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The war on paper is upon us. Technology is fighting alongside its “Save the trees” friends. Page one of this tale, involves a mighty Newspaper giant wielding its worthy words which are slowly turning to expensive, recycled dust. Is the New York Times soon to be no more?

Page one, a documentary which looks behind the scenes of the New York Times for one year, tries to find the answer to this question.  With falling revenue and readership, a battle between old and new has begun. There have been losses in sales and advertising, job cuts and a large number of Newspapers have closed down. Is print out and online in?

The most fascination and exhilarating outcome of this documentary was old school hack David Carr. A brilliant investigative journalist, who prefers to use older methods of investigation such as reliable offline sources, the telephone and leaving his desk to find out more. The new, younger hack Brian Stelter uses two computers simultaneously while sourcing information on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Blogs and various Websites etc. Carr swears he is a robot sent out to destroy him. And so the battle begins…

Carr effectively points out that many newspaper websites aggregate their stories. In other words, they source them from somewhere else online. Usually, it is the New York Times website that is the original source. His point is compelling. Who is on the ground doing the dirty work? Everyone seems to be at their computer researching stories and not getting their hands dirty. News will always exist but now there is less time and money to research a story which results in more pressure and less quality reporting. Print may be dying out but will online provide the same quality?

This documentary effectively questions and attempts to answer where online news will take us. Greed, corruption and abuse of power will always exist but are we willing to pay to hear about it online? We are used to reading online for free. Who will enforce the standards of justice, fairness and integrity with objectivity?

I, for one, hope it will be David Carr.

Missing Home

Posted: July 29, 2011 in Fav Stuff, Funny Stuff, Travel Stuff
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It’s funny the things you miss when your away.  Stuff you take for granted.  As I travelled, I made a list in my head of the things I missed and the things I gained in return.  A lot of the things I missed revolved around food.  I missed family and friends but Facebook and Skype came in handy.  However, I could not eat Irish sausages and have a cup of Lyons tea online.

Irish Sausages & Rashers (from acorn fed pigs)

McCamberidge’s Brown Bread Toasted with Dubliner cheese (my cousin’s speciality)

Heinz Baked Beans (Full sugar and fat variety)

Lyons Teabags (not English breakfast, Earl grey or Prince of wales for feck sake…)

Tayto Crisps (not chips, Crisps goddamnit!)

Chocolate All Types (non-wax containing variety, I want it to melt on my fingers so I can lick it off..)

Bag of Chips (Not fries) after a night out

REAL Irish Pubs (Local Joe May’s so I can slag my Uncle when he gets pissed…)

Irish Banter in said local pub (witticisms such as “Jaysus, Mary you look like you’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards, good night last night so?, You’re my cup of tea alright! Fancy a pint?, To which Mary might reply:  Would ya ever go and shite…) Classic Friday night craic

Irish Comedians on Mock the Week (such as Dara O Briain)

Rare Quality Irish TV on RTE (such as Hardy Bucks & Storyland)

Talented Irish Bands (such as Rubberbandits)

Having More than 4 pairs of Shoes (heavy items do not fit in Ryanair plane, shoes cost extra…)

Chocolate Hobs Nobs dunked in Tea (only when they don’t fall in…)

Irish Christmas (with drunken relative who annoys you so you get more drunk to block it out…)

I’ve gained a lot too.  There are less bills and responsibilities on the road and more freedom to try new things.  You don’t have to compromise.  You explore new places, learn new things, meet new people, try new types of food, learn to trust your intuition and get excited about the next adventure.  You can wing it with no plans… You become more independent, confident and self-reliant.  There is nothing that is gonna prepare you for what’s around the corner, you can get everything you need on the road.  Blah, Blah, Blah… Not everything… See list above.