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Re: [IFWP] Esther Dyson on Media Bias

Mr. Fenello and Everyone,

  I does appear the Ms. Dyson has a rudimentary understanding of media bias.
The excerpt that you chose was interesting in that it contains some very
inaccurate statements of obvious note.

Jay Fenello wrote:

> Excerpts from the essay at:
>    http://www.ibm.com/services/newmark/mature.html
> >                       Toward A More Mature Internet
> >                       By Esther Dyson
> >
> <big snip>
> >
> >
> > After the facts, what you need to cover is the meaning of all this.
> > Specifically, how will the Net affect - how is it affecting - society
> > and commerce?
> >
> > So far, the Net is limited to a small number of aficionados who mostly
> > overrate its immediate impact (although not its long-term importance).
> > Yeltsin has been using television very effectively in his campaign; the
> > Net was nowhere in the recent elections. (In the United States, at
> > least, political operatives are using the Net effectively for
> > organizing; in the East, the Net is for academics and business people;
> > the political establishment has not yet caught on.)
> >
> > Fundamentally, the Net is a better tool for grassroots organizing or
> > conspiracy than it is for far-reaching propaganda. It is a medium
> > wherein people can find each other and then communicate. They must
> > either be seeking out a point of view or want to engage in argument
> > with people of similar interests. A problem, of course, is that people
> > tend to focus too much on information and too little on knowledge and
> > the interpretation of information.
> >
> > The Net's long-run impact on democracy, I believe, won't be one of
> > propaganda or information dissemination; CNN and the various national
> > broadcasters (private and public) do a fine job of that.
> Even Esther Dyson recognizes media bias!
> Respectfully,
> Jay Fenello
> President, Iperdome, Inc.    404-943-0524
> -----------------------------------------------
> What's your .per(sm)?   http://www.iperdome.com
> "All truth passes through three stages.  First, it is
> ridiculed, second it is violently opposed, and third,
> it is accepted as self-evident." (Arthur Schopenhauer)
> P.S.  Despite receiving many email from many editors
> explaining why their coverage is *not* biased, the
> media blackout on ICANN continues.


Brian C. Hollingsworth
Sr. Legal Advisor, International House of Justice Internet
Communications  Affairs and Policy
Advisory council for Public Affairs and Internet Policy, European