Lessons on the Web Press

The Tragedy of Rising Expectations

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Judging by what happens on Facebook and reality television, it has become obvious, at least in the United States, that the tragedy of rising expectations has reached a new climax. People who are naturally nobody have become the somebodies, and those who are somebody by virtue of…

Tear Down Some Dams, Let the River of Information Flow

“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” – Benjamin Franklin “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.” – Paul Newman as Luke, in Cool Hand Luke “Keep close to Nature’s heart … and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”…

Boston Legal Says It Better Than The New York Times

Sometimes a legal summation can capture a story better on video than any editorial column… Notice we have the ability to deliver messages in this way on the Web Press. I am sitting here attempting to watch Toyota defend itself before Congress for it’s dangerous cost-cutting in production that led to massive safety issues with…

How the Internet Changed the World, For Good and Bad

And What You Can Do About It Now Connecting the Dots by Glynn Wilson During the 1995-96 academic year, I spent most of my time sitting in the Gorgas library at the University of Alabama scanning the New York Times on microfilm and reading stories about the environment along side public opinion polls. I spent…

What Will The Birmingham Noose Endorse Next?

Sarah Palin for President and the early release of Eric Rudolph? Under the Microscope by Glynn Wilson I’ve said it before and I will say it again here today. Sometimes I am profoundly embarrassed to be from Alabama. Today is one of those times. Why? Because the staff of my hometown newspaper continues to stick…

Political Justice Under the Spotlight in Washington

Glynn Wilson Judge U.W. Clemon criticized The Birmingham News and the Bush Justice Department at The National Press Club by Glynn Wilson WASHINGTON, D.C. — One of the most significant problems corrupting American society and politics over the past eight years is finally getting the public spotlight it deserves in the nation’s capital. You can’t…

Facebook Monster Eats Time Goddess

Under the Microscope by Glynn Wilson Get ready, since I’m only going to say this once. Due to circumstances that cannot be explained, I took the techno-leap of starting a Facebook page last night. Judging by my dreams, which I cannot remember, I knew I would wake up regretting it. And that turned out to…

We May Not Have Bush to Kick Around Anymore

But we do have much more work to do building the Web Press… Connecting the Dots by Glynn Wilson We aren’t going to have George W. Bush to kick around anymore after Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. So what’s a liberal-tarian blogger to do? In our case, that’s an easy question to answer. We will be…

An Open Letter to Readers

Dear Readers, As you may know, we have been publishing this “New Journalism” Website since March, 2005. Prior to that, we published a headline Website with columns laid out in the html computer language before blogging software developed to the point of being a practical, manageable publishing system, at Southerner.net, which still exists as one…

What Obama's Win Means for U.S. Media

Guest Column by Josh Silver Executive Director FreePress.Net Now that the reality of an Obama presidency is sinking in, I want to give you a sense of what it means for the future of the media. In a nutshell, if the new president lives up to his campaign promises, we are poised to see an…

Trent Lott Hauls in Big Bucks in Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa News Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott You don’t have to look any further than the list of people and businesses that paid up to $1,500 Tuesday to get to meet privately with former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and incumbent Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions — at the third annual Tuscaloosa County Republican…