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PORTSIDE November 2010, Week 4

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Bits & Bytes - A Portside Thanksgiving Roundup

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Bits &  Bytes - A Portside Thanksgiving Roundup

(Not just your Thanksgiving Day TV football games...)

Compiled for Portside
by Nan Rubin
Community Media Services
www.nanrubin.com

====

Using Facebook 1: SF Chronicle Guild debuts a new page
on Facebook

In an effort to promote its ongoing campaign for a fair
contract settlementwith New York-based Hearst Corp.,
The San Francisco Chronicle Unit of theCalifornia Media
Workers Guild debuts on Facebook today (Mon
11/22/2010). 

The Guild Facebook page, Friends of The San Francisco Chronicle Guild: 
(http://www.facebook.com/sfchronicleguild), includes
personal statements from such well-known Chronicle
Guild members as LeahGarchik, Carl Nolte, Debra
Saunders and Mike Kepka.

http://www.mediaworkers.org/index.php?ID=7804

====

Using Facebook 2: Battered Girl Exposes Her Boyfriend
On Facebook

This 19-year-old first pressed charges against her (ex)
boyfriend and then uploaded pictures of her bruises to
her profile. The idea,she says, is not only to expose
him to all their friends, but to also encourageother
girls undergoing abuse to stand up for themselves.
http://www.allfacebook.com/battered-girl-exposes-her-boyfriend-on-facebook-2010-11

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Embedded journalism: A distorted view of war There is a
more subtle disadvantage to "embedding":it leads
reporters to see the Iraqi and Afghan conflicts
primarily in militaryterms, while the most important
developments are political or, if they aremilitary, may
have little to do with foreign forces.


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/opinion/embedded-journalism-a-distorted-view-of-war-2141072.html

====

Pulling the Plug on Violent Propaganda Areview of
modern human history finds no shortage of instances
where hate speechhas fuelled genocidal rampages against
minority ethnic groups.

One of the most prominent is the case of Radio
TélévisionLibre des Mille Collines (RTLM), a Rwandan
radio station that broadcast from Jul. 8, 1993 to Jul.
31, 1994. It isregarded as having played a crucial role
during the April- July 1994 Rwandangenocide, spreading
racist propaganda primarily against Tutsis and
moderateHutus. A 2009 study by the Institute for
International Economic Studies at Stockholm
Universityestimated that the RTLM broadcasts explained
an increase in violence amountingto 45,000 Tutsi
deaths, about nine percent of the total.

"Speech alone cannot bring about genocide,"explains
Susan Benesch, a human rights legal scholar who has
been commissionedby the U.N. to develop policy
guidelines on potentially dangerous speech, butit is "a
catalyst to spread violence."  The U.N. Office of the
Special Adviseron the Prevention of Genocide has hired
Benesch as part of a groundbreaking18-month project
focused on ways to limit the effects of inflammatory
speech,while at the same time safeguarding the right to
freedom of expression.

http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=53634

====

ElectionPolls: Republican Vote Share Bigger in
Landline-Only Surveys

The number of Americans who rely solely or mostly on a
cell phone has been growing for several years, posing
an increasing likelihood that public opinion
pollsconducted only by landline telephone will be
biased. A new analysis of Pew Research Centerpre-
election surveys conducted this year finds that support
for Republicancandidates was significantly higher in
samples based only on landlines than indual frame
samples that combined landline and cell phone
interviews.

[see whole report]
http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1806/growing-gap-between-landline-and-dual-frame-election-polls

===

Time Warner Promises No Waiting for theCable Guy - For
a STEEP Price

Time Warner Cable Inc. is set to try a new pitch
forcustomers: No more waiting for the cable guy. There
is a price, however. Thesecond-largest U.S.cable
operator will set a specific service appointment time
for customers whopay $189.95 a month for a newpremium
package. The plan, dubbed "Signature Home," is being
testedin Charlotte, North Carolina,and will roll out
nationally within a few weeks, with plans to
introduceseveral custom bundles geared at different
customer bases within the next twoyears to lure and
retain subscribers. The company is also testing a
lower-priced service called "TV Essentials" in New
York City for $39.99 aimed at economically
strappedconsumers.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-11-23/time-warner-promises-no-waiting-for-the-cable-guy-for-189-95-a-month.html

====

Deep Packet Inspection Making Comeback

One of the most potentially intrusive technologies
forprofiling and targeting Internet users with ads is
on the verge of a comeback,two years after an outcry by
privacy advocates in the U.S.and Britainappeared to
kill it. The technology, known as "deep packet
inspection," is capable of reading and analyzing the
"packets"of data traveling across the Internet. It can
be far more powerful than"cookies" and other techniques
commonly used to track people onlinebecause it can be
used to monitor all online activity, not just Web
browsing.Spy agencies use the technology for
surveillance.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704243904575630751094784516.html?mod=ITP_pageone_0

====

Republican-friendly TV shows more likely tobe hits

TV viewers who vote Republican and identify themselves
asconservative are more likely than Democrats to love
the biggest hits on TV. Ofthe top 10 broadcast shows on
TV in the spring, nine were ranked more favorablyby
viewers who identify themselves as Republican,
according to data compiled bymedia-research company
Experian Simmons. These include "NCIS," "TheBig Bang
Theory," "American Idol," and "ModernFamily."

 Liberals appreciatemany of the same shows, but their
devotion typically is not quite as strong asright-
wingers, and Dems are more likely to prefer modestly
rated titles like"Mad Men." That show scores through
the roof with Democrats, but ithas one of the weakest
scores among Republicans. The same is true for
FX's"Damages," Showtime's "Dexter," HBO's
"Entourage"and AMC's "Breaking Bad." And it'snot as if
Republicans have something against cable shows: The GOP
has plenty oflove for "White Collar," "Pawn Stars" and
"AmericanChopper."

But brain-baking data can only tell you so much,
because itis still possible for a scripted broadcast
series to rank higher amongDemocrats than Republicans.
It's evenpossible for that same program to top the
Nielsen ratings week after week -- particularlyif that
show is "Glee."

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6AM13M20101123


[Personal note from Nan - How can you NOT love
thatcommie-homo-Jew-geek-ethnic-working class-loving
show "Glee?" Where else can you see Carol Burnett in
aguest spot as a Nazi hunter?]


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