Watching: Outfoxed.

“Outfoxed” examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News, have been running a “race to the bottom” in television news. This film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public’s right to know.

The film explores Murdoch’s burgeoning kingdom and the impact on society when a broad swath of media is controlled by one person.

Media experts, including Jeff Cohen (FAIR) Bob McChesney (Free Press), Chellie Pingree (Common Cause), Jeff Chester (Center for Digital Democracy) and David Brock (Media Matters) provide context and guidance for the story of Fox News and its effect on society.

This documentary also reveals the secrets of Former Fox news producers, reporters, bookers and writers who expose what it’s like to work for Fox News.  These former Fox employees talk about how they were forced to push a “right-wing” point of view or risk their jobs. Some have even chosen to remain anonymous in order to protect their current livelihoods. As one employee said “There’s no sense of integrity as far as having a line that can’t be crossed.”

It reminds me how similar Fox News can be to the extreme Blue / KMT supporters from Taiwan. Of course the media environment is different.

The depressing part as most of the big media honchos in Taiwan inherited the position from the military command that KMT fleedging from mainland China to Taiwan after the Communist Party had them running away. Thus a lot of that still lingers. Extreme conservatism from Fox News, which is hidden as not real balanced reporting also happens in a lot of the media coverage back in Asia. Just take all the coverage about the previous president Chen Sui Bian trial for example. Yes the guy made mistakes and screwed up huge, but is hipocrisy making him take all the fall, while others are doing or did much worse things.

He deserved to be punished, but other do too, and the uneven don’t take notice. That’s what this very worth watching documentary about this dirty US network reminded me of. If you happen to stumbled on my post on accident, my opinions are my opinions, maybe you should form your opinion yourself, so you can watch the documentary too, which all 8 parts are embedded below.

Fox News definitely NOT a Fair and Balanced Network.

Most journalists do commit the fallacy of saying that reporting is neutral. Reporting is never neutral, you always carry some of your own position into the reporting itself, but you always tried to keep it as centered as possible, by allowing different and opposing sides to contribute, the result will always be uneven. But taking deep pushed extremes as if this supposed close to Fair and Balance is not only wrong but most of all deceiving.

Outfoxed Part 1

Outfoxed Part 2

Outfoxed Part 3

Outfoxed Part 4

Outfoxed Part 5

Outfoxed Part 6

Outfoxed Part 7

Outfoxed Part 8

You can find more information about Outfoxed in their official website: http://www.outfoxed.org/

Google’s 10th Birthday Present: Awarding World-Changing Ideas.

GoogleProject 10100

Google’s 10th Birthday Present: World-Changing Ideas.

Back in September 24th, Google announced its 10th birthday celebration endeavor, called Project 10^100 (as in “Project 10 to the 100th”).

The project works as follows: you send Google your idea by October 20th; it’s done by simply filling out a submission form, add a 30-second video if you like. Public voting on ideas begins on January 27th, 20 semi finalists will be chosen, and an advisory board will then select up to five final ideas. Google will commit 10 million dollars to make these ideas work.

The company said that an idea could use technology or not, could be big or small, but it must have an impact. The 100 best ideas will then be identified, and users will be asked to vote on which ideas the company should back with funds. The deadline for submission of ideas is October 20, and the top 20 ideas will be available for online voting on January 27. After that, a panel of judges will choose as many as five of the ideas for final funding.

On the company’s official blog, Andy Berndt, managing director of Google’s Creative Lab, noted that we are living in a time when people have access to more information, more tools, and more ways of turning good ideas into action.

“Yet,” he wrote, “at the same time so many people (in all walks of life) could use some help, in small ways and big.” The ideas could come from anywhere, he said — a lab, a company, a university, or even “some small connection you’ve noticed, some old way of doing something that you’ve seen with new eyes.”

You can find their promo video over here:

Sao Paulo has the most packed Metro in the planet.

Taipei MRT system in 2006.

Sao Paulo has the most packed Metro in the planet.

According to CoMET (Community of Metros), which gathers the main 12 metro systems in the world, São Paulo is the city with the most packed system among them.

Not surprised, as the expasion pace of our Metro system, has been so slow, and also suffered some serious accident along the process, that has not been able to keep up with its demand.

Compared to Taipei’s MRT system, which I’m surprised to find, it’s not part of this select group, not only grew (and still grows) in an orderly fashion, but it’s almost everywhere in the city. I still remember the days that there were no MRT at all in the city, to the days that it was well implemanted, to the recent growth, which gather less then 20 years of history. Last time, I was back, which was back in November 2007, they were already on building process for the station close to one of the main airports in the nothern region of the country.

Just for info sakes, these are the 12 members of CoMet: Berlin BVG, Hong Kong MTR, London Underground Ltd, Metro de Madrid, Mexico City STC, Moscow MoM, Paris Metro (RATP), Paris RER, New York City Transit, Metro de Santiago, São Paulo MSP and Shanghai SMOC.