MinnPost has an excellent story with accompanying video about people who are working to identify the graves of people who lived and died in Minnesota’s state hospitals and were buried in numbered graves. This is a great example of well done web journalism:
Grave by grave, group restores Minnesotans’ forgotten lives
In death as in life, a name symbolizes a human being. Yet at least 8,700 persons who lived and died in Minnesota state hospitals still lie in unnamed graves.
In life, their days were marked by mental illness, developmental disabilities, tuberculosis, alcoholism, epilepsy. In death, their graves are marked by numbers scratched on metal tags or chiseled on tops of concrete cylinders about the size of a coffee can.
The video is larger on The Deets than on MinnPost because I decided to use more space for it. If you decide to embed a MinnPost video in your site, just change the width and height settings to something suitable. I went with 492×400 here.
I can’t say that I’ve followed John Hines’ career closely in recent years – not being a country music fan (his last stint was at 102) – but every time I hear his name I think back to Hine & Berglund doing the morning show on WLOL, 99.5 FM.
Remember when we had a choice of crappy top-40 stations in this town? Those where the days.
The Wikipedia crowd says that the LOL in WLOL stood for Land of Lakes rather than the more common “Laugh Out Loud” associated with the initials these days.
Hines hasn’t reached Wikipedia status, unlike Jason DeRusha, or Dave Ryan’s morning show. Although it’s worth noting that Dave Ryan’s morning show page is categorized under, “Articles with topics of unclear notability from November 2007.” DeRusha’s categorized under “Living people” which sounds about right.
Jeff Jarvis noticed something different about how news is covered in the UK: Newspapers will talk about what’s in the paper. Stuff they didn’t have time to cover themselves, or showing off the various angles newspapers took with their headlines on big stories, I believe:
Iâ€™m in London watching a morning BBC show made up in great measure of four people sitting on a couch discussing stories in the Sunday papers. Every day here, TV news shows share whatâ€™s in the papers. Can you imagine this happening in the U.S.?
Does anyone do this locally?
When I read the following snippet from Building Minnesota’s article on the return of the Brackett Rocket, I thought, “Was Cara Letofsky’s daughter’s head responsible for the removal of the rocket from Brackett Park?
The return of the Brackett Park rocket
“Two summers ago, Cara Letofskyâ€™s daughter managed to get her head stuck in between the vertical slats on the rocketâ€™s third level.
â€œ”She freaked,â€ Letofsky said.
“Letofsky, who was pregnant at the time, couldnâ€™t squeeze through the 15-inch openings between levels. However, she had the foresight to have another adult follow her two-year-old up the rocket. That person unlodged the young girl, who wasnâ€™t injured.”
I’ve mentioned before that other kids have gotten their heads stuck in the rocket and have grown up to become healthy adults.
So, what was the real motivation for the change?
If news stations make it easier to embed and share stories, I’d say this is a move in the right direction.
Agent of change
Lebow’s new emphasis is on Web 2.0, the new consumer-centric theory of Internet presentation and marketing. Instead of forcing people to use a TV station’s website, the company might provide it in snippets that consumers could import to their personal websites, such as a page on Facebook, the popular social networking service, he says.
“We want to give control to the consumer,” he says.
However, it’s not clear how much control is in the hands of IBS vs. the stations they build sites for. You can move a lot faster if you don’t have to justify every move to non-techies.
Hopefully, this has some sort of strange trickle down effect that leads to the un-truncating Jason Derusha’s blog feed. As of this writing I’m subscribed to 339 RSS feeds in Google Reader, but Derusha doesn’t make the cut. Sorry, but I can’t deal with clicking out to read stuff when 339 other sources DON’T force me do to so.
However, I do catch some of Jason’s stuff indirectly through the occasional reference on MNSpeak or other local site.
Perhaps Jason should just limit his posts to one sentence so nothing gets cropped?
Taxi vs. Star Tribune, originally uploaded by edkohler.
The Deets was immediately on the scene after taking down some bangers & mash at Keiran’s.
It’s not often that you get to see news actually being created right before your eyes. Jason Derusha gives us a glimpse into the machine with this awesome video of his coverage of the Highway 36 shut down controversy.
FUH2 Canada Style, originally uploaded by edkohler.
I learned earlier today that Ontario has reduced it’s greenhouse gas emissions over the past year. I think I know a way they could be reduced even more.
School of Americas Protest, originally uploaded by radio.sputnik.
radio.sputnik (the person writing the photo description) concluded, “I guess we are just too busy with our own lives to concern ourselves with human rights abuses.”
Frankly, I think that’s an unfair description of the people in the skyways. Chances are pretty good that they were rushing to or from work, rushing to grab a quick lunch, rushing to get their driver’s license renewed, rushing to their court date, or rushing to a job interview.
Chances are pretty good that they didn’t head downtown to walk the skyways to with excess time on their hands, just waiting for an opportunity to arise where they can educate themselves about an issue others are clearly passionate about.
The same people who brushed by the issues group may be open and receptive to the same information in a different situation, so assuming they’re “just too busy with their own lives” to listen to every skyway pitch is a dangerous proposition.
Another great video from JibJab. This time taking swipes at news coverage in America.