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The Yearly Kos Convention revealed a blogosphere whose media critique
is hampered by its political ambitions. Why can't progressives repair
the press, not dismantle it?

The digital environs of Facebook and MySpace are ruled by assortive
principles and the misplaced faith that an actuarial table is any kind
of community--beloved, political or otherwise.

Progressives can take a lesson from the success of "How Would a Patriot Act?" Mobilize the liberal blogosphere and take an obscure book for a ride on the bestseller list.

With Congress poised to pass legislation that rewrites the Telecom Act,
here are ten action items for a media reform agenda.

The fight over media consolidation is anachronistic. Progressives
should focus instead on mastering the tools of new media--it's here,
not in the corporate boardroom, where the new media wars will be fought
and won.

The music industry lives in fear of downloadable media, but artists
have the vision to re-engineer our collective psyche.

New forms of participatory media have changed public discourse,
enabling people to publish, share and disseminate their own media
creations. But will only the affluent be able to play?

The collapse of journalism and the rise of commercialism is sparking a
reform movement that will fight to ensure the First Amendment endures
in the digital age.

We don't need to buy a network to get our message out--just creatively
use an array of low-cost tools from the Internet to iPods, cellphones
and whatever comes next.

If the promise of new media is to be fulfilled, progressives must chart
a course of activism that confronts the increasing concentration of
ownership among the Big Media powerhouses.

Blogs

“New players are boosting reporting power, technological talent and financial resources going into news, creating a level of energy not felt for a long time,” said Amy Mitchell, Pew's director of journalism research.

March 26, 2014

Greg Mitchell looks back on some of Matt Taibbi's earlier work. 

February 20, 2014

Americans can and should say "no" to the consolidation of communications.

February 14, 2014

A court has struck down net neutrality protections. But the commission has the authority to undo the damage.

January 14, 2014

A new movement known as Wages for Facebook says yes. 

January 14, 2014

Justine Sacco’s tweet was outrageous. So was the online mob campaign that turned her into the most vilified woman in the world.

December 23, 2013

The national security journalist says more Snowden/NSA stories to come soon.

October 16, 2013

As Google and other tech giants gain weight in Washington, the gap between values and political value seems to be widening.

July 12, 2013

Eric on Tom Jones and what people are syaing about his book, and Reed on media and drones. 

May 23, 2013

Industry lobbyists outspent activists 38-1, but a grassroots coalition and dissenting members of Congress appear to have rendered CISPA “dead for now.”

April 26, 2013