Friday, February 11, 2011

The new media paradigm

Watching the democracy demonstrations in Cairo this morning on got me thinking about news outlets. The demonstrators are surrounding the Egyptian state TV station now. It is being described as just the propaganda arm of the Mubarak regime. The major news organizations in the U.S. aren't that bad, but when people start calling FOX News, Faux News, then you look at the other ones with a jaundiced eye as well.

There are a lot of ticked off contributors to the Huffington Post now that Adrianna sold out to AOL for $350 million. One blog moderator gets rich and 3,500 contributors who poured out their guts in writing for her get nothing. Which begs the question, how do you ever know when your pro bono work to help society will be capitalized on by others?

I just heard the story of how Demming Coles, the spark-plug for helping the Community Development Quota groups in Alaska become rich, had to start his life over in Florida after being shuffled to the side. I know how that feels, re., the Regional Seafood Development Association movement in Alaska. Not that it helps to commiserate, but it helps to keep in mind the idea of moving ahead. And quickly.

The head of Raytheon said he goes by the 30/30 rule: do 30% more than you planned on doing, and do it 30% faster. That's probably a good idea when it comes to the media. You can't get a unvarnished truth letter in a lot of the Alaska newspapers, especially fishing related. So what is a person to do. Lots it turns out. Here's a list of wide-scope Internet based news sites, sans the Huffington Post:

Public radio and television programing is under assault by extremists in Congress now. Even though 100 million Americans partake in it and in some parts of the country it's the only news source they have. No media outlet is perfect, but I know that less isn't a better idea.

Here are Alaska and national fisheries news sites that don't give you a spin. Unfortunately, the well financed, cool and comprehensive site or two that I could list are just going to lead you astray. It's generally better to have no information than false information. And the federal and state agency sites are full of their goings-on. You might want to have a salt shaker handy when you peruse those.:
Then you have your general Alaska news web sites:
Progressive Alaska has an extensive listing of blogs about goings on in Alaska. You really have to dig to see the whole picture, as the state is so big, no one or a few web site editors or bloggers can cover the whole state. You could get another 1,700 foot earthquake induced wave and few to no reporters would go check out the damage, like the last one. Much less the news that is deliberately being hidden, like in the trawl fisheries. Or misinformation like Pebble Mine advertising on Kodiak radio, saying "We listen." Sure they listen, then they work like crazy behind the scenes promoting an environmental holocaust while working just as hard to throw fisher-folk and government officials off the scent.