Author: jmt390

  • Profiting from Progress

    I was thumbing through the pages of a recent issue of Newsweek when a full-page ad snatched my attention. The words “commemorative,” “keepsake,” “collectible,” and “one-of-a-kind” adorned the ad, which evoked patriotic rhetoric and powerful imagery. This pitch could have been selling the American people a million things – a model airplane, a stamp collection or a vintage train set.

  • Reality TV's Final Frontier

    The swift infiltration of reality television over the networks and cable stations have redefined concepts of privacy, celebrity and entertainment. We've watched our friends and neighbors live together on Big Brother, Survivor and The Real World; we've seen lonely men and women find the love of their life; we've watched destructive families swap moms; we've watched some of America's most obese shed weight and tears on The Biggest Loser; we've watched folks face their worst nightmares on Fear Factor; and we've watched B-list celebrities battle drug addictions on Celebrity Rehab.

  • Amateurization is Journalism's Achilles' Heel

    After having recent conversations with friends in the newspaper business and reading Akoto Ofori-Atta's latest gnovis blog on the predicament of magazines, it reminded me of a lingering fear and, what I believe, an imminent reality: the demise of the profession I spent four years studying -- and shelled out thousands of dollars to study -- will fall to the hands of millions of amateurs spouting off inane stories, inaccuracies and highly subjective information.

  • The Politicking of Friend Requesting

    Politics used to be about who you know. Now it may be about how many you know. The emerging art of social networking friend requesting has become so prevalent in politics today that the GOP has recognized such sites as perhaps the biggest battleground lost in the 2008 Presidential Election. Their solution? More MySpace. More Facebook. More Twitter.

  • Let the Web 2.0 Presidency Begin

    Remember the days when we elected politicians who didn't know how to e-mail? While some candidates think they can still get by with rhetoric from the Stone Age (McCain, anyone?), those days of the not-so-technologically-savvy president are gone, thanks to Barack Obama's administration. The Blackberry-toting Obama marks the country's first president to adopt e-mail, despite the technology going mainstream some two decades ago. As a result of Obama's Web 2.0 White House, we have a president eager to communicate through mediums neglected by past presidents and -- for the first time in my generation -- Americans have lent their ears to our new leader.