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Assignment Zero Pro-Am journalism: what was the point?

So Jay Rosen's Assignment Zero - http://zero.newassignment.net/ - is done, did not by force of momentum turn into a huge community of citizen amateur and professional journalists, and a leader of the project openly asks if it failed. http://www.wired.com/techbiz/media/news/2007/07/assignment_zero_final

Tish Grier has a more positive take, and I respect her opinion.
http://spap-oop.blogspot.com/2007/07/assignment-zero-post-mortem.html

But I never saw the point of the project in the first place.

Fluff media as pornography crowding out real news, a counterpoint: breaking the barrier between news and reality

Bob McCannon posted to the Action Coalition for Media Education (ACME) discussion list Robert Lipsyte's commentary in USA Today, A different type of porn: The Four F's — Food, Fashion, Fitness and Finances — masquerade as news, blotting out information we really need. (One post appeared to attribute the article to Kevin Taglang, and I made that mistake in my original post; this is corrected below.)

Tom Ashbrook, consigned to Hell?

The question is whether Tom Ashbrook, of NPR's "On Point," is consigned to go to hell when he dies, or is already broadcasting from hell.

So he's reporting that McCain is in trouble. Ashbrook decides this not because of any issue or political stance, but because McCain's campaign is reportedly low on money.

So who's going to benefit from this, Tom asks his guest. Guliani?

Read "Deer Hunting with Jesus" by Joe Bageant

It's a book. On paper. Find a copy, and read it.

Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War
Joe Bageant
Copyright © 2007 by Joseph L. Bageant
ISBN 978-0-307-33936-2

(TODO: I have got to get this in a CCK type that formats for some microformat or semantic markup that formats for "book review"— and I guess I should make this into an actual Book review, also.)

While ordering the book (which you can do through his site) you can read the author's blog:
http://www.joebageant.com

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