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Friday, August 20, 2010

MPAA Ratings Are Better Than the Alternative

Back in March, the Motion Picture Association of America re-launched its film-rating website, filmratings.com. While this may be old news to some, I just learned about it from a post on BoingBoing which makes fun of the rationales given for the ratings, which are available on the new website. Example: The movie "3 Ninjas Knuckle Up" was "rated PG-13 for non-stop ninja action."

Continue reading MPAA Ratings Are Better Than the Alternative . . .

posted by Adam Marcus @ 10:04 AM | Mass Media

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Google's Schmidt on Targeted Ads, Monetization & the Future of News

Wall Street Journal columnist Holman Jenkins has a terrific, wide-ranging interview with Google CEO Eric Schmidt in today's paper that is well worth reading. One thing worth highlighting is Schmidt's comments on the "economic disaster that is the American newspaper." He argues that, "The only way the problem [of insufficient revenue for news gathering] is going to be solved is by increasing monetization, and the only way I know of to increase monetization is through targeted ads."

Absolutely correct. It's a point that Berin Szoka, Ken Ferree and I tried to make in PFF's mega-filing in the FCC's "Future of Media" proceeding in early May, and Berin and I stressed it in even more detail in our piece on"Chairman Leibowitz's Disconnect on Privacy Regulation & the Future of News." The key takeaway: If Washington goes to war against advertising -- and targeted advertising in particular -- then there will be no future for private news. As we stated there:

The reason for the indispensability of advertising is simple: Information (including news and other forms of "content") has "public good" characteristics that make it is very difficult (and occasionally impossible) for information-publishers to recoup their investments. Simply put, they quite literally lack pricing power: Whatever they charge, someone else will charge less for a close substitute, inevitably leading to "free" distribution of the content, even though the content is anything but free to produce. Advertising is the one business model that has traditionally saved the day by rewarding publishers for attracting the attention of an audience.

Thus an attack on advertising is an attack on media / news itself. And yet Washington is currently engaged in an all-out assault on advertising, marketing, and data collection efforts / business models.

Incidentally, Google recently submitted comments with the Federal Trade Commission in reaction to its Staff Discussion Draft about the future of journalism and laid out their views on many of these issues. More importantly, as summarized on pg. 30 (of the pdf) of this Newspaper Association of America filing to the FTC, Google has proposed an interesting monetization model that utilizes Google Search, Google Checkout and DoubleClick ad server, "to build a premium content system for newspapers." Worth checking out. Kudos to Google for taking these steps and to Schmidt for again stressing the importance of targeted advertising for the future of media.

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:30 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Was the Tenenbaum Statutory-Damage Verdict Unconstitutional? Only If College Guys Are Irrationally "Risk-Averse...."

On July 9th, Judge Nancy Gertner issued an Order holding that the $22,500/song jury verdict assessed against file-sharing, oath-violating, evidence-concealing, family-framing willful mass pirate Joel Tenenbaum was unconstitutionally excessive. Judge Gertner then reduced the award by 90% to $2,250/per song—the maximum award that her Constitution would permit. See Sony BMG Music Ent. v. Tenenbaum, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68642 (D. Mass.).

But those who get their copyright news from the Internet might be shocked that the record labels have just dared to appeal Judge Gertner's allegedly brilliant legal analysis. After all, Public Knowledge hailed Judge Gertner's reasoning as a triumph of common sense. And at the blog TechDirt, Mike Masnick gushed, "Gertner knows this is going to be appealed, and she put a lot of effort into making the case for why this ruling was excessive, in hopes of having her reasoning help carry the later appeals."

Such fawning is silly. Judge Gertner's reasoning is far too profoundly flawed to have much chance of surviving appellate review. I will thus note three defects in Judge Gertner's analysis that should prove fatal. None is merely technical; all involve basic disregard for settled law, the facts, or reality itself.

Continue reading Was the Tenenbaum Statutory-Damage Verdict Unconstitutional? Only If College Guys Are Irrationally "Risk-Averse...." . . .

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 11:28 AM | Copyright, E-commerce, IP, Internet, Mass Media

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Harmony Institute & Free Press Seek to Create Net Neutrality Propaganda

Interesting article in the New York Times today about how the radical media activist group Free Press is now working with an organization called The Harmony Institute toward the goal of "Adding Punch to Influence Public Opinion." The way they want to "add punch" is through entertainment propaganda. The Times article notes that Harmony's mission is "aimed at getting filmmakers and others to use the insights and techniques of behavioral psychology in delivering social and political messages through their work." And now they want to use such "behavioral psychology" and "political messaging" (read: propaganda) techniques in pursuit of Net neutrality regulation.

More on that agenda in a second. First, I just have to note the irony of Harmony's founder John S. Johnson citing "The Day After Tomorrow" as a model for the sort of thing he wants to accomplish. According to the Times interview with him, he says the movie's "global warming message [and] rip-roaring story, appeared to alter attitudes among young and undereducated audiences who would never see a preachy documentary." I love this because "The Day After Tomorrow" was such a shameless piece of globe warming doomsday propaganda that it must have even made the people at Greenpeace blush in embarrassment. After all, here is a movie that claims global warming will result in an instantaneous global freeze (how's that work again?) and leave kids scurrying for the safety of New York City libraries until a quick thaw comes a couple of weeks later. (Seriously, have you seen that movie? That's the plot!) So apparently we can expect some pretty sensational, fear-mongering info-tainment from Harmony and Free Press.

But here's what's better: Do you know who produced "The Day After Tomorrow"? Oh, that's right... Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation financed and distributed that movie!! The man that Free Press casts as the nefarious media overlord set to take over all media and program our brains gave us the greatest piece of radical environmental propaganda of modern times. Now, which does that prove: (A) Rupert Murdoch is hell-bent on programming our minds to embrace a sweeping global warming regulatory agenda, or (B) Rupert Murdoch is out to entertain people and make money? If you answered B, congratulations for being a sensible person. If you answered A, then click here now to start giving money to the Free Press!

OK, so let's get back to Free Press and what they are up to with the Harmony Institute (which I originally thought was an online dating site). Free Press apparently hired Harmony to research public attitudes about Net neutrality and how to influence them. Harmony's Johnson tells the Times they got interested in the Net neutrality because Free Press and the Pacific Foundation paid them handsomely to do so. And it appears Free Press got their money's worth.

Continue reading Harmony Institute & Free Press Seek to Create Net Neutrality Propaganda . . .

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:23 AM | Broadband, Communications, Mass Media, Media Regulation, Net Neutrality

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Friday, July 23, 2010

The Battle for Media Freedom: A Conflict of Cyber-Visions

Over at MediaFreedom.org, a new site devoted to fighting the fanaticism of radical anti-media freedom groups like Free Press and other "media reformistas," I've started rolling out a 5-part series of essays about "The Battle for Media Freedom." In Part 1 of the series, I defined what real media freedom is all about, and in Part 2 I discussed the rising "cyber-collectivist" threat to media freedom. In my latest installment, I offer an analytical framework that better explains the major differences between the antagonists in the battle over media freedom.

Understanding the Origins of Political Struggles

In his many enlightening books, Thomas Sowell, a great economist and an even better political scientist, often warns of the triumph of good intentions over good economics. It's a theme that F.A. Hayek and Milton Friedman both developed extensively before him. But Sowell has taken this analysis to an entirely differently level in books like A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles, and The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy. Sowell teaches us that no matter how noble one's intentions might be, it does not mean that those ideas will translate into sound public policy. Nonetheless, since "the anointed" believe their own intentions are pure and their methods are sound, they see nothing wrong with substituting their will for the will of millions of individuals interacting spontaneously and voluntarily in the marketplace. The result is an expansion of the scope of public decision-making and a contraction of the scope of private, voluntary action. As a result, mandates replace markets, and freedom gives way central planning.

Sowell developed two useful paradigms to help us better understand "the origins of political struggles." He refers to the "constrained" versus "unconstrained" vision and separates these two camps according to how they view the nature of man, society, economy, and politics:

"Constrained Vision" "Unconstrained Vision"
Man is inherently constrained; highly fallible and imperfect Man is inherently unconstrained; just a matter of trying hard enough; man & society are perfectible
Social and economic order develops in bottom-up, spontaneous fashion. Top down planning is hard because planners aren't omnipotent. Order derives from smart planning, often from top-down. Elites can be trusted to make smart social & economic interventions.
Trade-offs & incentives matter most; wary of unintended consequences Solutions & intentions matter most; less concern about costs or consequences of action
Opportunities count more than end results; procedural fairness is key; Liberty trumps Outcomes matter most; distributive or "patterned" justice is key; Equality trumps liberty
Prudence and patience are virtues. There are limits to human reason. Passion for, and pursuit of, high ideals trumps all. Human reason has boundless potential.
Law evolves and is based on the experience of ages. Law is made by trusted elites.
Markets offer benefit of experience & experimentation and help develop knowledge over time. Markets cannot ensure desired results; must be superseded by planning & patterned justice
Exponents: Aristotle, Adam Smith, Edmund Burke, James Madison, Lord Acton, F.A. Hayek, Ludwig von Mises, Milton Friedman, James Buchanan, Robert Nozick Exponents: Plato, Rousseau, William Godwin, Voltaire, Robert Owen, John Kenneth Galbraith, John Dewey, Earl Warren, Bertrand Russell, John Rawls

Continue reading The Battle for Media Freedom: A Conflict of Cyber-Visions . . .

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:58 AM | Books & Book Reviews, Free Speech, Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Is a Massive Taxpayer-Funded Propaganda Machine Really a Good Idea?

Earlier this year, while I was preparing this mega-filing to the Federal Communications Commission in its "Future of Media" proceeding, I read Uninhibited, Robust, and Wide-open: A Free Press for a New Century, by Lee C. Bollinger, who is the president of Columbia University. I had planned on reviewing it since I try to review almost every book I read, but it was hard for me to believe that anyone would take this book too seriously, so I just moved along.

I hate to be that dismissive of any text but this is a book, after all, that proposes the creation of a massive U.S. propaganda machine. Bollinger doesn't just want our government to help out a bit at the margins like it currently does; he wants the State to get under the covers, cuddle tight and become intimate lovers with the Press. And then he wants the Big Press to project itself more, especially overseas, to compete with other State-owned or subsidized media enterprises. Again, it's a propaganda machine, pure and simple. In a new Wall Street Journal editorial today entitled, "Journalism Needs Government Help," he argues:

To me a key priority is to strengthen our public broadcasting role in the global arena. In today's rapidly globalizing and interconnected world, other countries are developing a strong media presence. In addition to the BBC, there is China's CCTV and Xinhua news, as well as Qatar's Al Jazeera. The U.S. government's international broadcasters, like Voice of America and Radio Free Europe, were developed during the Cold War as tools of our anticommunist foreign policy. In a sign of how anachronistic our system is in a digital age, these broadcasters are legally forbidden from airing within the U.S. This system needs to be revised and its resources consolidated and augmented with those of NPR and PBS to create an American World Service that can compete with the BBC and other global broadcasters.

China's CCTV and Xinhua news? Qatar's Al Jazeera? Really?! As Jeff Jarvis rightly asks in his terrific response essay, "No American BBC,": "In what sane world is the Chinese government's relationship with news a model?" Indeed, this is frightening stuff. Has Bollinger not studied the Chinese system of state media meddling? Needless to say, it's not pretty. And while I would agree that the BBC model shows that some State-funded media can be quite impressive and free of most meddling, that's not been the case across the board.

Continue reading Is a Massive Taxpayer-Funded Propaganda Machine Really a Good Idea? . . .

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:37 AM | Books & Book Reviews, Free Speech, Mass Media, Media Regulation, What We're Reading

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

TechDirt Errs Again: Copyrights Are the Definition of "Market Forces" in Action.

I just read the latest Deep Thought from the editor of the blog TechDirt, Mike Masnick, who must be the only person, other than Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who often uses the royal "we" when expressing a personal opinion. In Pushing for More Stringent Copyright Laws Is the Opposite of Allowing "Market Forces" to Act, Masnick rants that granting legally protected private exclusive rights, (a.k.a., "private property rights"), to private producers of socially valuable resources like expressive works will thwart what Masnick calls "market forces":

[I]t's flat out wrong to say that copyright (or patents, for that matter) are about "allowing market forces" to act. By definition, copyright and patent laws are the opposite of allowing market forces. It's the government stepping up and providing monopoly rights because they believe (rightly or wrongly) that basic market forces don't work in those areas and, thus, the government needs to step in and "correct" some sort of imbalance.

This is all--as Masnick might put it--"flat out wrong...." Economists and the economically literate know that if we want "market forces" to encourage the consumer-driven private production of any resource (including expressive works) then we must grant exclusive rights to private producers of that socially valuable resource. In other words, property rights---government-granted, legally protected exclusive rights--are required to use "market forces" to encourage the production of any resource.

Continue reading TechDirt Errs Again: Copyrights Are the Definition of "Market Forces" in Action. . . .

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 11:10 AM | Capitalism, Copyright, IP, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism, Trademark

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Book Review: The Death and Life of American Journalism

I've been so busy trying to cover breaking developments related to Washington's new efforts to "save journalism" (FTC) and steer the "future of media" (FCC) -- see all my recent essays & papers here -- that I forgot to do a formal book review of the book that is partially responsible for whipping policymakers into a lather about this issue: The Death and Life of American Journalism, the media-takeover manifesto by the neo-Marxist media scholar Robert W. McChesney and Nation editor John Nichols. Their book is horrifying in its imperial ambitions since it invites the government become the High Lord and Protector of the Fourth Estate. [For an in-depth look at all of McChesney's disturbing views on these issues, see: "Free Press, Robert McChesney & the "Struggle" for Media."] Anyway, I put together a formal review of the book for City Journal. It's online here and I've also pasted it down below.

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A Media Welfare State?


by Adam Thierer

Imagine a world of "post-corporate" newsrooms, where the state serves as the primary benefactor of the Fourth Estate. Billions flow from bureaucracies to media entities and individual journalists in the name of sustaining a "free press." And this new media welfare state is funded by steep taxes on our mobile phones, broadband connections, and digital gadgets.

Sound Orwellian? Well, it's the blueprint for a press takeover drawn up by Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols in their new book, The Death and Life of American Journalism. McChesney, the prolific neo-Marxist media scholar who teaches at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Nichols, a journalist with The Nation, aren't shy about their intentions. Along with Free Press, the absurdly misnamed regulatory activist group they co-founded, McChesney and Nichols outline a self-described "radical" agenda for what they hope will become a media "revolution." And, shockingly, some folks in the Obama administration are listening.

Continue reading Book Review: The Death and Life of American Journalism . . .

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:05 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Send In the Clowns: A Review of Oberholzer-Gee and Stumpf's Copyright and File-Sharing (Part 1)

And where are the clowns?
Quick, send in the clowns…
Don't bother—they're here.
—Judy Collins/Stephen Sondheim, Send in the Clowns

Recently, Nate Anderson of Ars Technica published File-sharing has weakened copyright—and helped society. This story's title summarizes the thesis of a "new" paper by those Grokster-loving, Free-Culture-Movement Professors, Felix Oberholzer-Gee and Coleman Strumpf (collectively, "OGS"). Their "new" paper is entitled File-Sharing and Copyright. Fortunately, their non-sequitur thesis does not follow from their clown-car collection of factual, legal, economic, and historical errors that poses as "scholarship."

Indeed, I just published a blog post and a longer paper to show that those who listen to the likes of Oberholzer-Gee merely end up accusing the Government Accountability Office of decades of wrongdoing by celebrating the "positive economic effects" of criminal racketeering. The blog post is entitled, Why Copyright Industry Costs-of-Piracy Studies Correctly Ignore the "Positive Economic Effects of Criminal Racketeering; the paper is entitled, Punk'd: GAO Celebrates the "Positive Economic Effects of Counterfeiting and Other Criminal Racketeering.

Continue reading Send In the Clowns: A Review of Oberholzer-Gee and Stumpf's Copyright and File-Sharing (Part 1) . . .

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 7:46 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Capitalism, Copyright, Cyber-Security, Economics, Global Innovation, IP, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media, Software

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wow: A Bipartisan, Legislative/Executive Call for Private Solutions to the Challenges of Internet Counterfeiting and Piracy

For the past twenty years, my life and work in Washington D.C. have let me both observe and contribute to the operation of what is surely one of the best governments in human history. The resulting perspective was sometimes inspiring, often perplexing, and sometimes depressing. But while the daily foibles of representative democracy may sometimes cause even its most ardent advocates to contemplate the restoration of the Bourbon Monarchy, there are also those faith-restoring moments when principle unexpectedly trumps politics and common sense suddently prevails.

That happened this morning at a hearing held by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary entitled Oversight of the Office of the Intellectual Property Coordinator. Unless I am mistaken, this hearing produced something that I would not yet have predicted: a politically risky, bipartisan, Legislative/Executive-Branch call for private copyright owners, internet-access-service providers and payment processors to work together to devise private solutions to the challenges of curbing digital piracy and internet counterfeiting.

Continue reading Wow: A Bipartisan, Legislative/Executive Call for Private Solutions to the Challenges of Internet Counterfeiting and Piracy . . .

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 2:16 PM | Copyright, IP, Internet, Mass Media, Trademark

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Future of Journalism & Washington's War on Advertising

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:17 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Mass Media, Media Regulation, The News Frontier

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Monday, June 14, 2010

FTC Workshop Tomorrow on Future of Journalism to Consider Controversial Recommendations

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:44 AM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, The FTC, The News Frontier

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Growing Opposition to FTC "Saving Journalism" Media Takeover Blueprint

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:08 PM | Mass Media, The News Frontier

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Chill Speech, Serve Cold

posted by Mike Wendy @ 10:19 AM | Communications, Free Speech, Mass Media, Media Regulation, State Policy, The FCC

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FTC Draft Plan to "Save Journalism" Drawing Scrutiny; Raising Concern

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:14 AM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, The FTC, The News Frontier

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Inherent Paradox in the FCC Media Ownership Rules & Latest NOI

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:28 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Abolishing the FCC and Other Fun Thoughts

posted by Mike Wendy @ 2:11 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Broadband, Cable, Communications, DACA, Innovation, Internet, Local Franchising, Mass Media, Media Regulation, Net Neutrality, PFF, Regulation, Spectrum, State Policy, The FCC, The FTC, Universal Service, Wireless

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

First Amendment Meddling Is Against the Public Interest

posted by Mike Wendy @ 9:38 AM | Capitol Hill, Free Speech, Mass Media, Media Regulation, Privacy, Regulation, The FCC, The FTC

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

event reminder: May 20th - "Can Government Help Save the Press?"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:46 PM | Events, Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Monday, May 10, 2010

List of Major Comments in FCC "Future of Media" Proceeding

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:11 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, The News Frontier

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

PFF's Mega-Filing in the FCC's "Future of Media" Proceeding

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:44 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media, Media Regulation, The News Frontier

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

event: May 20th - "Can Government Help Save the Press?"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:16 AM | Events, Mass Media, Media Regulation, The News Frontier

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Friday, April 30, 2010

The Wrong Way to Reinvent Media, Part 5: Media Bailouts & Welfare for Journalists

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:29 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, The News Frontier

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

PFF TechCast #3: Media Vouchers & Postal Subsidies as Media Reinvention Tools

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:43 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, PFF Podcasts, The News Frontier

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

event reminder: "Cable, Broadcast & the First Amendment: Will the Supreme Court End Must-Carry?"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:42 PM | Cable, Events, Mass Media

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Wrong Way to Reinvent Media, Part 4: Expanding Postal Subsidies

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:07 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, The News Frontier

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Wrong Way to Reinvent Media, Part 3: Media Vouchers

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:37 AM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, The News Frontier

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Who Said Micropayments Can't Work?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:17 AM | Economics, Mass Media

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Healthy Skepticism among News Executives about Government Subsidies

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:17 PM | Mass Media, The News Frontier

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

PFF TechCast #1: Proposals to Have Government "Save Media"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:35 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, PFF Podcasts, The News Frontier

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Monday, March 29, 2010

The Wrong Way to Reinvent Media, Part 2: Broadcast Spectrum Fees for Public Media

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:13 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, The News Frontier

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Business Insider Attacks James Cameron for "Whining" That Piracy Undermines the Risky Studio Investments That Enabled Cameron's Films To Enrich Millions of Lives

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 12:19 PM | Capitalism, Copyright, E-commerce, Economics, Generic Rant, IP, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Steve Forbes on Free Press & Coming "Chavez-Style Media Crackdown"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:49 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, The News Frontier

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Wrong Way to Reinvent Media, Part 1: Taxing Devices & Networks to Subsidize Media

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:41 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, The News Frontier

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Wrong Way to Reinvent Media: A New Series of Essays

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:50 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Friday, March 19, 2010

The Opening Viacom v. YouTube Summary Judgment Briefs: Some First Thoughts

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 3:13 PM | Copyright, E-commerce, IP, Internet, Mass Media

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

What is a "Trust Fund for Public Media" Doing in the FCC Broadband Plan?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:16 PM | Broadband, Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Would a "Citizenship News Voucher" Get Us More "Broccoli Journalism"?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:04 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

We're from Government and We're Here to Help (Save Journalism)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:15 AM | Free Speech, Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

testimony at FCC's Hearing on "Serving the Public Interest in the Digital Era"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:33 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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When Will Free Press Actually Begin to Advocate for Freedom of the Press?

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 3:25 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

C-SPAN, Civic-Minded Programming & Public Interest Regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:38 PM | Cable, Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

summary of remarks at "Crisis in Journalism" event

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:39 PM | Events, Free Speech, Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Copyrights in Music Do NOT Exist Only "To Benefit [Matthew Yglesias]"

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 10:17 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Capitalism, Copyright, E-commerce, Economics, IP, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media, Software

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Glen Robinson, Communications Law Giant, Speaks at George Mason Law Thursday 2/18 @ 4 pm

posted by Berin Szoka @ 4:29 PM | Communications, Events, Free Speech, Mass Media, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Event: "The Crisis in Journalism - What Should the Government Do?"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:36 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

My Testimony at House Hearing about Comcast-NBC Deal

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:04 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A Chill Wind Blows

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 3:27 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, The FCC

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Copyrights, Copycense, and Nonsense

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 1:56 PM | Copyright, Cyber-Security, E-commerce, IP, Internet, Mass Media, Neutrality, Think Tanks

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Hearings This Thursday on Proposed Comcast-NBC Deal

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:05 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Complementary Goods and Debates about E-Book/Music/Video Pricing

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 11:58 AM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Books & Book Reviews, Copyright, E-commerce, IP, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media, What We're Reading

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Another Naïve Proposal for Government Entanglement with the Fourth Estate

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 8:32 AM | Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Did Air America Die Because America is Turning to the Right?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:30 AM | Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Chairman Leibowitz's Disconnect on Privacy Regulation & the Future of News

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:28 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Mass Media, Media Regulation, Privacy

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Monday, January 11, 2010

AOL-Time Warner Merger at 10: Lessons for Today

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:03 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Good Bye to Senator Dorgan and, I Hope, to the "Tale of the Minot Train Wreck"

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 9:34 AM | Capitol Hill, Communications, Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Free Press Calls on Feds to Halt TV Innovation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:32 AM | Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Radio Innovation & Audio Competition in the 2000s

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:51 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Monday, December 28, 2009

U.S. Legislators CANNOT Trust Claims that 37% of the DMCA Takedown Notices That Google Receives Fail to State "Valid Copyright Claims."

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 12:21 PM | Copyright, IP, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media, Neutrality

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Marquee "Old Media" Advertising Event Has Lost Some Luster

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 12:08 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, The FCC

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Mobile Micropayments: Forcing Me to Reconsider the Conventional Wisdom

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:56 PM | Economics, Innovation, Mass Media

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

More Conspiratorial Nonsense about the Comcast-NBC Deal

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:15 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Regulatory Creep In Evidence

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 11:59 AM | Capitol Hill, Internet Governance, Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Transcript of PFF Event on Broadcast Spectrum Reallocation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:10 AM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, Spectrum, The FCC

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Jenkins on Broadcast Spectrum Reallocation Battle

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:11 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, Spectrum

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Another Sign of the Changing Media Times

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 2:10 PM | Communications, Mass Media

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New York Times online debate about Comcast-NBC deal

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:10 AM | Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

And so the Comcast-NBC Merger Hysteria Begins: Help Me Document It!

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:28 PM | Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Let's Make a Deal: Broadcasters, Mobile Broadband, and a Market in Spectrum

posted by Amy Smorodin @ 2:44 PM | Broadband, Communications, Mass Media, Spectrum, Wireless

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The Post Closes All of its National News Bureaus!

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 9:40 AM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, The FCC

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Once Again, Power Laws Rule all Media & Digital Inequality is Unavoidable

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:03 AM | Economics, Free Speech, Internet, Mass Media

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Is There Really Any Shortage of Good Programming Options for Kids?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:12 PM | Mass Media, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Cutting the Video Cord: Clicker.com

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:47 AM | Cutting the Video Cord, Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

What's next from PTC, a call for banning books?

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 11:25 AM | Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Monday, November 23, 2009

A "Public Option" for Media? The Free Press Plan to Put Journalists on the Public Dole

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:31 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Even Media Moguls Often Underestimate How Dynamic Markets Can Be

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:46 PM | Mass Media

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event: Dec. 1st Debate about Future of Broadcast TV Spectrum

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:17 AM | Events, Mass Media, Spectrum

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Where Will Local News Come From?

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 7:35 AM | Mass Media, Media Regulation

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Paralysis by Analysis -- The FCC's Failure to Respond to the Death Throes of Journalism

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 10:22 AM | Mass Media, Media Regulation, The FCC

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

"I Hate to Introduce Reality into an FCC Proceeding"

posted by Amy Smorodin @ 2:47 PM | Communications, Mass Media, Media Regulation, The FCC

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The DVD Rental Window: Fiddling while Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars Burns.

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 3:05 PM | Copyright, Cyber-Security, E-commerce, Googlephobia, IP, Internet, Mass Media

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Copyright Wars, "Welfare for Authors" and Pedophiles: Part Two of a Reply

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 10:33 AM | Books & Book Reviews, Copyright, Cyber-Security, E-commerce, Economics, Googlephobia, IP, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media, Software

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Dangers of Government-Subsidized News

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:28 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Obama Should Just Say No To Newspaper Bailouts

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:14 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Of Dynamic Media, Steamed Dinners, and Bare Breasts

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 2:37 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media, Supreme Court, The FCC

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Can Design Innovation Save Newspapers? No, but...

posted by Berin Szoka @ 12:15 PM | Mass Media

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Privacy War II (Part 1): Attack of the Anti-Advertising Axis

posted by Berin Szoka @ 9:43 PM | Advertising & Marketing, Mass Media, Privacy

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Court Strikes Down FCC's Cable Cap: The Revolution in Video Distribution in Three Charts

posted by Berin Szoka @ 11:40 AM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Cable, Cutting the Video Cord, Mass Media

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A Fairness Doctrine for the FCC Blog?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:09 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

What Unites Advocates of Speech Controls & Privacy Regulation?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:07 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism, Privacy

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Free Press, Robert McChesney & the "Struggle" for Media

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:14 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

We Are Living in the Golden Age of Children's Programming

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:33 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Zittrain's Pessimistic Predictions and Problematic Prescriptions for the Net

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:52 AM | Advertising & Marketing, Books & Book Reviews, Capitalism, Googlephobia, Googlephobia, Innovation, Internet, Interoperability, Mass Media, Net Neutrality, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism, Privacy, Search

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

YouTube, Power Laws & the Persistence of Media Inequality

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:58 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media, Philosophy / Cyber-Libertarianism

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Cuban on Fragmentation & Attention in the Blogosphere (or Why Power Laws Really Do Govern All Media)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:35 PM | Economics, Mass Media

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

On Measuring Technology Diffusion Rates

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:47 PM | General, Generic Rant, Innovation, Mass Media

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Cutting the (Video) Cord: Two Excellent Washington Post Articles

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:24 AM | Cutting the Video Cord, Mass Media

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Jim Moran, Erectile Dysfunction, and Prudery Disguised as Policy

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 10:34 AM | Capitol Hill, Free Speech, Mass Media

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Monday, March 30, 2009

The Competition for Our Ears

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:51 AM | Mass Media

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Hypocrisy of Michael Copps

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:47 PM | Mass Media

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Shall We Save Media by Socializing It?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:57 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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I Hate To Say "We Told You So" (Part II)

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 8:30 AM | Mass Media, The FCC

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Copyrights, UGC Sites and "Fair-Use Bootstrapping"

posted by Thomas Sydnor @ 11:30 AM | IP, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

I Hate To Say "We Told You So," But Can't Help Myself

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 3:46 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Capitol Hill, Mass Media, The FCC

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Monday, March 2, 2009

This Just in from the "Kick a Man While He's Down" Commission

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 11:11 AM | Communications, Mass Media, The FCC

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Week the Fairness Doctrine Died

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:48 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Friday, February 27, 2009

Compaine on the Future of Newspapers

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:41 PM | Mass Media

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Ferree: Satellite Video Regulatory Structure Outdated

posted by Amy Smorodin @ 10:25 AM | Capitol Hill, Mass Media

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

When Conservatives Favored the Fairness Doctrine

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:09 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Don't Worry about the Fairness Doctrine. No, Wait, Strike That.

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:04 AM | Free Speech, Mass Media, Wireline

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

CRS Report on History of Fairness Doctrine

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:36 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Vertical Dis-integration

posted by Barbara Esbin @ 2:29 PM | Cable, Mass Media, The FCC

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Media Deconsolidation (Part 26): "Information Control" Fantasies

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:36 PM | Mass Media

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Media Deconsolidation (Part 25): The Series So Far

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:22 PM | Mass Media

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Media Deconsolidation (Part 24): I Read the News Today, Oh Boy

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:42 PM | Mass Media

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Of Holiday Gift Guides and New Media Business Models

posted by Adam Marcus @ 10:48 AM | Capitalism, Generic Rant, Innovation, Mass Media

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

George Will on Fairness Doctrine

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:57 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Podcast of Fairness Doctrine Discussion on Jim Bohannon Show

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:32 AM | Free Speech, Mass Media, Non-PFF Podcasts

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Will Traditional OTA Broadcast Networks Go Cable-Exclusive?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:41 AM | Cable, Mass Media, Spectrum

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Cutting the (Video) Cord, Part 2

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:32 PM | Cable, Innovation, Mass Media

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Rosenbaum-Jarvis spat over future of journalism

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:45 AM | Mass Media

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Pragmatic (Internet) Optimist's Creed

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:21 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Book Review: Nick Carr's Big Switch

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:40 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Generic Rant, Mass Media

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There Will Be No Bailout for Old Media

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:01 AM | Mass Media

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Reason Magazine on What Obama Means for Tech Policy

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:02 AM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Do Irish-Americans Deserve a Satellite Radio Set-Aside?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:42 PM | Generic Rant, Mass Media

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Remember Newspapers?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:58 PM | Mass Media

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Loud TV Ads: No Need for Regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:12 PM | Mass Media

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Book Review: Lee Siegel's Against the Machine

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:05 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Generic Rant, Mass Media

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

AC/DC Aversion

posted by Amy Smorodin @ 3:21 PM | Mass Media

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Friday, October 10, 2008

MAP in Wonderland

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 7:02 PM | Mass Media, The FCC

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Negroponte's "Daily Me" = RSS Feeds + Google Alerts

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:15 PM | Books & Book Reviews, Generic Rant, Innovation, Mass Media

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Cutting the (Video) Cord: The Shift to Online Video Continues

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:44 PM | Broadband, Cable, Economics, Innovation, Mass Media, The FCC

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Friday, October 3, 2008

The Nonsensical World of Washington

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 12:25 PM | Mass Media, The FCC

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

"A Manifesto for Media Freedom" -- my new book with Brian Anderson

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:26 AM | Books & Book Reviews, Campaign Finance Law, Free Speech, Mass Media

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Friday, September 19, 2008

PFF filing in FCC product placement / embedded advertising inquiry

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:41 AM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Tim Wu on Obama, McCain, and "a Chicken in Every Pot"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:20 PM | Broadband, Cable, Campaign Finance Law, Commons, Communications, Mass Media, Net Neutrality, The FCC

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

"'Local' is just one set of ripples on the lake of information"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:18 PM | Mass Media

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Another 4 months, still no FCC Video Competition Report

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:12 PM | Cable, Mass Media, The FCC

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Media Deconsolidation (Part 23): Cox Selling Most of its Newspapers

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:45 AM | Mass Media

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Why Google Is a Media Company

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:17 PM | Mass Media

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

What the Media Reformistas Really Want

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:06 PM | Mass Media

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Product Placement in Historical Context

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:22 AM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Local Web Ads and the Future of Newspapers

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:48 PM | Mass Media

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Felten on The Decline of Localist Broadcasting Policies

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:24 PM | Mass Media

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Newspaper Deathwatch?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:29 AM | Mass Media

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Media Metrics: The Report

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:35 PM | Cable, Economics, Innovation, Mass Media

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Monday, July 14, 2008

The Fig Leaf Removed: Competition, Localism, and Diversity Have Become Nothing More Than a Slogan

posted by W. Kenneth Ferree @ 9:12 AM | Mass Media, The FCC

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Monday, July 7, 2008

Our Continued Wishful Thinking about "Media Localism"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:47 PM | Mass Media

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

XM-Sirius, regulatory blackmail, and diversity

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:02 AM | Mass Media

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Meyerson on Zell: The Idiocy of Equating Media Reinvention to Terrorism

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:25 PM | Mass Media

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Video Game Platform Competition

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:08 PM | Innovation, Mass Media

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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Comcast to move to bandwidth cap / metering solution?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:46 PM | Broadband, Economics, Mass Media, Net Neutrality

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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Media Deconsolidation (Part 22): TW spin-off of cable unit

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:31 PM | Mass Media

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Monday, April 28, 2008

Why both the Left & Right love media regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:29 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Bruce Everiss on video game piracy

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:56 AM | IP, Mass Media

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Britannica Blog's excellent "Newspapers & the Net" forum

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:54 PM | Mass Media

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Monday, April 7, 2008

Micropayments reconsidered

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:10 PM | Generic Rant, Mass Media

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Twilight for TV Critics?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:07 AM | Mass Media

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Friday, April 4, 2008

presentation at PSU's conference on future of video games

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:45 AM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

"Critical blow" for broadcasters in the ad market?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:09 PM | Mass Media

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The conversation the Net enables

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:06 AM | Internet, Mass Media

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Media Metrics: The Pictures!

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:07 PM | Mass Media

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Media Metrics: The Series So Far

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:58 AM | Mass Media

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Mermigas on the challenges facing traditional media

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:51 AM | Mass Media

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Thoughts on 2008 “State of the News Media” report

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:38 AM | Mass Media

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Friday, March 14, 2008

IDC's "Diverse & Exploding Digital Universe" report

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:16 AM | Exaflood, Mass Media

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

USA Today's story about the Martin FCC

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:26 AM | Cable, Free Speech, Generic Rant, Mass Media, The FCC

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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Sports Programming Hearing

posted by Amy Smorodin @ 11:26 AM | Mass Media, Sports

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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Media Metrics #7: An Uncertain Future for Newspapers

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:10 PM | Mass Media

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Jon Fine's "Requiem for Old-Time Radio"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:31 PM | Mass Media

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Sunday, March 2, 2008

Media Metrics #6: The Video Revolution

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:28 PM | Mass Media

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Friday, February 29, 2008

Kids and Media

posted by Amy Smorodin @ 10:29 AM | Free Speech, Mass Media, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Media Deconsolidation (Part 21): TW spin-off of AOL

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:14 AM | Mass Media

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Friday, February 1, 2008

Media Metrics #5: The Competition for Our Ears

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:43 PM | Mass Media

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Media Metrics #4: Changing Fortunes

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:42 PM | Mass Media

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Media Metrics #3: Ad Wars

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:57 PM | Mass Media

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Friday, January 18, 2008

MagHound: Another interesting new media business model

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:27 PM | Mass Media

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Media Metrics #2: Household Access to Media Services & Technologies

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:28 AM | Mass Media

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Media Metrics #1: Introduction & Analytical Framework

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:48 PM | Innovation, Mass Media

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Friday, January 11, 2008

While the FCC wages a war on cable...

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:23 AM | Cable, Innovation, Mass Media

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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Media Deconsolidation (Part 20): News Corp spins off 8 TV stations

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:31 AM | Mass Media

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Does "the public" really communicate with the FCC?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:25 AM | Generic Rant, Mass Media, The FCC

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A Rushed Review for XM-Sirius?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:44 AM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Mass Media

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Cable TV "Gatekeeper" Myths Debunked

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:07 PM | Cable, Mass Media, The FCC

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National Review on FCC's Cable War

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:33 PM | Cable, Communications, Mass Media, The FCC

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

FCC Budget: Out of Control

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:32 AM | Cable, Communications, Mass Media, The FCC

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Setting the Record Straight on Current FCC Policies

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:37 AM | A La Carte, Cable, Communications, Mass Media, The FCC

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Commissioner McDowell's sensible thinking on media policy

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:06 PM | Mass Media

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Media Deregulation is Dead

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:03 PM | Mass Media

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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Media Deconsolidation (Part 19): IAC/Interactive Corp. divides by 5

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:28 AM | Mass Media

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Copps on News Corp-WSJ deal

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:54 PM | Mass Media

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Troubling poll regarding attitudes toward Net regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:04 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Response to Christian Coalition-NARAL call for net neutrality regs

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:07 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media, Net Neutrality

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Media Deconsolidation (Part 18): Scripps Splits

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:50 PM | Mass Media

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Thoughts on Andrew Keen, Part 2: The Dangers of the Stasis Mentality

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:44 AM | Books & Book Reviews, Generic Rant, Mass Media

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Thoughts on Andrew Keen, Part 1: Why an Age of Abundance Really is Better than an Age of Scarcity

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:55 AM | Books & Book Reviews, Generic Rant, Mass Media

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Monday, September 24, 2007

The Power of New Media

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:34 AM | Innovation, Internet, Mass Media

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Friday, September 7, 2007

Who Killed TV's "Family Hour"?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:30 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media, Online Safety & Parental Controls

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Friday, August 17, 2007

On "Digital Divides"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:32 AM | Generic Rant, Mass Media

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Friday, August 10, 2007

A La Carte: Voluntary vs. Mandatory

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:44 PM | A La Carte, Cable, Mass Media

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Sunday, August 5, 2007

editorial on Murdoch-WSJ deal

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:44 PM | Mass Media

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Patrick & Hazlett on Fairness Doctrine

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:42 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Second Life to Adopt Age Verification

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:30 AM | Free Speech, Mass Media, Privacy

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Thursday, May 3, 2007

Media Deconsolidation (Part 17): Clear Channel Station Sell-off

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:50 PM | Mass Media

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Monday, April 16, 2007

new City Journal essay on "The Media Cornucopia"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:44 AM | Mass Media

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

More on XM-Sirius

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:55 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Mass Media

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Monday, March 26, 2007

The Other America

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:00 PM | Generic Rant, Mass Media

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Monday, February 26, 2007

Ahrens on Media Consolidation Myths

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:45 AM | Mass Media

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Monday, February 19, 2007

XM + Sirius = Good Deal (for the Companies and Consumers)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:21 PM | Mass Media, Wireless

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Radio Wars, Round 2

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:15 PM | Mass Media

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Monday, January 29, 2007

Democrats Abandoning the First Amendment, Part 1: The Fairness Doctrine

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:37 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Dispatch from CES - Day 3 (Is Packaged Media Dead?)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:07 PM | Generic Rant, IP, Mass Media

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Dispatch from CES - Day 2 (Future of TV & Video Distribution)

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:36 AM | Generic Rant, Mass Media

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Sunday, January 7, 2007

Dispatch from CES: Day 1 -- Gaming Issues

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:05 PM | Free Speech, Generic Rant, Mass Media

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Declaration of Independence for Virtual Worlds?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:35 AM | Generic Rant, Innovation, Mass Media

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Monday, December 4, 2006

(Virtual) Taxation without Representation?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:19 AM | Mass Media, Taxes

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Appearance on C-SPAN's "The Communicators"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:11 AM | Communications, DACA, Free Speech, General, Mass Media, Spectrum, Universal Service

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Illogical Fears about Online Gaming & Net Neutrality

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:38 PM | Mass Media, Net Neutrality

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Friday, November 17, 2006

Media Deconsolidation (Part 16): Clear Channel Crackup

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:05 AM | Mass Media

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Monday, November 13, 2006

Latest from Brussels on TVWF

posted by Patrick Ross @ 5:17 PM | Mass Media

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Tuesday, November 7, 2006

X-Box Movie / TV Download Business Model Announced

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:52 PM | IP, Innovation, Mass Media

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Monday, October 30, 2006

NYT on Media Ownership

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:26 AM | Mass Media

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Monday, October 23, 2006

Media Deconsolidation, Part 15: AOL-TW Divorce Near?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:27 PM | Mass Media

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

UK Fighting the Good Fight

posted by Patrick Ross @ 11:42 AM | Free Speech, Internet, Mass Media

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Monday, October 16, 2006

Virtual Reality Reporters

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:17 PM | Generic Rant, Mass Media

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Thursday, October 5, 2006

The Final Fantasy Leak: Situational Ethics with Video Game Piracy?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:38 PM | Innovation, Mass Media

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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Media Regulation and Net Neutrality

posted by Patrick Ross @ 3:22 PM | Broadband, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media, Net Neutrality

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Monday, September 25, 2006

RAND on Economic Impact of EU's "TV Without Frontiers" Directive

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:20 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Media Deconsolidation, Part 14: Time Warner Without Time?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:52 PM | Mass Media

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Thursday, September 7, 2006

PlayStation 3, Console Wars & the Costs of Complexity

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:30 PM | Innovation, Mass Media

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Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Do's and Dont's for Media Regulation

posted by Patrick Ross @ 10:23 AM | Free Speech, IP, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media

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Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Al Gore on Media & Democracy

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:53 AM | Mass Media

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Defending "Old" Media

posted by Patrick Ross @ 12:23 PM | Commons, Mass Media

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

The "Adventure Window," Radio Formats and Media Ownership Rules

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:17 AM | Mass Media

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Monday, August 14, 2006

Wanna Be Mayor of New York?

posted by Patrick Ross @ 4:40 PM | Mass Media

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Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Another Case of "Rights Inflation": Sports on Cable TV

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:56 PM | A La Carte, Cable, Economics, Free Speech, Generic Rant, Mass Media, Sports

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Tuesday, August 1, 2006

The Economics of Trade Shows & the Downsizing of "E3"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:41 AM | Generic Rant, Mass Media

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Monday, July 24, 2006

A Psychological Explanation for Censorship and Claims of "Media Bias"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:45 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Microsoft XBOX Live & Net Neutrality

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:23 AM | Broadband, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media, Net Neutrality

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Friday, July 7, 2006

Coase, Property Rights, Regulation and Rentseeking

posted by Ray Gifford @ 1:36 AM | Cable, Digital TV, Economics, IP, Innovation, Mass Media, Net Neutrality

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Friday, June 23, 2006

Remarks at Conference on Social Networking & Child Protection

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:40 AM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Thursday, June 8, 2006

Media Deconsolidation, Part 13: Tribune Considering Major Downsizing

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:15 PM | Mass Media

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Sunday, June 4, 2006

Media Deconsolidation, Part 12: Time Warner President Calls Synergy "Bull---t"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:15 PM | Mass Media

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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Competition Works: An Analysis of Competing Cable-Telco "Triple-Play" Packages

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:19 PM | Broadband, Communications, Innovation, Mass Media, Wireless, Wireline

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Thursday, May 11, 2006

Report from the "E3" (Video Game Industry) Trade Show

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:32 PM | Innovation, Mass Media

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Monday, May 8, 2006

Net Neutrality Regs Could Threaten Online High-Def Video

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:51 PM | Innovation, Internet, Mass Media, Net Neutrality

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Friday, May 5, 2006

Why Communications and Media Markets Will Probably Never Be Deregulated

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:17 AM | Communications, Generic Rant, Mass Media

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Thursday, May 4, 2006

The Fourth Estate and the US

posted by Patrick Ross @ 3:59 PM | Mass Media

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Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Net Neutrality = A Financial Services Industry Free-Ride?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:49 PM | Broadband, Capitol Hill, Communications, Mass Media, Net Neutrality, Wireline

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Monday, May 1, 2006

Some Thoughts on the New Senate Telecom Reform Draft

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:01 PM | Capitol Hill, Communications, Mass Media

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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

A Paranoid Parent Ponders GPS Tracking His Kids

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:25 AM | Generic Rant, Mass Media, Privacy

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

So You Still Believe in Infrastructure Socialism?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:55 AM | Broadband, Communications, Innovation, Mass Media, Wireline

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Monday, April 3, 2006

Protecting Children

posted by Patrick Ross @ 4:06 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Monday, March 20, 2006

The 6 Myths Driving the Push for Video Game Regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:40 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Wednesday, March 8, 2006

They Say Newspapers Are Dead, But...

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:49 PM | Mass Media

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Monday, February 13, 2006

More on New FCC A La Carte Report

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:37 PM | A La Carte, Cable, Free Speech, Mass Media

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Thursday, February 9, 2006

Initial Thoughts on the FCC's Revised A La Carte Report

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:33 PM | A La Carte, Cable, Free Speech, Mass Media

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Monday, February 6, 2006

The SlingBox, Space-Shifting and the Future of Broadcasting

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:51 AM | Mass Media

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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

And Then There Were Five

posted by Patrick Ross @ 12:23 PM | Mass Media

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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Two New PFF Editorials on A La Carte

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:20 AM | Cable, Mass Media

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Friday, December 16, 2005

Family-Friendly Tiering as Censorship

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:40 AM | Cable, Free Speech, Mass Media

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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Internet Regulation Without Frontiers

posted by Patrick Ross @ 11:45 AM | Economics, Free Speech, Mass Media

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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

A "Voluntary" Charade: The "Family-Friendly Tier" Case Study

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:57 PM | Cable, Free Speech, Mass Media

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Friday, December 9, 2005

A La Carte as Censorship

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:01 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Tuesday, December 6, 2005

More Mobilizing Media

posted by Daniel English @ 11:28 PM | Mass Media

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Monday, December 5, 2005

A La Carte: Moral Aspects of the Debate

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:10 PM | Cable, Free Speech, Mass Media

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Friday, December 2, 2005

2006 Outlook for Media / Content Companies

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:05 PM | Mass Media

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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

More Bad News for Old Media

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:56 AM | Mass Media

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Monday, November 21, 2005

The Video Revolution Just Keeps Rollin' Along

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:01 PM | Innovation, Mass Media

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Saturday, November 19, 2005

Media Market Mashups

posted by Daniel English @ 2:45 PM | Mass Media

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Media Deconsolidation, Part 11: Knight Ridder's Coming Crackup

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:37 AM | Mass Media

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Friday, November 18, 2005

In Search of Appropriate Social Goals in Communications Regulation

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 1:12 AM | Broadband, Cable, Capitol Hill, Communications, Free Speech, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media, The FCC, Universal Service, VoIP, Wireless, Wireline

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Migrating Video Content

posted by Daniel English @ 6:25 PM | Mass Media

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Welcoming Daniel English

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:45 PM | Mass Media

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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Is Convergence Nothing But Hype?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:52 PM | Communications, Innovation, Mass Media

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Friday, November 4, 2005

A One-Person CPB

posted by Patrick Ross @ 3:56 PM | Mass Media

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Thursday, October 27, 2005

The Real Net Neutrality Debate: Pricing Flexibility Versus Pricing Regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:11 AM | Communications, Mass Media, Net Neutrality, Wireline

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Friday, October 14, 2005

Crossing Thresholds: Questioning the Ends and Means of Social Regulation in Communications

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 8:38 PM | Broadband, Cable, Capitol Hill, Communications, General, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media, Net Neutrality, The FCC, Universal Service, VoIP, Wireless, Wireline

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

More Signs of the Impending Death of Content Controls

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:54 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Thursday, October 6, 2005

Yahoo as a Media Slayer

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:59 PM | Mass Media

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And the Oscar Goes to...

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:50 AM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Wednesday, October 5, 2005

Google, Do You Really Want to Be a Telecom Company?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:37 PM | Broadband, Capitol Hill, Communications, Mass Media, Municipal Ownership, Net Neutrality, Wireless

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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Regulation Without Frontiers

posted by Patrick Ross @ 2:20 PM | Communications, Digital Europe, Free Speech, Internet, Mass Media

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Monday, September 19, 2005

Blockbuster and Video Rental Industry, Part 3: The Beginning of the End?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:11 PM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Mass Media

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Friday, September 16, 2005

Long Live Public Interest Regulation!

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:07 AM | Broadband, Cable, Capitol Hill, Communications, Mass Media, VoIP, Wireline

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Thursday, September 15, 2005

Four Biggies and Counting

posted by @ 11:05 AM | Internet, Mass Media

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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

New Blogs on Media Industry / Media Economics

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:07 PM | Mass Media

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Friday, September 9, 2005

Cable Ownership Caps Reconsidered

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:10 AM | Cable, Mass Media

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Thursday, September 8, 2005

Do Markets Work? Comparing Computing and Communications over the Past Decade

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:01 AM | General, Innovation, Mass Media, The FCC

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Friday, August 19, 2005

The FCC and Organization Development

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 10:17 AM | Broadband, Cable, Capitol Hill, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media, Spectrum, The FCC, VoIP, Wireless, Wireline

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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

What Does the Future Hold for the Television Industry?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:04 PM | Mass Media

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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Downsides to Deregulating Broadband??

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 7:00 PM | Broadband, Cable, Communications, Innovation, Internet, Mass Media, Supreme Court, The FCC, Wireless, Wireline

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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

A Refresher Course on the Pitfalls of A La Carte Regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:14 PM | Cable, Mass Media

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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Public Broadcasting Subsidies: Welfare for the Rich and Well-Educated

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:52 AM | Mass Media

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Thursday, June 30, 2005

Is Google Evil? The Never-Ending Search for High-Tech Villainy

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:45 PM | Generic Rant, Mass Media

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Monday, June 20, 2005

My TCS Article on "What Ever Happened to the Big Media Boogeyman?"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:10 AM | Mass Media

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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Media Deconsolidation, Part 10: Viacom's Breakup Official

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:38 PM | Mass Media

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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Supreme Court Rejects Media Ownership Case--What's Next?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:52 PM | Mass Media

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Friday, June 10, 2005

Media Myths Book is Finally Out!

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:51 PM | Mass Media

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Thursday, June 9, 2005

Google Is a Media Company... and the Biggest One in the World

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:26 AM | Mass Media

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Wednesday, June 8, 2005

From Luxury Good to Disposable Item (Parts 2 & 3): A $30 Disposable Video Camera and a $1400 Plasma Television

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:10 AM | Innovation, Mass Media

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Tuesday, June 7, 2005

PBS "News on Demand" Report Highlights Amazing Media Changes

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:51 PM | Mass Media

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Friday, June 3, 2005

Filling the Ranks

posted by Kyle Dixon @ 4:53 PM | Cable, Communications, Mass Media, The FCC

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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Media Deconsolidation, Part 9: Viacom's Split

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:03 PM | Mass Media

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Saturday, May 28, 2005

Ben Compaine on Media's "New Western Frontier"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:07 PM | Mass Media

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Thursday, May 26, 2005

10 Million Blogs and Counting

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:33 PM | Mass Media

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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Stephen Gray of the Christian Science Monitor on the Marvels of the Modern Media Age

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:43 PM | Mass Media

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Have a Contractual Dispute? Run to the FCC!

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:56 AM | Mass Media

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Monday, May 23, 2005

Reflections on the Death of Old Media

posted by Adam Thierer @ 7:46 PM | Mass Media

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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Media Deconsolidation, Part 8: Time Warner Spin Off of AOL Likely

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:10 AM | Mass Media

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Commissioner Gloom-and-Doom and His Amazing Media Diversity Deception

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:38 AM | Mass Media

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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Ben Compaine's New Media Blog

posted by Adam Thierer @ 12:28 PM | Mass Media

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Media Deconsolidation, Parts 6 & 7: Emmis & Disney Divestitures

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:53 AM | Mass Media

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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Your Soapbox is My Soapbox! Thoughts on the Media Access Movement in General and the Media & Democracy Coalition's "Bill of Media Rights" in Particular

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:25 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Wednesday, May 4, 2005

new Ben Compaine / NMRC report on "The Media Monopoly Myth"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:53 PM | Mass Media

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Tuesday, May 3, 2005

Blogging & Campaign Finance Law: A Simple (Probably Too Simple!) Solution

posted by Adam Thierer @ 8:46 AM | Campaign Finance Law, Mass Media

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Friday, April 29, 2005

Media Deconsolidation, Part 5: "Clear Channel to Dismantle Media Empire"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:41 AM | Mass Media

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Friday, April 22, 2005

How Google and the Internet Are Challenging Traditional Media

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:47 AM | Mass Media

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Thursday, April 21, 2005

"Hill Ponders Regulating Convergence": A Note on the Proper Way to Solve "Level Playing Field" Concerns

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:57 AM | Cable, Communications, Mass Media

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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

More on Cellphone TV Regulation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:45 AM | Free Speech, Mass Media, Wireless

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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Your Telephone Company Will Be Your Next Cable Company

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:52 AM | Cable, Communications, Mass Media

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Monday, April 18, 2005

Do Regulators Read the Papers? The Blockbuster Antitrust Fiasco Revisited

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:43 AM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Mass Media

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Saturday, April 16, 2005

From Luxury Good to Disposable Item: The Amazing $29 DVD Player

posted by Adam Thierer @ 3:44 PM | Innovation, Mass Media

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Thursday, April 14, 2005

Media Convergence and the "Digital Zoo"

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:06 PM | Mass Media

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Murdoch: Embrace the Web

posted by Ray Gifford @ 8:39 PM | Mass Media

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Wednesday, April 6, 2005

Media Deconsolidation, Part 4: Is News Corp. Next to Downsize?

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:50 PM | Mass Media

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Tuesday, April 5, 2005

Blog Inflation: Sajak, Streisand, Shatner

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:34 PM | Mass Media

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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Still More on Media Deconsolidation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 1:59 PM | Mass Media

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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

More on Media (De)Consolidation

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:13 PM | Mass Media

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Friday, March 18, 2005

The Radio "Monopoly" Myth

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:48 AM | Mass Media

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Thursday, March 17, 2005

Red Lion R.I.P.: FCC Declares the Scarcity Doctrine Dead

posted by Adam Thierer @ 6:05 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media, Wireless

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Stop This Insane Media De-Consolidation!

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:05 AM | Mass Media

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Blocking Blockbuster

posted by Adam Thierer @ 10:40 AM | Antitrust & Competition Policy, Mass Media

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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

More on Media Convergence and Censorship

posted by Adam Thierer @ 4:15 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Wednesday, March 9, 2005

Hillary Clinton Wants a V-Chip in Your I-Pod

posted by Adam Thierer @ 11:18 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Saturday, March 5, 2005

Introducing PFF's Center for Digital Media Freedom

posted by Adam Thierer @ 5:20 PM | Free Speech, Mass Media

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Sunday, January 9, 2005

Newspapers in Foxholes

posted by @ 8:15 PM | Mass Media

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