Edward Wasserman: So it was only a matter of time, and it now looks as if the threatened assault on the news media has finally begun.
Ed Wasserman: It’s troubling to realize that the editors, in their zeal to produce a good read, created a narrative that was salacious and voyeuristic.
Edward Wasserman: Although the sentiments of working hard and keeping promises are commonplace, the disputed wordings are practically identical, and any claim that the similarities are accidental is the kind of thing a fourth-grade teacher would laugh out of class.
Edward Wasserman: So he has genuine followers, and he deserves credit for giving voice to their frustration. But his ability to reach that constituency has been a service done for him by the media.
Edward Wasserman: Images of real, violent death are now routine on screens big and small, and nobody knows what they’re doing to us
Edward Wasserman: Earlier disclosures indicating our government knows that drones are killing a lot of civilians provoked scant public response—and this Congress is hardly likely to hold hearings on an effort lawmakers generally support, whose victims are both faceless and distant.
Edward Wasserman: Suppose an inside scoop of official secrets gives some market players an unfair advantage—is that a good reason to muzzle the media?
Edward Wasserman: Anti-GMO activists target Big Food’s science by pillaging emails of academic researchers found friendly to industry
Edward Wasserman: We now inhabit a world where the volume of personal data that’s routinely gathered by anonymous vendors is immeasurably greater and says much more about us than Clarence Thomas’s mere video rental records do.
Edward Wasserman: Media shaming is hot. It’s the new spectator sport in which hapless people say or do something that unexpectedly provokes general wrath, and get their skin torn off by online abuse from thousands of furious, abusive, and hateful strangers.
or more than a decade now, a steady refrain in the online media has been that the traditional practice of journalism was dying, the victim of technological advance and cultural insurgency. It wasn’t just the economic collapse of the legacy press. The most widely followed online news sites were increasingly populated by articles, pictures, and […]
Edward Wasserman: The larger question, to me, was less why she did what she did, but why everybody seemed to care so much, and why her case provoked so much anger.
Edward Wasserman: I don’t know on what planet it makes sense to prevent a reckless driver from hurting people by shooting him while he’s zipping along. Nor is it clear who’s being protected when police start blazing away after the car has stopped, possibly for good.