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Ethan Zuckerman’s online home, since 2003

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Defining(?) Disobedience

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:02:09 +0000

Joi Ito, director of the MIT Media Lab, is fond of saying that you don’t win a Nobel Prize by following the rules. Until Joi, Reid Hoffman and I started working to craft the Media Lab’s $250,000 Disobedience Award, I … Continue reading

Seeing Haiti: a photo essay

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:41:28 +0000

Imagine a nation with a noble and proud history, but a rough last century. It was occupied by a massive, powerful neighbor to the north, who undermined its political system and land ownership to benefit its national commercial interests. Soon … Continue reading

Stop saying “fake news”. It’s not helping.

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 01:32:33 +0000

One bit of good news for those thoroughly freaked out by the Trump presidency: there’s anger, passion and drive on the left that’s unprecedented in recent memory. Two weekends ago, my girlfriend, a veteran of Occupy Houston, warned me that … Continue reading

It’s Journalism’s Job to Save Civics

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:51:31 +0000

In early December, I spoke at the inaugural conference on Constructive Journalism hosted at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. The conference is the brainchild of my friend Cathrine Gyldensted, who has been developing the powerful idea that … Continue reading

Protected: Getting beyond “fake news”

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:17:28 +0000

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The Four Freedoms, in 2017

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 23:36:31 +0000

I spoke this afternoon at a rally in Pittsfield, Massachusetts my (almost) hometown (I live one town north, in Lanesboro.) The rally honored the four freedoms, articulated in his 1941 state of the union address by FDR: freedom of speech, … Continue reading

Race, Fame and Ability: untangling media coverage of NFL QBs

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 16:43:48 +0000

Some research from our lab, the Center for Civic Media, because it’s fun and something I’m glad we produced. In the US, NFL football is more than a sport – it’s a stage on which broader national dramas play out. … Continue reading

Lunch with my friend, the Trump supporter

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:06:32 +0000

Two week ago, I wrote an op-ed for on Steve Bannon, the “alt-right” and white nationalism. It got the reaction I usually get when I write on CNN – passionate wishes for my speedy demise, helpful reminders that I … Continue reading

Trump’s victory and the rise of insurrectionism in America

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 01:49:09 +0000

Hundreds of thousands of articles will be written this week trying to explain what happened in the 2016 US presidential election. One of the best explanations was written four years ago by television host and cultural commentator, Chris Hayes. In … Continue reading

Making space for sadness

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 14:53:51 +0000

I hadn’t found space yet to cry this week. As the election results came in, I was out bowling with my students, and as they got more despondent, I told them ways Clinton might still win. When I woke to … Continue reading