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“I don’t think we will ever see a popular president again”

What’s a man to do if he’s the kind of Republican strategist who loved Straight Talk McCain, was fired up by campaign finance reform, and finds today’s politics simply poisonous?

In the case of Mark McKinnon, come and talk at a Harvard Kennedy School breakfast on the theme, “the hotter the water, the stronger the tea”, about the “electoral stew” as he puts it that America finds itself in today.
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So I don’t know you and you don’t know me…

One of the challenges of a journalism fellowship like this is the sneaking feeling that someone else, somewhere else, is following the same leads. It really worried me when I was putting together my project proposal on social media and citizen journalism a year ago. Now as I struggle to curb my addiction to clicking on twitter links, I’m loving the landscape of crowd-sourcing. Yes there’s a big issue with translating the ideal to the real world of competitive reporting, and a danger of suffocating original thought with sheer volume overload. But I am at last thinking less JOURNALISM fellowship and more journalism FELLOWSHIP.

Which is a very roundabout way of saying that Ive just found the Blog of the Reynolds Journalism Institute and some really sparky ideas like this from current fellow Joy Mayer. Joy I may have to email you…


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So WILL the revolution be tweeted?

Here’s my short take on a surprisingly personal debate between some of the new media gurus of our time -a debate that’s shot from single article to raging debate online.

It kicked off with a literary hand grenade, tossed out by the New Yorker in its 4th October edition,  penned by Malcolm Gladwell, author of “The Tipping Point” and “Outliers.”
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“The Wikipedia Revolution”. Will it survive?

THE WIKIPEDIA REVOLUTION: a book review
Andrew Lih’s take on “How a bunch of nobodies created the World’s Greatest Encyclopedia”.

To those who ask whether a grassroots open source online community can deliver a significant and sophisticated product,  Wikipedia delivers a resounding “Yes!” But then comes the caveat, “to an extent”. And then the question, “can it last?”
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