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The recent cuts at the Washington Post -- as reported by Politico and Washington's City Paper -- have once again brought to the surface a culture clash that has been going on in mainstream newsrooms for most of the last decade, and one that shows no sign of ending any time soon. If anything, the…

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One of the things that Clay Shirky mentioned in the panel with Andrew Keen that I moderated at Ryerson University recently (my post with video here, tweet-stream here and live-blog here) was an idea that he has also written about before on his blog: namely, that one of the principal functions of a newspaper was…

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David Carr, a writer for the New York Times, is a pretty interesting guy -- he kicked a cocaine habit and went on to become a respected journalist at one of the country's top newspapers, something he just finished writing a book about. That's the good news. The bad news is that a piece he…

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Traditional media outlets like the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times have begun to use some of the tools of social media -- blogs, Facebook pages, even Twitter accounts. But they seem a lot less eager to adopt some of social media's core principles, including a commitment to the two-way nature of the…

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My friend Ethan Kaplan over at blackrimglasses has a fascinating post about the death of a geek -- a man named Mark Hoekstra -- and the strange feeling that is created by seeing his blog posts, Flickr photos, Last.fm contributions and other elements of his online life floating around in the ether after his death…

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