Ayubowan, a blog I didn't know of before, helpfully posted a screen grab of a post from Gossip Lanka, a blog I also didn't know of before, on the recent arrest of a 'blogger' in Sri Lanka that had many concerned. Gossip Lanka's post is in Sinhala and doesn't render at all on my Mac, … Continue reading The arrest of the ‘blogger’ in Sri Lanka: Crowd-sourcing trumps traditional media follow up
I post this in response to an interesting essay published recently on the More Intelligent Life website by the Economist group. In We are all writers now, Anne Trubek avers, Yes, we need to darken the line between what is verifiable and what is hearsay. The financial downturn and its disastrous impact on print publishing … Continue reading Are we all writers now?
Perhaps one reason allegations of web censorship are growing in Sri Lanka is because purely web based media shows a very high readership when compared to traditional (English) print media published on the web. Taken from Alexa.com, this graph (click on image for larger version) clearly shows that over the past six months, Lankaenews is the … Continue reading Web media readership in Sri Lanka
"Given the repressive media environment in Iran today, blogs may represent the most open public communications platform for political discourse. The peer-to-peer architecture of the blogosphere is more resistant to capture or control by the state than the older, hub and spoke architecture of the mass media model." The very same could be said of … Continue reading Blogs and media censorship – Iran and Sri Lanka