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The Yellow Press

Media Literacy in the Modern Age

The Yellow Press, illustration from 1910. This is an old Political cartoon I like to use as my wallpaper. It depicts William Randolph Hearst as a jester tossing newspapers with headlines such as “Appeals to Passion, Venom, Sensationalism, Attacks on Honest Officials, Strife, Distorted News, Personal Grievance, [and] Misrepresentation” to a crowd of eager readers, but more importantly this is […]

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Ethiopian government outlaws VOIP, 15-year prison sentences possible

Troubling news is coming out of East Africa this week. International news media site Al Jazeera has just picked up that on May 24th 2012, Ethiopia ratified new legislation called the ‘Ethiopian Telecom Service Infringement Law’. The Legislation criminalizes any third-party Internet services not run by the state controlled telecom monopoly, Ethio Telecom, with Skype being a focus. However, the ban affects other […]

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