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DMCA hell

Just got what purports to be a second takedown notice for a music file I posted in 2010. Except no, there was no first takedown notice, and it looks like I removed all the mp3 files the last time this happened.

And of course the contact email address they gave me doesn’t work, and I can only call them in the middle of the night, because they’re in England.

So in case the site is down for a day or two, that’s why.


They didn’t know bin Laden was dead

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Since the 1950s, right wing groups and foundations laid the groundwork to defund public schools and push everyone into for-profit private schools or charters, because poorly educated students become easily-manipulated voters. Look at the results:

Veteran journalist Alan Miller tells the story of the high school students who, years after the fact, didn’t know that Osama bin Laden had been killed. These were seniors, no less — in a journalism class at a well-regarded New York City charter school.

“Their reaction was ‘Wait, what? He’s dead?’ ” said Miller, who won a Pulitzer Prize as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times.

His story, though, has a happy ending. After immersion in the News Literacy Project, a Bethesda-based nonprofit organization that Miller founded to give teenagers the tools to know what to believe in the digital age, the students became news junkies. They were seriously annoyed if their classroom copies of the New York Times didn’t show up on time.

Every bit as dead as bin Laden, it sometimes seems, is many American citizens’ basic knowledge of news. Young people, especially, get their news in isolated bursts on their phones (the experts call this disaggregation). That makes it harder than ever to tell established truth from opinion, propaganda or pure fiction.

I always thought this is where people like me would find a niche. People so immersed in news, readers would pay for someone to filter out the rest. That happened for a while, but not enough to make a living.

You could see that last week when, during NBC’s commander-in-chief forum, moderator Matt Lauer didn’t even raise a skeptical eyebrow as Donald Trump claimed — again, and falsely — to have opposed the war in Iraq from the start. Although, as a broadcast pro, Lauer should have been far better prepared to parry this and other politically expedient flights of fancy, his ailment — apparent ignorance — is a common one. (Consider Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson’s query in an MSNBC interview: “What is Aleppo?”)

“There’s a cacophony of untrue information out there,” and it’s drowning out what’s dependable and accurate, said Leonard Downie Jr., former Washington Post executive editor, whose new book, “The News Media: What Everyone Needs to Know,” provides some help in question-and-answer form. (For example: “How dependent is journalism on leaks?” and “How are private interests trying to manage news now?”)


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So it seems like my traffic, which has not been all that fantastic for several years now, is really hitting the floor — in a heated election season, which disturbs me.

Thoughts? Feedback?

New job

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So I just started working at another blog yesterday. (Just in case you were wondering why I’m not over at C&L anymore.) Not many details to share, the site’s under new ownership and will be redesigned in the next few months. Oh, and the money’s better. Stay tuned!


Words Could Never Say

Boohunney had to have her Achilles tendon surgically reconnected this week. I know we all enjoy her posts, so please leave her some “Get Well” wishes in the comments!

Welcome back

I’m being hacked now on a regular basis — if you tried to read the site last night, you found blank pages.

Either I have to find an affordable WordPress guru who can stay on top of the many, many security holes, or I have to figure out how to move to a different platform (which will cost). Stay tuned!


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