We were excited to see that Business Insider‘s media page, The Wire, has selected Greg Mitchell as one of the fifty most influential people in media this year for his Media Fix blog here at The Nation.com. "Live-blogging went out of fashion a few years back when Twitter arrived," writes The Wire, "However, when Greg Mitchell revived it over at his Nation media blog in order to cover the WikiLeaks debacle, he provided readers (and bloggers!) with an invaluable resource and as a result made himself the go-to resource for all things Assange." Check out Mitchell’s post from today here, which marks his 55th day of live-blogging, and take a look at a Nation slideshow from this week, "18 Disturbing Things We Wouldn’t Know Without WikiLeaks."
VIDEO: Naomi Klein on Climate Change
On Wednesday, we posted a video of Nation columnist Naomi Klein speaking at the 2010 TEDWomen conference in Washington, DC. As she has detailed in an investigation for The Nation, "The Search for BP’s Oil," Klein spoke on the long-term effects of the spill and how we have not fully come to terms with the meaning of this environmental disaster. Klein also discussed the energy crisis, proclaiming, "We are frantically digging to get at the dirtiest, highest emitting stuff imaginable. This is how civilizations commit suicide—by slamming their foot on the accelerator at the exact same moment they should be putting on the breaks." Watch that talk here.
LIVED HISTORY: Paying tribute
We recently inaugurated Lived History as a new section of TheNation.com to pay tribute to the dearly departed who have made significant contributions to bettering our world. Each week we feature a remembrance of a member of the progressive community, either well known or not, who made valuable contributions to the lives of those around them. In the process, we hope to highlight and recover some of the more important but often overlooked periods of our history that demonstrate the progressive tradition in American life.
This week, we’re honoring journalist John Ross and Sargent Shriver. In recent weeks we’ve published fond remembrances of a civil rights champion and beloved teacher Jean Benson Wilkinson and the godmother of the movement against mountaintop removal Judy Bonds.
And we’re counting on Nation readers to help us identify people we should be remembering. So please use this form to alert us to anyone who should be recognized.
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