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Al Jazeera English continues with their special series, the Mainstream Media’s Dictionary.
caliphate. n. Future involving Ayman Al-Zawahiri sitting on a throne watching bearded footballers in long shorts contesting the Islamic Cup final in Seville.
catastrophe. n. Good way to describe an earthquake or tsunami. Add “of biblical proportions” to increase viewership.
caucasian. adj. Let’s leave the suspect’s race out of this, it’s not relevant.
cheerleader. n. See journalist.
Moving on to selections for the letter ‘D’:
darling. n. Last known positive description, after ally, to describe third world leader before we start using strongman, dictator.
dead. n. See newsworthy.
defiant. adj. Use this word to describe any speech by dictator. Content needn’t be noted.
dehumanising. v. tr. Effects of militia attack that killed the child, not exacerbated by the journalists who require the grieving eyewitness mother to describe the ordeal (preferably with tears) in a thirty second soundbite. If it’s over thirty seconds, get her to do it again until she gets it right.
disaster. n. Conflict and catastrophe-free 24 hour news cycle.
disinformation. n. The other channel.
Al Jazeera kicks off a 26-part series with the letter A.
accident. n., Airstrike in Afghanistan by NATO/ISAF forces usually killing scores of men, women and children.
airstrike. n., See accident.
alleviate. v. tr., Often used by the UN secretary-general. Usually sandwiched between “aim to” and “poverty”.
answer. n., Something said or done in reaction to question from anchor, often interjected or cut-off before point is made.
authentic. adj., Youtube video and/or blog or Facebook update from activist in restive country. For immediate broadcast.
Al Jazeera English to be honored with Columbia Journalism Award
May 4, 2011
Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism will bestow its highest honor, the Columbia Journalism Award, to Al Jazeera English. The award is given annually during the school’s commencement ceremony to recognize an individual or organization for “singular journalism in the public interest.”
Al Jazeera journalist Sammir Shatara on the re-arrest of Norwegian photographer and journalist Ammar Al-Hamdan and three colleagues.
Al-Hamdan was orginally captured on March 7, released, and then arrested again over the weekend.
Ramona Tancau, The Foreigner, Norwegian Al-Jazeera journalist recaptured.
GigaOm’s Josh Levy outlines the promise and difficulty Web video is having in the American media landscape.
While writing about how Roku, a set-top box that lets you stream Web video to your television, added Al Jazeera English so that users could watch the Egyptian protests, cable providers are fighting against consumer ability to cut the cord.
Roku’s move was a thrilling taste of what online TV might look like if big cable loses its grip on channels and viewers. Imagine if more channels, sick of waiting in virtual holding pens to be allowed to join cable lineups, instead just joined up with Roku or one of its competitors. And then imagine if viewers followed these channels off the cable reservation, cut their cords and relied solely on little Internet boxes for their TV content.
It would be a shiny future for online video. Except the cable giants won’t stand for it, and are using all their power to stop it: The cords that pipe in your cable TV also deliver the Internet, and big cable is all too eager to exploit that fact, threatening to throttle or block content they don’t like or that competes with them.
Independent online video efforts are running into problems left and right, and the cable giants are trying to stymie them for as long as possible while they test out their “TV Everywhere” offerings — which is their attempt at rolling out online video services without allowing subscribers to “cut the cord.” Thanks to loopholes in a recent FCC decision, there are a number of ways Comcast and friends could degrade or throttle Netflix, Hulu and other channels offered by Roku.
It’s true that with more innovations like Roku’s addition of Al-Jazeera English, the future of online video could be bright. But if big cable succeeds in squashing competition and stifling innovation, it could also get really, really dark.
The live feed from Egypt is riveting. We can’t get enough of revolution video — even if, some nights, Middle West blizzards take precedence over Middle East battles on the networks’ evening news. But more often than not we have little or no context for what we’re watching. That’s the legacy of years of self-censored, superficial, provincial and at times Islamophobic coverage of the Arab world in a large swath of American news media. Even now we’re more likely to hear speculation about how many cents per gallon the day’s events might cost at the pump than to get an intimate look at the demonstrators’ lives…
…That we often don’t know as much about the people in these countries as we do about their Tweets is a testament to the cutbacks in foreign coverage at many news organizations — and perhaps also to our own desire to escape a war zone that has for so long sapped American energy, resources and patience. We see the Middle East on television only when it flares up and then generally in medium or long shot.
— Frank Rich, New York Times, Wallflowers at the Revolution
That’s quite concerning, as the U.S. media market rests on sturdy democratic principles, namely the First Amendment and the freedom of expression. But ever since Al Jazeera’s English channel first sought to broadcast in the States, roadblocks have marked every turn.
— Wadah Khanfar, Director-General, Al Jazeera, Not Coming to America (via Newsweek).