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Kara Visits With PBS MediaShift Blogger Mark Glaser


Recently, BoomTown had a lovely lunch with PBS new media blogger Mark Glaser (pictured here).

Glaser is a longtime free-lance journalist whom I first noticed when he wrote a weekly column for the USC Annenberg School of Communication’s Online Journalism Review, post-Web 1.0 bubble, as well as for the most excellent “Media Grok” daily email newsletter for the now-defunct Industry Standard back in the midst of the froth.

Glaser was always able to cut through that with a clear-headed tone–while maintaining a respect for what was good about traditional journalism, as well as an excitement about the possibilities of new media.

His MediaShift site for PBS has recently gotten much beefed up, with interesting pieces about a range of digital media topics, from a cool map-timeline combo from the Washington Post to a new business venture called the Printed Blog to, of course, the impact of social media on journalism.

(There is also an interesting closely linked site called “Idea Lab,” which is a group blog about reinventing community news in the digital age.)

Glaser writes on the MediaShift blog about once a week and has about a dozen contributors.

A recent post–and thank goodness for some counter-programming in the blogosphere–was titled: “Warning: Dependence on Facebook, Twitter Could Be Hazardous to Your Business.”

Here’s my video interview with him, on a range of issues facing the media in the interactive world (apparently, journalists don’t know everything!):

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik