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VICE and the “new journalism model”*

The business of journalism as we know is in trouble and there’s a scramble for a “new journalism model,” with VICE.com held up as the latest prototype (see here, here and here). I am not so sure VICE is the new journalism–it’s partnership with “old media” (CNN, HBO) is old fashioned, it mostly produces sponsored content (nothing new there), owns an advertising agency and makes nice with Rupert Murdoch. Of course, VICE’s style represents something fresh. With its diversity of topics and irreverence, it is a vast improvement on the talking heads of cable news. But, there is also much to dislike about Vice.

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Libya's African Problem

As the report by Al Jazeera English, above, indicates, being black in Libya, always a precarious existence, have become even more dangerous since the revolt against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime commenced……

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Patriotism, Ivorian Style

Away from Al Jazeera English, Twitter, Facebook and CNN’s cameras and his country’s media muzzled and harassed, Cote d’Ivoire’s life president and xenophobe, Laurent Gbagbo, uses the army (this is…..

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We Are Not All Clay Shirky

Sophia Azeb Not to say that technology did not play a role in aiding the world’s ability to follow and support the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, but we must…..

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The Revolution Will be Televised

This could all still go terribly wrong (no one can predict how the Egyptian army will respond) , but it has been heartening watching Egyptians taking to the streets for…..

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The Race War

Al Jazeera’s media criticism TV program “The Listening Post” has a useful analysis of the South African media’s reporting of the murder of the white supremacist, Eugene Terreblanche, by two…..