Tag: putin

by Steve Roy

The following opinion piece is a guest post. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. “I almost wanted to vomit.” “I was insulted.” These statements could well be reactions to any of the sleazy comments we regularly see online.  But instead, they are reactions from members of Congress to last year’s New York Times op-ed […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Russia wipes opposition sites from the Internet (Max Seddon / BuzzFeed) 2. Plex opens up Chromecast to everyone, adds automatic camera upload (Janko Roettgers / GigaOm) 3. Survey of nearly a thousand web pages looks at interactive features for news (Caroline O’Donovan / Nieman Lab) 4. Everyone wins with copyright takedown notices — except […] more »

by Devin Harner

The following is a commentary by PBS MediaShift contributor Devin Harner. Just as the noise over Putin’s op-ed in the New York Times on September 11 died down came the news that John McCain responded in kind with a pretty much universally panned op-ed in Russia’s Pravda, or, more properly, a Russian Pravda. As Politico […] more »

by Madeleine Bair

“Say hi to your mom,” a young bully says to the 15-year-old boy his posse has surrounded on a park bench. “You will be an Internet celebrity.” The chilling taunt comes 4 minutes into a 20-minute Russian YouTube video of homophobic harassment that went viral last week. It is the most chilling reminder that as […] more »

by Danny O'Brien

Russia’s State Duma has passed a number of new laws in the past week, all seemingly aimed at reining in civil society and criticism of public figures. The bills would re-criminalize defamation and impose limits and labels on NGOs. They follow last month’s introduction of excessive fines for unauthorized protests. Government Crackdown Heightens One of […] more »