Peter Kafka

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CNN Embraces Social Media, a Bit Too Fondly

Hey, here’s some “process journalism” for you: Anyone know what happened at the Hulu board meeting in Los Angeles on Monday? Besides News Corp. (NWS) digital boss Jon Miller taking his seat on the board? Inquiring minds want to know!

Meantime, check out this excellent “Daily Show” clip (via Hulu) from Monday, where Jon Stewart skewers mainstream media’s clumsy attempts–OK, Time Warner’s (TWX) CNN, specifically–to augment its product with some of that newfangled social media we’ve heard about. Facebook? Check. Twitter? Of course! Wisdom of crowds? Hard to discern, sometimes.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus