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Honored to be a judge for this event. Indie game developers - there's still time to apply!
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Jon Stewart's show deserves much more serious attention than it gets.
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Journalism via jokes

Tonight I redeemed the greatest Christmas present from my son, Jake: tickets to see The Daily Show taping with him. It was fun and funny. But even better, it inspired me as a journalist.

I left the studio determined to teach a course in journalism via jokes. (I'd call it Truth Through Humor, but that sounds like an Orwellian sitcom [starring John Goodman as Big Brother]).

Jon Stewart regularly demurs when we journalists try to drag him into our sad fraternity. Well, bullshit. His interview tonight with Republican Sen. Jim DeMint was journalism at its best.

Stewart has a worldview. He's in favor of civil discourse. He's in favor of America. He's in favor of government when it adds value and security to citizens' lives. He does his homework. He knows his facts. He asks hard questions and won't accept easy answers. He pressed DeMint -- civilly and smartly and comically and again and again -- on the senator's divisive rhetoric in the book he was there to plug. He pressed the studio audience to be civil to DeMint. He left trying to find common ground for a discussion about better government and a better nation.

The interview went on 20 minutes or maybe even 30 minutes to fill a seven-minute slot. Stewart wasn't filling time; he was asking questions. The remainder, Stewart said, will end up on the net (I'll link when it's up) and I urge you -- or at least my journalism students -- to watch it as an object lesson in interview that try to get somewhere (most don't).

There's a larger lesson here about jokes as journalism. So next, I urge you to listen to Ethan Zuckerman's lecture on cute cats and revolution on the wonderful CBC series Ideas. Ethan talks about humor as a means to get around censorship. I listened to his talk a day after hearing Richard Gingras, now head of Google News, talking at a symposium on entrepreneurial journalism organized by Dan Gillmor at Arizona State about how difficult it is for algorithms to recognize humor.

I hope algorithms never understand humor. If algorithms succeed, then censors and tyrants will use them to find it and quash humor. If algorithms succeed at creating jokes, then Hollywood will hire geeks to build virtual Stewarts, Sterns, and Lettermen: plastic action figures. Then humor will lose its humanity and credibility. No, humor is hard. May it ever stay so.

At the end of a meeting about trying to scale fact-checking that we held with Craig Newmark at CUNY, we decided that as a followup, we should hold an event on facts as entertainment: fact-checking as a game and truth a la Stewart at amusement. When did truth become boring and dutiful and dull in journalists' hands? In Stewart's hands, comedy is truth, truth is journalism, ergo comedy can be journalism. His is.

Want a class in that? If only it could be taught by Prof. Stewart.
[See this post with links embedded here: http://www.buzzmachine.com/2012/01/11/journalism-via-jokes/ ]
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Indeed. +Jeff Jarvis is now in my Citizen Media circle.

I recall something about Joe Stalin not minding if the people cower when he walks by, as long as nobody laughs.
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Imagine a line like: “Kids need careful adult guidance and instruction before they are able to play in a productive way.”

Next thing you know someone will suggest pizza is a vegetable...
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This truly is what makes America great. Anyone, regardless of intelligence level, can aspire to one day hold public office. :P
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Well worth reading.. Tim continues to speak clearly on this issue.
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I was pleased to see the measured tone of the White House response to the citizen petition about #SOPA and #PIPA

https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#/!/response/combating-online-piracy-while-protecting-open-and-innovative-internet

and yet I found myself profoundly disturbed by something that seems to me to go to the root of the problem in Washington: the failure to correctly diagnose the problem we are trying to solve, but instead to accept, seemingly uncritically, the claims of various interest groups. The offending paragraph is as follows:

"Let us be clear—online piracy is a real problem that harms the American economy, and threatens jobs for significant numbers of middle class workers and hurts some of our nation's most creative and innovative companies and entrepreneurs. It harms everyone from struggling artists to production crews, and from startup social media companies to large movie studios. While we are strongly committed to the vigorous enforcement of intellectual property rights, existing tools are not strong enough to root out the worst online pirates beyond our borders."

In the entire discussion, I've seen no discussion of credible evidence of this economic harm. There's no question in my mind that piracy exists, that people around the world are enjoying creative content without paying for it, and even that some criminals are profiting by redistributing it. But is there actual economic harm?

In my experience at O'Reilly, the losses due to piracy are far outweighed by the benefits of the free flow of information, which makes the world richer, and develops new markets for legitimate content. Most of the people who are downloading unauthorized copies of O'Reilly books would never have paid us for them anyway; meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of others are buying content from us, many of them in countries that we were never able to do business with when our products were not available in digital form.

History shows us, again and again, that frontiers are lawless places, but that as they get richer and more settled, they join in the rule of law. American publishing, now the largest publishing industry in the world, began with piracy. (I have a post coming on that subject on Monday.)

Congress (and the White House) need to spend time thinking hard about how best to grow our economy - and that means being careful not to close off the frontier, or to harm those trying to settle it, in order to protect those who want to remain safe at home. British publishers could have come to America in the 19th century; they chose not to, and as a result, we grew our own indigenous publishing industry, which relied at first, in no small part, on pirating British and European works.

If the goal is really to support jobs and the American economy, internet "protectionism" is not the way to do it.

It is said (though I've not found the source) that Einstein once remarked that if given 60 minutes to save the world, he would spend 55 of them defining the problem. And defining the problem means collecting and studying real evidence, not the overblown claims of an industry that has fought the introduction of every new technology that has turned out, in the end, to grow their business rather than threaten it.

P.S. If Congress and the White House really want to fight pirates who are hurting the economy, they should be working to rein in patent trolls. There, the evidence of economic harm is clear, in multi-billion dollar transfers of wealth from companies building real products to those who have learned how to work the patent system while producing no value for consumers.

P. P.S. See also my previous piece on the subject of doing an independent investigation of the facts rather than just listening to the appeals of lobbyists, see https://plus.google.com/107033731246200681024/posts/5Xd3VjFR8gx
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The Smithsonian's Art of Video Games project is looking for pictures that "...show how video games can inspire creativity! These might include images of video-game-inspired drawings, paintings, sculptures, jewelry, costumes, events, graphics, food, wallpaper... anything, really! Please add your photographs to this group and help us spread the word. "
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Over the 20 years since diving into the video game industry I've been fortunate enough to work with several great teams, run a development studio in England and help launch the original Sony Playstation.  

I co-founded Expresso Fitness which took commercial-grade exercise bikes and added 3D virtual worlds, internet connections and a vast database to help over a million people find motivation to exercise in fitness facilities all over the world. 

Currently in love with start-ups, I'm consulting at intersection points of social gaming, social integration and fitness, because there are just too many cool projects to work on just one!

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