Monthly Archives: November 2011

Pakistan Bans 1,700 Texting Words

Pakistan has released a list of words and phrases that it is demanding be banned from text messages for any cell phones in domestic networks. 

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Twitter used for threats to journalists

Read this story about the way social media are being used to threaten journalists in Venezuela.  

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About your blogs…

As we end the semester, you will want to end your blog with a post wrapping up! Write about what you’ve learned and what you found most interesting, and think about what other topics you would cover if you were … Continue reading

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The UK’s new policy on internet access

As part of a new security strategy, the United Kingdom will now attempt to ban certain groups of people from accessing the internet.

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How coverage happens in this digital age…

For a good look at the changing nature of story coverage, look at this lengthy article in “10,000 Words” on how a story is covered (and how coverage can be convoluted and can change) these days. Be sure to read … Continue reading

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Freedom of Information laws globally: What is really delivered?

We’ve mentioned the varying climates for freedom of information around the world. As new democracies emerge, more freedom of information laws go on the books, but do they really have “teeth?” Read this AP story in the Tennessean that details … Continue reading

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Live music in China

During the question and answer portion of the afternoon class, the topic of live music in China was brought up.  I mentioned this tour footage of Brooklyn-based hardcore band Birthday Boyz and their 2007 tour of China under legally questionable … Continue reading

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New York Times multimedia feature: Lost in Translation

We’ve talked before about differences in language and what sometimes happens when information is translated across cultures. As this New York Times feature says, “When Western products are transliterated into Chinese, the results can range from poetic to the metaphysical.” … Continue reading

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Remember: MTSU’s Culture Fest November 10

For more information, watch this short video.

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Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca goes digital

Read this interesting article on how Muslim pilgrims to Mecca use digital technology.

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