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  • tmibrandeis 9:13 pm on September 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Sessions I, II, III: Full Video 

    Now, you can view all of sessions I, II, and III online in their entirety!

    • Session I: Is the Internet a Human Right?
    • Session II: Free to be Excellent? The Costs of Being Informed in a Digital Age
    • Session III: Technology is Neither Good nor Bad, Only Thinking Makes It So

    Enjoy, and feel free to comment!

  • jfleish 6:46 pm on September 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Tracey Mitrano starts with a shout out to Brandeis saying that she has always regarded Brandeis as a special place.

  • jfleish 6:42 pm on September 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    The final session is about to begin:

    Session III: Technology is Neither Good nor Bad, Only Thinking Makes It So
    Time: 6:30-8:00 pm

    Speaker: Tracy Mitrano, Director of IT Policy and Law, Cornell University

    Faculty respondent: Andreas Teuber, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Brandeis University

    Student respondent: Daniel Ortner ’10

    * How has new technology served as a tool for oppression or democratization around the world, particularly in China and Iran?
    * How can technology be used for opening or closing societies?

  • tmibrandeis 6:36 pm on September 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Don’t forget to tune into the third session, live at 6:45PM:

  • jfleish 5:01 pm on September 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Question: The idea that media would become non for profit concerns me. Why do you think non-for-profit model is where its going? You haven’t commented at all on public radio or television.

    JS: I do not have the road map. I’m not an economist. If the legacy media goes down the tubes there’s going to be a vacuum. I hope people will still want news. Yes, Internet is an excellent platform. Good for democracy to have independence of non profit as opposed to commercial Schools may be suffering but we have the best system of higher education in the world. We should have an assemblage like that in journalism that could perhaps merge with education.

    Public TV, to me, is huge national disappointment and embarrassment. Set up to be an independent alternative quality, non commercial public system. It is not that. It has given up on being non commercial. They’ve been under the thumb of congress forever. A lot of reasons why programming is skewed. Could produce better journalism and do much better, I think. Public radio however is the greatest succes story of American journalism. It is the elite electronic journalism that we have. Hopefully it will only get better. NPR is a great system and what public TV should aspire to be. Also a political problem because we support public TV with a pathetically low amount of support.

  • jfleish 4:47 pm on September 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Question: Internet can provide fact-check-able journalism through having links to full speeches and interviews that let the viewer decide on the reliability of the news source. You were skeptical that the Internet can contribute to education?

    JS: I’m skeptical more of the blogosphere. A lot of bloggers think they are the next journalists. THEY THINK JOURNALISM IS SO 1990S. I think that’s arrogant, although they are some of the smartest people I’ve ever met. What is journalism losing, replacing, who is getting it? It troubles me as we move into that.

  • jfleish 4:44 pm on September 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Question: What are your comments on the Iran-twitter situation. Demand for news, what potential does net have as a tool for increasing demand for good news.

    JS: I think it’s more of a supply potential than demand potential. Internet is important in education, but I don’t see that it’s integral to journalistic process. I see limits on citizen journalism although it can be valuable there are issues of quality control and professionalism. It’s not just experiences, it’s dedication, it’s education, it’s being part of a defined professional community as opposed to seeing something communicated to outside world.

  • jfleish 4:41 pm on September 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Question: I’m curious how you respond to the notion that digitalized info should be free.

    JS: Obviously it can’t all be free. There are different possible ways to fund it. Eccentric philanthropic foundations, universities, etc. I think there are reservoirs from which it could come. To the public, the freer the better. Variety for the consumer as well. A lot of experimentation still has to be done to figure out what are the most workable models. The internet is going to be a savior of journalism.

  • jfleish 4:37 pm on September 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Question: Should the people who use new technology be accountable? How do we insure news is accountable?

    JS: Only accountability is a critical process built into internet, but it’s not always fast enough or the right kind to inhibit rumors. If you make an error, it’s often corrected or pointed out very quickly. It’s a political process but not governed.

  • jfleish 4:34 pm on September 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Session II Q & A 

    Question:  With Twitter and all new forms of immediacy, are we as a society overdosing?  How do we include substance and background?

    JS: Yes, we are.  New media cannot be rained it nor should it be.  The internet are very promising platform for news.  I dont think blogosphere is.  Neither is Twitter or social networking.  Whatever happens to traditional news may serve a frontline service, bringing first facts back from the front, but i don’t think it’s the answer to technology.

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