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Gone forever

Although I could spend this opportunity ranting and raving about the sale of WFNX to Clear Channel, I'd like to take the opportunity to thank WFNX .  
Letters to the Boston editors, May 25, 2012
‘A Vast Wasteland' revisited: Newton Minow joins Harvard's digerati to ponder the digital future

‘A Vast Wasteland' revisited: Newton Minow joins Harvard's digerati to ponder the digital future

Imagine this: A newly appointed chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the nation's most important media regulator,  appears before a confab of television big...
By Peter Kadzis  |  September 12, 2011
protesters of the week

Do the fight thing

Union flags were flown, loud music roared, and fleets of motorcycles rumbled, as several thousand people marched for civil rights and human dignity, and, in at least one case, to scold moguls for banking gross salaries at the expense of workers.
Bostonians rising in anger -- and action -- against ableism, racism, Verizon, and Fox News
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 12, 2011
Murdoch Deviance

Rupert Murdoch's Watergate

Murdoch is a tycoon of darkness. Aside from his handful of quality publications — the Wall Street Journal, the Times of London, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Australian — his News Corporation specializes in smears, sensationalism, and mendacity
Defining deviancy
By EDITORIAL  |  July 15, 2011

Open for change

Last Saturday's first flash of dry weather in a week didn't stop dozens of Boston activists from holing up in a Chinatown loft, and plotting to protect citizens from Clear Channel, FCC oppressors, and other threats to an open, fair, and honest media.
Don't quote me
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 27, 2011

The rise and uncertain future of ''pirate'' radio in Boston

After a 10-year campaign by proponents of hyper-local radio, Congress finally passed the Local Community Radio Act in December. So how will that affect Boston's burgeoning "pirate" radio landscape?
Will Boston’s unlicensed radio stations go legit?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 08, 2011


Net neutrality has become the biggest free speech issue of the 21st century. Is it doomed to failure?

One morning last month, Senator Al Franken stood at the podium of a hotel in downtown Austin, looking out at some of the most innovative minds in the country gathered at this year's South by Southwest Interactive conference. "I know that many of you hav
Net loss
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  April 08, 2011

Internet service falling into place

The details needed to understand where and how to best improve Maine's high-speed Internet connectivity are finally within reach.
Broadband update
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 18, 2011

Tim Wu, historian of information empires

It's 1934 and an engineer at Bell Labs by the name of Clarence Hickman has a secret machine in his office. It is the only one of its kind in existence.
Net brutality
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  February 04, 2011

Don't be fooled ? the Google-Verizon plan would kill Net Neutrality

Want evidence that Google is just another avaricious, monopoly-minded corporate behemoth? Consider this: Google has retreated from its long-held support for net neutrality and teamed with Verizon to suggest that new laws allow Internet providers to favor
By EDITORIAL  |  August 13, 2010
More on Net Neutrality: Parsing Through Google and Verizon’s ‘Policy Announcement’

More on Net Neutrality: Parsing Through Google and Verizon’s ‘Policy Announcement’

The Google-Verizon Plan and Net NeutralityLast week, we touched upon the net neutrality issue to help explain and add context to the buzz around a...
By Pro Publica  |  August 10, 2010

The Net Neutrality Spat Explained

The Net Neutrality Spat Explained

In recent weeks, top officials from the Federal Communications Commission have held closed-door meetings to negotiate with the country’s biggest communications companies and online service...
By Pro Publica  |  August 06, 2010

Murdoch mishegoss

Never mind that Rupert Murdoch is shelling out better than $2 billion to buy Metromedia’s seven TV stations. Never mind that he’s then turning around and reselling Boston’s WCVB-TV, Channel 5 to the Hearst Corporation for an astounding $450 million.
The new brand of gonzo journalism
By DAVE O'BRIAN  |  May 07, 2010

Obama boosts net neutrality

Remember when the Wall Street Journal suggested that Barack Obama was backing away from his stated c...
By Adam Reilly  |  January 13, 2009

Equal Time and late-night censorship

Jim Morrison and the Doors were scheduled to play their number one hit, "Light My Fire," on a 1967 episode of The Ed Sullivan Show,...
By Kyle Smeallie  |  October 14, 2008

Families, Free Speech, and the FCC

         “Hide your children! The British are coming!!”         From the mouths of militiamen came the now-famous warning: the British had invaded,...
By Harvey Silvergate  |  July 25, 2008


Newspapers censor Bono’s ‘fucking’ gaffe

Why does our ostensibly “free” press insist on acting like prudes or cowards when reporting stories for which it’s vital that readers learn someone said “fuck” rather than an undefined “expletive”?
The FCC’s ‘broadcast indecency’ rules: Still, well, bullshit
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  March 12, 2008

Why ‘fairness’ fails

Anyone who has ever sampled the auditory sewer that is right-wing talk radio can understand the impulse to reinstate the so-called “fairness doctrine.”
The excesses of right-wing talk radio have sparked a move to re-impose an equal-time doctrine. It’s a bad idea.
By EDITORIAL  |  July 25, 2007

Satellite of love

Omelets are being served. Cappuccino is being poured. And we’re all listening to a woman describe the details of putting finger after finger up a man’s ass.
Inside the studio on Howard Stern’s first Sirius morning
By BILL JENSEN  |  January 13, 2006