Work & writing by Josh Wilson

Alas, a Blog

Brief writings, comments, updates and vignettes.

“How Many Black Male Teachers Did You Have Growing Up?”

By reader / August 7, 2018 / 3 Comments

Black Enterprise Magazine poses the question: “How many black male teachers did you have growing up?” (h/t Nettrice Gaskins for posting the article in her social feed.) In WASPy Caldwell/West Caldwell, N.J., the faces of ethnic diversity were Irish and Italian Catholics, Greeks (Orthodox, natch) and the occasional Jew. At James Caldwell High School, George […]

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Tree rings, milady

By reader / May 15, 2018 / 0 Comments

I saw the oldest woman in the world yesterday getting on the bus. She wasn’t the stereotype of a “bag lady,” however. Not odoriferous, nor ranting, drooling, twitchy, etc. She was, rather, the embodiment and definition of age. She was a continent of wrinkles. She was like a fairy tale of an old woman. She […]

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“Future of Journalism” got ya down?

By reader / February 8, 2014 / 0 Comments

New Watershed Media post explores “the Future of Journalism” as a techno-industrial metaphor that perpetuates the crisis of journalism by deepening the funding drought for news production in neglected communities. Check it out: “The crisis of journalism as metaphor: Or, why not just pay more journalists?” Watershed Media Project, January 29, 2013

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Shield Law Wouldn’t Apply to Non-Journalist Journalists

By reader / August 5, 2010 / 0 Comments

The New York Times notes that an important shield-law bill for journalists is heading for a vote in Congress has been modified in the wake of the WikiLeaks/Afghanistan story: “Senators Charles E. Schumer and Dianne Feinstein, Democrats of New York and California, are drafting an amendment to make clear that the bill’s protections extend only […]

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Net Architecture and the Future of Journalism

By reader / July 2, 2010 / 0 Comments

Our best hope for journalism is that it adapts to the Internet as a medium, by adopting a decentralized organizational structure, in sync with the Internet’s basic/essential architecture as a network. In the network, power and access are distributed, everyone’s equally capable and embedded in a peer context. Thus the enterprise of journalism should focus […]

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The case for New Public Media

By reader / June 14, 2010 / 0 Comments

It is a curious thing, in an era of revolutionary change in the media landscape, that journalists and editors have gained so little. The Internet has been a boon for citizen media. It’s like Neal Postman’s pre-telegraph America, the original media convergence of spoken word and written text. The Lyceums and Chautauquas, the newspapers and […]

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