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Jul 12, 2016 How technology disrupted the truth

QUOTE: Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism....It seemed that journalists were no longer required to believe their own stories to be true, nor, apparently, did they need to provide evidence. Instead it was up to the reader – who does not even know the identity of the source – to make up their own mind. But based on what? Gut instinct, intuition, mood? Does the truth matter any more?

Guardian Unlimited
Sep 19, 2011 In Small Towns, Gossip Moves to the Web, and Turns Vicious

QUOTE: In rural America, where an older, poorer and more remote population has lagged the rest of the country in embracing the Internet, the growing use of social media is raising familiar concerns about bullying and privacy. But in small towns there are complications. The same Web sites created as places for candid talk about local news and politics are also hubs of unsubstantiated gossip, stirring widespread resentment in communities where ties run deep, memories run long and anonymity is something of a novel concept.

New York Times
May 21, 2011 The Gossip Machine, Churning Out Cash

QUOTE: This is how it works in the new world of round-the-clock gossip, where even a B-list celebrity’s tangle with the law can be spun into easy money, feeding the public’s seemingly bottomless appetite for dirt about the famous. A growing constellation of Web sites, magazines and television programs serve it up minute by minute, creating a river of cash for secrets of the stars, or near-stars.

New York Times
Jun 27, 2010 Online Bullies Pull Schools Into the Fray

QUOTE: Affronted by cyberspace’s escalation of adolescent viciousness, many parents are looking to schools for justice, protection, even revenge. But many educators feel unprepared or unwilling to be prosecutors and judges.

New York Times
Mar 29, 2010 Reputation Isn't Dead

QUOTE: This week, TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington declared that "reputation is dead." Is that really the case, or is something else dying? Arrington made his case in a column entitled "Reputation Is Dead: It's Time To Overlook Our Indiscretions," which talked about a soon-to-launch Yelp-like service for people. It will let people, I assume, "review" other people without having to stand behind their statements.

PC Magazine
Oct 14, 2009 Schwarzenegger signs bill to crack down on paparazzi: The law will toughen existing regulations on paparazzi, but it could be challenged in court on First Amendment grounds.

QUOTE: Some legal experts agree that it [the new paparazzi law] raises First Amendment issues and could chill the gathering of information.

Christian Science Monitor
Nov 21, 2007 Cyberbullying Suicide Stokes the Internet Fury Machine

QUOTE: But the drive for social shaming -- to right a wrong and restore social balance -- can run amok and create paradoxical consequences, especially on the internet where people instigate mobs in ways they wouldn't do offline.

Jul 15, 2007 A Zone To Stay Out Of

QUOTE: Is life "on the record"? Seriously, should someone going out on a date clarify whether the evening's events are on "background"? ... These are journalistic conventions, you say, not applicable to ordinary folks. But nowadays, in the age of blogs, everyone is a journalist...

Washington Post
Apr 17, 2006 'Gotcha' Master Tastes His Own Medicine

QUOTE: Mazher Mahmood, a reporter whose modus operandi is to dress up as a wealthy Arab businessman and secretly record conversations with his unwitting victims, recently met his match in George Galloway...questions about the lengths to which Fleet Street will go to expose public figures' drug habits, corruption and sexual peccadilloes.

New York Times
Apr 12, 2006 On the Ethics of Gossip Columns: Can you do gossip journalism with ethical standards?

QUOTE: Most of the news items in gossip columns are attributed to anonymous sources -- that's if they're attributed at all. As for journalistic purpose, a gossip column is about... rumors and speculation, not exactly the foundation of great journalism.

Poynter Online
Nov 06, 2003 Why The Butler Did It

QUOTE: ... after [Queen Elizabeth's--Ed.] stepped in last fall to stymie the trial, the palace still didn't ensure his discretion. Class reflexes presumed he would be grateful, and silent...

Washington Post
May 06, 2003 Faceless Cruelty: Cruel Teen Gossip Cuts Deeper When Posted on Web Sites

QUOTE: ...a 1996 Supreme Court decision protecting free speech on the Internet makes it legal to publish obscene and vicious statements about other people online.

Sep 30, 2001 The Ethicist: Gun Play

ABSTRACT: (1) Is it ethical to lie in order to achieve an ethical goal? (2) Is it ethical to provide information to gossip tabloids?

New York Times
Aug 08, 2001 Bitch, Bitch, Bitch: Invited the Disgruntled Employees of the World to Vent At Its Web Site. but Then Its Own Workers Joined In.

QUOTE: When you take a world of flame wars, petty workplace grievances and "common man vs. authority" angst and slap it with a brand so you can turn it into a business, it seems inevitable that you'll eventually face your own favorite demons.what was really egregious about it is that they decided to eliminate the part that was critical ... It's extraordinarily hypocritical that a company whose reason to exist and supposed mission is to be honest and truthful edits their reviews. It's extraordinarily stupid and I expect more from them." ...

Jun 06, 2001 Now, High Schools' Sex Gossip Is Scrawled On Web Site Walls

QUOTE: ...sexual gossip among teenagers has been showing up lately in what some educators and others call a disturbingly powerful forum: Internet sites.

New York Times