Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Links potpourri and research update

I haven't posted a research update for a couple weeks as I haven't been collecting links. I am browsing the usual places but haven't seen much to save. I'm definitely not collecting nearly as many links as I did in the past. But I've always thought one day everything you'd need to find would be linked somewhere. Are we reaching that point?

So here's a random collection of things I've found over the last week or so (but mostly today):

  • Drew Pearson's Washington Merry-Go-Round copies of all the columns from 1935-1961, with a few columns from 1969. From American University, part of the WLRC Libraries Special Collections, from DC-area universities. Other interesting collections: Clifford Berryman's cartoons, student newspapers, historical photographs and postcards, lots more.
  • The Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence, a work in progress.
  • Defence Image Database: official photos from UK Ministry of Defence.
  • Conversation with Tim Rozgonyi of the St. Pete Times, on newspaper libraries in a time of change.
  • The 33 Biggest corporate implosions. Ever. from HR World. In this ranking, Enron comes in 11th. Did you even hear about Baninter, ranked 6th? Parmalat? Very interesting list.
  • Chemical Cuisine: A Guide to Food Additives, PDF from Center for Science in the Public Interest.
  • Yearbook of Immigration Statistics, 2007: updated.
  • The Myth of Free News, fascinating column by Peter Osnos at Century Foundation. Is news on the net really free? People pay a lot of money for their access to news, in internet, broadband, cable or satellite, and mobile subscriptions.
  • There is a great deal of money being generated by the transmission of news, but very little of it is going to the providers of that news, which is no longer tolerable. News is no more free these days than the “complementary” bag of pretzels you get on a plane, after you’ve paid for the ticket.
    ...editors should let readers know that they are paying, handsomely, for the news they get on the Web. It’s just not going to the people who gather it.
  • And, via an email from Simon Owens at Bloggasm: Study shows conservative blog coverage of Obama largely focuses on non-policy issues.


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