31 março 2008

Dúvidas


- Será que se esta análise (PSD é sub-representado e PS "apagado" na informação da RTP, diz ERC) fosse efectuada apenas para os canais em aberto (RTP1 e RTP2) daria os mesmos resultados?
A resposta: "O Governo, juntamente com o PS, soma, no conjunto dos três blocos informativos, 1439 presenças, número superior à soma da presença dos partidos com e sem representação parlamentar, que é de 1120".

- Porque razão ficou a RTP Internacional de fora, quando, "o Conselho Regulador considerou que “o facto de RTPN ser um canal para a televisão por cabo não afasta, por si só, a possibilidade de desempenhar uma missão de serviço público”"? Como a RTPI ou a RTP África por satélite, ou não?

- Se "Na informação diária, foram analisadas 3.229 peças, das quais:
466 emitidas no Jornal da Tarde da RTP1 (122 edições);
842 emitidas no Telejornal da RTP1 (122 edições);
637 emitidas no Jornal 2 da RTP2 (122 edições);
380 emitidas no bloco informativo das 24h00 da RTPN (61 edições);
368 emitidas no Telejornal Regional da RTP Açores (91 edições);
536 emitidas no Telejornal Regional da RTP Madeira (88 edições)
",
porque razão a RTPN (canal noticioso no cabo, com informação praticamente horária) só foi analisada no jornal das 24 horas e em apenas metade do número de peças dos canais generalistas? Por "ser aquele que, segundo dados da Marketest, possui maior audiência média" e só entre Setembro e Outubro por "Dificuldades na obtenção das peças a tempo"?

- Nesse período, "Os partidos sem representação parlamentar não possuem qualquer presença no bloco informativo das 24h00 da RTPN"?!?! Isto não merece uma recomendação da ERC?

[act.: algumas "pequenas notas" no Indústrias Culturais]

Em defesa das "offshores"

Why Tax Havens Are a Blessing: First, if you live in a developed country, your taxes are probably much lower today than they were 30 years ago, thanks in part to tax havens. [...]
Second, European duchies and Caribbean isles aren’t the only places that welcome tax refugees. The United States, for instance, could be considered the world’s largest tax haven. [...]
Finally, there is even a moral case for tax havens: They play a critical role in protecting people who are subject to religious, ethnic, sexual, political, or racial persecution.

Dos media

Newspaper advertising revenue fell 7.9 percent in 2007, the second-worst year in more than half a century, the Newspaper Association of America said on Friday. Those figures include continued growth in online advertising.
Newspaper Print Ad Sales Fall 9.4%, Most on Record: U.S. newspapers suffered their worst drop in print advertising sales since industry record- keeping began 57 years ago, hammered by the housing-market slump and competition from the Internet.

Print More Trusted Source of Information Than Internet: The MediaVest study also found:
* There remains very low duplication between the audiences for print publications and their online companions. Duplication ranged from 1% to 6% for every category except entertainment, where some titles reached duplication rates of 10%.
* Print titles should deliver something different with their online extensions, according to 79% of respondents who were dual magazine and digital users. But only 44% said they strongly believed that publishers' sites really offer something unique.

Six Months In, And 600 Posts Later . . . The Worlds Of Blogging and Journalism Collide (In My Brain): Just as more and more blogs are building up professional writing staffs, more and more newspapers and magazines are requiring that their writers start blogging.

AdweekMedia has selected The Economist’s Micklethwait and publisher Paul Rossi as Executive Team of the Year, and the title comes in at No. 1 on this year’s Hot List.

30 março 2008

Shoot'em'up (mais ou menos)

BoomsticK

A proposta dos 960 pixéis

The 960 Grid System is an effort to streamline web development workflow by providing commonly used dimensions, based on a width of 960 pixels. There are two variants: 12 and 16 columns, which can be used separately or in tandem.

Design pessoal


MYBrain. The table lamp: A replica of the designer's brain, originated from an MR scan at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. The image was processed through a 3D-printer, and became this unusual lamp shade design. Yes, it is bright.
Design Alexander Lervik 2007

28 março 2008

Muitas fotografias

Coisas que é bom saber: a água não é um direito humano essencial...


UN rejects water as basic human right: a special resolution proposed by Germany and Spain at the UN human rights council was stripped of references that recognized access to water as a human right. The countries also chose to scrap the idea of creating an international watchdog to investigate the issue, choosing instead to appoint a new consultant that would make recommendations over the next three years.

Water and war: Problems of water scarcity and water pollution affect human and ecosystem health, and hinder economic and agricultural development. Local and regional problems, in turn, may affect the rest of the world by threatening food supplies and global economic development. The United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development concludes that these problems could result in a series of local and regional water crises, with serious global implications.

Is there likely to be violent conflict over water in the future? Past experience suggests that this is unlikely. However, many claim that the probability of conflict is increasing.

O terrorismo actual

How Terrorism Works: An insightful analyst of modern terrorism is Scott Atran [...] Here are ten conclusions I've selected from it:
* Global Al-Qaeda is now a viral, social movement and political ideology, not a well organized operation with command and control. [...]
* The new wave of terrorism is about "youth culture", not the Koran.[...]
* Prison radicalization in the USA vs. Europe differs significantly: Foreign-born Muslims, like Jews, are underrepresented in US prisons. [...]
* Social welfare is not a solution, adding only to alienation and boredom and to a hole in one's life more readily filled by radicalized dreams of justice and glory. [...]
* Publicity is the oxygen of terrorism. [...]
* Non-Muslims should never preach to Muslims about what is true Islam. [...]
* Stop trying to impose ethnocentric values of Freedom and Democracy on people. [...]
* PEW surveys show that in the Muslim world support of "Freedom and Democracy" has declined since the onset of the Iraq War. Both radical and traditional Islam value Justice and Fairness, not Freedom and Democracy. [...]
* Stop wasting millions of dollars studying the Koran and trying to figure out what terrorists think from studies of Islam. [...]
* Stop trying to generate a catch-all approach to terrorist profiling, radicalization processes, etc. [...]

A testar

Adobe Photoshop Express beta: You shot it. Now do something to it. Crop, rotate, tweak, twirl, correct, and show off photos on Photoshop Express or Facebook. For free.

O futuro está nos químicos?

Futurist Ray Kurzweil Pulls Out All the Stops (and Pills) to Live to Witness the Singularity: He takes 180 to 210 vitamin and mineral supplements a day, so many that he doesn't have time to organize them all himself.

Mas não serviu para nada, pois não?


Walt Disney cartoons ‘contain secret messages on the environment’: The stories of animated Disney characters, from Snow White in 1937 to the clownfish Nemo in 2003, have built “a critical awareness of contested environmental issues”, according to David Whitley, a lecturer in English.

While Disney movies are often regarded as little more than escapism, and have even been criticised as bland populism, many feature messages about conservation and the relationship between people and the natural world that have proved to be highly influential, Dr Whitley said.

Alunos aos crocodilos

e que nada tem a ver com transferências recentes de alunas com telemóveis...

Crocodile crossing for SA pupils: A South African village is demanding that a bridge be built across a crocodile-infested river to stop children swimming it to get to school. [...]

To cross safely would require a 20km (12 miles) detour to get to the school.

On school days, 150 children from Sahlumbe village in the heart of rural Zululand swim across the river in their underwear using rubber tyres and buckets to keep afloat and to keep their school uniforms and books dry.

The older ones help the small ones who cling to the tyres.

"I worry all the time. There are dangerous animals in there, especially crocodiles," says Thuthukani Primary School headmistress Hlengiwe Mthembu.

Também há documentos sobre Portugal


Footnote.com is a place where original historical documents are combined with social networking in order to create a truly unique experience involving the stories of our past.

The Footnote.com collections feature documents, most never before available before on the Internet, relating to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, U.S. Presidents, historical newspapers and naturalization documents.

Afinal, o pai da gravação do som humano é outro

Researchers Play Tune Recorded Before Edison: For more than a century, since he captured the spoken words “Mary had a little lamb” on a sheet of tinfoil, Thomas Edison has been considered the father of recorded sound. But researchers say they have unearthed a recording of the human voice, made by a little-known Frenchman, that predates Edison’s invention of the phonograph by nearly two decades.
The 10-second recording of a singer crooning the folk song “Au Clair de la Lune” was discovered earlier this month in an archive in Paris by a group of American audio historians. It was made, the researchers say, on April 9, 1860, on a phonautograph, a machine designed to record sounds visually, not to play them back. But the phonautograph recording, or phonautogram, was made playable — converted from squiggles on paper to sound — by scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif.

Au Clair de la Lune--French folk song (1860 Phonautogram)
Scott recorded someone singing an excerpt from the French folksong "Au Clair de la Lune" on April 9, 1860, and deposited the results with the Académie des Sciences in 1861. The existence of a tuning-fork calibration trace allows us to compensate for the irregular recording speed of the hand-cranked cylinder. The sheet contains the beginning line of the second verse-"Au clair de la lune, Pierrot répondit"-and is the earliest audibly recognizable record of the human voice yet recovered.
* Au Clair de la Lune--French folk song (mp3)

Foi bom enquanto durou

Kissing the Earth Goodbye in About 7.59 Billion Years: If nature is left to its own devices, about 7.59 billion years from now Earth will be dragged from its orbit by an engorged red Sun and spiral to a rapid vaporous death. That is the forecast according to new calculations by a pair of astronomers, Klaus-Peter Schroeder of the University of Guanajuato in Mexico and Robert Connon Smith of the University of Sussex in England.

Nesta loja

gosta-se da liberdade de expressão

nas costas de sites como este.

Tarefa impossível sabendo que...

The Twenty-Five Most Valuable Blogs: In short, the task of valuing the largest blogs is impossible.

27 março 2008

Coisas que é bom saber...

O mundo visto por jornais e blogues


The world according to newspapers (in 2007, via): These maps allow you to grasp several media trends at a glance. First, traditional newspapers are highly selective in their coverage of world news. [...]
Second, we see that web-only outlets do not offer such a different view of the world.

25 março 2008

Uma excelente pergunta:

Quem vai defender as nossas liberdades?
No dia seguinte à tomada de posse, o novo governador do estado de Nova Iorque convocou uma conferência de imprensa, onde apareceu com a sua mulher, Michelle, onde admitiu que ambos tinham tido relações extraconjugais durante um período de crise do seu casamento.
"Há uns anos, traí o meu compromisso para com a minha mulher", disse David Paterson. "Não penso que tenha traído o meu compromisso para com os cidadãos do estado de Nova Iorque. Não transgredi nenhuma lei. Não penso que tenha traído o meu juramento como servidor público. Considero esta questão uma questão privada. Mas é um facto que ambos cometemos actos de infidelidade". [...]
Hoje o mundo está mais pequeno e quem espera manter os media fora da sua própria cama é suspeito de ter algo tenebroso a esconder e condenado liminarmente com base nessa suspeita. E tudo piorou com a guerra "contra o terror" que tornou admissíveis todos os abusos dos inquisidores em nome da "segurança".
O segredo não é uma característica do vergonhoso como defendem os inquisidores, mas um direito e uma condição da liberdade. Não é que tenhamos o direito de não responder a estas perguntas. Temos o direito de não ser interrogados sobre elas. Temos direito a que ninguém (na esfera pública) nos pergunte se dormimos com outra mulher ou outro homem. E temos o direito e o dever de combater o totalitarismo. O gesto de Patterson exigiu coragem, mas foi também um gesto de concessão ao que de mais venenoso existe nas nossas democracias. Se todos os políticos admitirem esta intromissão na sua vida privada, se admitirem aos rivais, aos media e aos vizinhos este escrutínio da sua esfera íntima, que valores defenderão? E que garantias nos dão de que irão defender as nossas liberdades, quando chegar a nossa vez?

[artigo de opinião de José Vítor Malheiros, não disponível online no Público]

Imagens de mortos

Faces of the Dead in Iraq [via Casualties of War: all the United States service members who have died in Iraq. The squares are ordered by date of death.]

A Mosaic: 4,000 Americans Dead: In remembrance of the 4,000 brave men and women who sacrificed everything for us -- and the two men who would continue this great tragedy, despite the cost to our soldiers, our military, and our nation.

O declínio nas vendas de jornais nos Estados Unidos


Out of Print: The death and life of the American newspaper.
Newspapers are dying; the evidence of diminishment in economic vitality, editorial quality, depth, personnel, and the over-all number of papers is everywhere. What this portends for the future is complicated.

Por onde andaram Aldrin e Armstrong na Lua?

Por aqui:
(o campo de futebol é para se ter melhor ideia das distâncias)

Colecção de obras de arte nos Simpsons

22 março 2008

Dos blogues e não só

Blews - what the blogosphere tells you about news
BLEWS uses political blogs to categorize news stories according to their reception in the conservative and liberal blogospheres. It visualizes information about which stories are linked to from conservative and liberal blogs, and it indicates the level of emotional charge in the discussion of the news story or topic at hand in both political camps.

A queda do Sapo no ranking da Internet: O que se segue deve ser lido no quadro da súbita fome do Sapo pelos blogues "de referência", depois de 3 anos a importar-se apenas com a quantidade do user-generated content, lance importante para manter os clientes dentro de portas em 2003 e 2004, mas que se revelou um fracasso a prazo.

So You Want to Be a Blogging Star?
Don’t expect to get rich.
Write about what you want to write about, in your own voice.
Fit blogging into the holes in your schedule.
Just post it already!
Keep a regular rhythm.
Join the community, such as it is.
Plug yourself.

Online social networks: Social networking will become a ubiquitous feature of online life. That does not mean it is a business

Uma história que vale a pena lembrar

E lá foi para as bancas, a 3 de Junho de 1993, a “Visão” que espelhava o tema mais desejado pelos seus potenciais leitores.

Cortes

Porque terá a CNN segmentado esta fotografia

relativamente ao original?

Como brincar com a economia...

Fake Money. Real Stocks. Inspectd.com allows you to test your stock market skills against real historical data. We'll show you a random chart from the past, and you try to guess whether the stock rose or dropped.

Ferramenta útil

Down for everyone or just me?

20 março 2008

A ler e a ver

Manuales de estilo abiertos al público: los siguientes medios y organizaciones tienen también colgadas en la Red sus normas de estilo [via]

The Atlas of Early Printing: This site depicts the spread of printing through Europe in the fifty years following the European refinement of the tools and process to make impressions from movable type cast in metal.

Fotografias de estranhos

Stranger Photos Have Happened: I tied a disposable camera to a bench with a sign that read:
Good afternoon,
I attached this camera to the bench so you could take pictures. Seriously. So have fun. I'll be back later this evening to pick it up.
Love, Jay / The Plug

When I retrieved the camera that night, I was happy to find that the entire roll of film had been shot. Below are the photos that were taken.

MethodIzaz is a unique photography experience. Subjects are unaware of the exact moment they will be photographed and of the photographer's identity. Instead, the subject is photographed completely naturally, living life as normal.

Abandonware


Dan's 20th Century Abandonware is a representation of my collection of legacy software, computer systems and memorabilia. There are screen shots, photos, and a wealth of information. Many of the software titles are still used today!

Arthur C. Clarke

The Nine Billion Names of God
"It is really quite simple. We have been compiling a list which shall contain all the possible names of God."

"I beg your pardon?"

"We have reason to believe," continued the lama imperturbably, "that all such names can be written with not more than nine letters in an alphabet we have devised."

"And you have been doing this for three centuries?"

"Yes. We expected it would take us about fifteen thousand years to complete the task."

Portugal no mundo (ou modelos no urinol)

Sexy toilets spice up shopping trip: Customers at a Portuguese shopping centre are surprised by a sexy welcome in the mall's toilets. [...]
Inside both male and female toilets you're greeted by some scantily dressed mannequins in suggestive poses. While some are a bit shocked at first, most users are generally quite amused by the titillating models.

Para quem acha que o jornalismo de papel está em extinção:


Death of print? News International unveils 'biggest printing plant in the world': the latest in automated printing technology would give journalists later deadlines and editors greater freedom in redesigning pages. [...]
James Murdoch, the chairman and chief executive of News Corp’s Europe and Asia division, said the investment “should be ample answer to those who believe the business of journalism, in print, is a business for yesterday’s readers, not tomorrow’s."
He continued: “At News, we believe that print will continue to be a driving force, even as we expand in this connected age.”

Murdoch's presses prove there's plenty of life left in the printed word: Newspapers are dead or dying, we are told. Why, then, is Rupert Murdoch, the most successful media proprietor in the world, investing £650m in state-of-the-art presses to print the Sunday Times, Sun, Times and News of the World?

Nova geração

Here’s Looking At You, Kids: Artists discover the Documentation Generation. But can we trust what they see?
The kids in "Frontrunners" are the leading edge of what's being called the millennials—the cohort born after 1982—but you might call them the Look at Me Generation. Thanks to "The Real World," "Laguna Beach" and the like, they've been documented like no group before them, most especially by themselves: on their blogs, their MySpace, Facebook and Flickr pages, and on YouTube. And now the artistes are taking their turn, with a new wave of reality series, films and books examining the documentation generation. But are we seeing real people, or personas?

Memórias


Instant karma: Before Polaroid fades into history, let's remember how influential -- and cool -- the art of the snapshot, and the cameras themselves, could be

Concurso

The first European Parliament Prize for Journalism will be awarded in 2008. It will be given to journalists who have dealt with major issues at a European level or have promoted a better understanding of the EU institutions and/or EU policies.
There will be four different categories for the prize: written press, radio, TV and internet. The winner in each section will receive €5000. [...]
Entries will be accepted from 15 March 2008 until 15 May 2008 inclusive.

16 março 2008

Para entreter

Awareness test

Google Sky (agora em português e para ser visto no browser)

The Museum of the Improbable was a collection of original, limited-edition, science-fiction and fantasy-themed 3D models.

CUBOCC

Flip!

Philosophy Games

3-Way Chess

Spin The Black Circle

Maze Design

The Curse of the Simpsons

Vigilância emocional


Emotion-Tracking Wearable Device Lets Your Boss Monitor Your Feelings: tracks your emotions by measuring heart rate, your location, body temperature, and skin moisture levels. This device will be sending your data via bluetooth to a central database.

14 março 2008

Repositório de publicidade

Um projecto até 2009

Teorização do Jornalismo em Portugal visa, genericamente, recuperar a produção intelectual portuguesa sobre jornalismo realizada até à Revolução de 25 de Abril de 1974, avaliar a relevância científica e filosófica dessa produção e apurar até que ponto se pode reconhecer (ou não) a existência de conhecimento jornalístico autóctone, confrontando essa produção nacional com a evolução do pensamento jornalístico ocidental no mesmo período histórico.

Uma escolha


The World's 50 Best Works of Art (and how to see them): The human race has been making art for thousands of years. Here, in chronological order, critic Martin Gayford chooses his 50 artistic wonders of the world

Concurso mundial de fotografia da batata (até Setembro)

13 março 2008

Máscaras digitais


With FACEinHOLE you can easily and in a matter of seconds create a totally "new look" for you and your friends.

Despertador


Sonic Grenade: The sleeping friends worst enemy: simply pull out the pin, and toss the grenade into the room of snoring mess whilst yelling the classic "Fire in the hole!", then take cover and watch.
Twenty seconds later the most annoying siren will blast out from the Sonic Alarm (there are 3 ear-drum shattering volume settings), torturing the ear drums of the hung over, snoring mass. What's even more brilliant about the Sonic Grenade is that in order to stop the alarm, the sleeper has to find the Sonic Grenade and replace the pin.

Sobre o direito de autor, fala o ex-presidente da Disney, Michael Eisner

Net's still a video jungle: "I think basically what separated this country from the rest of the world was patents and copyrights. President Lincoln introduced a lot of this, fought for (the idea that) to pay people for their intellectual work was no different than paying them for their physical work. And nobody would think twice about paying someone for their physical work."

11 março 2008

Mais um

R.E.M. Launching New Album On iLike: The roll-out, the first of its kind for a major act, will allow fans to stream and share "Accelerate" in its entirety beginning March 24, a week ahead of the album's April 1 release date.

Vale o que vale...

...mas qual é a definição actual para blogue?
The world's 50 most powerful blogs

É no que vai dar a mania das classificações...

RATEMYCOP.com is a privately-held company based in Los Angeles. The website allows registered users to leave written feedback about their interactions with police officers, and rank the officer's service based on threecriteria: Professionalism, Fairness and Satisfaction. All feedback is anonymous.

10 março 2008

Ascenção e queda das redes sociais no Technorati

Pense bem:

You think you are free?

Da terra da segurança

US airbase e-mails go to town web: Confidential US Air Force (USAF) e-mails, some including flight plans for a presidential visit, have been mistakenly sent to a tourism website.

British Factory Worker Received Sensitive U.S. E-mails by Mistake: The news reports about this, if true, leave a lot of questions unanswered -- such as why this information was even being sent over the internet, and unencrypted at that? And how is it possible that this continued for more than seven years before anyone took action?

Éticas

Reporter held in contempt for anthrax case: A federal judge has ordered a former USA TODAY reporter to begin paying fines of up to $5,000 per day after finding her in contempt of court for failing to identify sources who named former Army scientist Steven Hatfill as a possible suspect in the 2001 anthrax attacks.

The decision late Friday night by U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton also requires Toni Locy — not her former employer or others — to pay the fines as long as she refuses to identify her sources. [...]

According to the court order, Locy is to begin paying the fines starting at midnight Tuesday on an escalating scale. She is ordered to pay $500 a day for the first week, $1,000 a day for a second week and $5,000 until April 3.

[act.: Reporter Appeals Judge's Contempt Order: Lawyers for Locy filed an appeal Monday saying that a judge is making demands that are overbroad and financially ruinous.]


The High Price of Ethics: All professionals have at least four loyalties. First, we have a loyalty to ourselves as human beings and as moral agents. We have personal needs as well as a moral compass that tells us what are the right things and the wrong things to do as human beings.

Second, we have a loyalty to our employers. In return for a paycheck, employers have the right to expect us to be loyal to their business practices.

Third, journalists have a loyalty to other journalists. When one journalist violates professional standards and practices, other journalists are painted with the same brush.

Finally, we have an obligation to society to act in ways that promote the common good.

In this particular case, Mabie's loyalties to himself, his profession and to society outweighed his loyalty to his employer.

07 março 2008

Mas como é que este homem é ministro da Economia?

Manuel Pinho comete inconfidência: A promover calçado português, ministro confessa que compra sapatos italianos
"Eu vinha cá comprar sapatos italianos, mas fiquei tão impressionado com a qualidade dos sapatos portugueses que vou levar sapatos portugueses. Vinha comprar sapatos italianos porque têm um óptimo nome em termos de design", afirmou.
Minutos depois, o ministro esqueceu-se do compromisso de levar sapatos portugueses.
[descoberto no Blasfémias]

As 10 melhores capas de discos?


The best album covers of all time, according to a poll at online music store musicmagpie.co.uk
1. Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures

06 março 2008

Livro

La Gran Guía de los Blogs 2008 de Rosa Jiménez Cano y Francisco Polo.
# Versión por capítulos:
0. Portada y contraportada 467Kb
1. Índice e Introducción 26MB
2. Tecnología e Internet 37MB
3. Diseño e Imagen 9MB
4. Podcasts y Videoblogs 1.9MB
5. Arte, Historia y Literatura 4.6MB
6. Ciencia 2.5MB
7. Educación 2.1MB
8. Salud 1.1MB
9. Periodismo 11MB
10. Política 5.6MB
11. Ecología 2.3MB
12. Solidaridad y Activismo 3.1MB
13. Economía y Empresa 9MB
14. Ocio y Aficiones 28MB
15. Deportes 4.2MB
16. Urbanitas 1.8MB
17. Humor 3MB

A ver

A política, hoje, virtual claro

"Exagerar no anúncio das políticas para obter melhor cobertura mediática"
"Nunca anunciar uma medida que não possa ser anunciada mais duas ou três vezes"
"Abandonar uma política que seja mal recebida pela opinião pública"
Quarta medida? "Qualquer partido de oposição devia ter um 'Second Life' para mostrar aos portugueses como faria se fosse Governo"

Uma questão de nomes entre a Suécia e a Dinamarca - à venda na Ikea


Is IKEA Giving Danes the Doormat Treatment? Emotions against IKEA are running high in Denmark, where researchers claim the wildly popular Swedish home furnishings company only names cheap doormats and wall-to-wall carpeting after Danish towns, reserving Swedish names for its more expensive furniture. The discovery has the proud Danes itching for revenge. [...]

Two Danish academics, Klaus Kjöller of the University of Copenhagen and Tröls Mylenberg of the University of Southern Denmark, conducted a thorough analysis of the names used in the IKEA catalog. They concluded that the Swedish names are reserved for the "better" products, and that even Norwegian names manage to make it into the bed department. But the "lesser" products bear Danish names like "Roskilde" and "Köge."

"Doormats and runners, as well as inexpensive wall-to-wall carpeting are third-class, if not seventh-class, items when it comes to home furnishings," Kjöller is quoted as saying in Nyhedsavisen, a Danish free paper. The stuff that goes on the floor, Kjöller said, is about as low as it gets. He accused the home furnishings company of "Swedish imperialism."

A raiva (anónima) também é notícia

Editors can now hear from their angry journalists: What better way for editors to know about journalists' concerns than with a website that collects their criticisms about newsroom management, new media and old media, and more?

That's why journalist Kiyoshi Martinez launched AngryJournalist.com, "a gripe board where journalists are asked to say what's making them angry today" [Anonymity guaranteed. One rule: no real names.]

Coisas do jornalismo

Uma questão: se Pacheco Pereira foi o director de ontem do Público, no caso de haver processos judiciais sobre textos no jornal quem é penalizado: o director por um dia ou o director dos restantes dias? (Isto é igualmente válido para o CM com Jorge Sampaio ou o The Independent com o Bono).

Outra questão: o director por um dia que não é jornalista validou as fontes dos jornalistas e a elas teve acesso, tanto mais que esteve presente em reuniões de redacção? Soube quem eram as fontes das notícias?

Como se gerem estas situações?

Para um jornalista, de forma estranha: "A editora de Portugal põe objecções. "Um processo de decisão não é uma notícia". Para o novo director, é. Ele não é jornalista. É historiador, só pensa no futuro.
"Cada vez mais, o Estado negoceia com os privados, e isso não é escrutinado", explica ele. "Os jornalistas têm de o fazer. Todos temos de o fazer".
Aparentemente, não há nenhum dado novo sobre o caso de Telmo Correia e o casino de Lisboa. Logo, não há notícia. Ou há? A sugestão de Pacheco Pereira: fazer uma cronologia relacional, exaustiva de todo o processo." [...]
Surgem dúvidas: "Terá ele informação privilegiada? Mandou fazer o gráfico do casino porque já sabia que se ia encontrar qualquer coisa?"
Se for o caso, terá interferido na História. Terá mudado o passado: a tentação do historiador. Mas esta notícia tem futuro. A do Porto, talvez não, mas ainda assim é uma história: "Faz-se um perfil do homem do Ferrari. As pessoas gostam de ler essas coisas".


Esta decisão editorial, a ser verdadeira, mostra como o (tantas vezes com razão) crítico dos media Pacheco Pereira cede ao gosto das pessoas quando é director por um dia. Entre director, historiador e político, o leitor sabe(rá) realmente qual o seu interesse nestas histórias?

É que, como diz o jornalista, aparentemente não há notícia (sobre o Casino de Lisboa), excepto para o director por um dia, para "Quem ler o jornal encontrará novas informações sobre o caso do Casino de Lisboa"...

Como diz João Paulo Menezes: "Pacheco Pereira e o Público; uma oportunidade perdida?"

A ler


Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering (MIT Press, 2008): Many countries around the world block or filter Internet content, denying access to information--often about politics, but also relating to sexuality, culture, or religion--that they deem too sensitive for ordinary citizens. Access Denied documents and analyzes Internet filtering practices in over three dozen countries, offering the first rigorously conducted study of this accelerating trend.

Uma história do Trinitron da Sony que é também história da televisão

O problema do jornalismo online: analisar e dar o que os utilizadores querem


Reuters web content tracking deal reveals thirst for 'infotainment' stories: "We have been a little surprised they [online readers] are moving more toward fluff stories, infotainment, as a result we are putting a lot more editorial resources behind sport and lifestyle.

Tecnologia anunciada


Microsoft's Shiny New Toy: Photosynth is an application that's still a work in progress. It is dazzling, but what is it for? [...]
This was Photosynth--a technology that analyzes related images and links them together to re-create physical environments in a dazzling virtual space.

04 março 2008

Uma senhora


Sophie Marceau ne veut pas voir Le Pen: Furieuse d'être invitée sur le même plateau, elle claque la porte du 20 heures de TF1. [...]
Jean-Marie Le Pen a dénoncé «l'insolence sans limite» de l'actrice.

As pessoas são responsáveis pelos seus comportamentos


How Good People Turn Evil, From Stanford to Abu Ghraib: Psychologist Philip Zimbardo has seen good people turn evil, and he thinks he knows why. [...]

Zimbardo conducted a now-famous experiment at Stanford University in 1971, involving students who posed as prisoners and guards. Five days into the experiment, Zimbardo halted the study when the student guards began abusing the prisoners, forcing them to strip naked and simulate sex acts. [...]

Wired: Your work suggests that we all have the capacity for evil, and that it's simply environmental influences that tip the balance from good to bad. Doesn't that absolve people from taking responsibility for their choices?

Philip Zimbardo: No. People are always personally accountable for their behavior. If they kill, they are accountable. However, what I'm saying is that if the killing can be shown to be a product of the influence of a powerful situation within a powerful system, then it's as if they are experiencing diminished capacity and have lost their free will or their full reasoning capacity.

Situations can be sufficiently powerful to undercut empathy, altruism, morality and to get ordinary people, even good people, to be seduced into doing really bad things -- but only in that situation.

Understanding the reason for someone's behavior is not the same as excusing it. Understanding why somebody did something -- where that why has to do with situational influences -- leads to a totally different way of dealing with evil. It leads to developing prevention strategies to change those evil-generating situations, rather than the current strategy, which is to change the person.

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