Outsourcing Journalism, Greed, Perfidy and Studio 60, Guru Garage Again
May 27, 2007
A few things that caught my eye in recent weeks:
- A perfect media firestorm fell on the poor publisher of an online news site in Pasadena, who decided to outsource coverage of the Pasadena City Council to a pair of journalists in Mumbai, India. Clearly, he hit a nerve, because the Associated Press story about journalism outsourcing was printed, approximately, everywhere. At least one site says the idea has been scrapped, but thanks to the tenets of journalism, that story will receive about 10% of the coverage of the original. A no-longer-true story has traveled around the world in the time it took the change of mind to put on its boots.
- [Why was Studio 60 canceled? According to TV Squad:] Actually, it comes down to this: 30 Rock is owned by NBC and Studio 60 is owned by Warner Brothers. That's one of the many interesting bits of info in Lisa de Moraes' Washington Post column.
- It's that time of year again; I spent Saturday in San Ramon cleaning out the garage of the home in which Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi Devi), the "Hugging Saint," will stay during part of her U.S. tour in June. The first year I did cleanup seva, I talked about cleaning up small-animal byproducts (the small animals are no longer visiting the garage), and ended up with a lot of disappointed and confused Google visitors, looking for information on pest control. So this year, I'll just say that we swept out the cobwebs while doing our best not to disturb the spiders, washed down the floor, cleaned and reorganized all the shelves, and generally produced a garage you could eat in (although I don't know why you'd want to). All the walls in the house are washed as well, but I didn't do that this year. Seva is the Hindu concept of selfless service, something you do with no expectation of reward or even congratulations. It is an interesting idea.