Thursday, October 23, 2008

MediaWatch 23 October 08

All Narcisism, all the time... iJustine profiled - or - "Why 23,201 people care that Justine Ezarik just ate a cookie" by Emily Gould.

The US presidential election is driving record numbers of visitors to political blogs and independent news sites. AFP has details.

Orson Scott Card is a Democrat and a newspaper columnist, and in his opinion piece entitled "Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn On the Lights?" he takes on both while lamenting the current state of journalism.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, a woman who does not own a television set, has done something that is virtually unheard of: she has doubled the audience for a cable news channel’s 9 p.m. hour in a matter of days. The New York Times reports.

How long will it be before commercial radio stations in the United States use encryption methods to prevent brodcast material from being recorded?

Military radio manufacturer Harris RF Communications recently received a set of U.S. Defense Department orders totaling $6 million for its new RF-7800W High-Capacity Line-of-Sight radio. The radios are going to the Army and the Marines. The 7800W is a wireless radio made for battlefield applications capable of carrying high-speed encrypted Internet protocol traffic. With a clear line of sight, it can transmit up to 31 miles, according to Harris RF.

Economist and blogger Nobuo Ikeda writes about a prominent idea [ja] to introduce the “dubbing 10″ system, abandoned only weeks ago, though an airwaves encryption scheme. Ikeda explains that the idea would be to pair a key to the encrypted airwaves with the dubbing ten system, which he claims is illegal as it would violate Japan's Antitrust Act. To control the copying of freely-distributed broadcasts (as dubbing ten would do) moreover also goes against Japan's Broadcast Law, Ikeda argues, pointing out that nowhere else in the world has any country attempted this sort of thing.

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