The nature of identity

One of my favorite television shows is the recently cancelled "Dollhouse." An examination of the nature of identity and the existence of the human soul, set in a not-so-fictional real-world that questions the relationship between these two core ideas and tangibles like society, technology, greed, desire, and commerce, "Dollhouse" stands as a work of art … Continue reading The nature of identity

A Journalist’s Easter Question: what comes after resurrection?

Journalism Is Not Dead! On the first day of grad school, our professors repeated what they'd told us during orientation: journalism is a craft, not an absolute. It has structure, but is ever-changing. In short, journalism is a necessary paradox. And the future to keeping that paradox alive and kicking butt is to adapt, innovate, … Continue reading A Journalist’s Easter Question: what comes after resurrection?

Lost in Translation: The Line Between Journalism and Espionage

NY Times article: "Contracts Tied To Efforts to Kill Militants" Let me get this straight. So the "benign gov't info-gathering program" was a website known as Afpak, proposed by a former CIA guy and a former TV exec., set up to operate as what looks like a local news service focusing on cultural conflict issues … Continue reading Lost in Translation: The Line Between Journalism and Espionage

Rubbing Salt in the Wound: NYC Assemblyman Proposes Ban on Salt in Restaurants

With rising public interest and awareness in the relationship between food and health, city officials across the country have jumped aboard the grassroots bandwagons with enthusiasm, proposing and then passing laws to eliminate trans-fats from restaurant foods, require restaurants to prominently display calorie and other nutritional information on their menus, grade food establishments on a … Continue reading Rubbing Salt in the Wound: NYC Assemblyman Proposes Ban on Salt in Restaurants

Automatic Data-Save: the power of Google Trends

Last week, Google released maps and lists charting everything from online users’ most frequent questions on a national scale to specifically New York City’s search penchant. The rest of the story is pretty boring and doesn’t reveal much in the way of novelty (national users searched “American Idol”-related phrases while NYC-ers searched obscure architects and … Continue reading Automatic Data-Save: the power of Google Trends

A Journalist’s Direction: Divining Rod or Diversion?

Like musicians and strains of melody, reporters generally have an “ear” for newsworthy events and reporting opportunities.  Whether it’s being at the scene of a car accident and interviewing witnesses (after pulling people out of the wreckage, of course, per Ethics discussion) or chasing a tornado, or pursuing a hesitant, but important, source for a … Continue reading A Journalist’s Direction: Divining Rod or Diversion?