the concept of an audience disappear. It's being replaced with citizens and collaborators and users in a participatory online environment. People who naturally consume information, love to share it, comment on it, and engage with it. Not to mention the occasional conservative hecklers and critics of public media. It's an interesting experiment, and finding a solution to the fiscal equation is like finding the next prime number. But organizations like NPR are risking revenue for innovation. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, I'll be hanging out in my bleacher seat on the NPR Community, connecting to the music lover who visits some of the content I contribute (including the WBGO/NPR Music Concert Series, Live at the Village Vanguard). I'm joining because it's my bit part in the whole liberal (and I use that word in its true definition) utopian process. After all, what's a great society or great community without some great music?
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September 23, 2008. Posted by Simon Rentner.
Leaving devastation in its path
Hurricane hits Wall Street devastating cash
In Texas they face the aftermath
Packs of strays dogs, snakes slither the debris
Old folks trapped trying to get free
Helicopters on a rescue mission to give aid
While in Pakistan Bush without permission approves raids
Classified orders moving across borders
Unauthorized on ally ground we attack
Will Obama lose six percentage points just because he is black?
How much will the old enemy of racism react?
Old enemies are now our ally's over in Iraq
Palin's son Track, his bags are packed
Anbar once the heart of the insurgency
Attacks down at 90 percent, no longer a state of emergency
American commanders no longer directing the course
Formally passing responsibility to the Iraqi force
A force of former insurgents who ambushed US soldiers
Now they wake up on the American payroll
Back home risky lending continues it toll
Taxpayer cash for trash for corporate class
Our economy is sound says McCain
The dollar falls at a record rate
In the wake of our economic fate
Who will step up who will take the heat?
How will congress balance Wall Street and Main Street?
In this time of economic calamity
Where Lehman brother's bankruptcy leaves job casualties
It was a dark day
10,000 employees may get the jobs back through Barclay
The election grows closer, it's almost in range
Who will be seen as the agent of change?
The Orator or the Warrior?
Obama or Mcain?
What do you think?
Well Palin, she won't blink
On the Bridge to Nowhere
Let's look back
What are the scandals what will be revealed
Her Yahoo was hacked
TrooperGate whose lips will be sealed
Pitbull with lip stick
Did Obama diss with lipstick on a pig?
Race verse sex
In outer space a virus connects
Was the SEC asleep at the switch?
Palin friends with a pastor who hunted a witch?
McCain falsely rips Obama on the path to citizenship
Sparking to battle on the Spanish tip
Obama releases fraudulent response to crush
Saying McCain is down with Rush
While Obama flips on FISA and offshore drilling
Palin says she can't see what god's willing
50 states await the impending debates
Who will have the tight sound bytes?
Who will be ineffectual?
Will Obama come of as way too intellectual?
He can float like a butterfly but can he sting like a bee?
Obama had the advantage first debate on the economy
Now Friday the focus is foreign policy
For McCain he knows that the works the best
But will the wheels fall of the Straight Talk Express?
Who will step with the sharpest lines?
We'll have to find out one debate at a time
written and performed by Baba Israel
produced by Simon Rentner
© 2008 WBGO
September 23, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
A hearty congratulations to saxophonist and composer Miguel Zenon, recently named a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur "genius" Fellow. If you've heard a recent Zenon performance, you might concur with the MacArthur panel's suggestion that Miguel is "creating an entirely new jazz language for the 21st century." Well, I suppose that's the point of it all. Aside from the prestige, or the permanent "Genius" tattoo branded in a location of his choosing, Zenon will receive $500,000 over five years, an amount equal to the entire fundraising goal during WBGO's current campaign. Ah, sweet perspective.
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