By Chindu Sreedharan on March 27, 2008 6:20 pm
They socialise. Online.
So what do they do when they are not bored?
They socialise. Online.
Here’s the dope: an Institute for Public Policy Research study — to be published next month but sneak-viewed by Guardian Communications Editor Richard Wray — shows children this side of the Atlantic spend more than 20 hours a week on social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Bebo.
So kids are in effect “raised online”, whatever that means.
Of course the kids know parents don’t like them partying out there, but, hey, how’re they going to stop ‘em?
Like one smarty pointed out – and this is interesting — parents and teachers know diddly-squat about the net and there are a zillion ways around the child locks and other tricks they try:
“We have restrictions at school but we can just get an administrator’s account and take them off.”
Parents these days, we tell you.
Gotcha! No, you didn’t!
Apparently, there is this website called livemint.com (online avatar of the Indian newspaper Mint, as she, um, discovered soon enough) happily lifting “numerous” stories from the NYT and International Herald Tribune — wasn’t that shameful and such a “flagrant case of mass copyright infringement”?
Would’ve been, but seems Kranz got it all wrong.
In his rebuttal, Mint Managing Editor Raju Narisetti said HT Media, Mint’s parent, has a syndication agreeement with the NYT and could Kranz please check her facts before she spake?
For good measure, Narisetti, who took media ethics “very seriously”, also got HT Media lawman Dinesh Mittal to issue a notice to NYT demanding it withdraw its allegations and update records.
Haven’t heard from Kranz since, but are the folks at NYT making an awful lot of mistakes these days?
Shh, let’s not talk about the February embarrasment…
Seems there’s a good laugh on in Afghanistan – if you were to believe this ITV video blog.
But war is no fun – if you go by this well-made multimedia package from Reuters.
Paul Bradshaw’s critique of the two, War reporting: two online reports — spot the difference, is certainly worth a read. As he says, one’s a blog, another journalism — and the difference is quite evident.
One day the ITV lads will grow up. Who knows, they might even spot the difference.
In a nutshell, it is about Bush the Evangelist — and why he will not go to heaven.
While on the topic, here are a few suggestions — some quite offbeat — for your Iraq reading…
In the CJR series On the Ground, Paul McLeary contextualises Iraq and the stories that do not always get reported. The Enemy of My Enemy is the first in the series.
Juan Cole, writing in Salon, is critical of Bush in Five years of Iraq lies – and how.
Here’s a pointer to a forgotten war, also to a collateral damage we don’t normally take note of — all credit to South Asian Journalists Association’s Sugi for flagging this up.
It’s from Simon Gardner’s piece on the Sri Lankan war (yes, there is a war still on that side), Elephants fall victim to Sri Lanka war. And here’s the passage that makes it so extraordinary:
“Once he came with a gunshot wound to his stomach. We made a paste of chilli powder, pepper and turmeric and rubbed it on the wound,” Jayasinghe said. “Then he used his trunk to massage the paste in!”
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