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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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