Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Blogger's Digest » 5 June 2012

Peter Beinart thought his new book on Israel would be a rallying cry for liberal Zionism...

...Instead, it’s been attacked by many of his peers and embraced by some whose views he finds terrifying. (New York Magazine)

Asia: How China’s ‘Fifty-Cent Army’ Manipulates Online Opinion

According to The Epoch Times, Chinese authorities use paid bloggers (possibly "hundreds of thousands" of them) to manipulate public opinion through Internet forums.

Manipulating public opinion via the interwebs is nothing new: ask Christina Aguilera or Nicki Minaj!

ET says "New fifty-cent blogger recruits are told in the training manuals to “thoroughly understand” instructions from the leaders and faithfully execute orders; to stay immune to dissident thoughts and remain unswervingly loyal to the Party." » more...

Ethiopia: Video Stirs Up Debate About the Role of Journalists Under Dictatorship

Read this post.

A video showing Ethiopian Prime Minster Meles Zenawi being heckled at the 2012 G8 Food Security Symposium has sparked a debate about the role of journalists in authoritarian regimes.

On Columbia Journalism Review, Matthieu Aikins speaks with media organizations and foreign correspondents who seem to have scant knowledge or appreciation for the importance of digital encryption when reporting from free speech danger zones in the Middle East.

Todd Miller, from the NACLA (North American Congress on Latin America) blog Border Wars, shares a photo essay titled “A Long and Silent Border War” which documents his 4-month long trip “on the U.S. southern border travelling between Arizona and Texas.”

Facebook closed way down today - almost 30% down from its original offering price - bottoming Tuesday at $25.87 . SmartMoney says to wait until FBK hits USD $20 before you buy... heck, I wouldn't even buy it then! Since Facebook Inc.’s stock began trading publicly on May 18th, it has dropped on 8 of the 12 trading days.

From the "twittersphere" ::: Joe Budden and the story of the stranger via @TwitchyTeam

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